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Sanremo, Liguria, Italy

Called City of Flowers for its bloom-laden streets, Sanremo is Italy’s Monte Carlo – with a grand 1905 on line casino however not Monaco costs. It’s in style with households, and in true Italian type most seashores cost for entry. However, there’s a spiaggia libera within the centre, off Corso Trento Trieste, and it’s enjoyable to take the trolleybus (filobus, line U) west to the free seashores of Bagni Azzurri and Tre Ponti. Sanremo’s atmospheric previous city, referred to as La Pigna, is a warren of lined alleys, steps and little squares.

Where to eat/drink
On the primary highway behind the marina, Basilico e Pinoli does wonderful espresso and breakfasts, with tons for vegetarians and vegans. At Osteria Camelot – in an 18th-century home on the foot of La Pigna – strive octopus carpaccio (€10), swordfish gnocchi (€10) or seared tuna with sesame (€15).

Where to eat keep
With a roof terrace overlooking the central seashores, Residence dei Due Porti has good flats from €85 an evening (minimal stays in summer time). Families can get good-value offers in locations reminiscent of Hotel Marinella, helpful for the seaside, with half-board in a spacious quad room €220 an evening for 4 in July.

Getting there
The nearest airport is Nice, served by easyJet from seven UK airports, and by Ryanair from Stansted. Eurostar trains go from London St Pancras from £190 return. It’s a scenic 90-minute prepare journey alongside the Côte d’Azur and over the border to Sanremo (from €5.80 one-way).
Liz Boulter

Sciacca, south-west Sicily

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In this south-coast port (pronounced “shacka”) based by historic Greeks, tourism comes second to fishing. The city spreads uphill from the harbour, with panoramic Piazza Scandaliato the city’s beating coronary heart. Above are steep streets of 16th-century homes, a baroque cathedral and the stays of a fortress. It’s additionally a brief drive to the ruins of Selinunte, extra evocative and fewer busy than Agrigento’s. There’s a sandy seaside by the harbour, however 7km to the east is wilder Sovareto, with white sand and clear water.

Where to eat/drink
Tired of fizzy Peroni? Head to Mastro Malto beer store on the harbour, with a large selection of principally Italian craft ales on draught and in bottles, and attractive nibbles. This is, clearly, a city for eating on fish. Try Pane e Vino (Vicolo Sammaritano 22-24, no web site) in an alley above the piazza, for fish caponata – with aubergines and onions – and big prawns. Dinner for 2 with wine about €70.

Where to remain
Sciacca’s lodging is generally B&Bs. Particularly placing is the Vittorio Emanuele (about €60 B&B), with 5 elegant rooms in a courtyarded 17th-century palazzo. Two rooms have terraces overlooking the route of Sciacca’s mid-August pageant parade.

Getting there
Sciacca is about 1h 20min by automobile from Palermo airport, served by Ryanair from Manchester and Stansted, and easyJet from Liverpool, Luton and Gatwick.
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Viana do Castelo, northern Portugal

Santa Luzia basilica seen from Praia do Cabedelo.

Santa Luzia basilica seen from Praia do Cabedelo. Photograph: Fotokon/Getty Images

At the mouth of the river Lima on the Atlantic coast, Viana do Castelo is a very fairly city, backed by the basilica-topped Santa Luiza hill (soar on a funicular for superb views, €three spherical journey). The charming medieval centre radiates out from bar-lined Praça da República and the slim winding streets and vast, leafy boulevards are dotted with church buildings and spectacular buildings, with architectural types from baroque to artwork deco. There are wild seashores galore: to the south is Praia do Cabedelo, an countless sandy stretch backed by dunes and pine forest that’s nice for browsing and windsurfing, and cycle paths and strolling trails run alongside each river and coast.

Where to eat/drink
For nice fish and seafood strive small, family-run Tasquinha da Linda proper on the port. The custard doughnuts from Confeitaria Natário are well-known – count on queues.

Where to remain
Hotel Fabrica do Chocolate (doubles from €84 B&B) makes a enjoyable, central base – it’s a transformed chocolate manufacturing unit with a great restaurant (chocolate fountains at breakfast!) and a chocolate museum on-site .

