Beautiful Coastal Walks to Breathe in the Sea Air
Recharge your batteries with our roundup of some of the top coastal walks around the world. Handpicked by our global travelers, these six beautuful destinations* are beloved and highly endorsed for being great places to walk along the seaside. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and revitalize yourself with some fresh ocean air, as you take in the gorgeous, often rugged scenery. From quaint seaside towns and bustling promenades to ancient fishing villages and soaring clifftops, there is a perfect destination for every type of beach walker.
Bodega Bay, California, USA
Bodega Bay is a sleepy fishing town on the west coast of the U.S. where wine country meets the Pacific Ocean. Beachgoers can go whale watching, try their hand at deep sea fishing or surf a wave or two. If you're feeling more adventurous, you can explore the endless coves of Sonoma Coast State Beach and visit the Bodega Marine Reserve.
Where to stay: Conveniently situated near the beach, the inviting Bodega Bay Lodge overlooks the Doran Regional Park and the bay for which it's named. After a day of exploring the area, you can relax with an indulging treatment in the spa or go for a dip in the outdoor hot tub. Finish your day with a delicious meal at Drakes Sonoma Coast Kitchen, which uses sustainable farmed produce and fresh seafood as the inspiration for their seasonal menu.
Clohars-Carnoët is an ideal spot for travelers that want to feel as though they've been transported back in time. This quaint town is perfect for leisurely coastal walks, thanks to its beautiful rocky coastline, sandy beaches and idyllic fishing ports.
Where to stay: Just a short walk from Kérou beach, the Yourtes et Roulottes de la Laïta offers quirky accommodation options for imaginative beach lovers, including yurts and colorful wooden caravans. To make the most of your outdoor adventure, you can barbeque at the property's onsite facilities or opt for a picnic on the beach with a basket of delicious treats available on demand.
Walk in the footsteps of the Vikings in the ancient fishing village of Hellnar, which dates back as early as the 11th century. Take in the dramatic cliff tops and rugged coastlines, where you might even be lucky enough to spot an orca. Adventure seekers will love Valasnos, a free standing rock just off the shore in the form of an arch. Tunneling into this cliff is the magical Badstofa cave, known for its colorful light changes.
Where to stay: Stay at the Arnarstapi Cottages and sample authentic Icelandic cuisine while you enjoy expansive views of the surrounding mountains.
For a diferent kind of coastal walk, Qingdao offers a fusion of bustling activity and the serenity of the sea. This lively port city is known for its studded skyscraper skyline and its beautiful beaches, as it's bordered by the Yellow Sea on three sides. Also sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of the East, travelers love to explore Qingdao’s large and varied, urban seascape.
Where to stay: The modern and spacious Qingdao Jinshan We+ Holiday Apartment boasts a central location and is a short walk from Zhongshan Park. After a relaxing coastal walk, test your sea legs with a trip to the nearby Olympic Sailing Centre.
The charming village of Borre should not be overlooked, as it's home to the natural wonder of Møns Klint beach. To experience this dramatic landmark for yourself, you first have to descend a steep and winding wooden staircase nestled in a thick forest, which will lead you down to towering chalk-white cliffs that are fringed by teal blue waters. Despite the fact that no matter where you are in Denmark, you are never more than 52km (32 miles) away from a beach, this place is really something special, so it’s no wonder why it's loved by travelers from all over the world.
Where to stay: The picturesque B&B Tiendegaarden Møn, is located on a family farm just outside the village of Borre, only a short drive from Møns Klint beach. It's truly a home away from home with its spacious bedrooms, stylish kitchen, and spacious garden which includes a playground for kids. The B&B can also pack a picnic basket for you upon request, perfect for enjoing after an early morning walk or bike ride along the coast.
Hahei, New Zealand
Hahei is a coastal playground loved by locals and travelers alike. Whether you come to admire its sheltered golden beaches, explore Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve and Cathedral Cove with its apt limestone arch, or simply to marvel at Gemstone Bay’s colorful reefs or dip your toes in the famous natural hot springs at Hot Water Beach, there are plenty of seaside activities to keep you busy.
Where to stay: Boasting a prime position only a short walk from the beach and Hahei Village, The Church Accommodation offers serene views overlooking the surrounding 1.5 acres. You can take advantage of the onsite tour desk to arrange outdoor activities throughout the local area, including boat trips, kayaking, diving and of course, coastal walks.
*Methodology: This list was based on endorsements from global Booking.com users who traveled to these destinations. The destinations had to receive 100 endorsements in the category “coastal walks” to be considered, and were selected on the basis of share of total endorsements.