Piercing blue and sea green; the whisper of distant surf; bird song; the gnarled knuckles of fishermen repairing their nets in age-old villages: a trip to the coast is much more than sand and sky. From quiet Mediterranean coves undiscovered by tourist crowds to quaint villages where the catch of the day chugs into harbor on a wooden skiff each morning, we’ll take you to the seaside locales you’ve dreamt of. Here are a few of our all-time favorite waterfront destinations.
A favorite subject of Impressionist painters, the northern coast of France presents a tranquil landscape of iconic cliffs, grassy headlands, and fragrant orchards. Walking here, you’ll follow tidal flats out to the tidal islands of Mont St. Michel and visit the hallowed ground of D-Day.Tour Details
Since the days of Dante, a string of five pastel villages on the Ligurian coast has delighted poets and wayfarers alike. With miles of seaside paths meandering through orchards, olive groves, and precariously landscaped gardens, it’s an ideal walking destination in one of Italy’s most evocative regions.Tour Details
Stark, wild, and unspeakably beautiful, the towering seacliffs and windswept meadows of the Isle of Skye offer a different kind of coastal experience. Here, tiny fishing villages hug the shore beneath a spectacular cobalt sky and crumbling castles look out on the North Atlantic.Tour Details
Just east of Maine, the Bay of Fundy presents a remarkable seascape of cliffs and stacks carved by the largest tidal surge in the world. Of course, that’s not all this charming region offers: from historic shipbuilding towns to breaching humpback whales, there are plenty of maritime marvels to enjoy.Tour Details
In the birthplace of Arthurian legend, the headlands, meadows, and villages have an almost magical air–a shimmering quality of light celebrated by painters for hundreds of year. Walking here, you’ll cross paths with friendly fishermen and dine in one of Europe’s most acclaimed seafood restaurants.Tour Details
A heady cocktail of cosmopolitan towns, hundred-mile views, and plunging cliffs garnished with lemon trees, the Amalfi Coast has dazzled travelers since Roman times. Stroll the legendary “Path of the Gods” and relax in legendary Capri–stopping to explore the ruins of Pompeii as you go.Tour Details