You don’t have to jet off to the Caribbean to enjoy luscious, sandy beaches with crystal clear water. Many look outside of Europe when planning a hot beach holiday without giving it a second thought, but Europe is full of stunning beaches which give the Instagram-friendly beaches of Punta Cana a good run for their money, it’s just a case of knowing where to go. Here is our guide to the best beaches in Europe. Get your bikini ready!

Cala Turqueta, Menorca, Spain

Menorca is Europe’s best hidden secret. It is an absolute gem, and though it has its fair share of tourists in the summer season, it is much quieter than the neighboring Spanish islands or towns, and much cheaper, too. Cala Turqueta is one of its many calas (beaches), a paradise tucked away between gorgeous green forests, caves and beautiful scenery. The water is to die for, warm from July to October, shallow, turoquoise, and with plenty of fish and sea life to see for the snorkelers out there. It really is a slice of the Caribbean in Spain.

Praia Dona Ana, Lagos, Algarve

In the south of Portugal, the turquoise beaches, resembling the famous beaches of Thailand with their breathtaking rock formations, are a must visit. While the sea is a little on the chillier side outside of the summer months, the Praia Dona Ana is one of the most beautiful beaches Europe has to offer, and with plenty to do besides sunbathing. To really enjoy the sights and get some great photos, you can take a boat trip to see the rock formations and caves that are too difficult to see walking or swimming.

Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach, Zakynthos

A very tucked away cove beach centered around an old shipwreck, this is a real Greek paradise, and the ideal beach to really disconnect from everything. The only way to get there and enjoy the picturesque crystal clear water, white cliffs and ship wreck is by boat.

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain

Yes, the beaches of Menorca are so special that we’re going to mention them twice. Cala Macarella is another of the most famous beaches on this wonderful Spanish island, and you have to drive to get there, then hike 20 minutes through a forest…but that’s all part of the fun and the charm. When you get there, the reward is a total paradise, a tranquil, sandy beach with turquoise water surrounded by stunning green cliffs to explore. Don’t forget your camera…the view from the top of the cliffs is quite something.

It is in Paris in a place called Camp de Mars. It was named after Gustave Eiffel, an engineer from a company that designed and built it.

1. The purpose of the tower

The tower was built for many reasons. The primary intention for the designing and construction of the Eiffel Tower was for World Exhibition, also referred to as Paris Exposition for 1889. It was to commemorate the Hundredth year anniversary of the French revolution in Europe. The revolution was a crucial event in the history of France which made an attempt to get rid of dictatorship kind of leadership and create a democratic system of administration.
The people in France and even the government officials insisted on having a Hundredth year anniversary. Many thought of different ways of making it more special for the purpose of improving the greatness of Paris and the country in general. A large number suggested that construction of beautiful buildings would be the best way to do the commemoration. Different engineers, all over France, came up with a variety of designs that would change the face of France and improve it. Of all suggestions and ideas, Gustave’s design, on Eiffel Tower got approval from many as it caught most people’s attention.

2. Its Structure

The tower is among the tallest structures ever built in Paris. It is 1063ft tall and 324m in height. In comparison with a story building, it would be an 81 story one. It has a square base that measures 410ft, that is, 125 metres on each side.

3. Levels of the Tower

At the ground level, there is an information desk meant for any inquiries. The first floor is transparent which offers an incredible view. The second floor has buffets, souvenir shops, and even a cash point. These features are also found on the first floor. The top floor has window glasses and provides the best viewpoint for the city.

4. Visitors

Since the tower was opened officially, it has recorded the highest number of pay visitors as compared to other towers in the world. It has an unprecedented number of 7 million visitors, most of whom are foreigners.

5. The Sparkling Tower

The tower is a real piece of artwork regarding its light display. A unique and beautiful feature here are the 20,000 light bulbs installed which sparkle from nightfall to 1AM. The downside is that it is illegal to take photographs of the light display of the tower as it is protected under the copyright law.

The Top Six Day Trips from Paris
Paris is the city of lights as it is famously known. The city has numerous beautiful places for one to see. Even more spectacular are the historical and magnificent sites one can visit during the day. The following are some of the day trips that are guaranteed to make your stay in Paris memorable.

1. Disneyland Paris

Are you taking the trip with your children or grandchildren? This is the ultimate destination for your children. Here, one can experience a real Disney-like experience through the amusement parks, recreational parks, restaurants, and much more. To get to Disneyland, one can simply take public transport or get there using a car.

2. Notre-Dame de Reims

This place is just a 45-minute journey with high-speed trains from Gare de l’Est. This historic building is famously known as the place where 33 French Kings, including Charles VII, were crowned. The building is covered with breathtaking statues which include a smiling angel. Additionally, the area is also famous for the champagne caves where people get to taste the champagnes.

3. Giverny

For the lovers of nature, this is one destination to look out for in your choices. The attraction site is the home of a renowned impressionist painter known as Claude Monet. This garden is famous for the beautiful Clos Normand garden, water garden, Japanese bridge, water lilies as well as the various flora and fauna attractions.

4. Versailles

This is a must-visit place for anyone visiting Paris. This historic attraction comprises of a spectacular garden, the Marie-Antoinette’s estate and the Grand Trianon. It is one huge destination, so for one to enjoy the guided tour, one is advised to create adequate time during the visit. The place is accessible by bus from Eiffel Tower all the days of the week except Monday.

5. Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Also known as the ‘Royal Town’, this place lies in the suburbs of the city of lights. One can get there by train from the city centre or take a 45 car-drive. Historically, this is the place where monarchs spent their lives and died. During a visit here, one gets a chance to walk in the beautiful streets and enjoy the delicacies.

6. Vaux-le-Vicomte

Southeast of the city of lights lies this historic attraction built back in the mid-17th century, being built by Superintendent Louis XIV. The landscape showcases the artistic and architectural work of Louis Le Vau.