Bucket list seaside holiday destinations in Europe

Bucket list seaside holiday destinations in Europe

It’s hard to beat spending your holidays in a seaside location. The sound of waves crashing on the shore, the sea breeze and the sunlight reflecting and glittering on the water all make the seaside one of the best places to wind down and relax. Right now, I’m hankering after a holiday to a seaside destination. Here are five of my favourite seaside destinations, which are on my bucket list and which I’d love to visit soon. Where would you like to go?

Bournemouth

Bournemouth beach

Visitors voted Bournemouth’s beach the best in the UK.

Bournemouth, a seaside town in the southern UK, is well-known for its heritage as a spa town and its beautiful and colourful history. The Dorset town has a lively centre, and is home to a seven-mile long seafront. When travelling to Bournemouth, you can choose from a wide variety of different types of accommodation, from cheap B&Bs, to more luxurious hotels.

Bournemouth is a real family favourite. For a typical British summertime experience, you can’t beat sitting on an English beach, tucking into a large portion of fish and chips. And Bournemouth’s seafront was voted ‘best beach in the UK’ in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for two years running, so it comes with a strong recommendation.

The French Riviera

Antibes

Antibes on the French Riviera was beloved by artists.

The French Riviera, located in south-east France, is famous for its star-studded beach locations, including Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and the world-renowned microstate of Monaco. Marinas pepper the coastline of the French Riviera. These offer marine activities like yachting and cruising. Pure white sand lies along the beaches in this part of France, and its sea is crystal clear. History buffs can also visit the hundreds of old and elegant buildings, monuments and churches on the Riviera, most dating back centuries.

The French Riviera is known in France as the Cote d’Azur, and you can find lots of charming accommodation there, like the self-catering Lou Messugo holiday rental.

Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento

Sorrento’s beauty comes from diverse influences.

The Amalfi Coast is located in the Sorrentine Peninsula, southern Italy. Its coastline stretches approximately 50 kilometres along Italy’s south coast. This shoreline is home to hundreds of small beaches, fishing villages and luxury villas. The Amalfi Coast perfectly blends together natural and cultural beauty. Over the ages, the Romans, Normans, Arab-Sicilians, Greeks, Saracens and more all set foot on this picturesque coast.

Sorrento itself is well-connected, with regular fast-ferry connections to Naples and Capri. Byron, Dickens and Tolstoy were among the many literary figures to enjoy spending time in the balmy air of this charming Italian town.

Malaga

sardines in Malaga Spain

The coastal town of Malaga is a good place for traditional seafood.

Malaga is southern Spain’s port city in Costa del Sol. The town offers yellow sand beaches, bright blue waters, and delicious tapas. Malaga’s natural beauty is well complimented by its subtropical-Mediterranean climate. So it’s perfect for tourists who want to escape the cold weathers of their own countries.

We stayed not far from Malaga on our first ever family holiday overseas. You can read my travel tips from that holiday in this post.

Corsica

soujanya rosso Corsica

Corsica’s dramatic mountains make it a beautiful coastal destination.

Corsica is a Mediterranean Island in France. It boasts a mountainous landscape, chalk-white beaches, and a sky-blue ocean. But the place is more than just a natural beauty. History pulses through the place. You can visit the centuries-old citadel at Calvi, which dates back to the Medieval era, as well as ancient churches and monuments. We’d love to go!

Where would you like to go on a seaside holiday?

This is a collaborative post. All views are my own. All images are from Pixabay.

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