There’s nothing quite like spending time at the beach on a summer’s day – and for some, even a dip in the depth of winter is irresistible.
One thing we can all agree on is that a crowded beach is never fun.
With that in mind, The Independent’s travel team have picked out some of the lesser-visited beach hangouts in Europe for when we can get away from it all.
Sopot, PolandThe pier in Sopot (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Baltic coast of Poland is sea-bathing heaven, though the water could be a touch warmer. The shore comprises a couple of hundred miles of sandy beach and my favourite is the handsome 19th-century resort of Sopot – just a 20-minute train ride from the city of Gdansk, beyond the former Lenin shipyards. You can enjoy a vast swathe of soft white sand and benign sea on a beach that is ideal for young families, in a resort with 20th-century prices. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, take a trip from the end of the pier across the bay to Hel – a pretty fishing village at the end of a spit, and the eastern extreme of Puck County. SC
Tarifa, SpainTarifa is a paradise for kitesurfers (Getty Images)