August is just around the corner people! The good news is, that means we’ve still got plenty of time for a trip to the beach. Personally I love going away in September or even October, after the midsummer craziness. And since I chose a super summery design for this month’s art feature, I thought I’d share some of my favourite, lesser known, European beach destinations. Here’s my top 5, in no particular order.
1. Porquerolles Island
This gorgeous little island in the Mediterranean is perfect for either an early- or late-in-the-season getaway. Because even though Porquerolles is relatively unknown among the non-French, it does get very busy in July and August. Besides the stunning and surprisingly quiet beaches you’ll find plenty of beautiful creeks on Porquerolles island.
Ah, Valencia. I think it’s hard not to like this city on Spain’s southeastern coast. Not only do they know great food (go here for my Valencia food guide), they’ve also got an incredible beach. Again, you’re probably best to go in May-June or September-early October. Not so much because of the busy-ness, but mostly because Valencia can get pretty hot during summer.
3. Noirmoutier Island
This is what I like to call one of France’s Atlantic Beauties. Since it’s not as famous (or busy) as some of the classic holiday destinations in the South of France, Noirmoutier Island makes for a great off-the-radar pick. Besides its awesome beaches the island also has a very impressive range of top restaurants.
One of the nicest beaches we’ve been to on our Croatia trip was in Podstrana, a small town near Split. Croatia has a lot of pebble beaches and this one was no exception. As strange as it may sound though, it was still comfortable to lie on. The fantastic little beach bar with great food – and beautiful sunset views – is an added bonus (and my favourite part).
5. Île de Ré
Another one of France’s Atlantic Beauties and well-known among the French, but less so among us non-French. Île de Ré has some of the most picturesque villages I’ve ever seen and of course a marvellous beach, called la Plage des Gollandières. If you’re into kitesurfing you’ll probably want to check it out!
Alright, that’s enough summer-beach-talk coming out of this month’s art feature I think. If you want to discover more work done by Diseño de Sharona, have a look at her Instagram or leave a comment below. I’ll feature another one of her designs here next month.
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