The top 5 seaside towns to visit in Europe

With warm weather, amazing attractions and beautiful beaches to explore, knowing where to head to on your next seaside holiday can be tough.

With lots of great accommodation options and regular flights, visiting somewhere new couldn’t be any easier. Here are some of the best seaside destinations to visit in Europe.

Ibiza Town, Spain

Experience beauty like no other on the famous White Isle. Ibiza is a paradise of whitewash buildings, historic attractions and stunning beaches.

With the undisputed party atmosphere of Playa d’en Bossa not too far away if you fancy a wild night, Ibiza Town is the perfect destination.

Spend your time wandering through the cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila.

Browse the independent boutiques, stroll along the fishing harbour and visit the Baluarte Santa Lucia battlements, which is now often used for music events.

There’s plenty to do here, from dancing in Pacha to lounging on the beach.

Kas, Turkey

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in southwest Turkey, Kas is a traditional laid-back town.

Situated at the foot of a mountain, the setting is truly picturesque. Idyllic houses with wooden balconies overlook quaint streets lined with independent shops, restaurants and nightlife.

The rugged Kaputas beach is perfect for paddling in the clear waves and relaxing on the soft sand. There’s even the opportunity to go snorkelling with several wrecks just a short boat ride away.

Valencia, Spain

With quaint sandy beaches, a pretty fishing neighbourhood and exciting attractions, Valencia is a great seaside city to visit.

Visit the futuristic science and cultural park with its large aquarium to marvel over the other-worldly architecture and to visit the fantastic exhibits.

The city itself is delightfully traditional, with bustling plazas and a unique cathedral that combines Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque architecture at its three entrances.

Grab some food in the city’s historic Central Market and take a bike ride through Turia Park. This beautiful, green ribbon flows through the city to the sea as it was once the Turia River.

Biarritz, France

An underestimated location, Biarritz is a dream of surfer beaches, historic sites and family-friendly attractions.

With a wide number of surf schools and two large aquariums, one of which is a 20th-century art deco building, the town is certainly influenced by the sea.

Along the 6km of coastline, you can ride the waves, go whale watching or just relax on the Grande Plage.

Be transported back to the glamour of the 20s in the casinos along the waterfront or enjoy a moment of peace at Pointe Saint-Martin.

This historic lighthouse was built in 1834 and stands nearly 80 metres above sea level. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the south-west of France in this charming seaside town.

Split, Croatia

Visit the port city of Split for a seaside holiday that’s brimming with history. Dominating the maze of cobbled streets is the ancient Diocletian’s Palace.

It’s magnificent, with ancient Roman architecture, Corinthian columns and lavish statues. Built as a military fortress, visit the well-preserved ruins of the 4th-century palace and learn more about the Byzantines heritage.

As well as history, there’s also the impressive Mestrovic Gallery for art, the Split City Museum for local culture and the exquisite Saint Domnius Cathedral to admire.

For relaxation, visit the Park Josipa Jura Strossmayera in the old town for a much-needed break away from the hustle and bustle.

Explore the area to find statues and fountains nestled among the trees. Bacvice beach is located east of the harbour and where you can recline on the sand and paddle in the shallow waves.

Consider a visit to one of these seaside towns, with each one offering something for every taste and idea of fun.

4 thoughts on “The top 5 seaside towns to visit in Europe

  1. Mac Carson

    Had to share this! love the simplicity and how much truth there is in this post! I have to admit that last one was my freakin’ favorite! Thanks for posting this article!

  2. Rachel

    Lovely places to be on a vacation… Amazing!!

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