Published by Johnny Ward on May 26, 2012
Since my epic ‘visit every country in Europe’ plan was unveiled I’ve been quite all too excited about hitting up some awesome beaches around the Mediterranean.
European Gothic churches and old school cathedrals are all well and good but there’s nothing like bikini glad European chicks, lazy days and a sunset on the sea.
The thought of banishing my sangria-induced hangover away with a dip in the ocean when I’m lounging around Croatia, Greece or Spain is just so appealing that I’ve got a little ahead of myself and found the 5 best beaches in Europe, all of which I hope to expose to my pasty, Irish body. Be warned people, here I come:
1) Ibiza, Spain – Cala Salada beach:
It gets a bit of a hard time thanks to the party scene but Ibiza is still home to some of Europe’s best beaches. The best beach in Ibiza is Cala Salada beach. It’s on the northwest coast of San Antonio and there’s no public transport so it’s not rammed full of drunken Brits!
2) The Curonian Spit, Lithuania:
I have a bit of a soft spot for this place, after backpacking around Lithuania recently. The Curonian Spit is a UNESCO world heritage site, but unknown to western tourists. In other words, is a travelers dream. The 100km spit is only accessible by 10 minute ferry from Klaipeda, rent yourself a bike for $4 and go and find your own perfect, untouched beach. Because Lithuania is so far North, you can enjoy sunset as late as 10pm. Perfection.
3) Zante, Greece – Shipwreck Beach:
Just off the west coast of Greece lies paradise. If you like Maya bay in Thailand (from the Beach movie), this is its European brother. Know as shipwreck beach (Navagio) thanks to the smuggler ship cast on it’s white sand beach, it’s jammed full of people from the mid afternoon cruises. So hit it up early, before 11am, or late afternoon, after 3pm and you’ll have the place to yourself. Get me there now!
4) Algarve, Portugal – Praia Da Marinha beach:
I know, I know there are a lot of beaches in the Algarve, so if you’re gonna only go to one, go to Praia da Marinha, which always features in the world’s best beaches list. It’s easy to reach too, with great transport links, faro airport transfers, and cheap deals. I can’t wait to veg out here.
5) Brac, Croatia – Zlatni Rat Beach
Croatia is bang on the map these days with it’s white sand beaches and sexy islands. The pick of the bunch is Zlatni Rat beach, which probably should win the award for least appropriately named place in the world, considering it’s name is a rodent, whereas it’s beach is perfection. The pic does more justice than my ramblings.
The 5 best beaches in Europe? Possible, if you guys can think of more, I’d love to hear them, I’m planning my sun burn sessions as we speak. Happy travels!