Breathe in the Sea Air and Soak Up the Sun with Our Top European Coastal Walks
Recharge your batteries and soak up the sunshine with our roundup of top European coastal walks, as endorsed by our travelers. For the whopping 83%* of travelers who consider beautiful natural scenery to be an important factor when deciding on a vacation destination, as it becomes safe to do so again, these seaside destinations offer plenty of revitalizing fresh air and open spaces. From quaint seaside towns, to soaring clifftops, to historic promenades, there is something for every type of walker.
With a magnificent coastline and impressive beaches, Nice is full of coastal walks just waiting to be explored. One of the most recommended footpaths is the Cap de Nice, which leads to the charming fishing village of Villefranche sur Mer. This trail is easy to follow, consists of rocky beaches and coves offering a perfect picnic spot and includes many spots for swimming and sunbathing.
Where to stay: Set on the spectacular seafront in Nice’s Old Town, the elegant Hotel Suisse - partnered with a local private beach - boasts a bar, lounge area and rooms with balconies offering panoramic sea views.
Situated on the Baltic coast, this beautiful metropolis is one of Poland’s oldest cities. Travelers can hike up the Vistula Spit and admire the wide beaches from the side shore of Gdansk Bay, or cross forests and fields in the Tricity region.
Where to stay: Located right on the beachfront and surrounded by restaurants and bars, Navy Group - Willa Marina features spacious rooms with a bright and colorful interior. There is also a cozy tavern that offers Polish, as well as international cuisine.
This delightful resort town has many walking routes, notably the Bournemouth coastal path which leads you along the Dorset and Hampshire coastline. You can marvel at the cliff tops and visit the gorgeous nature reserves at Studland and Hengistbury Head, where there is a variety of coastal birdlife.
Where to stay: The well-equipped, modern Westcliff Penthouse has a large terrace overlooking the sea. West Cliff Lift, just a short stroll away, takes you from the beach up to the top of the cliffs, where you can soak up the stunning coastline views – perfect if you’ve exhausted your energy after all those walks!
San Sebastián, Spain
San Sebastián offers 55 fantastic hiking excursions, surrounded by green mountains and sea, leading to the most picturesque villages. Put on your walking shoes and journey from San Sebastián to the neighboring Pasajes de San Juan, where you can enjoy lunch and a fabuous view.
Where to stay: Located in the heart of San Sebastián, the luxurious Lasala Plaza Hotel has tastefully decorated rooms, a restaurant serving Basque cuisine and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can watch the sun rise over the picturesque harbor and beach as they get ready for a day of hiking ahead.
This resort city stretches along the Black Sea coast, with numerous parks, stunning beaches and pine trees. Enjoy a walk along the Olympic waterfront that surrounds most of the Imereti Harbor, which provides a wonderful backdrop for your travel pics.
Where to stay: The stylish Bridge Resort includes a vast outdoor and indoor pool, several restaurants, a fitness centre and has various activities and facilities to keep the kids entertained.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.