Culture and activity holidays are great fun but sometimes all we want to do is sit under a palm tree and unwind to the sound of lapping waves. Beach holidays offer the ultimate relaxation and with long stretches of white sand and shimmering turquoise waters, who can resist a beach escape?
Whether you want to explore hidden coves, lie on the warm sand all day or learn a new water sport, luxury beachside breaks can cater to all tastes.
Côte d’Azur, France
France is a favourite with Brits seeking summer sunshine. Not too far from home but with a climate and landscape that wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean, the Côte d’Azur is an idyllic holiday hotspot, offering long hours of warm sunshine, gorgeous white sand beaches and sheltered coves.
With a leisurely pace of life you’ll find here, this is one of the most relaxing holiday destinations on the market. You can even visit San Tropez and its magnificent yachts – an area particularly popular with celebrities.
The Costas, Spain
Brits have always found it hard to resist the balmy climate and stunning beaches that Spain has to offer and if you opt for a holiday with Canvas Holidays you have the choice between the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada.
The Costa Brava is home to Tamariu, where you can leisurely stroll along the sandy beach and take a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the bay and Caella de Palafrugell, which has great beaches and superb seafood.
The Costa Dorada is home to the world-famous city of Barcelona, which boasts an attractive beach, surrounded by artistic and cultural treasures that have made the city what it is today.
Alternatively, why not head to Tarragona and enjoy the lovely sandy beach with fantastic views of Tamarit Castle, or try your hand at the water sports on offer?
If you’re seeking some winter sun or you want to top up your tan over summer, Sicily makes a great choice. The island boasts some of Italy’s most beautiful beaches, with long stretches of dazzling white sand complemented by shallow, clear waters – great for swimming or discovering the marine life.
Trapani is particularly good spot for beachgoers; it has a medieval culture accessible via cable car and vibrant nightlife to match the stunning coastline.
If you’re seeking sunshine in a more far-flung destination, why not jet off to Croatia? This exotic destination has plenty to offer the typical sun worshipper and Porec is a place that has it all.
The long pebble beach is garnished with coves that give a sense of privacy. It also offers you the chance to indulge in a variety of activities, from rock-pooling to water sports – the perfect place for those looking for their next thrill.
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