There’s no region that does summer quite like Europe. From sun-soaked days wandering aimlessly around charming streets, to dining al fresco in the evening while watching the sunset. There’s something effortlessly alluring about European travel.
What’s more, you don’t have to travel to far-flung destinations to find idyllic beaches, secluded coves and crystal-clear water either. Here are our top 5 best-kept ‘secret’ beaches in Europe…
1. Es Grau, Menorca
Where: The north-east coast of Menorca.
Why: Perfect for kids, this bay is ideal for the whole family due to its shallow waters and calm currents. It basically resembles a giant spa pool.
Must-do: The shallow shimmering turquoise stretch of sea leads to a half kilometre-long rocky cove. Home to Menorca’s best-kept nature reserve, where you can discover the beauty of the lush green landscapes.
Related reading: Take our quiz to find out which Balearic island is the one for you!
2. Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia
Where: Situated on a south-facing bay in southern Dalmatia.
Why: On the one hand you’ve got the shallow shores, arching pine trees and beautifully blue waters of the beaches. On the other, you’ve got scattered vineyards, olive gardens and some seriously good wine.
Must-do: Spend your day wandering any of the sandy stretches of beach – and make sure you do some wine-tasting in one of the villages while you’re there. Try Trstenik, Potomje, Ston or Zadvarje… channel that inner wine connoisseur.
Related reading: 11 reasons why you need to visit Croatia
3. Atrani, Italy
Where: On the Amalfi coast, in the south-western region of Campania.
Why: Untouched by modern day, this small fishing village gives you a taste of authentic Italy – with family-owned cafes, restaurants hidden down winding streets (serving up some of Italy’s best food)… and a quiet spot to kick-back on one of the beaches. One of the more interesting and unusual beaches in Europe, where you can soak up the soul of real Italy.
Must-do: From picturesque fountains to ancient churches, Atrani is perfect for sightseeing. Make sure you explore the sixteenth-century bell towers, and all the rich history.
Related reading: Sorrento and Amalfi coast travel guide
4. Crozon Morgat, Brittany
Where: The Crozon Morgat nestles itself between the rocky promontories of Point de Penhir and Pointe du Raz.
Why: The hidden, sandy beaches are popular amongst surfers and water-sports enthusiasts, as well as families. Crozon Morgat also fits into the collection of beaches in Europe that hosts music festivals. The annual summer ‘Festival du Bout du Monde’ celebrates world music over three days. Taking place just 300m from the sea, you can enjoy the beautiful coastline whilst listening to live music from all over the world!
Must-do: The Crozon peninsula brings you some of the freshest seafood, due to being near the fishing port of Morgat. For the finest seafood dining experience, try Saveurs et Maree.
Related reading: Brittany travel guide
5. Oludeniz, Turkey
Where: On the south-western coast of Turkey
Why: Firstly, Oludeniz beaches are widely popular amongst the locals because of the crisp blue seas and curved sandy shores. And in contrast to the laid-back vibes of the beaches, off-shore you’ll find bustling street markets, varied cuisines, and sanctuary day spas. For those who want to unwind in the evening, enjoy a cocktail or two at one of the many relaxed bars.
Must-do: The mountainous scenery and deep blue lagoons resemble paradise. It’s also located beside a national park, and as a result, the Oludeniz provides some of the best hiking spots. So, take a hike!
Related reading: The 10 best beaches in Turkey
Interested in kicking back on one of these unique and ‘hidden’ beaches in Europe? Our concierge team are always on-hand to help out with any bookings or questions you have.