Sun, sea, and sand…is there anything better than a beachside escape? 

Holidaying by the coast is one of our favourite things to do here at Oliver’s Travels, which is why so many of our properties are perfect for a beach villa holiday.

Wondering where to have your next beach holiday? We felt the same until we read Trip Advisor’s recent list of the Best European Beaches, handpicked in the Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021. And now that Europe is opening up for travelling Brits, we’re pretty excited to try them all out! That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of all the beaches that are nearby our villas so you can experience the best of both. Check them out below!

If you already know where you want to go in Europe and just want to skip the rest of the beaches (although, they are amazing) then click one of the links below to be taken straight to the destination of your choice! 

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Playa de Cofete, Fuerteventura

Playa de Cofete, FuerteventuraEnjoy miles and miles of unspoilt sand, hugged by the iconic mountains of Fuerteventura, creating a uniquely breathtaking beach holiday experience. 

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Where to stay: Oramar Vistas | Sleeps 6 

Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura

Sotavento Beach, SpainMore praise for the beaches of Fuerteventura! This is really looking like the must-visit destination of 2022… Not only is Sotavento Beach undeniably gorgeous, but it’s also lined with lively beach clubs, ready to laze away the day and party into the evening during your beach villa holiday.


Where to stayCaletilla Beach | Sleeps 6


Plage de Santa Giulia, Corsica

Plage de Santa Giulia, CorsicaStep into a dreamlike paradise on the French island of Corsica. Top and tailed with boulders and leading into divine turquoise water, this calming beach will be the highlight of your beach villa holiday in France.  


Where to stay: Le Moulin Des Vignes | Sleeps 6 

Plage du Sillon, Brittany

Plage du Sillon, BrittanyPromising spectacular sunsets, this impressive beach is a must if visiting Saint-Malo for the day. At low tide, you can walk for miles along the sandy coastline and enjoy the pristine condition of the beach. 


Where to stay: Chateau Du Chevalier | Sleeps 15-35 | 

Plage de Palombaggia, Corsica

Plage de Palombaggia, CorsicaYou’d be forgiven in thinking that this next beach is somewhere far more remote, exotic, and inaccessible. However, Plage de Palombaggia is actually another coastal gem on the island of Corsica. Combining all the classic colours of a traditional beach holiday, unwind and drift away in these crystal clear waters. 


Where to stayVilla Grand Sperone | Sleeps 14


Balos Lagoon, Crete

Balos Lagoon, CreteWith a lagoon on one side and a beach on the other, Balos Lagoon feels almost out-of-this-world. Near to the popular town of Kissamos, the hike down to the cove is well worth it – just remember to pack your suncream!  


Where to stay: Kissamos Beach Villa | Sleeps 10-14 

Elafonissi Beach, Crete

Elafonissi Beach, CreteIf eye-catching Instagram snaps are what you’re after, Elafonissi Beach is a must-see during your beach villa holiday in Crete. With iconic pink sand and gentle lapping waves, you’ll be pressed to find anything prettier. 


Where to stay: Villa Sarna | Sleeps 12


Praia da Falesia, Olhos de Agua

Praia da Falesia, PortugalWith jaw-dropping cliffs that are perfect for keen walkers, Praia da Falesia is also close to the hustle and bustle Albufeira, in the Algarve region of Portugal. Great for surfers and sunbathers alike, we’re not surprised that this beach has made Trip Advisors’ Top 25 Beaches in Europe list.


Where to stay: Villa Millie | Sleeps 6-10 


Tropea Beach, Southern Italy

Tropea Beach, ItalyVisitors to Tropea Beach will be treated to great views wherever they wander, and an amazingly clear deep blue sea. The inviting white sand gets busier in the summer months, so avoid the peak season enjoy a quieter moment on the beach.


Where to stay: Villa Mirascilla | Sleeps 8 

Spiaggia La Cinta, Sardinia

Spiaggia La Cinta. SardiniaIf you find yourself on the island of Sardinia during your villa holiday in Italy, head over to the sleepy town of San Teodoro and visit this delightful beach. Dip your toes into fine sand and enjoy clear shallow waters, ideal for a family beach villa holiday.


Where to stay: Villa Intreccio | Sleeps 6 


Fig Tree Bay, Protaras

fig tree bay, cyprusWidely known as one of the best places to swim on the island of Cyprus, Fig Tree Bay is a hit with holidaymakers. Grab a sunbed and enjoy the sunny energy of the beach, and – if you fancy – try the New Pontoon Boat Rentals and do some watersports too! 


Where to stay: Villa Chara | Sleeps 8

Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa

nissi beach, ayia napaNo doubt that you’ve already heard of the famous Nissi Beach. Popular with couples, families, and groups of friends, Ayia Napa is a lively beach holiday resort that never falls short in entertainment – the beauty of Nissi Beach is no exception. 


Where to stay: Villa Cepheus | Sleeps 6


Filey Beach, Yorkshire

Filey Beach, YorkshireWho said you need to get on a plane to see the best beaches in Europe? Filey Beach is a local beauty that is easily accessible by car when holidaying along the North East Yorkshire coast. It has amazing views and dogs are allowed, too! 


Where to stay: Whitby Gatehouse | Sleeps 4

Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

Perranporth, CornwallA small stream runs down along the beach and into the sea at Perranporth, making the area a great destination for your family beach holiday in Cornwall. At low tide, you may even be able to explore the nearby caves as well. 


Where to stayPorthtowan Retreat | Sleeps 8

Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

bournemouth beach, dorsetA hit for families and couples alike, the vast size of Bournemouth Beach means that, if you do a bit of walking, you’re likely to get a bit of sand all to yourselves. There’s also free public toilets, lifeguards, and great beach activities – everything you need in a UK beach holiday. 


Where to stay: Meadow Cottage | Sleeps 6 

Porthminster Beach, Cornwall

porthminster beach, cornwallPorthminster Beach is in St Ives, a town that was also named as an ’emerging destination’ in the Trip Advisor 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Largely quieter than the other, nearby beaches, Porthminster boasts a calm sea and silky soft sand. 


Where to stay: St Ives Cottage | Sleeps 8


We’ve got a whole collection of villas near the beach to get you right near the coast for maximum beach time. If it’s all a little overwhelming, get in touch with our concierge team who can help you find the perfect villa for your needs. 


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