There’s no denying that Britain has some of the best beaches in the whole of Europe, and with summer in full flow it’s time to start thinking about which ones you should be paying a visit to. From the good old favourites to some hidden gems, there’s miles of coastline just waiting for you to discover on your next beach holiday. Have a look at these five spectacular stretches of sand that will have you asking the question, ‘Who needs The Med?’.
Overlooking seven miles of golden sand, the beachside town of Bournemouth provides arguably one of the best city beaches in the UK. The soft sand and acres of space mean it’s perfect for those with families, who have an abundance of Bournemouth hotels to choose from. It’s not a deserted paradise due to its well-known beauty, but you can’t ask for much more so close to a major town. There are plenty of easy ways to get to Bournemouth, so just hop in the car and head on down – detour via the A31 for a picturesque journey through the New Forest.
Long Sands, Tynemouth
Now when you think of Newcastle, bars, rowdy nights out and freezing temperatures spring to mind. Not gorgeous sandy beach, right? Well you’re missing out hugely if you’re yet to tick off Northumberland’s Long Sands beach from your short break list. Just 20 minutes on the Metro from central Newcastle and you’re wandering along the seafront with a tasty ice cream from Beaches & Cream. There’s even the Blue Reef Aquarium for you to have a look around, full of local wildlife as well as some creatures from around the globe.
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
It’s hard to describe just quite how beautiful this location is. Here, you can enjoy stunning views of the long white sands from the comfort of the Porthmeor Beach Café whist dining on some of their delicious tapas. The azure blue seas will have you wondering if you’ve accidentally hopped on a plane to Greece, so be sure to grab your camera and take advantage of the natural beauty. For a break from the beach, head to the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden or the Tate St Ives for a bit of culture.
Probably one of the less obvious ones on lists such as this, but Holkham is a firm favourite with many beach-breakers. It’s a beach that entices you to take a stroll rather than stretch out on a towel. The yellow sands have often been described as ‘mesmeric’, and are a frequent weekend destination for Her Majesty the Queen and her beloved corgis. It’s even graced the silver screen, as Gwyneth Paltrow paced her way across them in Shakespeare in Love. Settled inside a nature reserve just moments from the impressive Holkham Hall, it’s a true rural retreat on the east coast.
Avoid the hustle and bustle of ‘The English Vegas’, Blackpool this summer by stopping off in Morecambe instead. The first thing you’ll notice are the spectacular views across the sands of the bay to the Lake District. For those comedy fans amongst you, you’ll definitely want to go and snap a selfie with the iconic Eric Morecambe statue in the town centre.
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