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04/25/2017

Breathtaking European Beach Destinations

Summer is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start planning a European getaway. Summer is the perfect time to travel out of the country and experience all the beauty Europe has to offer. Summer in Europe is something everyone should experience once in his or her life. The coastal regions have an untouched beauty that will take your breath away. Don’t go for the typical tourist infested destinations. You’ll want to escape the busy cities and head to these off the beaten path locations for a much needed week of relaxation.

Croatia

Croatia is a country abundant with sun, sand, and sea.  This cultural hotspot is perfect for foodies looking to admire the beautifully untouched port towns while exploring the coast.  Start your trip in the old seaside town of Dubrovnik, where yachts gather in the summer for Yacht Week, which keeps every portside town full of life. 

dubrovnik croatia

{Photo of Dubrovnik via Apsac}

{Lead Photo of Amalfi Coast via The Most Perfect View}

Croatia is known for its gorgeous national parks, cobblestoned streets, and endless coastline.  This destination is a breath of fresh air, where one can get away from mass tourism and enjoy the simplicity of this off the beaten path destination.  Explore one of the thousand islands and relax on a pristine beach away from it all.  

spllit croatia

{Photo of Split, Croatia via Life Is Good}

The Italian Coast

From Sorrento, to Positano, to Cinque Terre, there’s no short list of coastal towns to explore on Italy’s Coast.  These destinations are home to Italy’s most loved beaches, seafood and wine.  The towns all line a mountainous coast, which makes any drive worth your while.  Be sure to visit at least one of the islands off the coast, such as Capri, Ischia, or Procida. Capri is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world; The Blue Grotto.  This swimmable natural cave glows a vibrant blue, which has made it one of the most popular caves in the world. 

positano

{Photo of Positano, Italy via The Grand Tour Europe}

If you’re looking for a picturesque harbor village, do not miss the small Cinque Terre town of Manarola, Italy.  The entire village sits on a black mountainous rock, and colorful houses spill down the hill.  This is where you can find some of the best wine and olive oil in the region and explore the paths through the vineyard-lined hills.

manarola italy

{Photo of Manarola, Italy via Informa Giovani-Italia}

The Greek Islands

Every Greek adventure should start where it all began; Athens, Greece.  This capital transports you back in time, to the beginning of democracy, free speech, philosophy and theatre.  After exploring Athens, head to one of the various Grecian islands to enjoy the pristine blue waters and a relaxed island vibe.  

santorini greece

{Photo of Santorini, Greece via Easy Conferences}

The most popular Greek islands include Santorini, Ios, and Mykonos, but there are over 227 inhabited islands to choose from. There are various festivities that occur in the summer that make it the perfect time to visit.  The elegant architecture, emerald blue waters and delightful Mediterranean cuisine make Greece a blissful paradise.

greece shipwreck bay

{Photo of Shipwreck Bay on Zakynthos via Telegraph}

Portugal

Southwest Portugal is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.  There are spectacular beaches, national parks, and cycling trails that line the Algarve and Silver Coasts.  The Algarve has been named the most loved summer destination, where sunshine and top-notch beaches are plentiful.   The multicolored cliffs, natural archways, and hidden caverns are reasons this coastline stands out from the rest.

sea cave at benagil

{Photo of Sea Cave at Benagil via Rough Guides}

Portugal was named the 2016 Destination of the Year by Travel and Leisure for its diverse landscapes and rich cultural scene.  From the rugged coastline to historical inland, Portugal has something for everyone.  Lagos is a great all around destination known for its historic sights and idyllic beaches that have not been compromised to tourism.  From Lagos, there are various beaches worth exploring for a day such as Ponta da Piedade, Porto de Mos, Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Pinhão.  

lagos portugal

{Photo of Praia Dona Ana in Lagos via Hand Luggage Only}

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