Don’t want to share a shingle or patch of sand with thousands of other holidaymakers? Well, if you have the money, you can get your very own slice of paradise in a five-star luxury resort. However, not everyone has that money, so what can you do if you want to escape the crowds? There are still countless secluded beaches in the world – beautiful little coves or gorgeous stretches of sand that are uncrowded even in sunny weekends in the summer – just waiting to be found. They may only be a bit harder to get to and you may even have to give up some luxuries if you want complete seclusion, but all that just means you will get your own patch of paradise for a lower price. Here are some of the best secluded beaches in Europe.
Pinarello Beach proves that a quiet Mediterranean beach life still exists in Corsica. The 1.2km stretch of soft white sand in the gulf of Pinarello is backed by dramatic mountains. You can reach the quiet beach by just walking on the boardwalk past the sheltered lagoons.
Andalusia is a gorgeous place packed with many secluded beaches. My favorite one is, obviously, El Canuelo in Tarifa. It is a beautiful and laid-back place, far different from the crowded beaches in Costa del Sol. Moreover, El Canuelo is also protected by a nature reserve.
Marathonisi in Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful secluded beaches in all of Europe. The turtle-shaped island is located just off the Laguna Bay coast and is a breeding ground for turtles, which is why it is also referred to as the Turtle Island. Getting to the uninhabited island has become easy by the facility of taking a regular boat, but the more adventurous and daring ones can opt to hire their own. Just remember not to make plans for traveling to Marathonisi in May, since the island is off-limits in the month due to the hatching season of turtles.
Most people spend their vacations in the beaches of Costa Smeralda to the north of Sardinia, so if you are looking for secluded beaches, head to the south to the more laid-back stretches of sand. The beaches are peaceful and serene with beautiful sandy bays that will make your beach escape a relaxing one. My favorite beach here is Punta Molentis, which is located just outside Villasimius.
Located near the harbor town of Bol in the island of Brac, Zlatni Rat is amongst the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. In spite of its not-so-appealing name (though Zlatni Rat means the Golden Horn or Golden Cape in English), it really is a patch of paradise with flour-white sand and bluest of waters. It is also the perfect spot for windsurfers, so you may get to see a lot of them on certain days. The shape of the beach keeps changing with the changing winds and tides.