From an island you can walk to from the shore to a stunning cove only accessible by 347 steps
Along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia’s long gravel beaches surrounded by lush pine trees are romantic and remote
It is the holiday destination chosen by millions of Britons every year and the Mediterranean coast boasts some truly spectacular beaches.
But if you want to get away from it all, where should you be setting down your towel to enjoy the most jaw-dropping stretches of sand?
The Ionian Islands offer some of the most staggeringly beautiful sandy coves imaginable, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, while the Albanian Riviera is a little-known slice of paradise, infused with a local ethnic Greek influence.
No matter what your budget, there’s a beach holiday for you. Here, MailOnline Travel reveals the top relaxing picks… without the annoying crowds.
Baska Voda Beach – Baska Voda, Croatia
Situated along the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, Baska Voda is one of the most-visited and most-loved summer resort towns in the Makarska Riviera.
The tiny town, which has a population of just over 2,000, is known for its long gravel beaches, pine wood forests and Baroque architecture.
White stone houses, surrounded by cliffs, are visible from the beach itself, which overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.