5 Locations Perfect for Enjoying a Seaside Holiday Abroad

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There is nothing that compares to a relaxing seaside holiday. In the UK, there are a lot of great seaside places to visit, but sometimes you just feel the desire to venture out and have a change of scenery, culture, and experience.

So if you would like to get away and explore somewhere new, here are 5 locations perfect for enjoying a seaside holiday abroad:

Taormina, Sicily

Sicily is home to crystal blue waters, and in the northeast of the island, there is an idyllic hillside town called Taormina. It understandably draws a number of visitors every year with its gorgeous coastline, including the beaches at Mazzaro Bay and Isola Bella, which you could build an entire holiday around. For when (and if) you would like to make your way up from the seaside, you can visit the town’s Greek theatre, the Cathedral located in Piazza Duomo, authentic shops, and then dine at restaurants that are full of character with unique ambiance. Pro tip: check out sites like Wishsicily to see all of the villas in Taormina available for rent! There are many hotels in the area but this will give you and your family extra privacy and space. 

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Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote is a gorgeous island well known for its paradise aesthetic. It is the easternmost island of the Canary Islands located off the coast of Africa and has volcanic origins that offer visitors a unique experience with unique landscapes. You can visit the island for a lazy beach holiday or mix it up and spend time exploring. You can drive from one end of the island to the other in about an hour so it is feasible to get out and see more than the beach. For example, you can visit the Timanfaya National Park, which is this barren ‘out of this world’ stretch of natural beauty, and experience los Jameos del Agua, which is a series of re-imagined lava caves.

Marseille, France

Marseille, France is full of colour and undeniable character. It is a port city with a proper ‘Old Port’ where you can get some of the latest catch and admire the boats. From there, you wander down La Corniche, a long balcony that runs right along the gorgeous Mediterranean. You can walk or drive it (though walking is recommended!) and pass by beaches, choosing to refresh with the cooling waters as you please.   

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Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, Greece is an island that has both distinct rich Greek history as well as striking views that go from the drastic landscapes to the crystal clear Aegean waters. You will be happy at any beach in Rhodes, though being tucked away in a smaller beach like Agios Pavlos Beach and at Saint Paul’s Bay is a favourite of many. Between time at the beach and enjoying Greek food, visiting the ancient Acropolis of Lindos is a must. There is also the charming Old Town of Rhodes to see, the Palace of the Grand Master, and the cobblestone way down the Street of the Knights.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik attracts visitors all year round. With the clear blue sea that wraps around the city, you are rewarded with views everywhere you go. The city beach with all the amenities is called Banje, and it is just a short walk from the Ploče Gate. It is a great place to visit with children, as the waters are shallow, there are showers, inflatables, and sunloungers. You’ll find most of the locals at Vlaha Bukovca. While in Dubvronik, be sure to visit Old Town and walk the City Walls for views of the red-tiled roofs, character of the city, and breathe in fresh air gifted from the blue Adriatic Sea.


No matter where you go, a family holiday is a gorgeous time to create new memories with loved ones. These are just 5 locations that are perfect for a holiday abroad where you can spend some time at the sea.

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