One of the good things about travel is that you get to explore and see some of the most beautiful coastlines you’ll ever come across. Are you struggling to choose a European coastal destination for your summer holiday? I’ve narrowed down the search with my top five sea views worth seeing, and you can get some cracking late deals on them if you look hard enough.

1. Gran Canaria, Spain

One of Spain’s stunning Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is renowned for its white, sandy beaches; from the better-known tourist hotspots in the north to the quieter, more peaceful family favorites that stretch along its southern coast. In all, visitors will find almost 60 kilometers of beaches dotted along over 200 kilometers of rugged coastline, all under a warm Spanish sun that shines for twelve months of the year.

2. Costa Dorada, Spain

Literally translating as The Golden Coast’, the Costa Dorada spans over 200 kilometers across Catalonia in southern Spain. Made up of countless spacious beaches with clean, fine sand and transparent shallow water, it’s easy to see why the area is an enduringly popular holiday destination for families seeking a hassle-free summer holiday.

3. The Algarve, Portugal

Portugal’s southern region, the Algarve has it all: short flight times, a sunny Mediterranean climate, world-class beaches and a multitude of golf resorts. In particularly, the central area of coastline between Lagos and Faro is well-worth a visit; lined with villas, hotels, bars, restaurants and buzzing with activities, including a range of water sports. Offering so much adventure and activity, the Algarve is often overlooked as an area of natural beauty. If you prefer a slower pace of life need to nothing more than drink in its cliffs, bays, inlets and sandy islands.

4. Lindos, Rhodes — Greece

So much of Rhodes has been engulfed by modern tourism that discovering quiet little Lindos, with its curving sandy bay and traditional whitewashed houses dotted about a leafy hillside, feels like a bit of a dream. Along with its magnificent coastal views, Lindos provides a safe, traffic-free destination with cobbled streets winding up to a 14th century fortress; giving visitors the chance to combine a relaxing beach holiday with taking in some history and culture.

5. Cirah, Antalya — Turkey

Situated on Turkey’s south-west coast, Cirah is a sleepy little beach town surrounded by dense forest, soaring mountains and fragrant lemon groves. Travelers willing to try a destination off the beaten track will not be disappointed by this hidden gem with its long, sweeping shingle beach and picturesque bay — both protected by a conservation order as a spawning ground for Loggerhead turtles in summer. For a truly peaceful piece of paradise, Cirah is one of Turkey’s best kept coastal secrets.

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