European Beach Holiday Locations: From Bustling Beaches to Seclusion
The best beach holidays aren't always only about the beach. Customise your beach holiday with hiking, history or a bustling nightlife. The sea cliffs of Portugal are visually spectacular. Italy mixes historic Mediterranean villas with fine sand beaches. Croatia's islands with the Adriatic Sea's deep blue backdrop are a sailing family's dream.
Island hopping, sea fishing and idyllic coves
Portugal's sea cliffs boast breathtaking views. Access to many secluded beaches will require a hike down or a boat ride to some of the Azores Archipelago islands, most notable is the sea cave at Benagil. Take the views of Cabo Girao, the tallest sea cliff some 580m tall with a glass skywalk at the top. The Algarve Coast has kilometres of secluded and undeveloped beach that can give you lots of peaceful relaxation with the family.Maratea, Italy is everything you've seen in an Italian postcard and more. Explore the town navigating through hillside lanes dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy an outdoor lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants or cafes. Visit any of the 44 churches in a town watched over by a giant hilltop statue of Christ. Beaches range from smooth pebbles to soft sands, including the black sand beach of Macarro Cove.Hvar is a small island that has become a Mecca for star-studded retreats. For an exciting evening in town or a quiet day fishing on the Adriatic Sea, Hvar Town offers it all. Little Green Bay on the north side of the island is a secluded choice away from the bustle. Outdoor adventurists will also like the plethora of coastline camping, some with amenities, but all with amazing views on more secluded beach holidays.
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