Covering 23 countries including Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Turkey, it’s easy to see why millions head to the Mediterranean every year for their summer holidays with the promise of guaranteed sunshine and beautiful beaches. With beaches in mind, below we showcase a handful of our favourite beaches we’ve been to in the Mediterranean.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos (Zante), Greece
Navagio or ‘Shipwreck beach’ is one of the World’s most recognised beaches featured in countless travel guides and magazines with its sapphire blue water contrasting with the white cliffs soaring above the beach. Located on the coast of Zakynthos (Zante) in the Ionian Islands, the beach is only accessible by boat. The area is also a renowned as a base jumping destination for adrenaline junkies as seen in this video.
Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece
With pink and white sand and shallow warm crystal clear waters, the beach on Elafonisi Island is one of the Mediterranean’s best. So it was no surprise when Elafonissi beach was recently voted Trip Advisor’s 2017 travellers’ choice 9th best beach in the World (view Trip Advisor’s top 25 best beaches) – not bad for a little Mediterranean island up against beaches in the Seychelles!
Elafonissi beach is separated from the shore by a lagoon that is no more than a metre deep. You can quite literally walk to ‘Deer Island’ on a nice day and admire the views of the nearby Chrissoskalitissa Monastery.
Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus
Getting its name from the idyllic fig trees which line its coast, this stretch of sand is breathtakingly beautiful. This beach in the list of best beaches in Europe and it has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for its outstanding water quality and public facilities.
Spiaggia dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach), Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
Many believe that Spiaggia dei Conigli or Rabbit Beach is widely regarded as the best beach in the Mediterranean. Contrary to what you may imagine, this little piece of rocky and wild land, shows no trace of rabbits – you’re much more likely to run into loggerhead turtles laying their eggs on the nearby beach. Lampedusa is an island located in the Pelagie group of Islands in Sicily in Italy. Catania is also a popular destination on Sicily’s east coast and easy to get to with Catania Airport Transfers. Catania sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, an active volcano with trails leading up to the summit. The city’s wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell’Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral. In the southwest corner of the square, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants.
It’s worth noting that you can island hop easily in the Mediterranean using a website such as www.ok-ferry.com where you can book ferry tickets for Sardinia, Corsica, Isle of Elba, Sicily, Giglio Island, Pontine Islands, Tremiti Islands, Aeolian Islands, Ischia and Malta.
Balos Lagoon, Kissamos, Greece
Balos lagoon on the west coast of Crete is famous for its turquoise and sapphire waters, breathtaking natural scenery and picture perfect pink and white sand is a beach lover’s paradise. The waters are very shallow waters so perfect for all ages, especially little ones.
Egremni, Lefkada, Greece
Stretching two and a half kilometres, this one of the longest beaches on the island of Lefkada and rarely gets crowded. Egremni is located on the south-western coast of the island of Lefkada in Greece. The only way to access these stunning sandy shores is by scaling the 150m high cliff via 347 steep steps, but it’s worth it!
Cala Mitjaneta, Menorca, Spain
With its shallow calm waters, this picturesque cove is unsurprisingly one of the most popular beaches in Menorca. Located on the southern coast close to Cala Galdana, Cala Mitjaneta is famous for its clear snorkeling and swimming conditions.