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table of contents   ALGARVE, PORTUGAL                                      P3>

                    BALTIC COAST, POLAND ...


  Balaia, Apartado 866, Albufeira, 351 289 540 230 | $...
The Algarve’s sunny shores
                                                DINE FOR LESS
    offer perfect escapes of all


  ul. Leszka Bialego 12, Gdansk, 48 58 557 52 16 | $56 – 104  ...
   Poland’s lovely Baltic Coast is
   highlighted by the Trójmiasto


  Uçkuyular Cad. No: 22, 90 252 316 5222 | $30 – 53            ...
Once a cozy fishing village of only
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a few thousand people, Bod...

Galas, regattas, the Film Festival
                                               1. FORVILLE MARKET (MARCHÉ...


  Samoretov dol bb, 385 21 742 481, $32 – 71                        ...
    Claiming to be the sunniest
 spot in all of Europe, the Croatian         1. PIZZERIA KOGO
     island of...
                                                                                                          SPA IN

  Ibiza’s reputation as club central
 has earned it the title of Europe’s         1. TRATTORIA METRO PIZZA
                                                                                                            I TA LY...
The largest and many say most
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   beautiful island in the B...


  Cister 10, 34 95 221 5120 | $66 – 84                              ...
Malaga, Pablo Picasso’s birthplace
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   and the gateway to the ...
A spot of white in the turquoise
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  waters of the Aegean Sea, ...
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Mild ocean breezes, sandy
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   beaches and swaying Torbay
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  1. 1. best for less guide BEACHES – Europe Plan the perfect trip, on any budget, with the advice of more than 25 million travelers. Go green! Click, don’t print; or print only the pages you need. Thank you.
  2. 2. table of contents ALGARVE, PORTUGAL P3> BALTIC COAST, POLAND P5> BODRUM, TURKEY P7> CANNES, FRANCE P9> HVAR, CROATIA P11> IBIZA, SPAIN P13> ISCHIA, ITALY P15> MALAGA, SPAIN P17> NAXOS, GREECE P19> TORQUAY, ENGLAND P21> Fly there and save. Search 1000s of great flights at the lowest prices with one easy search. Find a flight. P2
  3. 3. ALGARVE PORTUGAL STAY FOR LESS 1. APARTHOTEL ALTO DA COLINA Balaia, Apartado 866, Albufeira, 351 289 540 230 | $53 – 86 LEARN “Good pool areas, with loads of sun beds and an enthusiastic entertainment team.” MORE> 2. HERDADE DA CORTE Sitio da Corte, Santa Catarina Da Fonte Do Bispo, Tavira, 351 281 971 625 | $56 – 126 LEARN MORE> “A perfect place to recharge your batteries. Close to fine beaches and beautiful towns.” 3. SOLAR DE MOS HOTEL Rua Santa Casa da Misericórdia, Lt. 1, Sítio da Torraltinha, Lagos, 351 282 782 579 | $58 – 150 LEARN MORE> “Small hotel fitted out like a traditional Portuguese home. An oasis of calm.” 4. HOTEL RESIDENCIAL S. ALGARVE Rua Infante D. Henrique 52, Faro, 351 289 895 700 | $60 – 100 LEARN MORE> “Enjoy a very pleasant breakfast in the little inner courtyard with fountain.” 5. LOULE JARDIM HOTEL Praça Manuel de Arriaga 25, Loule, 351 289 413 095 | $66 – 97 LEARN MORE> “The rooms with terraces have a great view of the coast and get sun all day.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Algarve, Portugal P3
  4. 4. The Algarve’s sunny shores DINE FOR LESS offer perfect escapes of all types: the hot nightlife of flashy, 1. THE COTTAGE RESTAURANT energetic Lagos and more sedate Avenida Sa Carneiro, Montechoro, Albufeira, 351 289 542 100 | $2 – 10 stays in Loule. Portugal’s most “Excellent food at rock bottom prices! We even printed a discount southerly region offers historic voucher from their website to get the breakfast special for $2.” attractions in former Moorish ports Albufeira and Silves. Great golf and fabulous beaches from 2. JK’S BAR AND RESTAURANT Estrada du Costelo, Praia de Gale, Sesmarias, Albufeira, Praia da Luz to Armacao de 351 961 601 546 | $9 – 12 Pera, Faro to Loule to Vilamoura. “Everything was fresh. They did have some local foods, but it was Explore thermal springs at Caldas nice to see real roast dinners and Yorkshire pudding.” de Monchique and miles of limestone caves, grottoes, cliffs and bays along the rugged 3. RESTAURANTE ADEGA NOVA coastline. Rua Francisco Barreto 24, Faro, 351 289 813 433 | $10 – 15 “Serving traditional Portuguese cuisine. This favorite with locals turned out to be one of the best meals we had in Portugal!” 