Here comes the sun! Well, not really, as it’s freezing cold and snowing heavily right about now; but we can still dream, can’t we? And I say, if you’re gonna dream, go big! Like dreaming about your own place on the sand, a warm sunny day and tranquility? Feel free to choose for one of 10 most beautiful secret beaches in Europe.
1. Plage de Saleccia, Corsica | Stunning Secret Beaches In Europe
Secret beaches usually take a bit of effort to get to, likfe walking across a desert to get to Saleccia. Hidden by the desolate Désert de Agriates, a sunburnt expanse of nothingness, Saleccia is the heaven after the hell, a mile-long desert island dream. Have a cold one, on me!
2. Traigh Eais, Barra, Scotland | Secret Beach In Europe
Barra’s is the only airport in the world with a beach for a runway. The airport beach itself would be a grand place to stretch out your towel, if it wasn’t for incoming aircraft, but five minutes away is Traigh Eais, a gem in a bejewelled crown of beaches in the Outer Hebrides.
3. Cala Xarraca, Ibiza, Spain | Secret Beaches In Europe
There are parts of Ibiza that have been somewhat spoiled by 40 years of mass tourism, but away from San Antonio, Playa d’en Bossa and the like, the White Isle hides away several beaches that rank among the best in the Med. Lovely!
4. Reynisfjara, Iceland
Near the town of Vik in the south of Iceland, Reynisfjara is beautiful in black and blue, its sand decorated with the odd lump of ice from the Vatnajokull glacier. Sure, i said warm and sunny, but hey.. beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I guess after a nice glass of whiskey, this place seems pleasant enough.
5. Virgin Mary Bay, Calabria, Italy
The beaches of Capo Vaticano, situated on the bootlaces of Italy in Calabria, have a lot to live up to. Fortunately they are of the highest order, and none more elevated than Virgin Mary Bay. But the Cape’s biggest selling point is that it boasts the ideal climate for growing red onions. Really?
6. Skagen, Denmark
Skagen headland is the tip of one of the world’s largest spits, a 10,000 year-old stretch of sand that keeps on growing. Right at the end of the spit, you can stand with your feet in two seas – the Skagarak Sea and the Kattagat Sea, which is unusual. That’s something worth telling!
7. Dune du Pyla, France
The Flanc Côté Ouest is the seaward side of the Dune du Pyla, a giant sand dune on Aquitane’s Atlantic coast near Bordeaux. The beach is hidden by a 108m-high wall of sand so you have to climb up and roll down it to get there. Worth it!
8. Melide, Spain
Melide Beach is an unsung sweep in Pontevedra, Galicia, watched over by three lighthouses and frequented by very few people; just the odd surfer here to ride the waves in peace. Care to join me?
9. Flag Beach, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Few sunseekers seek out this totally tropical turquoise beauty at the north end of this Canary island. It’s a long, hot walk from the resort of Corralejo to Flag Beach, but it’s most certainly worth it.
10. Dhërmi, Albania
‘The Albanian Riviera’ doesn’t sound quite right, does it? But this stretch of the Adriatic coast has been widely-tipped to be ‘the next Croatia’ in terms of a beach holiday destination. Although getting there involves a nerve-jangling drive over a mountain pass, I’m sure you’ll appreciate it more when you go for a paddle. Enjoy!