Getting there
Porto is the closest airport (67km away, an hour by bus), served by varied airways, together with easyJet and Ryanair.
Jane Dunford

Peniche, central Portugal

Praia do Baleal Portugal

Praia do Baleal. Photograph: Alamy

Set on a peninsula of the identical title, 100km north of Lisbon, Peniche is a working port surrounded by sandy seashores and cliffs riddled with caves. Surfers collect right here year-round as a result of if there are not any waves on one aspect of the peninsula, there are prone to be on the opposite. The most well-known seaside is Supertubos, which has the most effective surf breaks within the world, that produces curvy waves and hole highly effective tubes. There are additionally hidden coves to find on Praia do Baleal, and Praia da Almagreira has implausible dunes. Take a ship to Berlenga Grande, a wild island 12km off the coast, to find sea caves and the 16th-century John the Baptist fortress (boats depart each day).

Where to eat
The harbour is full of nice seafood eating places. Feast on caldeirada – a Portuguese stew of shellfish, eels and octopus made in a big pot for sharing – at Restaurante Marisqueira dos Cortiçais. Snack Bar Sol é Vida excels with its contemporary crab – excellent with a bottle of vinho verde on the veranda.

Where to eat keep
The 19th-century mansion Quinta do Juncal affords rustic luxurious for rustic costs (doubles from €60 B&B) or head out to camp on Berlenga island and wake to spectacular dawns (from €Eight, reservations by way of the vacationer workplace, cm-peniche.pt).

Getting there
The nearest airport is Lisbon (easyJet and Ryanair fly there from a number of UK airports).
Edwina Pitcher

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain

seaside restaurants on Playa de Bajo de Guía, Spain, Andalucia Cadiz Province

Playa de Bajo de Guía. Photograph: Alamy

Sanlúcar is a heady mixture of palaces, church buildings and cathedral-like bodegas, topped by a fortress. For centuries it was home to the Duke of Medina Sidonia and a departure level for voyages to the brand new world. Seville aristocracy started decamping right here for summer time enjoyable within the 19th century and a convivial, relaxed get together spirit continues. Sitting on the mouth of the Guadalquivir river, going through the wild dunes of Doñana nationwide park, it has 6km of sandy seashores and the pellucid sea informs each facet of this pretty city, from the extraordinary mild to the manzanilla sherry comprised of grapes grown in salty air. The greatest time to come – although really the worst time to be sitting on Playa de la Calzada – is throughout August’s Carreras de Caballos, when horses are raced alongside the seaside through the night low tides (Eight-10 and 22-24 August 2018).

Where to eat
Eat fish at tables by the ocean alongside Playa de Bajo de Guía – strive arroz con bogavante (rice with lobster) at Casa Bigote (mains €15), or in tapas kind on the vigorous Casa Balbino.

Where to remain
Trawl AirBnB for personal palaces, or go for the quirky Posada de Palacio (doubles from €50 room solely).

Getting there The closest airports are Jerez (34km, Ryanair from Stansted) and Seville (110km, a number of airways).
Sorrel Downer

San José, Almería, Spain

Sunrise at San Jose in AlmeriaSan Jose, Andalusia, Spain

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The white buildings and arid hills are paying homage to Greece. It’s backed by the cactus desert landscapes of spaghetti westerns and, in summer time, is swelled by the cool and bohemian from throughout Europe, but this stays a quintessentially Spanish seaside vacation spot. It’s the place to go in Almería with the youngsters in July or August. San José bustles however is good and simple. Rent umbrellas, loungers, pedalos and kayaks from the person on the sand; or discover the crystalline marine park by kayak (grownup from €25, little one from €15, happykayak.com) or go under (snorkelling from €25, diving from €30, isubsanjose.com). The fundamental seaside is vast and white, there are smaller bays east past the marina, and the well-known protected seashores of Genoveses and Mónsul begin 1km to the west (accessible by shuttle bus).

Where to eat
While views at El Jardín (mains €9) aren’t one of the best, the contemporary salads, pizzas and crepes are scrumptious. And don’t miss the arroz meloso de pulpo y almejas (sticky rice with octopus and clams) at upmarket four Nudos (mains €15) within the Club Náutico within the marina. The fundamental seaside is lined by eating places.

Where to remain
Boutique lodge MC San José (low-season doubles from €70) is the stylish selection, and Refugio Calahiguera (doubles €55), in a close-by cove, the price range selection.