4. CASINHA DO PETISCO Rua da Oliveira 51, Lagos, 351 282 084 285 | $10 – 16 “The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed; the service is fast and friendly. The food is fresh, and the prices are so good that we wonder how they make money.” 5. CABANAS BRASSERIE Rua Ilha da Abobora 1, Tavira, 351 966 314 848 | $13 – 17 “You must pay attention to Fernando when he tells you the ‘Daily Specials,’ as they really are special. If you eat here once, you’ll keep coming back.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. PRAIA DA FALESIA 2. PEGO DO INFERNO 3. FARO OLD TOWN (CIDADE Vilamoura 5 kilometers inland from Tavira VELHA) Faro “Offers one of the longest “Close to Tavira and often stretches of golden sand beach overlooked, this lovely waterfall “Enter via the beautiful Arco da in Portugal, overlooked by has a wonderful aquamarine Vila Town Gate. Winding cobbled pine trees decorating the red pool in which to take a swim. streets lead to the main square, cliff tops. The place to go for Take the country road on the Largo de Se, which is surrounded relaxing strolls. The sheer size of west side of Rio Gilao and follow by the Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace the beach guarantees plenty of the signs to this tropical blue and a former 16th-century space for everyone.” lagoon.” convent which now houses the Museo Arquelogico.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Algarve, Portugal P4
  5. 5. BALTIC COAST POLAND STAY FOR LESS 1. WILLA ALBATROS ul. Leszka Bialego 12, Gdansk, 48 58 557 52 16 | $56 – 104 LEARN “A home-cooked meal after a hard day’s sightseeing was truly wonderful.” MORE> 2. GOTYK HOUSE ul. Mariacka 1, Stare Miasto, Gdansk, 48 58 301 85 67 | $65 – 92 LEARN MORE> “Quirky property situated on the most beautiful street in Old Town Gdansk.” 3. DOM MUZYKA 1 - 2 Lakowa St., Gdansk, 48 58 326 06 00 | $85 – 98 LEARN MORE> “Shares space with a music academy. Hearing the music makes a pleasant atmosphere.” 4. HOTEL HAFFNER ul. J.J. Haffnera 59, Sopot, 48 58 550 99 99 | $98 – 136 LEARN MORE> “Elegant, quiet and within walking distance of the sea and Sopot Promenade.” 5. WILLA LUBICZ ul. Orlowska 43, Gdynia-Orlowo, 48 58 668 47 40 | $109 – 127 LEARN MORE> “Walking distance to the beach. The service could not be better.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Baltic Coast, Poland P5
  6. 6. DINE FOR LESS Poland’s lovely Baltic Coast is highlighted by the Trójmiasto 1. PIZZERIA ANKER (Tri-Cities) of Gdansk, Gdynia and Pilsudskiego 50, Gdynia, 48 58 620 23 21 | $3 – 5 Sopot, all lying within a 15-mile stretch along the west side of “Great mouthwatering pizzas at great rates.” Gdansk Bay. Of the three, Gdansk is the biggest and most historic, 2. BISTRO KOS Gdynia is the newest and most ul. Piwna 9/10, Gdansk, 48 58 301 09 09 | $3 – 5 modern, and Sopot is the smallest “For a lovely, local meal. They serve beautiful Polish food at very and most exclusive. The towns reasonable prices.” are linked by frequent trains, and make for a terrific trip triad. As an added bonus, both Gdansk and 3. GREEN WAY Gdynia are linked by ferry service Aleja Niepodleglosci 782, Sopot, 48 50 230 97 74 | $5 to northern neighbor Sweden. Part of a popular Polish café chain, this “small vegetarian bar sells good food at low prices.” 4. PUEBLO Antoniego Abrahama 56, Gdynia, 48 58 621 60 07 | $5 – 9 The place to get “great authentic Mexican food” on the Baltic Coast. 5. TAWERNA DOMINIKANSKA ul. Targ Rybny 9, Gdansk, 48 58 301 65 75 | $6 – 12 “The food was lovely, all made-to-order. The location right near the Motlava river is ideal in the summer.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. SOPOT BEACH 2. SLOWINSKI NATIONAL 3. OLD TOWN Sopot PARK Gdansk 48 59 81 17 204 | $1.20 Just one portion of miles of “The famous St. Mary’s Church is gorgeous Baltic beaches, the A day trip to this natural wonder here, as well as other interesting beach at Sopot is “long and is a must. “The landscape of the historic buildings, including a wide with white sand and a lot park is varied, a mix of huge massive medieval crane. You can of outdoor cafes for food and open fields, woods and wetlands. find shops selling amber along drinks. Features calm waters The thirty kilometers of shifting the river.” and the longest wooden pier in sand dunes are the park’s most Europe.” renowned attraction.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Baltic Coast, Poland P6
  7. 7. BODRUM TURKEY STAY FOR LESS 1. GULEC HOTEL PENSION Uçkuyular Cad. No: 22, 90 252 316 5222 | $30 – 53 LEARN “Tasteful simplicity. Close to everything yet calm. Friendly staff, wonderful garden.” MORE> 2. ISTANKOY HOTEL Ataturk Cad. No: 59, 90 252 316 4187 | $66 – 99 LEARN MORE> “Location is excellent—just behind the main promenade where the bars spill onto the beach.” 3. AEGEAN GATE HOTEL Akçabük Mevki, Kumbahçe Mh., Güvercin Sok. No: 2, 90 252 316 7853 | $106 – 133 LEARN MORE> “An intimate hotel—only six rooms, all with spectacular views. Quiet, serene surroundings.” 4. SU HOTEL Turgutreis, Cad. No: 1201, 90 252 316 6906 | $112 – 119 LEARN MORE> “Wonderful escape. Sunshine all around and a pool filled with cooling water.” 5. ECE RESORT Hürriyet Caddesi No: 64, Göltürkbükü, 90 252 357 7388 | $55 - 111 LEARN MORE> “Relaxed, family-run hidden gem with focus on service, style and customer satisfaction.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Bodrum, Turkey P7
