24th June, 2018

We have picked out some of our favourite beaches from across all of our tours, to help you get more excited for the summer. If this heatwave continues, then the beach will be the place to be!

Bude, Cornwall, England

Several beaches border the Cornish town of Bude, and all have their own charms. Some stretch out, perfect for sandcastles and picnics, while others, such as Crackington Haven, attract surfers and sailors. There is no chance of disappointment here; the beaches at Bude are some of the best in the UK, and have won awards for their beauty. Widemouth Beach, a little outside the town of Bude, is perhaps the best of all. As its name suggests, this is one of the bigger beaches in the area, and rarely gets too busy. As it is a little removed from the centre, it has a wilder and more untouched feel, perfect for those who also want to spot some wildlife. Learn about our Cornwall tours on our website.

Poppit Sands, Cardigan Bay, Wales

Wales has never quite got the attention it deserves – Wales boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and bays in the UK, and yet remains relatively quiet throughout the year. Poppit Sands, one of the finest beaches in Cardigan Bay, is mostly frequented by locals, and is the perfect place to soak up some Welsh charm while enjoying the sun. One of Poppit Sands best features is the rolling sand dunes – walk along these and look out to sea, or lounge and paddle closer to the waves. The sea is fairly calm here, and while you may spot some paddleboarders, it is one of the safest beaches for children. Check out Cardigan Bay online…

Mont Saint Michel, Brittany, France

The image of Mont Saint Michel, the castle in the sea, is well known around the world. It is one of the most stunning sights, and is a world favourite. As well as great history, this area has some spectacular beaches where you can look out at the island. Famously, the island is accessible as the tide goes out, and the whole area becomes one great beach. Do be careful to check the tide times when you go out however! Our tour of Brittany’s Emerald Coast is one of the best for those searching for a calm and cultured beach trip – take a peek at the website, every stop on this tour makes for the perfect beach summer holiday.

The Nossa Senhora de Encarnação, the Algarve, Portugal

The white beach of Nossa Senhora sits at the base of the cliff fort, and is the perfect place to relax and watch the waves while working on your tan. However, the best bit of this section of the Carvoeiro coastline is the boardwalk, which will lead you along to the incredible rock formations of Algar Seco and Boneco. The walk is made up by a wooden walkway on the rocky clifftops, giving you great views over the sea and the unique geology of the area. Taking the time to walk down to Algar Seco is a must – the dramatic sea arches and stacks make for some pretty stunning photographs. Also worth exploring is the Boneco caves, which are fascinating, if a little spooky. After you have done Algar Seco, you can simply walk back to the beautiful beach, get a drink, and choose your favourite photos for Instagram! Find out more about the wonders of the Algarve on our website.

Studland Bay/Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England

Down on the southern coast, England has some rather special rock formations of its own. The Isle of Purbeck, a rocky peninsula with the sea on three sides, is an incredible place to walk or have a picnic. Down below, you will find Studland bay with great wide beaches that stretch along the coast. Golden sands on one side, and pebbles for rock-pooling on the other, there are few spots like this. This whole stretch of coast is fairly wonderful, and if you wish to explore further afield, Lulworth Cove is another perfect holiday spot. The great gem here is Durdle Door, a natural sea arch – one of the oldest and most impressive in the world. They also do great ice cream at the café. Learn more about Dorset on our site…