Whether you have a holiday booked or not, the fact is that getting your desired shade of bronze has – let’s be honest – got to be part of the deal. But what factors make a beach perfect for those long hours of sunbathing many of us enjoy? We’ve handpicked the crème de la crème of beaches across Europe that we believe are the ideal tanning spots, not just for the sun factor, but for setting, location and sand type. Hold onto your sun hats, we’re going in… best European beaches for tanning
Cala Vadella, Ibiza
- Cala Vadella offers the picture-perfect location to sit back, relax and soak up the island life of the Med. The beautiful sloping, white sandy beach is ideal for holiday-makers with young children. If you’re in need of food or a thirst- quenching drink, don’t worry, you won’t need to walk far. There are many convenient beach restaurants and bars located along the beach.
- The shelter bay is also a popular anchoring spot for private yachts and motor boats – so don’t be surprised if you see a small cluster gathering in the ocean. (Have your celeb-spotting eyes peeled!)
- Blanca beach, which in Spanish translates to ‘white beach’, is one of Puerto Del Rosario’s most attractive beaches. Laden with white, powdery sand, it’s easy to see why this place comes highly recommended by those who visit!
- There are plenty of sun loungers and shades available for day hire.
- Plus there’s also an array of water sporting activity- for those who need a bit of an adrenaline boost!
- Shops, restaurants and bars surround the beach, so you won’t have to travel far for a drink or snack.
Las Vistas, Tenerife
- Las Vistas is one of the most popular beaches in Tenerife and attracts many holidaymakers who enjoy the fabulous array of facilities and long stretch of fine golden sand.
- The calm clear waters are ideal for swimming and perfect if you’d like to travel with small children. The sands are lined with sun loungers, hammocks and parasols perfect for soaking up the sunshine and getting that great tan.
- One of the most distinctive features to be found at Las Vista’s beach is a beautiful fountain, which regularly shoots up seawater high into the clear blue sky.
Las Gaviotas, Tenerife
Colour: Volcanic Black
- Tucked away behind another popular beach called Las Teresitas, Las Gaviotas beach is a small cove of black volcanic sand with calm clear waters- perfect if you are seeking a bit of peace and quiet.
- Las Gaviotas offers many facilities for sun bathing, such as sun loungers and towels.
- When you get hungry, there are also restaurants nearby serving delicious Spanish cuisine.
- Las Gaviotas can nevertheless get extremely busy, so it might be best to get there early and secure a good spot for the day.
- Considered to be one of the finest beaches across the whole of Cyprus, Nangomi is perfect for eager sunbathers looking to soak up the rays in fantastic surroundings.
- The beach is also one of the few remaining nesting grounds in Cyprus for marine turtles- a great treat for animal enthusiasts.
- As well as snorkelling tours, holidaymakers can enjoy boat rides and sailing excursions far out to sea – if you fancy a break from lying in the sun.
- Alykes is one of the most popular beaches in the Greek resort, Zakynthos. Although located 17.5 kilometres away from the resort itself, the beach has everything needed to make your day’s stay an enjoyable one, including ample parking and bars, restaurants, cafes for when you get a bit peckish.
- This beach is perfect for both families and couples, and great for those looking for a bit of a water-side adventure with plenty of water sport activities, including water skiing and jet skiing.
- Alykes is also so clean that it has attained ‘Blue Flag’ beach status.
If you get the opportunity to visit one these picture-perfect beaches, let us know what you think…