By Allie Filmanowicz
Beach season is here whether we are ready or not! Let me tell you, after living in Italy for the last couple months I am absolutely not — but that won’t stop me from enjoying all the beautiful beaches Europe has to offer! Check out this list of beaches that cannot be missed while you are studying abroad this summer, and start crossing them off your bucket list.
1. Positano – the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Famous for its cliffside views and beautiful water, Positano is the perfect place to spend any beach day! Spend your day basking in the sun on your private beach chair, rent a boat to cruise with your friends around the coast, rent a stand up paddle board to explore Positano’s rocky cliffs, or go explore the winding streets and beautiful shops.
2. Island of Brač, Croatia
Brač is known for its crystal clear blue water. It is perfect for spending the day relaxing on the sandy beach or exploring the beach town. If you are looking for more of an adventure, you can rent ATVs and spend the day cruising the streets and private beaches of Brac. Plus, in the summer, an inflatable playground is set up in the water — who wouldn’t want to experience their own Croatian version of Wipeout?
3. Bačvice – Split, Croatia
Bačvice is the perfect beach to visit if you want a taste of local life in Split! In the summer it fills up with locals and tourists alike looking to enjoy the sunshine and blue waters. Watch out for locals playing picigin, a game that looks like water volleyball and is native to this part of Croatia.
4. Monterosso Beach – Cinque Terre, Italy
After exploring the other four towns of the beautiful Cinque Terre national park, reward yourself with a dip in the ocean and a fresh homemade margarita. Monterosso is one of Italy’s most famous beaches, and you can reach it by train or hike. (We suggest doing the hike, as it is absolutely breathtaking)
5. Agios Gordios Beach – Corfu Island, Greece
Located just outside the walls of the Pink Palace hostel, Agios is a must see when you are exploring the island of Corfu! Known for its party atmosphere and epic booze cruise, bring your party pants when hitting this beach.
6. Nice Beach – French Riviera, France
Live the life of luxury on this beautiful French beach! Just a short walk from the city center, this beach is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. If you are looking for a little more adventure, you can rent equipment for all your favorite water sports, from scuba diving to jet skiing.
7. Barceloneta Beach – Barcelona, Spain
When you think of Barcelona, you think of Barceloneta beach. Easily the most entertaining beachfront your will ever find yourself on, you never know the spectacles you will stumble upon, from sand artists to drum circles! Also, make sure you grab some delicious fresh seafood from the stands along the shore.