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Great beaches for swimming in the Mediterranean Sea

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

There’s nothing like the warm and enchanting Mediterranean.

It’s as though Europe has its own private swimming pool. If you squint at the map then you might just see the outline of an elephant. The trunk taking you to Gibraltar, the ears being the island of Sardinia and Corsica and the eye being Mallorca. But where should you head to swim in the sea that is called “the middle of the land”?

1. Bol on the island of Brac, Croatia.

Brac is a stunning island off the coast of Croatia that boasts some beautiful historical buildings, some bankable hot and sunny summer weather and some of the clearest blue waters you’ll find. It’s no huge surprise to see how big the tourism has become on the island. There’s a very active nightlife and lots to see and do, including various levels of water sports. But this is about swimming in the Med so let’s focus on that. The southern waves and the north-easterly wind provide a cool breeze amidst the baking mid-summer heats which get well into the 30s. The Zlatni rat aka Golden Horn is something you have to see to believe. It’s a beach that looks like a capital V, jutting out of the land covered in sand.

Top Beach Hotel on the Island of  Brac: Villa Adriatica Hotel, Supetar

2. Costa Smeralda, Sardinia.

These coves will have you thinking you’re in a film. They certainly won’t let you leave them in a hurry. The Emerald Coast is one of the least talked about romantic spots in Europe and somewhere you should all think about picking for this year’s beach holiday. It’s a 30 km square area off the north of  Sardinia and is basked in white sand and random rocky bays with warm turquoise waters perfect for lying back for hours on end. One of the most popular beaches is Liscia Ruja but you won’t struggle to find somewhere less busy.

Top Beach Hotel in Costa Smeralda: Grand Hotel, Porto Cervo

3. Terracina, Italy

Another one few people know much about, this is a huge stretch of beach near the small town of Terracina, on the east coast of Italy about an hour and a half south from Rome on the way to Naples. It’s a very popular place for Romans to go for the day in the summer months but don’t let that put you off because there’s a lot of room there for everyone. It does get busy but if you’re looking for somewhere to swim with the family then this is a great place without the hoards of tourists from all over Europe. The waters are calm and warm and the weather is just about right for most of the year.

Top beach Hotel in Terracina, Italy: Hotel Torre del Sole

4. Paradise Bay, Malta

If you’re looking for a private swim with just you and a loved one then this beach in northern Malta might be just the thing for you. You wouldn’t find this beach unless you knew about it or were extremely lucky. Head to the tip of the island just round the corner from Cirkewwa harbour. You might find you have to put your belongings in a rucksack as you descend an old stone flight of steps in order to reach the secluded beach. It’s calm and warm and perfect for a dip without disturbance.

Top Beach Hotel in Malta: Paradise Bay Resort, Cirkewwa

Photo of  beach in Paradise Bay, Malta by Barryluff

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Venere Travel Blog writer phil mcdonald

Phil is a freelance writer working on various writing and editing projects ranging from feature film scripts to travel writing. He enjoys writing from experience and sharing information on the many places he has visited over the years

6 responses to “Great beaches for swimming in the Mediterranean Sea”

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  1. Sara Foster says:
    August 1st, 2010 at 20:55

    swimming is my favorite way of burning of those extra fats and calories~;:

  2. Aaron Stewart says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 10:24

    what i do love about swimming is that it is fun and you can see lots of babes on the beach’..

  3. Divine says:
    April 13th, 2011 at 17:51

    Sardinia is next on my list. Sounds like a beach to make note of. I have been to Paradise Beach and it is all that Phil says it is… magical, in particular in the evening as the sun is setting.

  4. says:
    July 3rd, 2011 at 16:37

    Hi there,

    I can support Bol in Croatia – it is very beautiful. However, if you plan your trip to Croatia, do not miss out on the many other nice places – there are over 1,000 islands in Croatia and many hidden spots to be discovered

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