Known for its diverse and beautiful landscape, Southeastern Europe is home to some of the most amazing beaches in the world. White and golden sand, as well as rocky beaches with sharp cliffs are just a part of natural wonders this part of the world has to offer. A perfect compromise between luxury and price, it has become one of the most frequent choices for tourists from all over the world looking for affordable, yet magnificent summer vacation. However, no summer vacation is perfect without an ideal beach, and luckily, Southeastern Europe has more than a lot.
Spiaza Beach, Susak Island, Croatia
Perfect for families with children or simply those who want a summer getaway without any noise or large crowds, Spiaza can offer white sand, shallow water and a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere. An island made of layers of sand, Susak is the only place on the island, with its largest bay being a Spiaza beach. The island can be easily reached by a ferry from nearby Rijeka and Lošinj, and has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. Sun loungers, sun umbrellas and pedal boats are all available for rental. However, one thing that sets this beach apart from all others is the silence and detachment from city life, as there are no noisy roads, shopping malls or nightclubs. Traditional local cuisine and wine can be tasted in some of many restaurants and cafes on the island, including various seafood treats. Simply put, Susak is as close as you can get to a deserted island without actually being on a deserted island. It provides distance and rest from hectic lifestyle, but also offers enough comfort and commodity.
Mogren Beach, Budva, Montenegro
Named after the Spanish sailor Mohrin who experienced shipwreck and landed on this beach, Mogren beach is actually made up of two beaches which are connected by a tunnel. Medium grain sand and easily accessible shore are why many consider Mogren the best beach in Montenegro. Not too far away from the Old Town Budva, it doesn’t provide as much isolation as for instance Spiaza does, but it does compensate with a lot of quality content, including Budva’s famous nightlife. With plenty of restaurants and cafes in high proximity to the shore, you don’t have to worry about bringing drinks and food with you. Also, sunbeds, umbrellas, towels and just about anything you may need on a beach is available for renting and purchase right by the beach as well. Frequently recommended to outdoor enthusiasts, Mogren is a perfect place for those who enjoy hiking and exploring rocky, yet picturesque areas on foot.
Zlatni Pjasci, Bulgaria
An extraordinary beach and resort, the views of Zlatni Pjasci are as fascinating as the tale of how the beach got its name. Allegedly, pirates decided to bury their gold north of the city Varna, in the place where Zlatni Pjasci (Golden Sand) are at. Yet, because the gold they buried was stolen, nature took revenge on them by turning all of it into golden sand. One of the most popular vacation destinations on the Black Sea, Zlatni Pjasci has a perfect water temperature of 25-28 degrees and is surrounded by forest and greenery which makes up a National Park Zlatni Pjasci. Offering a wide range of activities to choose from, this beach contains more than 30 sports grounds, for everything from football, basketball and tennis to equestrianism. Also, it offers an exciting nightlife, with many clubs and bars that come to life at night. However, for those who are keen to pay visit to the closest city, Varna is 20 kilometers away. Ideal for history and architecture enthusiasts, third largest city in Bulgaria offers views of stunning cathedrals and an archeological museum which is certainly worth the visit.
Zlatni Rat, Brač Island, Croatia
Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape in English) is a picture perfect example of incredible shapes and forms coastline can be seen in the magnificent Adriatic Sea. Along with beautiful views, shallow seas and sandy beaches attract many tourists from all around the world to Brač, largest island in Dalmatia and third largest island in the Adriatic. The landform mostly consists of white pebble sand, while the rest is Mediterranean pine grove. Except for Zlatni Rat which is a preferred destination for windsurfers, island’s central city Supetar is also worth visiting. Due to perfect conditions provided by a reliable afternoon wind Maestral, Zlatni Rat attracts large crowds of windsurfing enthusiasts each year. Also, those who are interested in or actively practice nudism will be able to find a few parts of the beach where clothing is optional. Regularly listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Zlatni Rat Beach can be seen on many tourist brochures, travel guides and commercials, and has sort of become a symbol of Croatian tourism. What also makes it special is the fact that it frequently changes its shape and position due to winds which are very specific in this part of the Hvar Channel. For all those who want to stay on top of global vacationing trends or simply try windsurfing in ideal conditions, Zlatni Rat certainly makes a perfect choice.