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White-sand beach destinations that aren't too hot in July & August

You want to avoid the heatwaves in the Mediterranean during July and August? But you still crave a white-sand beach experience, so where to go?

We've checked out cool alternatives for you to consider!

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The Baltic Sea

In July and August temperatures here are mild, averaging around 25°C. You can swim in the sea with temperatures around 22°C. July and August are the sunniest months.

🏴‍☠️ Tip: Look for dates towards the end of August, as school holidays in some countries end mid-August, so prices should get lower, worth checking for your preferred location!

Rügen Island, Germany 🇩🇪

  • Binz Beach: Charming seaside resort. You can rent these wooden beach baskets, which serve as a windbreaker.

  • Getting there: Fly to Berlin with budget airlines, then take a train to Binz.

Sopot, Poland 🇵🇱

  • Sopot Beach: The sea-side resort has lovely white sands and a famous wooden pier.

  • Getting there: Fly to Gdansk with budget airlines, then take a short train or taxi ride to Sopot.

Jurmala, Latvia 🇱🇻

  • Jurmala Beach: Miles of fine, white sand, located along the Gulf of Riga.

  • Getting there: Fly to Riga with low-cost carriers such as Ryanair. From Riga, Jurmala is a 30-minute train ride away.

Bornholm, Denmark 🇩🇰

  • Dueodde Beach: Expect incredibly fine sand and clear waters.

  • Getting there: Fly to Copenhagen with airlines like easyJet or Norwegian Air, then take a train and ferry to Bornholm.

The Channel & North Atlantic

Coastal temperatures along The Channel and North Atlantic (close to the UK) average around 22-24°C in summer. Water temperatures are a little bit colder compared to the Baltic Sea (expect around 17-19°C).

We've pulled out some white-sand beach destinations that are worth travelling for. Even if the weather isn't all sunshine on your trip, there are a lot of things to do around.

Le Touquet, North France 🇫🇷

  • Known as Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, 43 miles southwest of Calais

  • Getting there: Catch a ferry from Dover to Calais or book the Eurotunnel (LeShuttle) from Folkstone.

Rhossili Beach, Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

  • Located on the Gower Peninsula; golden sands and dramatic scenery

  • Getting there: It's a bit remote, but if you don't have a car, you can take a bus or train to Swansea and then there's a bus to Rhossili, check schedules in advance!

Durness, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  • Scottish Highlands, remote beaches around Durness, including Balnakeil Beach, fairly unspoilt.

  • Getting there: Best accessed by car from Inverness.

Ballymastocker Bay, Ireland 🇮🇪

  • Located in County Donegal, listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

  • Getting there: Take a ferry to Dublin or Belfast and bring your own car, or take a plane to either city and rent a car.

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