While Paris fashion hides under umbrellas and Berlin is mostly still all brrrr all the time, there are some idyllic beaches in Europe where the sun is already kissing the sands. And it’s all just an airplane hop away. But before you toss your bikini in a bag and jump on that flight in a winter-induced craze, you should probably know: which hot spots are actually hot this time of year?
When it comes to the top Airbnb destinations for Europeans in cold spring weather, here’s what we’re seeing:
Hop on the dance floor, where the passage of time isn’t really a thing that people pay attention to. Then hop on a yacht that redefines the meaning of luxury. Find yourself on hidden beaches, amongst VIP patrons, in LGBTQ hotspots, or meeting the world’s next best DJ. Ibiza is the place to dance under the sun, and then the moon, until the sun comes back up again.
The crown jewel of the French Riviera, feel chic on cliff walks, sitting at cafes by the sea, along the Promenade des Anglais, Colline du Château, at topless beaches and artist enclaves.
Molecular gastronomy and Michelin starred restaurants are almost the norm here. Find big flavor along with big waves, Basque cider, and cool beaches. Discover the magic of a local pintxo bar and kalimotxos. And don’t miss Miramar Palace and Mt. Igueldo, as you become one amongst surfers with sandy feet, and high-end shopping.
Croatia’s post-card worthy coastline is as picturesque as advertised with white marble streets, wine sampling, war relics, cocktails on the clifftops, island hopping… and maybe some more wine sampling.
Creative art lovers rave about Antibes for the The Picasso Museum. Luxury lovers come for the yachts, four hour dinners along the sea, elegant absinthe bars and fine espresso. And all of the above (and anyone in between) can appreciate meandering along cobblestone streets and soaking it all in.
Time to make a beach trip into reality? Explore some of our favorite places to stay in these gorgeous European hot spots.