  8. 8. Once a cozy fishing village of only DINE FOR LESS a few thousand people, Bodrum has experienced a renaissance 1. NAZIK ANA in the last half century that has Eski Hukumet Sok. No: 7, 90 252 313 1891 | $3 – 10 transformed this once-sleepy “For an authentic traditional Turkish meal. Self-service in the covered garden community into one of Turkey’s of an old stone house. Popular with locals. Lunch is better than dinner.” most popular vacation hotspots. Writers, intellectuals, artists and musicians have long called this 2. SUNGER PIZZA Neyzen Tevfik Cad. 218, 90 252 316 0854 | $5 – 14 Aegean town home, or second- home, attracting a vibrant “Don’t come this far and miss Sunger! It’s a central hub for cultural scene paralleled only by many locals. Dine on the roof in the evening for a more formal experience—reservations are a must.” the town’s nightlife. Windswept beaches and glittering waters provide the backdrop to the 3. SARAY ZETA perfect beach getaway. Zengin Hüseyin Cad. Tegenover Colossus Hotel No:23, Gumbet, 90 252 319 2903 | $6 – 15 “Their menu is varied, but with emphasis on traditional Turkish cuisine. And boy, is it good! The width of my hips is testament to how many times I’ve eaten here.” 4. TAMEROS Yalikavak, 90 252 385 4503 | $7 – 18 “A tiny restaurant/bar in Yalikavak town center. The tables are set in a beautiful courtyard/garden, and the food is reasonably priced and very fresh.” 5. KAFEDAKI RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Oasis arkasi Karaburgaz Mevkii, Pedesa Villalari Alti, 90 252 317 0275 | $8 – 20 “Fantastic place, great view of Bodrum Bay. Service and food are outstanding. A real hidden gem!” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. BITEZ BEACH 2. BODRUM MUSEUM OF 3. BODRUM HARBOR “Bitez is lovely—real chill out UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY “The Aegean Sea is lovely all territory but within easy reach AND CASTLE OF ST. PETER times of year, so make sure to of night life. And it retains its 90 252 316 2516 | $5 entry fee for take a walk along the coast or sit traditional Turkish side.” admission to Museum, Castle and on a bench and enjoy the view. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus Townspeople tend to congregate “As soon as you arrive you see the here, so it’s perfect for people- silhouette of this castle, visible watching.” from almost every angle of Bodrum. Inside, check out the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which chronicles the history of shipwrecks off the Turkish Coast.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Bodrum, Turkey P8
  9. 9. CANNES FRANCE STAY FOR LESS 1. HOTEL BLUE RIVA 35 Rue Hoche, 33 4 93 38 33 67 | $77 – 119 LEARN “Service was fantastic. Breakfast in the courtyard was great after a morning swim.” MORE> 2. HOTEL IDEAL SEJOUR 6 Allée Parc des Vallergues, 33 4 93 39 16 66 | $79 – 87 LEARN MORE> “Rooms and patio are stylish and neat. The Cannes heights neighborhood, pleasing and calm.” 3. HOTEL FLORIAN CANNES 8 Rue du Commandant André, 33 4 93 39 24 82 | $79 – 108 LEARN MORE> “Absolutely perfect location, right in Cannes center, a short stroll from the public beach.” 4. ALNEA 20 rue Jean de Riouffe, 33 4 93 68 77 77 | $79 – 116 LEARN MORE> “The owners have thought of everything. They even supply for umbrellas for the beach—free!” 5. LE MISTRAL 13 Rue des Belges, 33 4 93 39 91 46 | $102 – 128 LEARN MORE> “A luxury hotel feel without the price tag, only one street from the beach.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Cannes, France P9
  10. 10. DINE FOR LESS Galas, regattas, the Film Festival 1. FORVILLE MARKET (MARCHÉ FORVILLE) and an outrageously attractive Marché Forville | $2 – 12 and affluent set characterize Cannes. But people-watching “A feast of color, freshness and friendliness. These people know what fresh is, and what good food is all about. From large producers to is free, and it’s the activity that single tables with one old lady selling honey or basil. Bon appétit!” brings most visitors to Cannes. The hotel-lined La Croisette provides a fine promenade. First 2. LA CRÊPERIE DE LA CROISETTE popularized by Coco Chanel, the 82 boulevard de la Croisette, 33 4 93 94 43 47 | $8 – 13 Cannes beaches are a huge draw, “A nice little crêperie on la Croisette, where you can get a very including the free public strands, decent lunch for a very modest price. There’s a lovely beach Plages du Midi and de la Boca. immediately opposite—the swimming is great!” Cannes lives up to its motto, “Life is a festival.” 