There is no better way to escape the demands of your hectic day-to-day life than by visiting the beach. One day in the sun, the sound of waves and the fresh air makes you forget about whatever it was you were stressed out about. You can relax on the beach with a book; people watch, go for a swim or take up an adventure sport. There are many amazing beaches to visit in the world and these have been voted 7 of the best in Europe.
Persia Beach, Santorini
This 7km stretch of black sand beach is voted the best on the island of Santorini, Greece and it is located 15 km southeast of Fira. The water is crystal clear and clean and you can take part in snorkeling, diving, and other water sports. The town of Perissa is lined with restaurants where you can hang out after your day of sun and relaxation. Missing out on this beach would be criminal and has to be on your itinerary when on holiday in Santorini.
Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
This beautiful beach is a spit of land that is often referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn. It is situated 2km west of the town of Bol. Windsurfing is available in the afternoon when the wind picks up. Clothing is optional on the western most part of the beach and in several of the coves to the west.
Zlatni Rat Beach
Iztuzu Beach, Turkey
This stunning 4.5 km long beach in Southwestern Turkey in the province of Mugla near Daylan is one of the best beaches in Turkey. It is often referred to as Turtle Beach as it is one of the main breeding grounds for the loggerhead sea turtle. During the breeding season, May through October, you can volunteer to help conserve the species.
Achmelvich Beach, Scotland
This beach in northern Scotland is located 5km west of Lochinver and is reached by a one-way road on the B869 coastal tourist route. You can try water-skiing, windsurfing and coastseering if you are feeling adventurous. Make sure to leave your canine friend at home as dogs have been banned from the beach since 2014. Alternatively you can explore this fantastic coast by taking a boat trip out of Oban, a resort town hailed as Scotland’s seafood capital.
This beach town on the southernmost coast of Spain in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia is world renowned for its wind sports. It also has fine, golden sand, several bars on the beach, and public bathrooms complete with showers. You can scuba dive on the Isla de las Palomas where you can visit shipwrecks and see Moray eels, octopus, sunfish and many other species of fish.
This stunning beach is surrounded by rock formations that look like cathedral arches and it is located in Lugo in the autonomous region of Galicia. Try out the freshly caught local seafood and walk past the ruins of the castle of San Damian. Try the heavenly sweets made by the nuns at the convent of Saint Clara.
Cote des Basques, France
This is the birthplace of France’s surfing scene in the late 1950’s and movie stars and royalty frequent the area. This beautiful beach is a veritable treasure for surfers and people come from all over the world to try out the waves.
Photos: Nikolaj Potanin, Trevor Huxham.