15 great beach destinations to celebrate summer

Drinking cocktails at sunset, tanning on the beach, and taking a dip in the cold sea: here are a number of delightful destinations to celebrate summer. Enjoy 15 places where the sun almost always shines!


Situated in the southwest of Turkey, this city is a shining jewel on the Mediterranean Sea. Discover the historic city centre full of mosques and squares, or shop in the fashionable shopping streets until late in the evening. After a night of partying, you can recover on one of the nearby beaches.


Bodrum is the place to be for water sports enthusiasts! This popular seaside resort on the Gulf of Gökova is situated right opposite the island of Kos on the southwest coast of Turkey. The sheltered bays of the peninsula are ideal for swimming and enjoying the sun.


This northernmost Greek island is known for its beautiful beaches and unspoiled beauty. Relax at the resorts on the northern side of the island or discover charming villages and forested mountains. Corfu has it all!


Wander through valleys full of ancient ruins and relax on pearly white beaches. Kos, which is separated only by a strait from Bodrum in Turkey, is one of the flattest islands of Greece and is therefore an ideal cycling destination. Besides vast forests, you can also find nearly a thousand different plant species on Kos!


Hilly, green Rhodes has both pebble and sandy beaches on which you can relax. Stroll through the narrow streets of the atmospheric old town – which will take you back to the Byzantine Empire – or discover the wooded valleys.


Although many people only see the airport of Girona, this cheerful city has much more to offer. Typical for this city in Catalonia are the coloured hanging houses on the river Onyar. The lively city squares have restaurants where you can eat tapas and enjoy a glass of Sangria. A perfect destination for a summer weekend!


The medieval town of Reus is situated at the heart of the Costa Dorada, making it possible to go from the city to the beach in no time. Travel on, for example, to amazing Tarragona with its Roman ruins. Or how about Barcelona, which is only an hour and a half's drive away?


The port and seaside town of Alicante is the capital of the famous Costa Blanca. Here you can find a favourable climate all year round, so you can always taste a little summer. Close to the centre you can relax on a beautiful sandy beach, while visiting one of the many bars in the old town in the evening!


The port city of Malaga is situated on the sunny Costa del Sol, right on the Mediterranean Sea. Wander through the lively pedestrianised city centre and eat fresh sardines in one of the typical beach restaurants. Visit the Picasso museum or settle on the nearby Playa de la Malagueta!


Where better to celebrate summer than in Ibiza: the sunny island that never sleeps and that many a tourist has lost his or her heart to. Dance to the music of the most famous DJs in the world, stroll around cute markets, and enjoy views of beautiful bays. You will do more here than just party!


Surfing paradise Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands. These islands are located about one hundred kilometres off the northwest coast of Africa, but are officially part of Spain. Visit the island for its insanely white palm beaches and perfect waves for surfing!


Nature lovers come to celebrate summer in Lanzarote, which is also part of the Canary Islands. This northernmost island has a bizarre volcanic landscape. Hike across black lava fields, walk along deep craters, and take a stroll through palm valleys, after which you can relax on the beach!


Discover hidden coves, daily street markets, the summer carnival, and the unspoilt nature of Malta: the largest island of the Maltese archipelago. Besides ancient culture, Malta is known for the many events organized by its population. Everything here is a reason to celebrate!


The South of France is, of course, always a great place to celebrate summer. Nice is located right on the Mediterranean Sea and is the main tourist attraction of the French Riviera. Visit the 18-day carnival of Nice or the world-famous flower market in Old Nice!


Beautifully situated on the east coast of Sicily, Catania is the second largest city of the island. Discover the UNESCO-protected historical city centre, which has the Etna volcano as a backdrop. If you’re going to enjoy the summer in Sicily, Catania is an ideal base for exploration!