The perfect beach holiday is something that many people seek to attain. There is nothing as relaxing as lying on the warm sand and watching the waves, and kids love playing in the waves and building sandcastles. Here are 5 stunning destinations for the perfect beach holiday.
Sicily is the largest Mediterranean Island and it has a rich history with sites like the Valley of Temples, Doric-style Greek Temples and many well-preserved ruins. Mount Etna is one of the highest active volcanoes and it lies on the eastern edge of Sicily. Go trekking through the trails of Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, a natural reserve that is also filled with beautiful beaches.
You can also visit the neighbouring island of Salina for its clear water sandy beaches and spectacular wines. Head out on a boat trip and you can explore the neighbouring islands of Levanzo, Aegadian Islands and Ustica. You could stay in a hotel on the beachfront, but we’d recommend staying in a family friendly Sicilian villa, you can find villas on hilltops with incredible views and access to many walking paths in the surrounding areas.
Mexico lies in Central America and has a diverse landscape of mountains, jungles, beaches, and deserts. Both the east coast and the west coast are filled with some amazing destinations. On the East Coast, you can visit the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and the step pyramid of El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan. Visit the Xcaret Park which is a privately owned and operated eco-archaeological theme park which offers attractions such as snorkelling and cave exploring. The Xel-Ha Park is a natural aquarium where you could indulge in swimming alongside dolphins. On the West Coast, you can explore Arch of Cabo San Lucas, or rent a stunning villa in Puerto Vallarta.
Albufeira lies in the southern Algarve region of Portugal and is a coastal city that is known for its beautiful sandy beaches. The modern marina is used for dolphin watching, diving and boat rides. You can visit the Praia dos Pescadores which is a popular beach destination known for its seafood restaurants. The Zoomarine Algarve is an aquarium that has regular dolphin and seal shows. Visit the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila to see the historical ruins of a Roman-styled villa. A few other beaches to visit are Praia do Túne, Praia da Coelha, Praia da Marinha, Praia de Nossa Senhora da Rocha and Praia da Oura.
Known for its coral reefs, lagoons and stunning beaches, Mauritius is the perfect place for a holiday. The Black River Gorges National Park is a mountainous region of Mauritius that is known for its waterfalls and trekking trails. It is also the habitat of the beautiful flying fox. Visit Grand Bale in the northern area which is popular for its cosmopolitan beach resorts, game fishing and snorkelling. You can indulge is activities like kitesurfing, golf, parasailing and dolphin watching. A few of the beautiful beaches to visit are Île aux Cerfs, Le Morne Brabant, Flic-en-Flac and a remote island just off the coast called Île Plate.
Croatia lies in the eastern part of the European continent and it has a stunning coastline along the Adriatic Sea. It encompasses more than one thousand islands and its stunning city of Dubrovnik is just one of the many beautiful places to visit. The walled city has massive 16th century built walls along its old town with renaissance and gothic style architecture. The island of Hvar is known for its secluded beaches and coves and lavender fields. You can visit Bračto to go to Zlatni Rat, a white pebble beach that is a popular windsurfing site. A few other beach destinations to visit are Lokrum, Šipan, Elaphiti Islands, Lopud and Koločep.