Mediterranean Beaches Guides
Costa de la Luz (south-west coast)
800 metres of fine, white sand and low key developement make Agua Amarga village – embedded in the Cabo de Gata National Park – a classic, relaxing beach resort, with excellent wild walks in the Park too
Tarifa is another popular, attractive, low-key beach area with few hotels but lots of activities. Due to it’s location on the most southerly tip of Europe winds are usually pretty strong which is great for wind/kite surfers but can be irritating for swimmers or tanners.
Bolonia beach, near Tarifa, is a 3 km long nudist beach, unspoilt and unsophisticated but a little breezy and coarse sand, with all major services are provided. If it’s too busy for you try towards Cadiz, there are even less visited beaches along the road.
Costa Brava (far north-east coast)
Cap de Begur is a charming area about 40 mins from Girona offering plenty of Spanish culture old and new (Dali’s weirdness lurks nearby at Figueres or Cadaques), but also a collection of superb little beaches, ranging from Aiguablava to nudist L’Illa Roja or family-oriented Llanfranc and Platja de Raco.
Croatia (Adriatic Sea, which is close and similar to the Med)
Zlatni Rat, Croatia
Croatia has low prices and a lengthy coastline dotted with islands and fine beaches, many of them shingle (small stones like rounded gravel).
Kolocep is one of the Elafiti islands on the Adriatic coast, near Dubrovnik down south. It has some of the loveliest, secluded beaches in Europe while Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) on Brac Island, with its azur sea and crescent shape is a primary target for beach lovers.
Shingly Zrce has three 24/7 beach clubs that encourage Ibiza-style beach boogies, while Banje beach just outside the ancient walls of Dubrovnik is perfectly located for mixed days of hot culture and cool water.
Croatia also offers some great scuba diving walls, reefs, caves, wrecks off a few of their 1, 000 + islands.
Best May-June and Sept. OK July-August, unless crowds are a problem. See Croatia Beaches.
North African beaches: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco
We’ve removed these from best beaches listings since many are poorly developed and lack water controls as well as facilities (e. g. Marsa Matrouh in Egypt), others are not very safe ++ (Tunisia) and some are just style-free, featureless and uninviting (Morocco’s Tangier beaches).
Mediterranean Yacht Charter
There’s plenty of availability of all sizes of sailing and motor yacht rentals in the Med, as the sea is relatively tame, the weather conditions usually good May-October, coastal sights are easy to see while ports are plentiful and many of them globally famous – Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, St Tropez, Cap Ferrat (France) Bonafacio and Calvi (Corsica, France), Portofino, Capri, Venice, Sicily and Sardinia (Italy), the Greek Islands, Bodrum (Turkey) and Spain’s Majorca, Ibiza and Barcelona.
Yacht rental season is generally April-October, with the high season during July-August.