Beaches, Destinations

The best beach holidays in Europe

Europe is home to hundreds upon hundreds of the most fantastic beaches in world. Be it for lounging peacefully in the sun, taking long strolls or jumping in at the deep end with more adventurous water sports they have to offer. You will find something for everyone on our European beaches. There is so much more to cover than can be highlighted here, but for now let’s look at 5 of the best beaches close to home in Europe.

Bantham Beach, England, UK: Located at Bantham, Kingsbridge, TQ7 3AN. This beach is one of the very best for relaxing and for children or families. It’s a beautifully sandy beach with shallow pools that are fantastic for paddling and searching for tiny see creatures and shells. On top of this if you enjoy a spot of surfing, or even just want to delight in watching, then Bantham Beach is a fantastic place for you as its widely regaded as the best surf beach in Devon.

Sandwood Bay, Scotland, UK: Can be found at Lairg IV27 4RU. Stretching almost a mile and a half in a highly secluded area, this gorgeous sandy beach is looked on by dunes and cliff tops whilst looking over a loch. Providing a setting that is as picturesque any. It takes a little bit of a trek to get to the beach itself as there is around a 4 mile journey from the entrance from the nearest road, cars are to be left at the car park and you make the journey down to the beach by foot, which goes a long way to preserving the beauty and tranquillity of the beach.

Rondinara Beach, Corsica, France: Location is at Plage de Rondinara, 20169 Bonifacio, France. This stunning horseshoe bay is home to a stunning tranquil turquoise sea and stretch of white sandy beach. Its beauty has led it to be the focal point of many professional photoshoots and tourist memorabilia. Beautifully preserved due to it also being a protected nature reserve, this beach offers a beautiful setting for little ones to enjoy paddling in its shallow waters. You’ll also find that many frequent the beach to take part in windsurfing and snorkeling exercises and if you are in need of refreshment during your visit you’ll find a restaurant that can accommodate.

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain: Similarly to Rondinara beach, Cala Macarella also boasts tranquil blue seas and a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beach. It’s fantastic for toddlers up due to the waters shallow depths and clear waters and it also one of Menorca’s most beautiful beaches for those who just want to lay in a stunning setting and relax. You’ll find toilets, food and lifeguards at this well maintained beach but if you are looking for water sports or a thrill, have a little look for another beach as this one is all about soaking up the sun, paddling and relaxing.

Cale Goloritzé, Sardinia, Italy: Situated in Baunei this beach is a great option for snorkeling and there are even some really interesting archaeological sites nearby if you would like something extra to keep you occupied. Part of this beaches charm is its access and initial impressions as you make your way through the access tunnel, forged through a mountain that leads you to look over the town of picturesque villas from a great height taking in the views before your decent to the beach. The beach itself is made up of tiny white pebbles and beautiful white sand and interesting coves that have been the backdrops to many famous films and video shoots in the past.

 

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Destinations, Travel Tips

Japan’s top 5 cities after Tokyo

Japan is a beautiful country, dotted with a thousand different cultural and historical sites, as well as areas of truly outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. That’s not even mentioning what Japan is truly famous for; it’s technology. Japan is the technological hub of the world, and is still one of the most advanced countries out there.

They’re an incredibly healthy people, with one of the longest life expectancies in the world. This is due in part to their high tech healthcare, and in part to their delicious and exotic diet. Japan travel allows you to sample some fantastic dishes such as sushi, or any one of the numerous Japanese foods. Whatever you do, don’t limit your Japanese holiday experience to Tokyo!

1.Kyoto – If you like shrines…

Known throughout Japan and the world over as the ‘City of 10,000 Shrines’, due to the huge number of beautiful shrines and temples dotting the city. In ancient times, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan, meaning that in a country as historically tumultuous and war torn as Japan, Kyoto has seen a huge amount of war and fire, and it shows in the quiet and dignified culture evident in the architecture, city scape and atmosphere.

If you enjoy the idea of wandering around serene temples and tranquil gardens, while enjoying a modern Japanese city with a rich tapestry of history behind it, Kyoto should be on your list for touring Japan.

2. Osaka A sparkling business hub

Osaka is one of the real business hubs of Japan, with a huge number of international businesses based there, and thousands of new businesses and companies started up every year there. Alongside Japans penchant for technology, their ability to market themselves to the world is what has turned them into the powerful rich country they are today. If you’re interested in international business, this is somewhere you have to check out.

That’s not even mentioning the food! As a modern city you can expect all manner of luxuries and shopping opportunities, as well as the fact that Osaka is a real hub of delicious Japanese cuisine, and makes for a real treat for any food lover.

3.Yokohama – Perfect for shopping

Yokohama is close to Tokyo at just a short train ride away. Once just a tiny little fishing village, Japan’s international trade has allowed Yokohama to flourish into the second most populous Japanese city, and with a huge population, comes a huge variety of malls and shopping centres. As a city to go for a shopping spree, you’d literally struggle to find anywhere better.

4.Nara – If you love history…

With almost eight UNESCO world heritage sites, and widely heralded as the birthplace of some of the core elements of modern Japanese traditions, Nara is truly a historical city. If you’ve got any interest in Japanese history, Nara is an absolute must see. Beyond that, it’s a modern Japanese city, and offers many other cultural and fun things to do, not to mention great food and shopping opportunities.

5.Okinawa – A series of islands with beautiful views and landscapes

Okinawa is a city based on islands in the southern part of Japan, and with that carries some amazing weather, landscapes and views. With water sports like scuba diving and surfing, as well as a fantastic, cultural and modern city. No trip to Japan is complete without a trip to Okinawa for at least a couple of days.