Beach Holidays in Europe

If your requirements for a holiday include sun, sea and sand (topped off, perhaps, with some city strolling and a dollop of culture), beach holidays to Europe are just the thing. Far from a fly-and-flop-style holiday, we can arrange a glorious coastal getaway packed with memorable experiences and, of course, plenty of time to top up your tan.

For a wonderfully retro beach holiday in Europe, load up the car and set off on a road trip from the UK. Normandy and Brittany are a winning combo, with historic cities and beautiful beaches galore, and can easily be paired with a beachy break to Spain whether you aim for sunny San Sebastian or head across to the charming city of Valencia on the east coast.

Further south, there's the surf beaches of Portugal - a great place to learn to ride the waves with excellent conditions and some of the best instructors in the business - and pretty Puglia, the heal of Italy's boot, with its endless sandy stretches and sleepy hilltop villages.

If it's an exotic beach getaway you're after, we can arrange a heavenly holiday to Greece where you can explore sugar cube towns and spend your days island hopping and enjoying the cool coastal breeze aboard a luxury yacht. Turkey, too, is a firm favourite, with a scattering of excellent hotels on the beautiful Lycean coast and the chance to enjoy a serene sailing trip aboard a traditional gulet boat.

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Harriet, Arran, Kate L and Charlotte H are our 'Beach Holidays in Europe' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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