Watching the landscape change and coming across hidden seaside towns is the perfect way to explore a destination. That’s why we asked international travelers to recommend their 5 favorite coastal walks in Europe. *
Mers-les-Bains in Picardie, France
The resort of Mers-les-Bains
The Mers-les-Bains seaside resort has retained most of its 19th-century architecture and charm. The majority of the seafront was built in the Art Nouveau style, featuring ornate box windows that look out over perfectly maintained beaches. Villa Yvonnette is a classic example of this style and conveniently located, offering guests access to the town’s beautiful white cliffs.
Mullion in Cornwall, UK
The view of Mullion Cove on the Cornish Lizard Peninsula
This classic English village on the Cornish Lizard Peninsula, Mullion Cove is a popular spot for birdwatching. Autumn paints the lush, green landscape with tones of red and gold, and rare birds of prey can be sighted cruising the wind currents above. If you start exploring the beach at Mullion Cove then continue north along the coast, you’ll get to the equally charming Poldhu Cove. There aren’t too many places to stay around the Cove itself, so visitors are advised to stay in one of the inns in the town of Porthleven, then go exploring from there.
St Bees in Cumbria, UK
The cliff path at St Bees in Cumbria
The northern England Coast to Coast Walk is an unforgettable journey that can take up to 2 weeks to complete. The walking trail starts in the Cumbrian town of St Bees. There’s also plenty of coastal walks that are shorter but just as scenic. The 6-mile, cliff-top path leading to Whitehaven takes about 4 hours, and all along the way you’ll pass impressive country houses like The Mansion.
Muxia in Galicia, Spain
The Muxia coastline is a historic pilgrimage route
Muxia was a medieval pilgrimage destination in the past. It continues to be one today, though modern pilgrims are just as likely to come for the breathtaking scenery and invigorating hikes as they are for religious reasons. Walking along the Muxia coastline will lead you past some of Galicia’s best kept secrets like the hidden beaches at O Rostro – more than a mile-long stretch of white sand dunes. To stay connected with the area’s long and impressive history, check in to one of the restored stone fishing houses of Apartamentos Praia do Capitàn.
Saulkrasti in Saulkrastu novads, Latvia
Sunset over the beach at Saulkrasti
The coastal town of Saulkrasti is less than an hour’s drive from Riga and, after a few days in the capital, lots of visitors decide to drive to the town of Lilaste. This is where you’ll find the famous “singing sands” of Lilaste. From there it’s a 2-hour walk along the coast to the center of Saulkrasti. The route follows the eastern shore of the Gulf of Riga and past Piejūra National Park. To catch the sun setting over the sands, split up your trip in Lilaste by booking an apartment at the Singing Sands Apartment.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top destinations endorsed for “coastal walks” by travelers.