As the cold weather starts to abate and a heat wave is predicted for Easter weekend, thoughts can at last turn to the beach. Beach breaks are synonymous with fun in the sun and Europe has some excellent examples.
Right across the continent there are great resorts that offer plenty to do, soaring temperatures to bask in, and beautiful surroundings to admire. Here are some of Europe's best beaches.
Anyone who has ever visited the Dalmatian Coast will be aware of just how beautiful Croatia is. Zlatni Rat beach is situated on the island of Brač, off the coast of Split, and offers pure white sands. The small stretch of land has beaches either side of a pine tree grove, but the waters here in the Adriatic Sea may be a little colder than elsewhere in the Mediterranean. The shape of the land also changes uniquely throughout the day in line with the movement of the tide.
La Manga del Mar Menor
Most people looking for a Spanish beach break will head off to one of the many islands, but the mainland also has some great options. La Manga del Mar Menor can be translated to mean 'The Sandbar of the Minor Sea' and gets its name from the salt-water lagoon (Europe's largest) which is created just off the coast near Murcia. There are five islands in the middle of the Mar Menor and bathers also have the option to swim in the Mediterranean Sea on the other side of the isthmus. The shallow waters here lend themselves perfectly to water sports.
Even if you have never been to this beach on the Greek island of Kefalonia before, you may well recognise its familiar shape from travel brochures and guidebooks alike. The bay forms an almost perfect crescent and its natural beauty is only matched by the cleanliness of the sea and sand. Due to its position between two mountains, Myrtos Beach is quite secluded and can offer a feeling of remoteness even amongst the other beachgoers.
Situated near Brindisi, on Italy's 'heel', Torre Guaceto beach is a place for people who love the beauty of these sandy areas but don't appreciate the throngs of tourists that flock to them. Plant and wildlife take precedent in this protected nature reserve and the waters are perfect for swimming. Other pursuits include nature walks, cycle treks, and packing a picnic of local produce to enjoy in these idyllic surroundings.
Grand Plage Beach
This beach in Biarritz is as much for the people who return to this classic resort each year as it is for the trendy youngsters who now flock here with surfboard in hand. Amongst the holidaymakers and locals looking for a spontaneous day in the sun, you'll find affluent visitors who like to take advantage of the warm rays and tuxedoed waiter service during the day and the bright lights of the casinos in the evenings.
Troia Beach is situated on a peninsula just south of the Portuguese capital and can offer a welcome break from the busy streets on your Lisbon city break. It features everything that is great about Portuguese beaches; there's endless white sand that kisses your toes softly, crystal clear waters, and even the odd dolphin putting on a show for the tourists. History buffs will also enjoy exploring the ruins of the nearby Roman baths.
Falsterbo may not be a great choice for those who love their water sports (jet skis and motorboats are banned here) but it has so much else going for it. The ban means that there is peace and quiet aplenty and the white of the sand contrasts with the chic, multi-coloured beach huts which litter the area. There's plenty to do on this south-western tip of Sweden, including a links-graded golf course, a lighthouse to explore, and plenty of delicious ice cream to sample.
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