Summer may be on its way out in the Northern Hemisphere, but this doesn’t mean that it’s too late to book a beach holiday.
In many countries, you’ll find plenty of sunshine hanging around for weeks to come. If you’re thinking of planning a beach break in Europe, here are some of the best destinations to book now.
Portugal’s Algarve is a dream destination for sun worshippers, golfers, and those looking for a tranquil beach holiday. Away from Albufeira’s crowds, you’ll find smaller, secluded resorts boasting stunning beaches. Vilamoura and Quinta do Lago are the places to be if you’re after glistening sands and evening cocktails.
Nearby Vale de Lobo is a popular haunt for golfers, but it also has excellent waterfront restaurants. The beaches are family-friendly with all the amenities you could wish for. Temperatures in southern Portugal average between 19 and 23 degrees in the autumn.
Italy’s Tuscan Coastline
Tuscany is famed for its rolling hills and verdant vineyards, but it’s also a fantastic spot for a beach holiday. Grosseto is the place to be a sunny day, with numerous resorts to choose from. Marina di Grosseto has a beautiful harbor, and you get a perfect view of the castle in Castiglione Della Pescaia from the golden sands.
If you have a day to spare, book a ferry over to Elba Island. This historical gem is famed for its connections with Napoleon. The smooth pebble beaches are the perfect place to watch the turquoise waves roll in. The ferry takes just an hour from Piombino and services run frequently.
UK Beach Breaks
The UK may not be famed for its weather, but it does have some lovely beaches. Visit Blackpool for a traditional British seaside holiday with rides, shows, and neon lights all thrown in. For a more sedate break, head to the south and discover the coastlines of Cornwall and Devon.
Brighton and Bournemouth are popular resorts on the South Coast. Brighton offers everything from quirky Bohemian-style shops and cafes to the splendid Brighton Pavilion. Bournemouth is a little quieter than Brighton, and it’s an ideal choice for those hoping to avoid the crowds. If you’re visiting the North East, Northumberland has some wonderful beaches.
Bamburgh Castle is a firm favorite, and it offers excellent vistas of the Farne Islands.
The Spanish resort of Malaga is a year-round winner for tourists from all over the world. Temperatures reach the high 30’s in the summer months. As autumn approaches, you can still expect a daily average of around 20-25 degrees. When you land at Malaga Airport, there are many choices available to you.
You can either stay local or venture further afield and explore other resorts. Marbella and Puerto Banus have become incredibly popular in recent years. The harbor is the place to be at any time of day.
You’ll find swanky bars, fine dining establishments and an array of sports cars and superyachts.
The French Riviera
The French Riviera, also known as the Cote D’Azur, is ideal for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Upmarket resorts are par for the course here, and you’ll find designer shops, al fresco eateries and luxury spas aplenty.
Fly into Nice and drive to Cannes before spending a few days in Monaco. Book a hotel with sea views, or rent a villa with a private pool.
Croatia has established itself as a high flier in the holiday stakes in the last few years. There are various options on offer, from the glitz and glamour of Hvar to the history and timeless beauty of Dubrovnik. Just a few miles from the center of the city, you’ll find secluded sun spots and warm, clear waters.
Brac, an island floating in the Dalmatian Sea, is renowned for its pristine sands.
If sun, sea, and sand make up your wish list, you can’t go wrong with the Greek Islands. Create, Rhodes, and Kos are popular choices for couples and families. Party animals will enjoy Mykonos and Ios. Make for the whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches of Santorini for some rest and relaxation.
Take advantage of the Greek cuisine during your stay. Order Meze to share or sample some of the classics. Souvlaki, Kleftiko, and Stuffed Vine Leaves are just a few of the best-sellers.
There’s nothing quite like lying on a beach and soaking up the sunshine.
Are you looking for inspiration for your next holiday or are you desperate to travel around Europe?
If so, why not take these ideas on board and start planning your trip now?