3. XAVIER LA PIZZAIOLA 10 rue Marceau, 33 4 93 99 57 99 | $10 – 20 “My favorite Cannes pizza joint—off the tourist track. Excellent pizzas, both Italian and Provençal style. Less expensive than some of the more touristy joints near the Croisette.” 4. IL TEATRO 5 rue Gabres, 33 4 93 38 09 08 | $12 – 30 “Reasonably priced, polite service, wonderful food—and not touristy at all. What more could one want?” 5. MARINA CAFFE 61 Rue Félix Faure, 33 4 93 39 02 41 | $15 – 22 “Good salads, burgers, pizzas, pasta, meat and fish dishes. You can sit and watch the world walk by. There’s enough variation on the large menu to make anyone happy.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. LA CROISETTE BEACHES 2. BELLINI MUSEUM AND 3. PLAGE DU MIDI Boulevard de la Croisette CHAPEL Boulevard du Midi Parc Fiorentina, 67 bis Avenue de “La Croisette is bordered by a Vallauris, 33 4 93 38 61 80 “Going west around the corner beautiful sandy beach. Beyond from the Old Port is a lovely the beach is the twinkling blue “Built in the late 1800s, this art long stretch of sand with great Mediterranean, with its elegant museum inside an ornate Italian views, continuing all the way to yachts moored in the bay. Some Baroque-style chapel houses the Mandelieu la Napoule. It starts of the beaches are private, but studio and works of Emmanuel off as a mixture of public and there are public beaches, as well.” Bellini.” private beaches, but the private sections and facilities quickly peter out.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Cannes, France P 10
  11. 11. HVAR CROATI A STAY FOR LESS 1. VILLA PETRICIC Samoretov dol bb, 385 21 742 481, $32 – 71 LEARN “Mr. Petricic is a charming host and gave us many good tips on beaches to visit.” MORE> 2. HOUSE GORDANA Glavica bb, 385 21 742 182 | $45 – 60 LEARN MORE> “Our room was a fabulous size, immaculately clean and had a beautiful sea view.” 3. PHARIA APARTHOTEL Majerovica bb, Hvar, 385 21 778 080 | $80 – 160 LEARN MORE> “Clean, new rooms near two stretches of beach with deck chairs and facilities.” 4. PODSTINE HOTEL Podstine bb, 385 21 740 400 | $87 – 245 LEARN MORE> “An excellent hotel with an incredible beach, views, location and exceptional food.” 5. HOTEL DALMACIJA Dolac bb, 385 21 741 120 LEARN MORE> “Spectacular views over the bay and islands from sea-facing rooms or terrace.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Hvar, Croatia P 11
  12. 12. DINE FOR LESS Claiming to be the sunniest spot in all of Europe, the Croatian 1. PIZZERIA KOGO island of Hvar is the perfect Ivan Novak, 385 21 742 136 |$10 destination for anyone seeking the “Grab a fresh pie and grab a seat at this local street café, looking beauty of Mediterranean beaches out on a charming old town plaza.” without the crowds associated with better-known destinations. Pathways lined with lavender 2. KONOBA VRISNIK vl. Andro Grgicevic, Vrisnik| $10 vines lead to secluded coves, small fishing villages and local vineyards, “There’s a lot to do outside of Hvar Town, and the food is less and ferries and catamarans carry expensive. Try the local food and wine in Vrisnik for a real taste of Croatia.” visitors across the calm, blue waters to the surrounding islands, all worthy of exploration. 3. GARIFUL Riva 21, 385 21 742 999 | $10 – 20 “A nice little restaurant at the end of the quayside. A friendly place, with good honest food and a quirky floor—an aquarium with lobsters and fish!” 4. KONOBA MENEGO Groda bb, 385 21 742 036 | $27 “This traditional Croatian restaurant sells food similar to tapas. A really fun place with small plates of great cheese, olives, etc.” 5. LUNA 1 Petar Hektorovica, 385 21 741 400 | $35 “Offers more than the traditional seafood dishes you seem to find everywhere on the Croatian coast. Their gazpacho was among the best we’ve ever had.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. MILNA 2. PALMIZANA 3. HVAR OLD TOWN Brac Palmiziana Hvar On the nearby island of Brac, the Catch a water taxi out to this “The old town of Hvar is filled beautiful town of Milna has a small island, which is “absolutely with historic hidden gems, beach that features “clear blue beautiful, with pine forests, rocky ranging from the beautiful waters, pine trees for shade and shores and crystal clear seas all cathedral on the town square to great warm weather. In the dark, around. The beach is one of the a Franciscan monastery. Take the the stars shone like jewels on a few in Croatia with actual sand, hike up to the old fortress. It’s black blanket.” and you can walk around the cove tough, but the view is to die for.” to quieter spots on the rocks.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Hvar, Croatia P 12
