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The Best Beach Tours and Destinations in Europe

From traditional fishing villages in the Greek Cyclades and secluded pebble beaches in Croatia to pastel-coloured towns on Italy’s Amalfi coast, get inspired and book one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Louis Rabinowitz
9 May 2019
Whether you’re planning a long weekend escape in the sun or a more extended adventure, there’s no shortage of fantastic options. To help point you in the right direction, we’ve selected the best beach and island TRIPS by Culture Trip in Europe.
1. Surfing and dolphin-spotting on the northern coast of Portugal

This leisurely, nine-day journey through northern Portugal encompasses some of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of coastline – bookended by stays in Porto and Lisbon, with a trip to the serene Alentejo wine region in between. You’ll design your own perfect beach day on the pristine shores of Comporta, and get a chance to surf the Atlantic waves and spot bottlenose dolphins from the secluded beaches of Sesimbra. Along the wild, jagged cliffs of Cabo Espichel, you’ll even see well-preserved dinosaur footprints.

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2. Crossing Southern Italy, from the Amalfi Coast to the Adriatic Coast

Embrace the dreamy scenery, deliciously moreish food and beautiful architecture of Southern Italy on this 10-day trip. You can embark on a private boat tour of the Amalfi Coast or spend the day strolling through its charming villages, before crossing over to the Adriatic side, where you’ll unwind on the white-pebble beach of Lama Monachile in Polignano a Mare, sandwiched between towering cliffs and framed by a Roman-era bridge. En route from one side of the country to the other, you’ll stop overnight in the ancient city of Matera, featured in the James Bond film, ‘No Time to Die.’

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3. Soaking up the sun on the golden sand beaches of Antalya, Turkey

Keen to discover the full scope of what Turkey has to offer? Culture Trip’s immersive 12-day Turkey adventure has you covered. As well as wandering through the vibrant bazaars of Istanbul, cruising down the Bosphorus and exploring the surreal rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia, you’ll have the chance to kick back and soak up the sun in Turkey’s favourite beach destination, Antalya – the perfect place to cap off your trip. The gorgeous, secluded Mermerli Beach is just a few steps away from the hotel.

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4. Kayaking, swimming and cycling along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Kayak off the coast of Split, experience the vibrant nightlife of Hvar and explore the Unesco-listed Old Town of Dubrovnik on this eight-day trip along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. History enthusiasts will relish a trip to the island of Vis – a former Yugoslav military base that was closed off to visitors from the 1950s until 1989 – while wine lovers will be in their element on the island of Korčula, known for producing grk – a type of dry, white wine which is unique to the area. You’ll also cycle past olive groves and pine forests, and relax on some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches.

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5. Sailing between Greece’s idyllic Cyclades Islands

It’s all smooth sailing on this eight-day adventure around the Greek Cyclades islands. You’ll start off sightseeing in Athens, before hopping on a ferry to Milos, where charming fishing villages are dotted between multicoloured volcanic landscapes and dazzling white-sand beaches. Continue to Naxos for a traditional Greek cooking class in a family home, and explore the atmospheric, winding alleys of the island’s main town, before capping off your trip in Santorini – an island renowned for its gorgeous, whitewashed architecture and magnificent sunsets.

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This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Tara Jessop.