If the idea of a summer spent basking in the sunshine on sandy beaches, sipping a refreshing glass of white wine, and dining on exquisite seafood is a dream we all need to make into a reality.

But there’s always one thing that bursts our dream bubble when it’s turned into reality – hordes of tourists.

Sunny Holiday Destinations in Europe

In this guide, we’ve listed our favourite sunny holiday destinations in Europe that are a little less crowded, so you can enjoy a European summer without the crowds.

Cilento, Italy

Just an hour south of the Amalfi Coast, Cilento is an area covered with olive trees, featuring 100km of coastline dotted with sandy beaches and cosy bays, all framed by spectacular mountains.

Bozburun Peninsula, Turkey

Okay, it’s not exactly Europe, but since a small part of Turkey connects to Europe through Istanbul, we can make an exception for this incredible destination.

Emporda, Spain

This wine-soaked region is lined with craggy cliffs, hidden inlets, and spectacular clifftop paths, and best of all, it is still very Spanish.

Brac Island, Croatia

It’s a small island off the coast of Split, and is known for its windsurfing and resort town of Bol, where you’ll find one of my favourite beaches on Brac Island, Zlatni Rat.

Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

It’s known for its stunning, clear waters that are a dazzling turquoise colour, as well as long stretches of beach with sand dunes and pine trees.

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