When it comes to summer holidays, most of us will flock to the beach.
Whether that’s a beach at home or abroad, we’re all looking for the best options for our breaks.
Luckily, we’ve decided to look into what the best beaches Europe have to offer are, so all you have to worry about is packing and applying for your EHIC card at ukehic.com before you set off on your beach break.
Canal D’Amour, Sidari, Greece
Only 36km from the main town of Corfu, Sidari is known as one of the best tourist resorts in the area – not least because of its stunning beaches. The village is surrounded by stunning landscapes and lush greenery and forests, giving a very distinct contrast. The ‘Channel of Love’ (Canal D’Amour) is an idyllic location, surrounded by beautiful coves and canals formed by its unique rock formations. The waters are just as visually pleasing with their crystalline state, as well as being warm during the summer months for swimming – just avoid this beach when it’s windy!
Santa Giulia Beach, Corsica
With soft white sand and an aquamarine sea, Santa Giulia can rival any Caribbean beach. The shallow, calm waters make for perfect swimming with young kids or a paddle to cool off, and there are small areas of reef dotted about that you can wander out to. Visitors can enjoy the views of mountains and pines that only add to the stunning scenery that this beach has to offer. There is limited shade that gets taken up quickly, so consider bringing a sun shade, or be prepared to hire one out!
Pregonda Beach, Menorca, Spain
On the Island of Menorca, Pregonda Beach is the perfect location to discover. While it is perfect during the summer, it is equally so in the off-peak months when the beach is less crowded, giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the place in a whole new way. Pregonda proves to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, and with fine sand and warming sunshine all year around, you can be sure of the perfect visit no matter whether you’re travelling with friends, family, or alone!
Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy
Monterosso in Cinque Terre, Italy is another stunning European Beach. Crystalline waters and plenty of restaurants and hotels in the area make for the perfect holiday location, and the sandy beach only makes it all the more pleasant. Day beds and umbrellas are always available for hire during the summer. Be prepared for a bit of a wait, though. The crowded stands are understandably so simply because Monterosso is the only sand-covered area in the immediate area.
Playa de las Teresitas, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Originally, this beach was nothing but rocks and black sand but in 1973, 270,000 tonnes of white sand was shipped from the Western Sahara all the way to the Playa de Las Teresitas to create an artificial beach. The two piers located tere and the long breakwater about 150 meters out from the beach were constructed to stop the sea from carrying out the white sand. It is now one of the most popular beaches in the Canary Islands, and is one of the very few beaches in Tenerife that do not have black, volcanic sand that most of the Canary Islands suffer from.