There's sand, surf, and sun in beautifully unexpected places...
England's Cornish Coast
These are the proverbial "walk on the beach" beaches you've been searching for! They are also great for picking up beach glass and smooth pebbles for stone skipping. Cornwall has a delicate beauty to its countryside and is well known for wild flowers and birding, just in case you want a break from the shore.
Cape Clear Island, Ireland
This remote area is actually fairly accessible as the two towns where you can catch the ferry (Baltimore and Schull) are on the bus routes and easily connect to larger centers. The island is home to a well reviewed hostel, many bed and breakfasts, and one of my favourite craft stores in the world, Harpercraft.
But this part of Turkey has always been a place for people and things on the move. Many destinations are often described as being a crossroads and for the cities of Rize and Trabzon, the title is very accurate. This is where people of all languages, religions, and nationalities cross paths with each other, with legendary trade routes, with ancient history - and with a few gorgeous beaches too!
Finale Ligure, Italy
Maybe it's because Finale Ligure is a town that encourages a bit of laziness. It's also the first place I tasted real olive oil, fresh mozzarella cheese, and a creamy sun dried tomato pesto sauce. Yum! This charming seaside town is often overlooked by their more famous neighbours, like Cinque Terre or Venice but the truth is that northern Italy is a fantastic place for cheap holidays.
Hopefully the fishermen's lines are finding their mark during your visit because the seafood in Dieppe is fresh and fantastic. This is a town where the seaside cafes are equally adept at serving up lobster as they are croissants and hot chocolate (though perhaps not in the same sitting). Should you wish to stroll a bit after eating, you'll find great markets and food shops - and lovely wine from all over the country.
But what about....
I wanted to share 5 of my favourite places, some spots that don't always get the attention they deserve compared to some more famous resorts. And now I want to hear from you! Do you have a favourite beach, seaside, or ocean view that you think all European visitors should know about? Please let us know!
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