Is heading to the beach your preferred way to relax and unwind? Whether you’re planning a holiday in the height of summer or you’re after some winter sunshine, there’s plenty of beautiful beaches in Europe to visit every month of the year.
From charming coves in Cassis to long sandy stretches in Veneto, take your pick of our carefully curated list of beaches below.
Praia do Pinhão, Portugal
There aren’t many places in Europe that boast warm weather in January, yet Portugal’s Algarve region just about passes muster. The picture-perfect Praia do Pinhão is found in Lagos and is famed for its clear waters and the orange-tinged cliffs that surround it.
Temperatures are around 16°C in January, which may not make it warm enough for swimming but certainly balmy enough for a tranquil walk followed by a meal in one of the exceptional eateries in Lagos’ Old Town.
Côte des Basques, Biarritz
If you’re a keen surfer, few beaches rival Biarritz’s Côte des Basques. Located on France’s west coast, it’s largely considered the birthplace of European surfing thanks to being blessed with big waves and beautiful views.
February may not be the hottest month to visit, however, you’ll find the beach almost deserted. Enjoy the quietness from the sand or pull on your wetsuit and test your skills in the surf.
Pampelonne Beach, South of France
Found just a short drive from the glamorous resort of St Tropez, Pampelonne is a stunning beach that boasts soft white sand and calm waters ideal for a quick dip. It stretches out for 5km and, while some of it’s fringed by fancy hotels and resorts, you’ll find much of Pampelonne is idyllically secluded.
The French Riviera in March is usually a moderate 16°C during the day, making it perfectly acceptable to spend sunnier days strolling along the sand. Fancy camping? You’ll find our Camping Holiday Marina is only ten minutes away by car.
Bay of Roses, Spain
Considered one of Spain’s most stunning coastlines, the Bay of Roses is found on the Costa Brava and very close to the city of Girona. It’s a treasure trove of tiny coves and sandy beaches backed by nature reserves and magnificent mountains.
While Spain is a tourist hotspot during the summer, the quieter spring shoulder season is great for those after fewer people and a more laidback pace of life. With temperatures reaching 19°C, it’s also perfect for a camping holiday at our Castell Mar coastal campsite.
Sottomarina Beach, Italy
After an early summer holiday destination that has both beaches and plenty of cultural draws? Sottomarina is the one. It’s located just south of the romantic city of Venice and forms part of the historic fishing commune of Chioggia (which also has its fair share of gorgeous piazzas and canals).
When you’re not exploring Venice’s historical houses and waterways, check out Sottomarina’s large sandy beach that’s lined with plenty of restaurants and facilities to keep the whole family entertained.
Calanque d’En-Vau, France
France’s south coast has many incredible beaches, yet few rival the tropical-looking Calanques of Cassis. They’re narrow coastal inlets that can be tricky to get to but well worth it for their impossibly blue waters.
Calanque d’En-Vau is one of the easiest to access. Summer can see the small strip of paradise packed with eager beachgoers, so June is a better time to visit if you’re hoping for more space yet plenty of sunshine.
Krknjaši Bay, Croatia
Also known as the Blue Lagoon, this idyllic spot on Croatia’s Adriatic coast is only reachable by boat which ensures it stays less busy than the region’s other beaches. Crystal-clear waters and an abundance of marine life makes it a particularly great spot for snorkelling, swimming or even scuba diving.
Sound like your kind of beach? Stay in our relaxing Vranjica Belvedere campsite in the quiet village of Seget Vranjica, just a short drive from Trogir where boats depart regularly for Krknjaši Bay.
Moriani Beach, Corsica
During the most popular holiday month of the year, crowded beaches will be unavoidable. The key is finding one with enough space to comfortably spread out. Enter Moriani Beach, a 14km stretch of golden sand located on Corsica’s Costa Verde.
Access the sand from the popular resort town of Moriani and walk up the beach to find your own private spot. You’ll also discover plenty of places near the town for food, as well as water sports clubs to help keep older kids occupied.
Deauville Beach, France
This Normandy beach has hosted a bustling resort for decades and continues to draw in holidaymakers each and every summer. As well as its vast sandy beach, Deauville also has a picturesque promenade lined with beach huts and an array of cafés and restaurants.
September is a sublime time to visit as it’s still around 20°C in the day but far less crowded than July or August. Stay a stone’s throw from the beach by pitching a tent at Camping Orée de Deauville.
Costa Rei, Sardinia
Beach holidays in October can give you the best of both worlds when it comes to fewer crowds and still pleasant temperatures – especially if you head to Sardinia. Located an hour’s drive from Cagliari, Costa Rei is a stunning area of coastline dotted with idyllic bays and coves that gently slope into the turquoise Adriatic Sea.
As well as soaking up some late summer sun, it’s also warm enough to enjoy underwater activities like snorkelling and scuba diving along Costa Rei’s coral reefs.
La Concha, Spain
Nestled along the Basque Coast, La Concha is only a short distance from Bilbao. The sheltered, crescent-shaped sandy beach is found in the small seaside city of San Sebastián and is known for being one of the most photographed beaches in Europe.
The region’s winters are surprisingly mild, with temperatures reaching 17°C most days. While swimming at La Concha may not be top of your list, it’s definitely warm enough for long walks along the esplanade and indulgent alfresco lunches.
While you certainly won’t be doing any swimming (unless you’re wearing a good wetsuit), Argelès-sur-Mer on France’s Mediterranean coast is still a wonderful destination for a winter break. Its position near the Spanish border gives the town a unique Catalan culture, while its scenery is memorably dramatic thanks to the Albères Massif mountain range.
Hike along 10km of pine fringed coastal trails, explore the town’s historic structures or spend a day along the seafront, dipping into cafés and enjoying serene ocean views.