  13. 13. IBIZA SPA IN STAY FOR LESS 1. HOSTAL FERRER C/ Obispo Torres 5, Sant Antoni de Portmany, 34 971 340 176 | $30 – 105 LEARN “Lovely roof terrace and swimming pool with great views over San Antonio.” MORE> 2. ROSAMAR APARTHOTEL C/ Huelva 14 – 18, Cala de Bou, Sant Antoni de Portmany, 34 971 347 442 | $40 – 122 LEARN MORE> “Pool tables and game rooms and two-for-one happy hour every day!” 3. CORAL BEACH HOTEL C/ Cala Nova, Playa Es Cana, Es Canar, 34 971 330 177 | $40 – 175 LEARN MORE> “Pool, darts, archery, aqua aerobics, dance lessons—ALL FREE to hotel guests.” 4. HOTEL OROSOL Cami General 1, Sant Antoni de Portmany, 34 971 340 712 | $45 – 108 LEARN MORE> “Located just a few hundred meters from the sea and all the bars. Excellent value!” 5. HOTEL LA CIGUENA S’Arenal Petit 36, Portinatx, 34 971 320 614 | $62 – 90 LEARN MORE> “Spotless, friendly, wonderful location and FANTASTIC food. What a lovely hotel!” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Ibiza, Spain P 13
  14. 14. DINE FOR LESS Ibiza’s reputation as club central has earned it the title of Europe’s 1. TRATTORIA METRO PIZZA party capital. But those disinclined C/ Jose Maria Cuadrado 10, Ibiza, 34 971 314 571 | $10 – 16 to dance ‘til dawn need only look “Pizza as good as any I’ve ever tasted. The people are friendly and beyond the superclub strobes to offer excellent cuisine at reasonable prices.” discover this chameleon island’s other sides. Ibiza has been touted as “the new Provence,” as word 2. RESTAURANTE LA PAELLA Siesta, Santa Eulalia del Rio, 34 971 330 902 | $13 gets out about its stunning scenery, secluded beaches, “Serving a variety of excellent food, including delicious paella, on a fine restaurants and UNESCO- green terrace.” designated old town. Ibiza is indeed paradise, but there’s space 3. ROYALTY RESTAURANT for everyone on its beaches. C/ San Vicente, Santa Eulalia del Rio, 34 971 331 819 | $16 “Choose from three different set menus—all of which are excellent and less than 14 euros per person.” 4. DAFFER’S C/ San Vicente 51, Santa Eulalia Del Rio, 34 971 336 709 | $16 – 20 “Prix-fixe three-course meals with a fantastic range of dishes. After eight, it gets very busy, a testament to its quality and value.” 5. MOOREA RESTAURANT Jet Apartments, Playa d’en Bossa, 34 971 305 972 | $25 “Highly recommended for its giant charcoal grill, great fish and very nice service. The terrace overlooking the sea is fantastic.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. DALT VILA (IBIZA OLD 2. CALA BASSA 3. CALA MOLI TOWN) Sant Antoni de Portmany | South of Cala Tarida Ibiza Admission free, fees for chair rentals “I personally prefer the sound of “Make the steep ascent into the the sea when I’m on a beach, so Old Town. There’s a lovely old “Accessible by car or ferry from I head for Cala Moli—no music, fortress with stunning views of San Antonio, this beautiful beach no noisy bars, just the sound Ibiza and the marina once you is approximately 300 meters of the sea over pebbles. The reach the top! Good exercise and long, surrounded by pine trees. rocky seabed makes it “great for lots of history.” The water is clear blue and really snorkeling.” refreshing on a hot day.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Ibiza, Spain P 14
  15. 15. ISCHIA I TA LY STAY FOR LESS 1. HOTEL ANTARES Via Litoranea 45, Lacco Ameno, 39 081 900 750 | $65 – 95 LEARN “Breathtaking views of the sea, beautiful rooms and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.” MORE> 2. HOTEL APE REGINA Via Cretaio, 129, Casamicciola Terme, 39 081 994 813 | $93 – 132 LEARN MORE> “The views over the beautiful marina and surrounding woodlands were breathtaking.” 3. HOTEL EUROPA Via A. Sogliuzzo 25, Ischia Ponte, 39 081 991 427 | $98 – 156 LEARN MORE> “We enjoyed the thermal pool, the dinner and, especially, the pleasant staff.” 4. HOTEL GEMMA Via Castiglione, 3, Casamicciola Terme, 39 081 994 045 | $105 – 159 LEARN MORE> “Huge balcony overlooking the sea, with Naples and Vesuvius in the distance.” 5. HOTEL CITARA Spiaggia Di Citara, Forio, 39 081 907 098 | $121 – 190 LEARN MORE> “Great rooftop terrace with a pool. Walking distance to the beach.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Ischia, Italy P 15
