A summer holiday is the perfect way to escape a hectic lifestyle and leave behind the stresses of everyday life. But, with thousands flocking to the Mediterranean’s most popular beaches as soon as the holiday season commences, your relaxing escape may not quite be what you envisaged. So, in order to avoid the crowds this summer, lowcostholidays has rounded up their favourite, quieter holiday hotspots in this guest blog post.

Alonnisos, Greece

Alonnisos is a Greek island situated just a short ferry ride away from the more popular island of Skiathos. This beautiful island offers plenty of stunning beaches, such as Gyalia and Vrysitsa, tucked away in long, narrow bays along the coast. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed, perfect for letting the kids explore.

Alonnisos

The main port, Patirini, is a great place to enjoy a sunset drink on the harbour, where you can sit in one of the surrounding cafes and taverns and watch the boats bobbing on the water. However, the most attractive region of Alonnisos comes in the form of the Old Village. Located on a hill top, it boasts stunning views of the island from the local restaurants. The architecture is absolutely beautiful and there is often live music in the evening, which can be enjoyed by all ages.

La Gomera, Spain

La Gomera is the second smallest of the seven predominant Canary Islands and found just off of the African coast. It’s easily reached by boat from Tenerife and at just 15 miles long, everything is widely accessible to holidaymakers. If you’re seeking a bit of peace and quiet, head to the idyllic beach of Alojera, the best place to enjoy a good holiday read.

Other beaches provide a range of entertainment, from snorkelling to water sports, along with plenty of traditional restaurants to sample paella and enjoy a glass of Sangria. One of the main attractions of La Gomera, however, is its diverse landscape. The Spanish island is of volcanic origin and host to the Garajonay National Park. The upper region of the island is well worth exploring, as it is covered in a laurel rainforest, packed with exciting wildlife and vegetation.

St Jean du Luz, France

The pretty seaside town of St Jean du Luz, located near the Spanish border, is perfect for getting away from the crowds this summer. It’s crescent shaped, sandy beach, known simply as ‘big beach’, is ideal for families as it’s protected from waves, as well as providing activities like beach volley ball and table tennis. A stroll along the promenade offers stunning views of the Cantabrian Sea, adding to the town’s charm.

St Jean du Luz also features some beautiful historical elements, which are a must see for any tourist. The Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste is an impressive 15th-17th century church and the location of a royal wedding in 1660 between Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain. For some retail therapy in the afternoon, head to Rue Gambetta for a touch of shopping amid the stores and boutiques typical of Basque Country.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

This Croatian UNESCO World Heritage site features some of Europe’s most gorgeous scenery. Situated midway between Croatia’s capital Zagreb and the coastal town, Zadar, its National Park is comprised of sixteen lakes and spans 300 square kilometres, making it the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and lose the other tourists! A firm favourite activity is walking or hiking through the breath-taking surroundings and there are numerous set walks of varying lengths, so make sure you pack your walking boots

Plitvice Lakes National Park

In addition to the beautiful lakes and waterfalls in the area, there is a restaurant located within one of the two entrances serving traditional food from the local area and enabling you to dine whilst enjoying the incredible surroundings.

From the beautiful Greek island of Alonnisos to the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, we hope you’ll find a holiday destination this summer to escape the crowds and enjoy some much needed peace and quiet.