Getting there Jet2 flies to Almería (32km from San Jose) from eight UK airports. Also see TUI, Ryanair, easyJet and Thomas Cook.
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Galaxidi, Gulf of Corinth, Greece

Breakfast at the Ganimede Hotel, Galaxidi , Greece

Breakfast on the Ganimede Hotel

On the slim streets of Galixidi, mansions bear testomony to the city’s 19th-century heyday as a shipbuilding centre. Today’s Galixidi is a captivating, low-key coastal resort on a pure harbour surrounded by mountains. Its 5 conventional squares lead as much as the very best level of the city – the imposing Agios Nikolaos church. Rent a motorbike from Ganimede Hotel and journey out to the stunning pebbled coves on the forested headland, Pera Penta reverse the harbour, or uncover the seashores close by. Anemokambi seaside, about 3km from city, is in a sheltered bay and has golden sand and pebbly bits. Profitis Ilias is a protracted sandy seaside that’s in style with the younger crowd for events after sunset. Another tremendous seaside is the pebbled Agios Vasileios about 15km south-west of Galixidi, simply earlier than Agioi Pantes. And 33km north are the spectacular ruins of Delphi, clinging to the sting of Mount Parnassos, home to the Delphic Oracle. Here, guests can strive tandem paragliding flight over Delphi (from €50, paraglidingfun.gr).

Where to eat
Galixidi is a foodie hotspot. Try the stuffed onions at O Bebelis or contemporary seafood on the portside Skeletovrachos taverna. In the morning sip iced espresso like a neighborhood on the Art Café Old Liotrivi, with nice views of the city.

Where to remain
The charming, central Ganimede Hotel (doubles from €80) does an unbelievable Greek breakfast of do-it-yourself pies, jams, breads and native honey.

Getting there
Several airways fly to Athens, 230km south-east.
Merryn Wainwright

Volos, Thessaly, Greece

Some people are sitting or walking by the sea in Volos, Greece

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On the northern shores of the Pagasitikos Gulf in central Greece lies the colourful port of Volos, with Mount Pelion as its backdrop and the Pelion peninsula extending east and south like an enormous fishhook. Take a night volta (stroll) alongside the Argonafton waterfront and lose your self (enjoyably) within the pedestrian aspect streets off Ermou. The wonderful metropolis seaside of Anavros, simply beneath the Archeological Museum, is ideal for a dip and has good tavernas. Alykes seaside, 6km south-east on the headland and lined with cafes, can also be wonderful. From Volos, the Pelion peninsula makes a pleasant day journey. To the east, its mountainous ridge drops dramatically into the ocean; the western aspect is gentler. There are scenic mountain villages with majestic views over the Gulf and secluded pebbled seashores fringing olive groves.

Where to eat
Charming Ala Palaia (52 Krokiou) serves dishes from round Greece, reminiscent of the favored bean dish fava. Traditional taverna Ellados Eikones (9 Almirou) stays open late, serves tasty Greek dishes and has reside music.
Where to remain
Elegant, comfy and trendy, the Aegli Hotel (doubles from £85 B&B) is on the seafront promenade proper within the thick of issues and serves a very good breakfast.

Getting there
EasyJet flies to Volos (airport 24km away) from Gatwick.
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Zadar, Croatia

Foša restaurant, Zadar, Croatia

Foša restaurant. Photograph: Dino Stanin

With an interesting Roman, Byzantine and Venetian historical past, laid-back seashores, a shimmering promenade and audacious public artwork, Zadar is immediately beguiling. Among its points of interest is Nikola Bašić’s underwater artwork set up, Sea Organ, with its mournful sounds and disco dancefloor-like Greeting to the Sun companion piece. Then there are the stays of the Roman discussion board and the imposing ninth-century St Donat church and fantastic Venetian marble lanes and stone homes. You can dive into the ocean from the promenade or stroll 15 minutes south to the pebbly Kolovare seaside. For old school seaside ambiance, head north alongside the coast to the Borik and Diklo seaside resorts. The city is a good base for day journeys: to islands, like Dugi Otok (from £6, 1½ hours, jadrolinija.hr), one of many loveliest within the Zadar archipelago; and superb nationwide parks reminiscent of Paklenica.

Where to eat/drink
Foša (4 programs from £29) serves attractive seafood in a romantic spot by Foša harbour, together with prawn and smoked mussel gnocchi. For cocktails, seize a sunlounger on the Garden Lounge overlooking the primary harbour.
Where to remain
Book properly forward for one of many 4 double rooms at Kuća Bajlo (doubles from £56), a trendy B&B within the south of the city.