  16. 16. The largest and many say most DINE FOR LESS beautiful island in the Bay of Naples, Ischia is renowned for 1. RISTORANTE PIZZERIA DA GAETANO its curative spas. Ferries and Via M. Mazzella 33, Ischia, 39 081 991 807 | $4 – 6 hydrofoils connect Naples to Ischia “I was advised to taste ‘the real pizza Napoletana’ here, and it was Porto, the main town. Nearby at truly one of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten!” Ischia Ponte (connected to the main island by a foot bridge) are the magnificent Castello 2. RISTORANTE PIZZERIA ACQUASALATA Corso Luigi Manzi 107, Casamicciola Terme, 39 081 995 481 | $7 – $16 Aragonese and Guevara Tower. Forio on the island’s west coast, “One of the best pizza places on the island. A great place for families Lacco Ameno in the northwest with children. Nice garden inside and very friendly personnel.” and Sant’Angelo in the south are the liveliest resort towns. 3. PIZZERIA DA PASQUALE Casamicciola Terme in the north is Via Sant’Angelo 79, Sant’Angelo, 39 081 904 208 | $10 – 20 one of Europe’s oldest spas. For more than thirty years, this restaurant has served “tip-top pizza,” made with fresh ingredients in a wood-burning oven. 4. DA CICCIO Via Luigi Mazella 32, Ischia Ponte, 39 081 991 686 | $33 “The perfect place to eat on a warm evening, when the historic streets of Ischia Ponte are closed to traffic, allowing the tables to spill out into the street.” 5. LO SCOGLIO Via Cava Ruffano 58, Sant’Angelo, 39 081 999 529 | $25 – 35 “We had an excellent lunch that wasn’t too expensive. It’s just a few meters from the bus stop, situated right over a nice little beach, overlooking wonderful scenery.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. SANT’ANGELO 2. THE BEACHES OF ISCHIA 3. MONTE EPOMEO Sant’Angelo Various locations | Fees vary by Serrara Fontana beach “Bounded on one side by “The best place to hike on Ischia. soaring cliffs and crystal clear “The nicest beaches on the island In the village of Serrara Fontana, Mediterranean waters and on are Maronti near Barano and you’ll find a path that leads you the other, by a wide expanse Citara near Forio,” both featuring to the top of the mountain that of fine sand. This tiny fishing some of the islands famous sits at the center of the island. village is an idyllic treasure unlike thermal pools. “We found a The surrounding scenery is any you’ve seen but may have couple of nice free beaches breathtaking.” dreamed about.” between Ischia Ponte and Ischia Porto.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Ischia, Italy P 16
  17. 17. MAL AGA SPA IN STAY FOR LESS 1. HOTEL CARLOS V Cister 10, 34 95 221 5120 | $66 – 84 LEARN “The location can’t be beat: 50 meters to Alcazaba, 250 meters from the beach.” MORE> 2. ROOM MATE LOLA Calle Casas de Campos 17, 34 95 257 9300 | $89 – 112 LEARN MORE> “Charming and chic, discreet, laid-back and comfortable. Impeccably clean and designed.” 3. MOLINA LARIO Molina Lario 20 – 22, 34 95 206 2002 | $133 LEARN MORE> “Friendly, stylish and central. Great views from the small pool and top-floor deck.” 4. HOTEL SILKEN PUERTA MALAGA Heroe de Sostoa 17, 34 95 101 0150 | $93 – 112 LEARN MORE> “A cool and classy world where your every need is met by friendly staff.” 5. HOTEL MONTE VICTORIA Calle Conde de Ureña 58, 34 95 265 6525 | $93 – 115 LEARN MORE> “Beautiful old villa with modern facilities. Idyllic terrace with a great view of Malaga.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Malaga, Spain P 17
  18. 18. Malaga, Pablo Picasso’s birthplace DINE FOR LESS and the gateway to the Costa del Sol, is a hectic, sometimes 1. CANADU unruly city. An impressive number Plaza de la Merced 21, 34 95 222 9056 | $7 – 17 of museums and monuments, “Simple but amazing foods such as salads, meat-free lasagnas, including the 11th-century veggie burgers, etc. I have not found another vegetarian restaurant Alcazaba fort and Museu Picasso in the same league. Always busy with locals—a very good sign.” Malaga, provide plenty of diversions for those who opt not 2. EL TINTERO to spend all their time on the Carretera de Almeria 99, 34 95 220 4464 | $7 – 20 coast’s famed beaches—or in their accompanying bars. The old city “The fish is lovely, the atmosphere is electric, family-friendly. All those plates of fish makes your mouth water. And the wine is very bustles with taverns and bistros. tasty, as well.” The generous Paseo del Parque offers a delightful stroll past banana trees and fountains. 3. COMOLOCO José Denis Belgrano, 17, 34 95 221 6571 | $7 – 20 “Comoloco is loco good! There is such a wide variety of good and interesting dishes, it takes a while to decide what to order. We even ordered seconds!” 4. EL CAFÉ DE BOLSA Hotel Molina Lario, Bolsa 14, 34 95 206 2002 | $8 – 22 “This very quiet restaurant serves excellent food. And the service is among the best in the city.” 5. EL PIMPI Calle Granada 62, 34 95 222 8990 | $15 – 20 “Very quirky and atmospheric with lots of plants, old posters, old barrels signed by various famous people. The wine and olives were great.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. ALCAZABA 2. LA MALAGUETA BEACH 3. CENTRO DE ARTE Calle Alcazabilla s/n, La Malagueta CONTEMPORANEO DE 34 95 221 7646 MALAGA (CAC) “If you just want to relax, head “The combination of stone, Calle Alemania s/n, 34 95 212 0055 for Malaga’s longest stretch of jasmine and water fountains is beach, right in the city. Great “Promoting 20th and 21st century stunning. You can simply sit and beachside cafés and views of the visual art, the collection consists enjoy the majesty. The beauty coast and, perhaps, a beautiful of 400 pieces. You can talk to and tranquility of this citadel is cruise ship docked in the bay. and interact with the artists, unforgettable.” Life’s a beach!” many of whom are famous internationally.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Malaga, Spain P 18
