The beaches of the Med are undeniably beautiful. Imagine bright blue waters, golden beaches and breath-taking nature, brought together by the sophistication of Europe, the exotic landscapes of Africa and the Eastern charm of Asia. If you’re looking for a little piece of paradise with all the glamour and culture that the Med can offer, read on for some of the Med’s ultimate beach destinations. Here are six Mediterranean beaches you simply have to lounge on…
1. Vai Beach, Crete
Vai Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Crete Island. Yes, it can be busy during peak season but the views are worth it. There’s an “exotic Caribbean vibe” as Telegraph travel writer Jane Foster once put it, and over the years it’s become a stylish place for laid-back travellers to relax and kick back on. Proclaimed as a conservation area, the beach is well maintained despite its popularity with both locals and tourists.
2. Cavallo Island, Corsica
Cavallo Island boasts one of the most beautiful coastlines of the Med. Dotted with incredible white sandy beaches, you will feel like you’ve landed in paradise. This is possibly one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Located in the Lavezzi archipelago between French Corsica and Sardinia, the island has the hedonistic charms of France and the elegance of Italy.
3. Aspri Limni, Crete
This stunning beach in Chania on Crete Island is somewhat unknown to tourists, making it the perfect place to enjoy a secluded sunbathe. Aspri Limni is a small beach surrounded by rocks and fine white sand; it most definitely resembles beach heaven. Visit the Chrysoskalitissa Monastery nearby and be sure to explore the wonderful city of Chania.
4. Djerba Island, Tunisia
For something completely exotic in the Med, take a trip to Djerba Island off the coast of Tunisia. Not only will you find some of the most glorious beaches but you will have stunning desert towns on your doorstep. Djerba Island is the perfect destination for both relaxing and exploring; visit the whitewashed towns and villages influenced by Berber, Jewish and Arab cultures or simply sit back and enjoy the views at the beach.
5. Cape Columbo, Santorini
The beaches of Santorini are unlike any other in Greece; Santorini Island boasts some of the most unique volcanic landscapes and as a result, the beaches are just one of a kind. Most people will know the famous Red Beach for its unusual rock formations and colourful panoramas, but if you’re after something a bit more off the beaten path, try heading to Cape Columbo. This is the island’s most isolated beach (about 6 miles from the capital) and because it’s located near the island’s most active crater, the water will be gloriously hot to bathe in.
6. Kamara Tou Beach, Ammochostos, Cyprus
Kamara Tou Beach offers a spectacular setting and you simply cannot miss the sunsets here. It may not offer soft sands – instead it features rugged rocks and coves – but it makes a great place to sit, think, or enjoy a picnic against the unbelievable panoramas. The crystal clear sea makes it all the more dreamy.
Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.