I love people, I love the beaches full of people who love and respect them (as long as they love them and respect them) and I find it’s normal (I’d say obvious) that other people like what I like too, i.e. Mediterranean beaches in summer.
So you will never hear me say anything against the August tourism.
But the nice thing about when you love traveling out of the beaten paths is the possibility to discover unique and hidden scenarios where you can enjoy loneliness, the noise of nature and, in particular, of the sea.
That is why today I speak of lesser known pearls of the Mediterranean, still wild and suitable for your need to be alone every now and then.
Cala la Luna, Sardinia
Along the east coast of Sardinia, between Barbagia and Ogliastra wedged in the splendid Gulf of Orosei we discover Cala Luna. You can reach it by boat from the nearby marinas of Cala Gonone or Santa Maria Navarrese, but the real adventure is to go along the trail – quite challenging, to be truth – that develops through the mountains of the national park. Cala Luna is one of the few beaches to have a freshwater lake surrounded by a thick oleander forest. Along the seven hundred meters of white beach, limestone caves offer shelter in the intense sunny days, in front of you a turquoise sea of crystalline water.
Calanque d’En Vau Cassis, Costa Azzurra
Many people don’t associate the glamour Cote d’Azur with forgotten beaches and hidden places.
Big mistake! Big, big mistake.
But since I love you I also forgive you and I’ll tell you that between Cassis and Marseilles, protected by steep white granite cliffs (the Calanques), we find the beach of Calanque d’En-Vau.
It is only accessible by boat or on foot along a tiring trekking path that takes about an hour. The reward of this challenging path is a perfect sea for snorkeling along the uncontaminated coast of a natural park that runs between rocks and creeks for about 22 kilometers.
The lavish Mediterranean scrub is the crown of a bay of white pebbles where the cliffs spring almost vertically into the sea. A secret place that is worth discovering.
Armier Bay, Malta
Let’s go to Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean area. The main island, along with nearby Gozo, offers dreamy beaches between millenary archaeological sites and a night life that suits all tastes.
Among the many inlets that enrich the island we discover the charming Armier Bay in Mellieha. Rural area with few hotels and some boat remittances used by residents in the summer months. A quiet place where you can relax without worrying of being attacked by hordes of tourists.
On the other side of the Adriatic sea, after crossing suggestive mountain roads, we go down to the sea and reach the spectacular Dhermi beach, thirty kilometers south of Valona, Albania.
The homonymous village from which the creek takes its name is a characteristic agglomeration of stone houses and narrow alleys clinging to the mountainside. Some bars and taverns offer travelers the typical welcome of a place where time stops. The white pebble beach and crystal clear water is just one of the many creeks that open on the hillsides, unspoiled places between the sea and the wilderness. In particular, the northern part of the Dhërmi Creek is obscure and deserted. An ideal place for a relaxing holiday.
I also recommend exploring the nearby creeks of Drimadhes and Palase, one of the wildest places you might see in Europe.
If you want to discover a secret Crete, then head south!
The beach of Elafonissi is rightly considered one of the most beautiful ones in the Mediterranean area.
What you will find is a calm sea and a sand whose shades, in some stretches of coastline, tend to become pink.
This is more a tropical than Mediterranea landscape where the turtles Caretta Caretta lays their eggs. The beach is connected to the nearby Elafonissi Island by a narrow sandy tongue that is easily accessible on foot.
The small island facing the beach is a natural park that you can visit within a few hours of walking and then return to enjoy the sand and sea of its lovely beach. Most of it is free, while an area is equipped with umbrellas, sun loungers and a modest bar to drink and eat.
Es Trenc, Mallorca
If you don’t mind human nudity, if you just concentrate on the beauty of the sea and of the smell of Mediterranean brush, try Es Trenc. Around this beach there are no big hotels and so it has preserved its natural appearance, made even wilder by the presence of dunes and a lagoon area behind it.
It’s perfect for those who, like me, love walking on the shore. Also because you can’t get there by car and you must walk a bit before touching this golden shore.
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The perfect place to leave the word behind, for a while.
But, I recommend you, never leave the civil attitude behind. Every paradise deserves to be so, also for the future.
Be human, be travelers, save the world.