Winter seems, this year, to have snuck up on everyone. One minute, we were watching as the leaves morphed slowly into shades of gold and bronze; the next, it was dark at 4pm. As the long winter nights started to draw in, I began daydreaming about the beach: about the hum of the waves and the soft, warm sand; about ice-cold beers and slow, spectacular sunsets. While we may find ourselves spending a lot of time indoors this winter, our minds are free to wander. So, in an ode to summer, here are the 7 dreamiest beaches around the world that I’ll be pining for in 2021.
Praia dos Galapinhos | Setúbal, Portugal Voted Europe’s Best Beach in 2017, the Praia dos Galapinhos is inexplicably picturesque, protruding from the heart of the lush Arrábida Nature Park. Just a 45-minute drive south of bustling Lisbon, this praia is the perfect fusion between rustic and tropical. Manarola Marina | Cinque Terre, Italy More a collection of scattered boulders than a beach, what Manarola Marina lacks in comfort it more than makes up for with its deep blue waters, shoals of bright fish, and unparalleled views across the iconic clustered houses of Cinque Terre. Plaka Beach | Crete, Greece The pocket-sized Grecian town of Plaka is a vision in quaint blue-and-white houses and traditional tavernas. Its beach is blanketed by smooth pebbles, wooden walkways leading haphazardly into the infinitely clear water of the Aegean Sea. Fanatics of Greek culture should make sure to research the intriguing and somewhat eerie island of Spinalonga, which sits just a short distance from the shore.
Ses Illetes | Formentera, Spain At first glance, this endless stretch of pure white sand looks more Caribbean than European; in fact, this small island, just off the southern coast of Ibiza, is famous for exactly that. Significantly quieter and more tranquil than its party-hard neighbour, Formentera is a pocket of paradise in the Balaeric Sea. Batu Ferringhi Beach | Penang, Malaysia Located along the northern coast of Malaysia’s Penang island, Batu Ferringhi is everything you’d expect from a tropical beach, with its honey-coloured sand, looming palm trees, and infinite reach of azure ocean. But the nearby night market, as well as its waterside bars, make Batu Ferringhi one of the island’s liveliest locations, popular both among locals and visitors. Constantine Bay Beach | Cornwall, UK One of Europe’s most underrated coastal destinations, Cornwall is known for its breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and rural, untouched beaches. Constantine Bay Beach is framed by gently-flowing beach grasses, its choppy Atlantic waves beloved by keen surfers. During the winter months, Cornwall is arguably the UK’s most picturesque location for long, brisk walks. Praia da Costa Nova | Aveiro, Portugal Celebrated for its charming rows of striped beach huts, Portugal’s Costa Nova is one of the country’s most unique destinations. Located on a narrow strip of land just beyond the idyllic Aveiro Lagoon, the Praia da Costa Nova is wild, moody, and decidedly beautiful, its rough waves rendering it a popular surfing destination.
Thank you Abi for this beautiful post, inspiring our travels for 2021. These 7 dreamy shores around the world have definitely been put on our bucket list! Isabelle x