The Mediterranean covers 23 countries whose coastline’s border the Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Turkey are just a few of the holiday destinations that form part of this stunning part of the world.
Each country has something very different than the next, but the one thing they all have in common is idyllic beaches, and there are thousands of them across the Med. From the black and red volcanic sands of Santorini and golden beaches of Turkey, to the sparkling pink and pure white sand of the Greek islands, the beaches across the Mediterranean are varied and incredibly beautiful.
If you’re thinking of taking a luxurious Mediterranean holiday, where you can spend your days relaxing on warm sands underneath an endless blue sky, this guide may just help you decide on where to go.
Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece
With pink and white sand that feels like clouds beneath your feet and shallow, warm crystal clear waters, the beach on Elafonisi Island is a must if you choose a holiday in Crete.
Iztuzu, Dalyan, Turkey
Also known as Turtle Beach, Iztuzu beach in Dalyan is one of the Mediterranean’s nesting sites for Loggerhead Turtles. During the day when it’s open to the public, it’s excellent for swimming and lying under the warm sun, with 5km of beautiful golden sand to relax on.
Balos Beach and Lagoon, Kissamos, Crete, Greece
Famous for its turquoise and sapphire waters and the breath-taking natural scenery, this picture perfect stretch of pink and white sand is a beach lover’s paradise.
St Pauls Bay, Lindos, Greece
This heart shaped bay is one of the most romantic bay’s in Greece. It’s extremely picturesque with calm turquoise waters that are perfect for a relaxing swim.
Praia da Falesia, Albufeira, Portugal
One of the longest beach’s in the Algarve, Falesia is a beautiful stretch of warm golden sand. The cliffs and rock formations that border the beach are spectacular and if you’re prepared to walk a little, you may be able to find your own secluded cove where you can spend a peaceful day. Take a look at our Albufeira destination guide and find out more about this stunning resort.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Navagio or Shipwreck beach as it’s otherwise known, is simply stunning. The water is sapphire blue and the white cliffs that soar above the beach contrast perfectly against the colour of the sea; it’s simply breath-taking. You can only access this beach by boat or for a great view from above, you can take a car along the cliff road 100 metres up.
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands
There’s not a great deal at this beach in terms of bars and restaurants, but that’s what gives it a quiet and secluded charm. With pure white sands and a glassy turquoise sea, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and gaze out over Ibiza in the distance; heaven.