If you´re looking for secret beaches without the noise, crowds, rambunctious children and music, this summer hit these undiscovered hideaways that are still under the radar. We´ve checked with travel experts and this is the list of the 8 recommended hidden beaches in the sunniest countries in Europe: Spain, Italy and Portugal.
If you´ve already discovered the unexplored regions of Northern Spain and are looking for the sun without the tourists, here is our list of the best-secluded beaches in the country. First stop: Mallorca. Unbelievably so, Mallorca still has several hidden coves that only a handful of locals know about. Es Trenc is one of them. You can´t get to it by car, but once you hit the sand, you´ll appreciate the effort. Unlike other parts of the Balearic Island, this beach is located on a natural and protected coastline of White sand and crystal clear water. Plus, it also has a pine forest, perfect for a picnic or a snooze.
Cala Varques, near Manacor in Mallorca is located between Porto Colom and Porto Cristo. If you´re feeling adventurous you can take the rocky path. If you want t0 travel in style, land there on-board a boat or yacht. There are no beach clubs so make sure you bring along water and some snacks. Pine forests, underwater caves and pristine waters will invite you to spend the day.
From one island to the next. Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands and although a favourite amongst tourists, it still has unexpected places such as Flag Beach, located on the north. A haven for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers, you´ll be able to enjoy the beach to yourself as the hard-core swimmers are out in the water searching for the wind.
Located in the Albufera National Park, south of Valencia, El Saler has almost 5 kilometers of sandy dunes and sheltered bays. To the north you have the Playa L’Arbre del Gos and to the south La Garrofera beach. Protected by the winds and pine forests, this peaceful retreat is great for wildlife and doing some “dolce far niente” as you gaze into the crystal clear blue waters.
Portugal prides itself on having some of the most beautiful secluded beaches in Europe. Just 45 kilometres away from Lisbon, in the area of Sintra and Cascais Natural Park, is Adraga beach. Frequented by locals and fishermen, the beach is nestled between rocky cliffs. The Sunday Times considered it one of the 20 best European beaches.
Another gem is Praia da Ursa, close by. Near Cabo da Roca, this is one of Portugal´s most secluded and a favourite amongst nudists, as getting there requires good walking shoes or a boat. Romantically isolated Praia da Ursa has no beach clubs or bars so bring along your picnic and some drinks so you can enjoy the soft sand, a waterfall and natural stunning beauty.
Although tourists flock to the Amalfi Coast during the Summer, in Italy there is one special place to go if you want some privacy and Blue Flag beaches, that´s Sicily. Just two years ago, 6 Sicilian beaches were awarded the Blue Flag award for being Europe´s cleanest: Porto Paolo, Pozzallo, Ispica, Fiumefreddo-Cottone, Spiaggia Bianca and Marina di Ragusa.
Once you arrive in Palermo, head to our favourite beaches in the province of Ragusa, known for having stunning coves, kilometers of white sand and wild nature surrounding them. Pozzallo is only 30 km away from Ragusa and looks out to the Mediterranean Sea while carob trees dominate the inland. The beach of Sampieri is famous for its small-secluded beach and stone cottages. This splendid coast alternates cliffs and endless beaches of fine white sand.
We hope you enjoy our recommendations and discover what it´s like to enjoy some of Europe´s best kept secret beaches all to yourself.