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Sulphuric placid, Zakynthos

On an out-of-season journey to Zakynthos, a Greek island famed for intoxicated British youngsters that additionally occurs to be stunning, we stumbled upon Xigia Sulfur seashore on the east coast. We have been first greeted by the scent of rotten eggs, due to its sulphurous springs. Regardless of the scent, it’s sensible: the glistening turquoise waters are framed by the towering cliffs, and the sulphur bubbles out of the seabed. A dip on this seashore is alleged to be good for the pores and skin and usually therapeutic. There are different little coves close by, linked by paths.

Island idyll, Galicia, Spain

Praia de Rodas beach in islas Cies
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On the golden sands of Praia de Rodas you sit with the ocean in entrance and behind you, having fun with dreamy panoramic views. There aren’t any vehicles nor motels. Reserving upfront, we camped in a single day, which was a very unforgettable expertise. Mountaineering to the previous lighthouse can be fantastic.

Stroll the canyon, Mallorca

End of the gorge Torrent de Pareis
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After I consider a southern Europe seashore journey, just one place involves thoughts – the secluded Torrent de Pareis on the island’s north-west coast. With fantastically tranquil clear waters, this dream seashore can be distinctive as it’s accessed by a kilometre-long slim canyon tunnel pathway (though ferry choices exist throughout the summer season). It’s a Unesco world heritage website, so the landscapes are completely gorgeous. And there aren’t any loungers, umbrellas or water sports activities – come right here on a weekday to keep away from the mass tourism of the island, carry your personal towels, and put together for the sundown of a lifetime …
Colin Snoad

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Picasso’s choose, Côte d’Azur, France

Paloma Beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
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There’s no sand (pebbles solely), the pesky mouettes (gulls) may swoop on your sandwich and the value of lunch on the impossibly stylish seashore membership may carry tears to your eyes. However there’s no seashore on the earth fairly like Paloma. Perched on the Cap Ferrat peninsula, it nonetheless captures the south-of-France glamour of previous. The turquoise seas shimmer, the air is scented with pine timber and the breathtaking views stretch in direction of Cap-d’Ail and past. Picasso used to find it irresistible right here and so they named the seashore after his daughter Paloma. He knew paradise when he discovered it.
Mel Clarkson

Seaside, bikes and boardwalk, Cinque Terre, Italy

Our tipster’s photo of Levanto’s beach.
Our tipster’s photograph of Levanto’s seashore. {Photograph}: Kim

Levanto’s sandy seashore is a stroll from the village railway station. After a dip and a spot of sunbathing, wander into the beautiful city and gorge on focaccia and scrumptious native ice-cream, and anticipate a wonderful sundown over the bay (even higher with an aperitif). We employed bikes and cycled by means of the previous prepare tunnels to close by Framura, the place you possibly can observe a boardwalk to secluded and delightful swimming spots.

Gliding over dunes, Huelva, Spain

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{Photograph}: Saturnino Perez Garrido/Alamy

My favorite seashore is Matalascañas south-east of Huelva. The precise seashore stretches for at the least 5 miles and sits inside parque nacional de Doñana. Its size means you possibly can shortly stroll to solitude, away from crowds. I paraglided off sand dunes and flew above them, hovering alongside on the geothermals, gazing down on the improbable Rancho Pichilin, an open-air fish restaurant run by native fisherman and accessible solely on foot by means of the dunes. It’s ramshackle however does unbelievable fish dishes at cheap costs.
Patrick Bastow

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Novel seashore restaurant, Croatia

Crystal clear Mala Travna beach on island Vis, Dalmatia, Croatia2AF24AR Crystal clear Mala Travna beach on island Vis, Dalmatia, Croatia
{Photograph}: Alen Ferina/Alamy

Mala Travna seashore on the south coast of Vis is a small pebble seashore on the finish of a tough monitor. We cycled all the way down to eat on the restaurant Konoba Senko Karuza. Proprietor and well-known author Senko Karuza serves natural native produce together with fish he has caught and wine his household has made. Meals is served slowly and you’re free to leap off the rocks and swim between programs.

Crete springs to thoughts, Greece

Glyka Nera beach
{Photograph}: Georgios Tsichlis/Alamy

Sweetwater Bay (additionally known as Glykanera), on the south coast of Crete, between Loutro and Chora Sfakion, can solely be reached on foot (one hour from both city) or by boat, due to the encompassing mountainous terrain. Regardless of this inaccessibility, it has a small pleasant taverna, perched on a sea-bound rock and reached by way of a slim bridge. The identify derives from the freshwater springs which emerge on the seashore. The enterprising taverna proprietor has rigged up a solar-powered bathe, which delivers streams of icy spring water. The remoteness evokes some guests to skinny dip, nevertheless it’s not obligatory.
Nigel Blandford

Stairway to heaven, Sardinia

Cala Fuili
{Photograph}: Laurent Davoust/Alamy

The small, stony seashore of Cala Fuili will not be removed from Cala Gonone and is reached from the highway by strolling down many stone steps, accompanied by stunning Gulf of Orosei views. It’s a small paradise surrounded by cliffs. In case you fancy a hike there’s a path to Cala Luna, one other stunning seashore, 4 miles to the south.

Profitable tip: Absurdly Caribbean-esque sands, Corsica

Cupabia beach, South Corsica
{Photograph}: Gadzius/Alamy

Tucked right into a south-west nook of Corsica is the gloriously distant Plage de Cupabia. Its exceptionally clear, absurdly heat Caribbean-esque waters are set in an unspoiled amphitheatre flanked by rocky coves and a shocking stretch of white sand. It’s 15 miles north of Propriano down a winding semi-asphalted highway. Regardless of capacious free parking there’s nonetheless only one tiny restaurant, Waïkiki, proper on the seashore.
Kate Harris

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