The secret of a good beach is its privacy. No one wants to share summer with others, no one wants to get to the edge of the sea by stepping over sunbathers. An ideal beach – if there is so much free space on it that you cannot see the color of the swimsuit of the nearest guest. We have chosen for you 10 secret European beaches – so secluded that you can have sex on them without the risk of being noticed.
1. Cies Islands, Galicia, Spain
Locals call these beaches “Galician Caribbean” – because of the sparkling white sand. Cies is an archipelago of three islands located on the northwestern coast of Spain, near Portugal. The longest and most deserted beach in the archipelago is called Rodas. It is adjacent to the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Reserve zone – a part of the coastal area, along with a piece of the sea that is protected by the state. The entrance for tourists is limited here – up to 2200 people per day, there are no hotels here – only camping sites are allowed, and only a couple of restaurants with a basic menu. You will not see cyclists or motorcyclists along the beach, let alone cars.
2. Vivero, Galicia, Spain
The historic center of Vivero is an ideal starting point for traveling to most of the secluded beaches of the northern coast of Spain. From here you can visit one secret place every day of your vacation, you can reach most of them by rented car in less than an hour. Or you can simply stay on one of the beaches located along the Gulf of Viveiro (another name is Ria de Viveiro) – a hilly lagoon in the form of a huge drop entering the Bay of Biscay. Least of all tourists here in July or September.
3. Es Grau, Menorca, Spain
The quietest beach on the Spanish island of Menorca is located on its northeast coast. The water of the Mediterranean Sea here does not rise above the tibia for almost 40 meters from the coast, thus reminding a giant spa pool. The Albufera de Grau Nature Reserve is also located here, so the beach is protected from overdevelopment. You can get to the beach and back along the Cami de Cavals route – a hundred-year road that follows a curving coastline that hides a string of secret bays, including Cala de Tamarels and Cala de Street.
4. Porkerol Island, Cote d’Azur, France
A 20-minute boat ride from the Cote d’Azur, between Marseille and Cannes, are the white sandy beaches of the island of Porquerolles. In the seventies of the last century, the French government bought most of the island in order to save its nature from development. The quietest beach on the island – the beach of Notre Dame, located in the north-eastern part of it. The small, covered with eucalyptus and pine trees is ideal for boat trips and secluded entertainment. When you get hungry – go to the nearest and only village on the island, near the harbor. There you will meet gourmet French restaurants that serve Provencal cuisine.
5. Natural Park Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
The least lived-in part of the Tuscan coast lies between the port of Talamone and the mouth of the Ombrone river, where wild horses graze and where local farmers send their cows to eat. The beach, which is located in this place, is called Marina di Alberese. It works according to the “one-in-one-out” rule: new visitors are launched only when a portion of the old ones comes out. Therefore, the beach is popular, but not too crowded. If you walk along the shore, half a kilometer to the south, you will reach the uninhabited part of the beach, where the sand is strewn with fragments of shells.
6. Ischia Island, Italy
Ischia is located off the west coast of Italy, in the northern part of the entrance to the Gulf of Naples. The island grew up on an underwater volcano, which still has thermal activity – it provides the main set of services of the local Mezatorre spa hotel: mineral waters and treatment in the healing microclimate. The rocky bottom of the bay is ideal for diving with a breathing tube and watching the local marine fauna. For swimming, this place is not quite suitable, so if you want to enjoy solitude on the beach – you are here. And sandy beaches are right outside the hotel, in the town of Forio.
7. Foz del Belice, Sicily, Italy
Part of the Tunisian Strait – Foz del Belice Belice is one of the last stretches of the pristine coastline in southwestern Sicily. The preservation of local nature strictly follows the Italian government. The most popular local beach, Le Solete, is located west of Porto Palo. There are also secluded bays in the west, for example, Kapparina di Mare, home to colonies of sea turtles. If you get bored on the beach, you can go to inspect the ruins of the ancient city of Selinunte or sign up for a daytime cooking class at any of the local restaurants.
8. Makarska, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Dalmatia is a historical region in the north-west of the Balkan Peninsula, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, an elongated coastal zone with a thousand islands. Most visitors to Dalmatia go straight to these islands, leaving the 60-kilometer coastline with deserted beaches to lonely travelers. It is most convenient to come to the beaches between Split and Dubrovnik, besides here is the most beautiful nature: coniferous forests, mountain grasses and hares (if lucky).
9. Karavostasi, Greece
This 500-meter stretch of sandy beach is located a few kilometers from the main coastal road connecting the Greek cities of Syvoto and Parga. The path is not long, but the trip is worth it. From the southern part of the beach, you can see the mountainous tops of Corfu island sticking up above the horizon – such decorations create a rare feeling of privacy, despite the fact that you are close to the main Greek resorts.
10. Alacati, Turkey
The former Greek village of Alacati is famous for its beautiful old houses and cobbled paths. The local nature is almost untouched by buildings, low mountains protect from the scorching summer sun. The beach is located near the port, but the water in this part of the Aegean Sea is very clean. Nevertheless, there are not many tourists here, mostly – locals who are fond of windsurfing, are preparing for the annual championship, which takes place here every August.