Beach holidays without car and plane: five seats at the top

By the way, the travel app Oh my has examined a list of over 1000 European destinations and selected the 5 best seaside resorts accessible by train, bus or ferry, so once you arrive at your destination, all you have to do is go to the beach directly on foot or by public transport.

Portonovo and Conero Natural Park –

With 17 Blue Flags, the Marche region ranks third in the ranking for the number of pristine beaches: the most sought-after point by travelers is the Conero Natural Park, where there are wild bays and coves with turquoise waters, long white sandy beaches , white rocks and lush vegetation. Perfect for both the lazy and for outdoor lovers who do not mind a walk to reach the sea, this area is home to spectacular beaches, such as Portonovo, just 12 minutes walk from the station, San Michele, also reachable by public transport, Sirolo and Numana. Continuing south, you can spend a day at the Porto Recanati beach, a new entry in the prestigious ranking of the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Istrian Peninsula, Croatia –

This picturesque Istrian village is home to 14 Blue Flag beaches, such as Delfin Beach or the Plava Laguna area: the “Blue Lagoon” contains a number of wonderful places for a refreshing swim, with clear waters and ladders to access the sea even more easily. . Also not to be missed is the small beach of Bijela Uvala, located near a campsite and ideal for snorkeling. Finally, the whole coast is dotted with a lush pine forest where you can take refuge during the hottest hours.

French Riviera, France –

Well connected to other resorts overlooking the Mediterranean, the elegant French coastal town boasts numerous glamorous beaches within easy reach of the city center. La Réserve, a small pebble beach located just east of the port, away from the more popular establishments along the busy Promenade des Anglais, remains a favorite with locals, as well as being a perfectly Instagrammable spot. And the list goes on: Ruhl Beach is the most family-friendly; Blue Beach, Blue Flag 2022, is a paradise for water sports lovers; Coco Beach is perfect for celebrity spotting. If you prefer sandy beaches, Villefranche-sur-Mer can be reached in just 2 minutes by train!

Corfu & Ionian islands, Greece –

If, on the other hand, your idea of ​​a holiday involves going from being surrounded by olive trees and cicadas to a party on the beach, Corfu is the destination for you. The island’s most scenic beaches are located along the west coast, south of the spectacular Paleokastritsa bay, and include magical spots like Paradise Beach or Rovinia Beach, which can only be reached by boat. Going down the coast you will find Glyfada, famous for its sunsets and beach clubs, and the Halikounas dunes, a strip of sand between the Ionian Sea and Lake Korission, one of the wildest on the island. North of Paleokastritsa do not miss Porto Timoni and Canal d’Amour, not far from the village of Sidari, probably the most romantic beach on the island.

Barcelona, ​​Costa Brava and Balearic Islands, Spain –

With 729 Blue Flags, Spain is the country that once again collects the most awards this year. From lively city beaches such as Barceloneta to the most secluded caletas in Menorca, there is something for everyone: if you want to experience the thrill of a road trip but don’t drive or don’t have a car, you can travel by bus along the whole Mediterranean coast. Once in Barcelona, ​​you can choose to visit the Spanish capital or explore some natural gems outside the city, such as the beaches of Palafrugell or Begur. Alternatively, you can organize a trip to the charming villages nearby, such as Sitges (30 minutes by bus), an LGBTQ + friendly destination that boasts beautiful beaches including central Sebastià and Pebre Beach (45 minutes walk from the center).