Are you fed up of fighting for a sun lounger on the busy beaches? Fed up of the constant stream of knick knack sellers walking up and down the beach all day?
There is more to Europe than the tourist hot spots we all hear about. Whilst there are probably hundreds of secret beaches in Europe, we have rounded up our top 6 to get you started.
Flag Beach, Fuerteventura, Spain
Situated in the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco, Fuerteventura has more than one secret beach that is worth visiting, but Flag Beach is where we are visiting today. Unlike much of the rest of the island this beach is not over run with tourists. Flag Beach is situated at the north of the island, just east of Corralejo. If you enjoy a bit of kite surfing, then this is one beach not to miss.
Praia de Ursa, Portugal
This is not an easy beach to get to so it is very secluded. It is poorly serviced by public transport so driving by car is advised. Even then you might struggle to find it, so do your research on its location first. Once you are near the beach you do need to hike the last bit, which is a trail marked as difficult. If you do make it down to the sand, you won’t be disappointed. The closest town to Praia de Ursa is Sintra, with the closest airport being Lisbon.
Cala Xarraca, Ibiza, Spain
We say Ibiza, you may think night clubs and loud music, however that is only a tiny part of this stunning island. Ibiza has a wealth of beautiful coves with crystal waters. Cala Xarraca is the opposite end of the island, however with the island being on the smaller side, it shouldn’t take longer than 45 mins to reach from Ibiza Town.
Smuggler's Cove, Zakynthos, Greece
Again, another location known for its nightlife scene, Zakynthos (or Zante) also has a large number of remote, stunning beaches. Get a boat out to Smuggler’s Cove and do a spot of turtle watching, explore the shipwreck on the beach and climb the cliffs for a stunning view out to sea.
Paradise Bay, Malta
On the northern tip of the island, Paradise Bay truly delivers on its name. It requires some real effort to trek to the beach, but once you are there you will experience dramatic cliffs, and beautiful waters. Just remember you must trek back up after.
Porth Joke, Cornwall, UK
Not quite as exotic as the other beaches in this blog, Porth Joke, or known locally as Polly Joke, is usually a really quiet beach due to its rather big decent. If you have made it all the way to Cornwall, don’t let this put you off, it is well worth the visit.
We hope this blog gives you some inspiration to detour from the beaten track and find some hidden gems. If you are deciding on a trip, especially if you are attempting to reach the difficult beaches, make sure your travel insurance covers you in these areas as, you may need some real help getting back up from these beaches!
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