When summer approaches, we all want to savor the coastal environment that we have fallen in love with so many times. In Spain there are many options to enjoy it, but they are not the only ones worth considering. In other European countries like France, Italy or Greece there are also true treasures that you should consider for your next vacation. They are towns Ideal to quench the heat, either taking a dip or having a drink on a terrace overlooking the sea.
Manarola (Cinque Terre, Italy)
It is in the famous region of Cinque Terre, in northern Italy. It is a small town that many tourists come to, wanting to soak up its wine and fishing tradition. In addition, it is the oldest in the area, since the cornerstone in the church of San Lorenzo is 1160.
As a peculiarity, comment that in Manarola the manarolense, a dialect that makes its inhabitants feel even more special to live in full Via dell’Amore, which is the name given to the path that connects you to Riomaggiore.
Oia (Santorini, Greece)
To the northwest of Santorini we come across Oia, a postcard town that has left its fishing past behind to become one of the most touristic places in the area. Away are the donkeys that were used to transport merchandise or the houses with crumbling walls that did not show the intense white of the current ones. Oia has dressed up and has become a kind of place of worship for travel instagramers who love posturing.
Espinho (Aveiro, Portugal)
Espinho's fame is not something now. It is something that goes back a long way, since in the 19th century its waters were said to have a surprising healing power, which is why it became one of the Portuguese destinations preferred by celebrities. Of course, the golden age of tourism was fading and today those who visit Espinho do so to get lost strolling through its huge beach and witness a beautiful fish market show that leaves no one indifferent.
Èze (French Riviera, France)
It has been earned to be considered as one of the most beautiful villages on the French Riviera. Although it cannot be said that it is 100% Mediterranean (it is bathed by the Ligurian Sea), Èze has all the ingredients to surprise the tourist who is looking for more than just a sun and beach holiday. Why? Well, because it is like a "hung" people that keeps its medieval past between narrow and steep streets that force you to walk with a bottle of water at hand. The views it offers are incredible, so the effort is worth it.
Rovinj (Istria, Croatia)
Croatia is an ideal country to enjoy a summer vacation. It is for cities as well known as Dubrovnik or Split, but also for the attractiveness of towns like Rovinj. It is located north of the Adriatic Sea, west of the Istrian peninsula, and you will fall in love as soon as you step on its cobbled streets to contemplate the beauty of its colored houses, some of them very close to the water.
Ribadesella (Asturias, Spain)
It is in a perfect location: facing the Cantabrian Sea and flanked by Llanes, Cangas de Onís, Parres and Caravia. Ribadesella offers tranquility and reveals its tradition, especially if you are willing to take the Historic Route of the Port, which begins with its past linked to whaling and does not neglect details about the salting industry. The most recommendable thing is to enjoy the fish that all (or almost all) the local restaurants acquire, since it is cooked fresh from the fish market and that guarantees a gastronomic experience that is hard to forget.
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