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Best beach destinations in Europe

If you’re considering a beach holiday to Europe, then the extensive mix of great destinations including the sun soaked sands of Spain, Portugal and Greece to name just a few are bound to win you over. European holidays offer conveniently short flight times from the UK and a fantastic range of sun spots such as the Canary Islands offering year round sun that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, whenever you decide to go.

One of the many benefits of a beach holiday in Europe is its...

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If you’re considering a beach holiday to Europe, then the extensive mix of great destinations including the sun soaked sands of Spain, Portugal and Greece to name just a few are bound to win you over. European holidays offer conveniently short flight times from the UK and a fantastic range of sun spots such as the Canary Islands offering year round sun that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, whenever you decide to go.

One of the many benefits of a beach holiday in Europe is its clean beaches and mix of sheltered, un-spoilt beaches to top up your tan and sip on a refreshing cocktail while kids can play safely in the sea. For daredevils looking for adventure, Lanzarote boasts some of the best scuba diving on the continent while windsurfing in Fuertaventura brings in both beginners and pro’s, especially for the annual world championships.

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Europes most popular

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  • Majorca >
  • Lanzarote >
  • Rhodes >

Majorca, Lanzarote and Rhodes are popular destinations for their picture perfect rocky and sandy beaches, rich heritage and varied mix of sightseeing and activities both on and off the beach. Explore the Volcanic sculptural like setting of Lanzarote, relax in Majorca’s laid back beaches before...

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Majorca, Lanzarote and Rhodes are popular destinations for their picture perfect rocky and sandy beaches, rich heritage and varied mix of sightseeing and activities both on and off the beach. Explore the Volcanic sculptural like setting of Lanzarote, relax in Majorca’s laid back beaches before partying the night away in one of the many busy bars and clubs, or go island hopping from Rhodes, whatever you’re looking for and whatever your group, there’s quite simply something for everyone.

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Majorca is famous for it’s super soft white sandy beaches with guaranteed hot summers. The beautiful Balearic sunsets draw couples looking for a romantic break right to the heart of destinations such as the aptly named Cala Romantica for peaceful, unspoilt beaches, while the party continues in...

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Majorca is famous for it’s super soft white sandy beaches with guaranteed hot summers. The beautiful Balearic sunsets draw couples looking for a romantic break right to the heart of destinations such as the aptly named Cala Romantica for peaceful, unspoilt beaches, while the party continues in renowned resorts such as Magaluf, with its fun mix of busy beach bars and wild nightlife. Majorca is also family friendly with areas such as Alcudia boasting some of the shallower and sheltered beaches safe for adventurous kids.

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Lanzarote holidays will always remain a popular choice with sun seekers for its guaranteed year round rays and unique mix of culture and relaxation. There’s tons to see off and on the beach, with a day in Lanzarote taking you anywhere from relaxing on the beach in the morning, to embarking on a...

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Lanzarote holidays will always remain a popular choice with sun seekers for its guaranteed year round rays and unique mix of culture and relaxation. There’s tons to see off and on the beach, with a day in Lanzarote taking you anywhere from relaxing on the beach in the morning, to embarking on a volcanic hiking adventure in the afternoon at the Volcanic National Park. Its location close to the African coast and volcanic composition also makes for fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling, alongside top notch surfing- there’s a reason why this island is known as ‘the Hawaii of the Atlantic’.

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Rhodes is the largest and most vibrant of the Greek islands, with a mix of resorts to keep party animals, families and adventurous types entertained. The white sandy beaches and choice of busy watersports fuelled beaches or secluded coves offer space for the kids to roam free while you relax on the...

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Rhodes is the largest and most vibrant of the Greek islands, with a mix of resorts to keep party animals, families and adventurous types entertained. The white sandy beaches and choice of busy watersports fuelled beaches or secluded coves offer space for the kids to roam free while you relax on the sand and sip on a cooling cocktail. There’s also a great mix of sight seeing to be had in and around Rhodes town, and bustling nightlife in the beach resort of Faliraki.

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Culture on the beach

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  • Crete >
  • Malta >
  • Barcelona >

In destinations such as Crete, Malta and Barcelona, there are as many cultural attractions to be discovered, as there is time to spend on their picture perfect beaches. Take the kids for a stroll around the unique architecture of Crete, discover why Malta is home to three world heritage sites or...

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In destinations such as Crete, Malta and Barcelona, there are as many cultural attractions to be discovered, as there is time to spend on their picture perfect beaches. Take the kids for a stroll around the unique architecture of Crete, discover why Malta is home to three world heritage sites or find out about Barcelona’s mix of arty sites combined with cutting edge cool design.

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While the paradise like golden sand beaches of Crete can be difficult to drag yourself away from, there is also a ton of cultural attractions well worth seeing on your Crete holiday. Knossos, the famous Minoan palace remains that legend has it once was home to the famous Labyrinth than once held...

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While the paradise like golden sand beaches of Crete can be difficult to drag yourself away from, there is also a ton of cultural attractions well worth seeing on your Crete holiday. Knossos, the famous Minoan palace remains that legend has it once was home to the famous Labyrinth than once held the Minotaur of legend is an important archaeological site that the kids will love, while the Basilica of Ayios Titos was the first church founded on the island.

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Malta is a lover of arts, and spending a little time away from the beach will be well rewarded when you discover the medieval paintings from the Knights of St John era, or the many contemporary galleries in Valetta. While on holiday in Malta you will also find yourself intrigued by its three world...

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Malta is a lover of arts, and spending a little time away from the beach will be well rewarded when you discover the medieval paintings from the Knights of St John era, or the many contemporary galleries in Valetta. While on holiday in Malta you will also find yourself intrigued by its three world heritage sites including Valetta, the Megalithic Temples which are considered the oldest freestanding shrines in the world, and The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a three tiered ‘has to be seen to be believed’ sanctuary cut into a rockface.