  19. 19. NA XOS GREECE STAY FOR LESS 1. WINDMILL NAXOS Chora, Naxos City, 30 22850 24594 | $40 – 73 LEARN “Our room was lovely—good size, with a double bed and a balcony with chairs and table.” MORE> 2. PLAKA BEACH HOTEL Plaka Beach, Plaka, 30 22850 42700 | $40 – 99 LEARN MORE> “Situated in the most peaceful part of Plaka Beach, where you can experience the original scenery.” 3. IKAROS STUDIOS Chora, Naxos City, 30 22850 23542 | $64 – 85 LEARN MORE> “Peaceful and tranquil—set back from main road, in the countryside and with a view to the mountains.” 4. AGHIA ANNA HOTEL Agia Anna, 30 22850 42576 | $54 – 107 LEARN MORE> “Friendly staff, practically on the little harbor beach between Agia Anna and Plaka.” 5. NAXOS ROYAL BEACH HOTEL Chora, Naxos City, 30 22850 26650 | $110 – 160 LEARN MORE> “Handsomely decorated and modern. Rooms have little balconies. Friendly, accommodating staff.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Naxos, Greece P 19
  20. 20. A spot of white in the turquoise DINE FOR LESS waters of the Aegean Sea, the island of Naxos is a unique 1. CEDAR CAFÉ blend of ancient ruins and Plaka Beach, Plaka, 30 22850 41005 | $5 – 12 beach culture. The largest of the “More than just a café—nice music, excellent service and tasteful Cyclades Islands, Naxos is the food! It is the best place to have some magic moments in the childhood home of none other summer.” than Zeus, king of the gods. Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over 2. MARO’S RESTAURANT GRILL HOUSE a causeway to Palatia, where the Paparrigopoulou, Naxos City, 30 22850 25113 | $10 – 20 Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer “Delicious, traditional Greek dishes at excellent prices. You can afford to order a feast of Mezedes washed down with excellent exists, stands alone, the symbol carafes of wine.” of the island. At sunset, the views of the island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking. 3. MEZE Naxos Port, Naxos City, 30 22850 26401 | $10 – 25 “We enjoyed everything—cucumber salad, Greek salad, calamari, mussels with risotto —and were more than satisfied with every dish.” 4. SCIROCCO Chora, Naxos City, 30 22850 25931 | $10 – 25 “Excellent, varied and good value—good home cooking. Great place to meet up with old friends of all nations every year. Always a lovely welcome!” 5. YAZOO SUMMER BLISS Plaka Beach, Plaka, 30 22850 41233 | $15 – 20 “The service is excellent, the food delicious and fresh, the cocktails so yummy! And the location is on one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. Definitely the best place on Plaka Beach.” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. PLAKA BEACH 2. OUR LADY OF 3. AGIA ANNA BEACH Plaka REFRESHMENT CHURCH Agia Anna (PANAYIA DROSIANI) “Plaka is my ideal beach—wide “The beach was wonderful, very Moni and sandy, with dunes behind in laid-back with friendly people. parts. The sea is calm and shelves “You can see the layers of various Lovely golden sand with crystal slowly to deep water. Clothes- wall paintings and worship the clear water—you could see the optional, very relaxed.” ancient icons that come from fish nibbling at your feet!” the old monastery ruins. The courtyard of the church is very nice; the village cemetery is there.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Naxos, Greece P 20
  21. 21. TORQUAY ENGL AND STAY FOR LESS 1. ELMDENE HOTEL Rathmore Road, 44 1803 294940 | $78 – 100 LEARN MORE> “Absolutely spot on! They should open a hospitality school to show how it’s done.” 2. CRIMDON DENE HOTEL Falkland Road, 44 1803 294651 | $82 – 95 LEARN MORE> “Spacious, clean, warm, quiet and with all facilities I need—like staying at home.” 3. CHARTERHOUSE HOTEL Cockington Lane, 44 1803 605804 | $89 – 103 LEARN MORE> “Close enough to Torquay to walk. Far enough out to feel like you’re in the country!” 4. SOMERVILLE HOTEL 515 Babbacombe Road, 44 1803 294755 | $89 – 110 LEARN MORE> “Beautifully decorated, top-notch facilities and little touches like fresh cookies.” 5. RIVIERA LODGE HOTEL 26 Croft Road, 44 1803 209309 | $102 – 115 LEARN MORE> “Lovely rooms, very comfortable. Didn’t want to get out of bed, it was so comfy!” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Torquay, England P 21
