Avoid the crowds at Europe’s lesser known beaches! Photo credit link
You might think that once you’ve been on one beach holiday you’ve been on them all, but you’d be wrong. Europe is packed full of lesser known beaches that are just crying out for the more adventurous traveller to explore them.
From award winning beaches in Bulgaria to the underdeveloped coast lines of Turkey, Europe has got a lot to offer beach loving tourists, if only they knew where to look. Here are some of the best beaches in Europe, that only the locals know about.
Golden Sands beach, Bulgaria
We promised you an award winning Bulgarian beach and here it is. Golden Sands is less than 16 kilometres away from the resort town of Varna, but shockingly few tourists know it’s there. As well as the numerous awards for environmental awareness, Golden Sands is also checked regularly for toxins on the beach and in the water, and there’s solar powered transport available locally. Perfect if you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly destination.
Baska Voda beach, Croatia
Another award winning beach for you, this one has a Blue Flag. You’ll find cool beachside bars, spectacular scenery of the Biokovo Mountains and numerous places to explore such as the Krka National Park. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the beach of course!
Erimoupolis beach, Crete
It’s not every day you visit a beach that’s tucked between ragged cliffs and an ancient cemetery, but now’s your chance. The beach is named after the ‘abandoned town’ of Itanos, whose ruins you’ll pass on the way to Erimoupolis. Maybe that explains why it’s not so popular with Crete’s usual tourists!
Es Trenc beach, Majorca
If you want unspoilt white sands then this is the beach for you. And you’ll get a whole three kilometres of it. The natural dunes provide the perfect growing environment for sea thistle, pine and tamarind trees. This beach is also good for those of you that like to ‘bare all’. The end of the beach is reserved as a naturist area, brilliant if you want an all over tan. Head here if you are considering all inclusive holidays to Majorca.
Turquoise Coast beach, Patara, Turkey
The 19 kilometres of gorgeous Mediterranean sand is underdeveloped thanks to its status as a Nature Reserve. The beach is flanked by huge mountains of sand that offer the perfect nesting ground for endangered loggerhead turtles.