May 31, 2012
5 Hot European Beaches for Summer Travel
Soak up the sun and unwind in the soft sand on these top European beaches. Whether you are planning a girls’ trip away or a family vacation, you will not be disappointed by these sand & surf destinations.
Zlatni Rat, Croatia
Also known as the Golden Horn Beach, Zlatni Rat in Croatia is a stunning stretch of sand that jets out into sea from the island of Brac. A triangular sand bar extending nearly 580 yards, the beach changes shape and position with the wind daily. With an array of available water sports and a protected shore line, Zlatni Rat is one destination that shines with both beauty and entertainment for visitors.
A sandy beach tucked along Portugal’s rugged sandstone sea cliffs, Sagres offers dramatic views of the coastline and vast Atlantic Ocean. Stretching on for miles, the beach is untouched and underdeveloped and with impressive waves, it attracts surfers from all over the globe.
Looking to make friends on the beach? This is the place. A popular location for sun-seekers, Ibiza features tourist rich beaches that pocket the rocky coastline and pristine waters that make it hard to leave. The birthplace of the rave, Ibiza is home to many of Spain’s most famous clubs and thriving beach bars.
Monterosso al Mare, Italy
One of the five villages along Cinque Terra, Monterosso al Mare is the only extensive sand beach along this section of the coast. A beautiful resting place of sun-worshipers visiting the area, this beach looks out over the clear, aquamarine Mediterranean Sea. Only accessible by train or by foot, the town and beach is perfect for a leisurely afternoon.
This last top beach in Europe for our list is not just a single beach but an entire island – and one to make sure is on your vacation list. One of the Cyclades, a group of Greek Islands, Mykonos is best known for its white sandy beaches and cosmopolitan haven for visitors. With more than 300 days of sunshine plus idyllic scenery, this island shows off with a dream-like quality. Enjoy fantastic restaurants, hopping nightlife and generous beaches for soaking in the sunshine along the Aegean Sea.
Getting to these glorious is made easy with Delta’s nonstop flights from Portland to Amsterdam. Hop on a train or a short flight from the airport and you’ll be soaking up the sun in no time.
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