The coast or the cliffs? How to choose between a mountain or seaside break


A beach in Sintra

1. Beaches in Europe are fun for the whole family

A beach holiday is a crowd pleaser, so if you’re travelling with a large travel party, it’s a great place to pick for your escape. You won’t be short of options, either. Europe is absolutely filled with white, sandy beaches and aquamarine seascapes, including Zlatni Rat, otherwise known as the ‘Golden Horn’. This iconic beach in Croatia leads to a point, hence the name, and between its food court, kid’s corner, beach amenities and more, it’s an epic place to spend time with your loved ones. Afterwards, take the short journey to Puteus Palace to savour some luxury treatment and sample delicious Brač and Croatian specialities.

2. You can try a range of watersports

While exploring beaches in Europe, there’s a world of wonder to be discovered beneath the waves. Across Santorini’s islands you can go scuba diving, snorkelling, and swimming, and traverse across the water via everything from a sailboat to yacht and surfboard, too. Engage with the sea in a variety of ways during an unforgettable trip on this most beloved of Greek islands, famed not only for its sands but for its sunsets and hospitality, as well: both of which you’ll get the best of at Aigialos Hotel Santorini, voted the ‘Most Romantic Historic Hotel’ in 2014.

3. You’ll be able to unwind and focus on you

Beaches in Europe often feel like nature’s spas. They’re hotspots of sun, close to aeons of salt water, and their soundtrack of softly cooing birds and lapping waves can transport even the most highly-strung of us to a state of complete zen. Throughout Sintra in Portugal, you’ll find several beautiful beaches to discover and destress in, like Praia da Adraga and Praia Grande. Back in Lisbon, a night or two at Hotel Britania should be on your agenda, just a stone’s throw away from the airport and local train stations.

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