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Barcelona holidays attract many people for their unique mix of cosmopolitan city living with a rich cultural history, and added benefit of its spacious beach. While visiting, make sure you don’t miss out of must see sites such as the Sangrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished architectural masterpiece,...

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Barcelona holidays attract many people for their unique mix of cosmopolitan city living with a rich cultural history, and added benefit of its spacious beach. While visiting, make sure you don’t miss out of must see sites such as the Sangrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished architectural masterpiece, bustling Las Ramblas market, but don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for one of many Picasso exhibitons. Barcelona offers quite simply, city culture right on the beach.

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Off the beaten track

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  • Tunisia >
  • Bulgaria >
  • Madeira >

If you’re looking to stroll off the beaten track and make your own path on your holiday, why not consider visiting somewhere a little bit out there to avoid the tourist trail? Lesser-visited destinations such as Tunisia, Bulgaria and Madeira can offer some of the best holiday deals available...

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If you’re looking to stroll off the beaten track and make your own path on your holiday, why not consider visiting somewhere a little bit out there to avoid the tourist trail? Lesser-visited destinations such as Tunisia, Bulgaria and Madeira can offer some of the best holiday deals available alongside picturesque beaches, unique culture and unspolit beauty. Ideal for families, couples or adventurous groups, these up and coming destinations have it all.

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A holiday to Tunisia is made up of a unique blend of North African climate and Mediterranean charm with its long golden sandy beaches and super hot climate. Watersports including scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing are popular here due to its gentle but consistent winds, while the...

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A holiday to Tunisia is made up of a unique blend of North African climate and Mediterranean charm with its long golden sandy beaches and super hot climate. Watersports including scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing are popular here due to its gentle but consistent winds, while the picturesque Hammamet is ideal for celebrity spotting amongst its many luxury yachts in the marina there.

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The Golden Sands resort in Bulgaria is the ideal place to relax on its Black Sea coastline. Its long beach with plenty of secluded coves make it a great place for families with young children as the waters are shallow and protected, so your little ones can roam free while you kick back on the beach...

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The Golden Sands resort in Bulgaria is the ideal place to relax on its Black Sea coastline. Its long beach with plenty of secluded coves make it a great place for families with young children as the waters are shallow and protected, so your little ones can roam free while you kick back on the beach with a cocktail in hand. Plus, this resort is close to cultural attractions if you fancy a break from topping up your tan.

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Madeira holidays are not your typical breach break. Although they won’t offer you endless white sandy beaches, the pebbled coastline mixed with unique mix of plants and wildlife will leave you aching to explore. There are plenty of secluded coves to discover, and the crystal clear water provides a...

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Madeira holidays are not your typical breach break. Although they won’t offer you endless white sandy beaches, the pebbled coastline mixed with unique mix of plants and wildlife will leave you aching to explore. There are plenty of secluded coves to discover, and the crystal clear water provides a lot of watersport options for a rush of adrenalin. Alternatively, the scenic landscape offers hikers and walkers a vast playground waiting to be discovered.

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Action packed beaches

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  • Fuerteventura >
  • Egypt >
  • Turkey >

If your looking for a little more adrenaline fuelled action on your summer holiday this year, then booking an alternative to a typical sunbed and sand beach break is a lot easier than you think. Europe is an international mecca for watersports fans who flock to destinations such as Egypt,...

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If your looking for a little more adrenaline fuelled action on your summer holiday this year, then booking an alternative to a typical sunbed and sand beach break is a lot easier than you think. Europe is an international mecca for watersports fans who flock to destinations such as Egypt, Fuerteventura and Turkey for their guaranteed nature full reefs, steady winds and impressive breaks as well as warm weather, unique culture and busy nightlife.

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Fuerteventura’s big draw is windsurfing- bringing international pros and beginners alike to its beaches all year around, but especially in July for the world championships. You can pick up equipment hire and tuition for reasonable prices, and kite surfing if also readily available. If boards aren’t...

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Fuerteventura’s big draw is windsurfing- bringing international pros and beginners alike to its beaches all year around, but especially in July for the world championships. You can pick up equipment hire and tuition for reasonable prices, and kite surfing if also readily available. If boards aren’t your thing, a dune jumping buggy ride across the areas extensive sand dunes is a must!

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Not quite in Europe but pretty close nonetheless, Egypt’s unique culture and unbeatable underwater treasures have left holidaymakers in awe of its natural beauty for decades. The Red Sea coastline offers a mix of scuba diving available- from wrecks to cave dives, as well as fantastic kite surfing,...

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Not quite in Europe but pretty close nonetheless, Egypt’s unique culture and unbeatable underwater treasures have left holidaymakers in awe of its natural beauty for decades. The Red Sea coastline offers a mix of scuba diving available- from wrecks to cave dives, as well as fantastic kite surfing, windsurfing and parasailing available too. If you’re part of a group with mixed interests, the rolling desert and ton of historical sites will have something for everyone.

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The red-hot sun of Turkey is a great destination for its beautiful golden beaches, shining blue water and picture perfect luscious mountainous backdrops. You really can be as active as you want on holiday in Turkey, as the coastline offers great windsurfing, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling,...

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The red-hot sun of Turkey is a great destination for its beautiful golden beaches, shining blue water and picture perfect luscious mountainous backdrops. You really can be as active as you want on holiday in Turkey, as the coastline offers great windsurfing, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling, or inland lakes for white water rafting and canoeing- or simply relax on the beach, its entirely up to you!

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