Getting there
Zadar airport is 13km east of the previous city. Ryanair flies from Manchester and Stansted; easyJet from Luton – each May-October solely.
Mary Novakovich

Šibenik, Croatia

Šibenik, Croatia

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It’s generally known as the gateway to Krka nationwide park and the Kornati islands, however this 1,000-year-old metropolis has sufficient in itself to maintain guests fortunately busy for days. A gradual amble alongside its waterfront goes previous bars, eating places and the 15th-century Cathedral of St James, a Unesco world heritage web site with a mix of gothic and renaissance structure. In the labyrinthine previous city are a number of of Šibenik’s fortresses, together with Sveti Mihovila, a magical spot for out of doors live shows in summer time. There’s additionally the newly renovated Barone fortress, which has gorgeous views. Cool off at Plaža Banj, a pebbly blue-flag seaside north of the previous city.

Where to eat/drink
Enjoy harbour views from Tomaseo (mains from £12). Start with octopus carpaccio earlier than a fundamental of slow-cooked lamb. For an introduction to Croatian wines, take a look at Vino & Ino within the previous city.

Where to remain
On a peninsula overlooking the marina, smooth D-Resort (doubles from £152) has good rooms with balconies and sea views, in addition to an infinity pool.

Getting there
Split airport is 53km to the south-east. In summer time, easyJet flies there from Luton, Gatwick and Stansted, and Jet2 from six UK airports.
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Saint-Jean-de-Luz, south-west France

Saint-jean-de-luz, France views of the typical houses located in the coastal area

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Most of south-west France’s Atlantic coast is windblown and frequented by surfers. The exception is historic St-Jean-de-Luz, whose sandy bay is protected against the ocean by three sea partitions. It’s been in style for hundreds of years: in 1660, St Jean de Luz’s John the Baptist church hosted one of many greatest royal weddings in historical past, that of Louis XIV, the Sun King, to Maria Theresa of Spain. The fundamental seaside – Grand Plage – is lengthy, so it’s often attainable to discover a quiet spot. And for these who need world-class waves, the surf seashores of Erromardie, Lafiténia and Cénitz are inside straightforward attain.

Where to eat/drink
For breakfast (€Eight.50), a glass of wine or a meal (two programs €14.50), it’s onerous to beat beachside cafe Toki Goxoa, recognized for its taloas (Basque crepes with corn and wheat) and sheep’s milk ice-cream. On a slim road of shuttered Basque homes, Le Patio is a pleasant bistro with a three-course €17.50 menu. Don’t miss the starter of moules à la plancha, cooked on a hotplate with a contact of chilli.

Where to remain
French seaside inns will be dear in excessive season. For reasonably priced appeal, strive Le Petit Trianon, a five-minute stroll from the seaside with 20 easy, vibrant rooms from €95 in July. Only Apartments has flats sleeping 4 close to the seaside from round €700 per week in summer time.

Getting there
EasyJet flies to Biarritz (17km north of St-Jean-de-Luz) from Gatwick and Luton (summer time solely); Ryanair from Stansted.
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Sète, Languedoc, France

Sete beach, South France in summer,

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This buzzing port city affords a charmingly unfussy dose of the Mediterranean life. As there are not any main vacationer points of interest, it’s a really perfect place to easily stroll, sit in cafes and eat copious platters of seafood. To the west lies 13km of sandy seaside that stretches alongside the spit that divides the large saltwater pool, the Etang de Thau, from the Med. It’s a well-liked space, however with a lot area not often feels crowded. Early July is get together time with Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival (30-June-7 July 2018), held within the metropolis’s amphitheatre and on the seaside, whereas August sees water jousting tournaments on the canals, a convention that dates again to 1666.

Where to eat/drink
La Méditerranéenne (mains from €11) is a pleasant seafood restaurant in a quiet spot close to the marina; strive the swordfish and tapenade. Halles et Manger has wild sea bream for €21.

Where to remain
Hotel Venezia (doubles from €60 room-only) is near the seashores and has 18 easy rooms, every with a balcony.

Getting there
EasyJet flies to Montpellier (35km north of Sète) from Luton (summer time solely) and Gatwick.
Carolyn Boyd


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