  22. 22. Mild ocean breezes, sandy DINE FOR LESS beaches and swaying Torbay Palms give the small English 1. STEPS BISTRO town of Torquay a distinctively 1a Fleet St., 44 1803 200770 | $6 – 20 Mediterranean feel. More than just “Menu is extensive, but not overwhelming, and very good value for a beach spot, Torquay boasts an good quality, home-cooked, fresh food. Something on the menu to enormous coastal aviary and the suit all tastes, from more traditional to more modern!” famous Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves. Agatha Christie spent most 2. MAHA BHARAT of her life here, and the city is now 52 Torwood St., 44 1803 215541 | $7 – 17 home to multiple film companies. With such a rich literary history, “Excellent, traditional Indian food—hot, nicely spiced and blooming tasty. By miles, the best value and tastiest meal we had in Torquay.” Torquay may be the perfect place to finish writing that novel or screenplay, or just to relax with a 3. ANGELS good mystery. 49 Babbacombe Downs Road, 44 1803 342477 | $7 – 20 “My birthday treat is high tea at Angels. It takes a year to build up the stamina to munch your way through the delicious meal. Everything is home-made and fresh.” 4. NUMBER 7 FISH BISTRO Beacon Terrace, 44 1803 295055 | $11 – 25 “Absolutely fantastic atmosphere, fresh delicacies of fish and flawless presentation. Flexible menus vary from the fixed menu to the variety of choices listed on chalkboards on the wall.” 5. BAY BRASSERIE Chestnut Ave., 44 1803 206337 | $12 – 20 “Great food at very reasonable prices. The menu is varied and interesting. Plus, the staff is so friendly. Always a pleasure!” FREE ATTRACTIONS 1. COCKINGTON COURT 2. TORQUAY AREA BEACHES 3. AGATHA CHRISTIE MILE Cockington, 1803 606035 “Look further than just Torre Tourist Information Centre, Vaughan Parade, 44 1803 211211 “This courthouse in the Abbey Sands. North of Torquay, picturesque thatched village you have Meadfoot, Babbacombe For fabulous views and some of Cockington houses a and Oddicombe Beaches. Going local history, take “the Agatha number of craft studios with south, Hollacombe Beach, Christie Walk. Go to the Tourist demonstrations such as glass- Preston Sands, Paignton Sands, Information Centre to pick up blowing, blacksmithing, stained Goodrington Sands, Broadsands your Agatha Mile Walk leaflet glass and rocking horse and Brixham Breakwater Beach— with information about places of construction.” and these are just the main ones!” interest.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Torquay, England P 22
  23. 23. DOs and DON’Ts ALGARVE, PORTUGAL “Unfortunately, you are going to be in all likelihood accosted by the dreaded timeshare brigade. Be warned, they masquerade as the local tourist board doing surveys. Ignore their scratch cards and promised vouchers or they’ll waste your whole vacation.” BALTIC COAST, POLAND “There is no need to rent a car. The public transportation system in the Tri- Cities (Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot) is excellent, and there are many frequent train connections to nearby areas along the Baltic Coast.” Fly there and save. Search 1000s of great BODRUM, TURKEY “Bus services in Bodrum are easy to follow. Different color buses for different flights at the lowest routes. Stick your hand out anywhere at the side of the road and they will stop for you. Two lira to anywhere you’re going.” prices with one CANNES, FRANCE easy search. “There are ways of saving money—don’t buy cans or bottles of water or soft drinks from corner shops or snack bars. Buy them from supermarkets for a fraction of the price. They won’t be chilled though—you have to pay a premium for that.” Find a flight. HVAR, CROATIA “Consider renting a scooter for a day, if you don’t have a car. This way, you can ride out through the lavender fields and see much of the island on your own.” IBIZA, SPAIN “If you want to see another side of the island, come during the off-season (November through April). It’s very peaceful and less chaotic. The major clubs may not be open, but the weather can still be wonderful!” ISCHIA, ITALY “The best way to get around is by bus. The bus system is extensive and covers all the towns of the island, with the main terminal in the city of Ischia Porto. The service is frequent, and the buses all show the destination on the front.” MALAGA, SPAIN “Take time to explore the Old Town and you’ll find plenty of museums, galleries and historic sites, fantastic dining as well as great boutique shopping.” NAXOS, GREECE “Many businesses shut down from the hours of 2:00 to 6:00pm. A welcome respite and good time for a siesta. But it’s also a great time to have the streets almost entirely to yourself before the mad crush of tourists hit the harbor for dinner.” TORQUAY, ENGLAND “Torquay has lots of hidden nooks and crannies, so get out the walking shoes and make the effort to walk up and down the many hills. The cliff path from the marina towards Babbacombe is fantastic.” best for less guide | BEACHES | Europe | Dos and Don'ts P 23
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