(By James Teideman/Skyscanner) Glorious photo selection of 10 of the most beautiful off-the-beaten-track beaches in Europe.
Here comes the sun! Find your own place on the sand with our selection of 10 of the best, most beautiful secret beaches in Europe.
1. Plage de Saleccia, Corsica
Secret beaches usually take a bit of effort to get to. Unless you’ve got a yacht, you’ll have to walk across a desert to get to Saleccia. Hidden by the desolate Désert de Agriates, a sunburnt expanse of nothingness, Saleccia is the heaven after the hell, a mile-long desert island dream.
2. Traigh Eais, Barra, Scotland
Barra’s is the only airport in the world with a beach for a runway (obviously, you can only land when the tide is out). The airport beach itself would be a grand place to stretch out your towel, if it wasn’t for incoming aircraft, but five minutes away is Traigh Eais, a gem in a bejewelled crown of beaches in the Outer Hebrides.
3. Cala Xarraca, Eivissa, Balearic Islands
Admittedly, there are parts of Ibiza that have been somewhat spoiled by 40 years of mass tourism, but away from San Antonio, Playa d’en Bossa and the like, the White Isle hides away several beaches that rank among the best in the Med. Make mine a San Miguel!
4. Reynisfjara, Iceland
Who says beaches have to be golden or talcum powder white? Near the town of Vik in the south of Iceland, Reynisfjara is beautiful in black and blue, its sand decorated with the odd lump of ice from the Vatnajokull glacier. Which could indicate that the water might be a bit chilly for getting your tootsies wet.
5. Virgin Mary Bay, Calabria, Italy
With such a grand name, the beaches of Capo Vaticano, situated on the bootlaces of Italy in Calabria, have a lot to live up to. Fortunately they are of the highest order, and none more elevated than Virgin Mary Bay. But the Cape’s biggest selling point is that it boasts the ideal climate for growing red onions.