We love Europe, but seriously, the places we always want to go are far too packed for our liking. We’re used to sparse beaches and lots of space. These underrated beach towns will allow you to experience that idyllic European lifestyle whilst dodging the crowds. Just how we like it.
#1 Milos, Greece
Whilst the bigger island Mykonos and Santorini remain some of the most visited Greek islands, you’re unfortunately more likely to have to fight with hundreds of visitors for a space to catch the incredible view we all know and love. Do yourself a favour and visit one of the less touristy islands for a chance to actually relax and enjoy your surrounds. Accessible by plane from Athens or several ferries, Milos boasts turquoise waters, offset by bright white cliffs and incredible greenery. The main town, Plaka, is the epitome of winding Greek streets and traditional food with an attitude to match. You’re on island time here.
#2 Ischia, Italy
A volcanic town on the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is famous for its’ toasty waters. Hot springs bubble at Maronti Beach, leaving you feeling refreshed as if you’d spent a day at the spa. If you’re over the glitz of some bigger Italian towns and cities, you need go no further. Ischia gives you all that others have coupled with the serenity you need. Drinking at countless bars, lazing on the white sand beaches and hiking up to the peak of Monte Epomeo make this island a truly idyllic spot.
#3 St Ives, England
I may be a little biased here, being British, but St Ives is a must when in England. The small fishing town is buzzing with locals, bars, beaches and even an old school arcade. Known for its’ surf, there are plenty of water-sports to get stuck into. Or if you’re looking for something a little less action packed, the famous Tate Gallery stands just off the shores of the main beach. The harbour is the perfect place to eat fish and chips, grab a drink at the traditional pubs and people watch well into the evening. A tiny town with heaps to offer.
#4 Antibes, France
Nestled in between the famous Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, Antibes is the ideal spot to put on your list if you want to catch a glimpse of the glitz and glam with a slightly lower price bracket. And a few less people of course. Enclosed by a 16th Century fort, this beach town has a huge amount of history to offer, and with yachts as far as the eye can see, you’ll feel like a movie star. Even if you’re just visiting for the day.
#5 Cres, Croatia
Like most parts of Croatia, Cres holds a huge amount of history. Its’ 4,000 year old settlements give us Game of Thrones vibes even at first glance and although a large island, it’s definitely not as popular (yet) as its’ neighbours Hvar and Brač. With miles of unspoilt rugged land perfect for hiking and of course, typical clear blue Croatian waters, this island is a place for everyone. Island living paired with European history at its’ finest.
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