Nestled on the edge of Spain’s eastern coast, Playa de Racó de l’Albir is an award-winning beach in its own right. It’s claimed Blue Flag status for almost 20 years, and stretches half a kilometre along the coastline. Check out the local film festival during the summer months, or sample dishes from around the world at the bars and restaurants dotted along the promenade. Best of all, Albir is only a 20-minute bus journey away from Benidorm.
If you’re really looking to escape the crowds, how does 11-kilometres of soft white sand sound? Travellers often remark on how quiet Druif Beach is, and with only a smattering of hotels nearby, it’s one of Aruba’s hidden gems. Whichever gorgeous stretch you commandeer for the week won’t be overrun, so you’ll be treated to uninterrupted views of the calm, turquoise waters. Why not try your hand at snorkelling?
If you’re looking to escape to your golden getaway in the winter months but don’t want to go too far, try Boa Vista, with year-round temperatures often topping 25°C. Sun worshippers should head to Santa Monica Beach, lauded as one of the most beautiful beaches across Cape Verde’s 10 islands. With 18-kilometres of soft white sand to play with, you might even forget the rest of the world exists. Why not spend the day on the beach before being picked up for a sunset dinner and party at a nearby resort?
Another Blue Flag beach, and a picture-perfect snapshot of the Caribbean. Think palm trees and crystal clear waters, as well as hints of Bayahibe’s fishing village roots. Escape to this quieter stretch of paradise for scuba diving in beautiful coral reefs, chowing down on the Dominican speciality of pollo fritto, and to avoid celeb-hunters in Punta Cana. The shallow waters here also make it a great choice for families.
The gorgeous pink sand of Elafonissi is well worth a trip if you’re in the area, but it’s a bit out of the way. So, if you’re looking for a beach-base right in the centre of things, including souvenir shopping, water sports – jet skiing, canoeing, or parascending to name a few – and a buzzing nightlife, Aghia Marina is the place for you. It’s got gold star Blue Flag status, so you’ve got another award winner here.
The adults-only Thalassa Beach Resort offers a seafront location and swish pool scene, just a short walk from Aghia Marina.
The Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive has relaxation down to a fine art, mostly thanks to its long beach and sea-view pools. It also offers full use of its sister hotel.
Thatched-roof buildings, palm-lined gardens, and a huge sandy beach are just a taste of what’s in store at the tranquil .
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