Winter is almost here so you know what that means?
It’s time to get yourself on a plane and fly somewhere warmer, and make ALL of your friends 100% jealous of your lush Insta pics.
We’ve scouted some next level locations that will have all your mates asking, “where in the world are you?!”
Perivolos Beach, Santorini
A little sick of perfect white sand beaches? Looking for something a little more unique? There’s something magic about the deep blue water washing up on black sand shores.
Kleopatra Beach, Turkey
The legendary goddess, Cleopatra was in fact said to have spotted off to bathe here in the Bay of Alanya on the Turkish Riveria. The beautiful stretch of coast still is home to a relic of the famous Seljuck castle, a gift to the Egyptian Pharaoh which you can still see from the beach.
Cala Salada, Ibiza
If you can take a moment from the non-stop party of Ibiza, you’ll notice that this high-energy spot is shockingly beautiful. Dive into the sky-blue water or capture the ultimate stair shot, with the rocky outcrop of Cala Salada behind you with a view to the beach beyond.
Betina Cave Beach, Dubrovnik
Perhaps the most interesting beach in Croatia! Cave Beach is only accessed by water and is a popular spot for Kayakers. This little beach is framed by a cave, making for next level Instagram shots. Betina Cave beach is the epitome of hidden water wonderland, opening on to clear Croatian sea (the kind you see in Yacht Week).
Praia de Miramar, Portugal
Off the beaten track more your style? Capture a moment of local Portuguese life with a charming fishing village, home to a stunning beach location. If you’re looking to get hitched, there’s even a small 17th century chapel, Senhor de Pedra, where you can say ‘I do’, perched on a rocky headland.
Navagio Beach, Greece
This slice of Greek heaven is best appreciated from the cliffs above so what are you waiting for? Drag yourself off the powdery white sands (just follow signs to the Agios Gergio Kremnao monastery) and head up to the viewing platform for some serious panorama action. FYI the actual beach is so special it’s only accessible by boat!
Diamond Beach, Iceland
Most Icelandic beaches feel like you’re visiting another planet (kinda like the whole of Iceland) and never is this truer than Diamond Beach. Not really a top spot for sunbathing, huge ice chunks regularly wash up on the shores of this spectacular setting. The sunsets don’t disappoint though, you’ll likely never see something so beautiful in your life.
Plus, if you get in quick, you can get to some of these crazy locations on an amazing Contiki trip – their Europe Summer sale is on now!