Forget About the Tourist Traps and Experience What Europe Truly Has to Offer
The Colosseum in Rome. Eiffel tower in Paris. The Leaning Tower of Piza… Everyone knows about these landmarks of Europe and tourists never miss the chance to flock to those places to take the same cheesy photos when what they should be doing is travel around the beaches instead. “Beaches? In Europe?” That might be the default reaction you get, however, you should do your research before deciding for yourself whether the beaches in Europe deserve your attention.
At the top of the list, we have Positano, a colourful version of Santorini smack at the bottom of Italy. It boasts a culture as colorful as its buildings and fun fact: their beach is pebbled instead of sandy – perfect for those who hate the feeling of grainy sand. Positano is currently making its rounds on Instagram because the village is extremely picturesque, especially with the greenery, which will make a great contrast with anyone who is suited up or dressed to impress.
There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in Greece, from the Santorini mentioned above to the now-trending Mykonos. A location popular for eloping, Mykonos offers many wedding packages for the romantic couple who wants to tie the knot someplace exotic and out of the scrutiny or pressure of family and friends. There is also an abundance of resorts that you can choose from, or pick an island off the coast of Mykonos and disappear into the cerulean blue waters and promise of paradise.
Cala Marcarella, Spain
Forget Ibiza, that overrated and super commercialized destination. To get the most bang for your buck and the wow out of everyone in your travel group, head to Cala Marcarella instead. It is Menorca’s best kept secret and is a heaven for foodies and families alike. They have waters so clear you can see the shadow of boats and yachts at the bottom of the sea. Being an un-touristy spot, you can be sure to stumble upon budget stays, friendly faces, and cheaper food and booze.
Blue Lagoon, Turkey
Tourists tend to flock to Turkey for their hot air balloons because they want that shot of a sky dotted with baskets. However, Turkey is also home to a beautiful coast. Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz is “a resort village on the southwest coast of Turkey.” It is one of the most fascinating beaches in the world (not just Europe) as it is an unspoiled gem of nature.
Plaja Costinești, Romania
This is for the party people who are not interested in being secluded and isolated from civilization but welcome it with open arms. With direct flights from London, it is a go-to summer spot for locals, so you will be sure not to find too many tourists at the beach, retaining that authentic vibe for travelers to enjoy.
One of the best things about going someplace that is less commercialized or developed for tourism is that you get all of the cultures, with none of the price tags.