Europe’s beaches for some fun

Summer isn’t YET over. And there are still plenty of sunny days at several locations in Europe.

Here’s a bunch of beaches perfect for having some fun.


Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza, Spain

Home to some of the best nightclubs in the world, Ibiza also has a gorgeous coastline, with dozens of tiny coves to discover – not to mention some of the most stylish hotels on the Mediterranean. For a week of wild partying head to the soft sands of Playa d’en Bossa. Las Salinas is a mile-long crescent of sand on the southernmost tip of the island, bordered by a small pine forest.

Sanxenxo, Galicia, Spain

With a string of south-facing beaches, Sanxenxo is the main resort in the O Salnés area of Galicia in the north west of Spain.

Most of the tourists in summer are from other parts of Spain, and they come here for the superb seafood and the more comfortable temperatures, not to mention the albariño wines. While the town is lively, with lots of nightlife, you can drive to quieter beaches, seaside villages and historic towns in half an hour or so.

Los Caños de Meca, Andalusia, Spain

There are several stretches of beach at Los Caños de Meca on the Costa de la Luz, protected by cliffs and topped by a pine forest.

Cape Trafalgar, a former hippy hang-out on the Atlantic coast, is more mainstream these days, but the bohemian vibe endures. There is a nudist bay not far from the main beach, and it is a popular gay destination.

Come here to kitesurf, snorkel, scuba dive or explore the La Breña nature reserve. Everyone watches the sun set at the beach bars, before the partying begins.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Algarve, Portugal

As known for its wild nightlife as its lovely beach, this is a spot for those who require more than flying and flopping.

It is very developed – a casino, bars, restaurants and nightclubs line the beach and it is very crowded in high summer. But that means there is something for everyone to do, from kite surfing to beach volleyball.

Praia da Rocha | Algarve

Rovinj, Istria, Croatia

On Istria’s west coast, Rovinj overlooks a pretty fishing harbor. Its cobbled alleys and pastel-coloured buildings conceal restaurants serving seafood, and waterside cocktail bars. For swimming, walk to Punta Corrente, a wooded peninsula with three pebble coves, plus the sleek Mulini beach.

Or catch a taxi-boat to the islets of St Katarina and St Andrija, with their secluded bathing spots. Sporty types can scuba dive and sail, or cycle inland along marked trails.

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