The smell of the salt of the sea in your nostrils. The light breeze coming off the ocean ruffling your hair. Gazing out at the horizon and the vast expanse of water, knowing it goes somewhere, but not quite being sure where. There is nothing quite like the feeling of being near the sea.
It’s no wonder that it is such a feature of our holidays. When we go abroad, we think sun and sea – two words eternally twinned together. We think of water sports, boating, heading out to explore islands and hidden coves. That’s what a holiday is to most of us.
So why do we limit ourselves by going to the same places?
If you want an amazing oceanic experience, you’ve got the standards. The French Riviera; the haunt of the fabulously rich and the even more fabulously famous. The beaches on either side of the USA found in Florida and California. Or stay in America but off the mainland for a Hawaiian adventure. The Maldives; the Seychelles… they just trip off the tongue.
All beautiful places, but all fairly standard. If your wanderlust for the sea is a dominant consideration of your holiday planning, then it might be time to raise anchor for different shores. Not sure where to start? Here is a helping hand.
Antalya and Mugla – The Turkish Riviera
Yes, it’s not just France that gets a Riviera. The turquoise waters of these two provinces make for the perfect holiday destination if you love boating. Explore the surrounding islands, sun yourself on the beach and then head into the shade before the night life begins.
There’s plenty on shore to tempt you here, too. After your transfers from Antalya airport, you can visit sites of immense archaeological significance – including purported sites of the Ancient Wonders of the World. Not one but two – Mausoleum of Maussollos in Halicarnassus; and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus – were said to be found here.
County Cork, Island
If the “sun” part of the cliche is not of particular importance to you, then the Cork coast is well worth exploring. Situated on the west of Ireland facing out to the ferocious Atlantic, it hosts rugged coastal scenery at its best.
On land, you can take advantage of the famous Irish nightlife while recovering from a day walking the cliffs. If you love shopping, then the Old English Market is well worth a visit for an eclectic mix of stalls to fill your luggage with.
Gulf of Finland
We’ve moving from warm to cold here, and you can’t get much colder than the Baltic. Finland is the place to go if you want to see ice, snow, and crisp waters – so long as you have a heated boat!
This is a perfect choice if you want to take in numerous countries on your travels. Not only do you have Finnish cities like the capital Helsinki on the Gulf itself, but you’re also close to Tallinn (capital of Estonia) and St Petersburg in Russia, so there are day trips galore.