Looking for the most underrated European beach destinations to visit this summer? Here are some of the best hidden gems that Europe has to offer!
Beach destinations from the Greek Islands to the Amalfi Coast of Italy to the South of France are extremely popular every summer. But with that popularity comes exorbitant prices and extreme crowds.
These beach destinations are more under-the-radar and come with a lower price tag.
While they still can get crowded during the peak summer months of July and August with more local European visitors, you’ll find that many of these destinations are quiet and enjoyable during the shoulder season months of June and September.
1. Ischia, Italy
Ischia is one of the most underrated destinations in Italy. Located in the Bay of Naples, this island is not too far from the popular island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast.
However, it’s less expensive and less crowded, not to mention there’s tons to do! From great beaches to natural thermal baths to ancient castles to quaint towns with seaside restaurants, Ischia is the perfect destination for an idyllic Italian summer vacation.
2. Milos, Greece
While the islands of Santorini and Mykonos may get all the hype, don’t overlook the Cycladic Island Milos this summer.
Long considered a hidden gem, this small island has a population of just over 5,000. However, Milos has been growing in popularity thanks to its stunning scenery and incredible beaches.
It still remains an underrated, authentic, and more affordable neighbor to more popular nearby islands, making it the ideal destination for a summer getaway this year.
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3. Ksamil, Albania
Albania may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of beaches in Europe, but shockingly this Balkan nation has some of the most beautiful coastlines in all of Europe!
And the best part is it’s incredibly affordable and remains off the beaten path for most American travelers. Ksamil is one of the most beautiful beaches in Albania, with white sand beaches and crystal-clear aqua water.
4. Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Cyprus is another underrated European beach destination. This small island is located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey and to the west of Lebanon.
Ayia Napa is one of the best beaches in the country, attracting travelers with its gorgeous beaches and resorts. This beach town is also known for having delicious fresh seafood restaurants, lively bars and clubs, and affordable prices, making it perfect for a trip this summer.
5. Aljezur, Portugal
Portugal’s Algarve Coast is hardly an undiscovered gem these days, with many beach towns exploding in popularity in recent years.
However, the town of Aljezur still remains an underrated destination, especially for surfers. If you’re in search of great surfing, you’ll find it in this charming town along the Algarve Coast. There are also plenty of incredible, secluded beaches where you can relax away from the crowds.
Aljezur is also known for its quaint and charming town and abundance of hiking opportunities along the dramatic coastline.
6. Korcula, Croatia
Croatia is one of the most sought-after destinations in Europe right now, and for good reason. This Balkan country is known for its beautiful natural scenery, beaches and islands, and historic towns.
While destinations like Dubrovnik and Hvar are swarmed with crowds during the summer, Korcula is an island on the Adriatic Sea with a more laidback vibe. It’s also more budget-friendly than other destinations in Croatia, which can get extremely expensive during the popular summer months.
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