It’s that time of year when the sun’s out and everyone is rushing to the beach, and we mean everyone! Get away from the crowds and busy beaches by checking out our list of the best underrated beaches in Europe. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquility.
1. Praia da Marinha – Algarve, Portugal
This is one of Portugal and Europe’s most beautiful beaches, and it’s not hard to see why. The amazing rock formations and endless views of blue skies and clear waters make this a traveller’s paradise and while Praia da Marinha is becoming increasingly popular, the trek to this gorgeous secluded beach means it is not for the fainthearted! This hidden gem is only accessible by foot down a winding set of steps along the cliff side, but if you are up to the challenge you will feel like you have this little slice of Portugal all to yourself.
2. Playa de La Concha – San Sebastian, Spain
A picturesque beach city with a never-ending fiesta atmosphere. Playa de la Concha is the perfect destination for either a relaxing picnic with the family or a romantic date with that special someone you met on holiday.
3. Navagio Beach – Zakynthos, Greece
Also known as “Shipwreck Beach” or “Smugglers Cove”, this is a pirate fantasy come true. This crystal blue water beach is one of the best kept secrets in Greece. If you’re looking for something quiet and intimate, then this is the beach for you. Although it’s only reachable via a beach tour provider in Greece, it’s a small price to pay considering that you and a select few will have this pristine beach all to yourselves.
4. Isola dei Conigili – Lampedusa, Italy
This is one Italian island I wouldn’t mind being stranded on. Isola dei Conigili, also known as ‘Rabbit Island’ has been widely praised for its white sandy beach and turquoise waters. It is over 105 miles from the mainland of Italy, so you will truly feel like you are marooned on a tropical island, only you won’t want to be rescued! Despite the name, you won’t find any furry creatures but expect to see some loggerhead turtles as you explore this little island. A perfect place to snorkel and soak up the Mediterranean sun.
5. Punta Rata Beach – Brela, Croatia
Punta Rata Beach in Croatia is so mesmerizing and dreamy, it has won numerous travel and tourism awards over the years. Once you step foot on this white sand beach, you’ll know exactly why! This beach is actually a wildlife and natural protected site dedicated to preserving the flora and fauna of the region. Not to worry though, visitors can come lay a blanket on the beach and splash around in the water as long as you’re respectful and tidy.