RelatedAlternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…20 of the best beaches in Europe that the locals don’t want you to know aboutPlanning a beach holiday and looking for a quiet spot where you won’t have to battle for an umbrella? Beat the miserable British summer by planning your escape to one of these secret beaches across Europe that you’ve probably never heard of…Hidden beaches you could still escape to this summerStill looking for a perfect summer holiday destination? Check out these amazing hidden beaches! 7. Triagh Siar, Vatersay, ScotlandBeaches don’t come much more get-away-from-it-all than Triagh Siar on the tiny island of Vatersay. A dot on the map, dripping off the bottom of the Outer Hebrides, Vatersay lies on the very edge of Europe. Look out over the rolling waves from Triagh Siar, next stop: America. It is separated from its twin beach, Vatersay Bay, by a thin strip of dunes covered with a carpet of wild flowers in summer. Except for the slightly cooler clime and the golden eagles soaring overhead, you could be in the Caribbean.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Dune du Pyla, Aquitane, FranceThe beach doesn’t really have a name, but Flanc Côté Ouest is the seaward side of the Dune du Pyla, a massive Sahara-like sand dune stuck between forest and ocean on the Atlantic coast about 40 miles south-west of Bordeaux. The beach is hidden by a 108m-high wall of sand so you have to climb up and roll down it to get there. Or ski there when the dune is snow-covered, although you probably wouldn’t fancy a paddle in winter.5. Sventoji, LithuaniaIt’s no secret. In fact, Palanga is one of the most popular resorts on the Baltic coast, thronged with Russian holidaymakers and discos. However, compared with the millions heading to the Med this summer, it is relatively undiscovered by Brits. Whereas Palanga in peak season is reminiscent of Blackpool, a short way along the coast is Sventoji, with a long beach backed by extensive sand dunes where you should have space to lay your towel.6. Plage de Saleccia, CorsicaSecret beaches usually take a bit of effort to get to. Unless you’ve got a yacht, you’ll have to walk across a desert to get to stunning Plage de Saleccia. Kept hidden from the crowds by the desolate Désert de Agriates, a sunburnt expanse of nothingness in north-west Corsica, Saleccia is the heaven after the hell, a mile-long desert island dream of white sand and tropical tricolour turquoise water. Film buffs will be interested to know that it acted as a Normandy landing beach in The Longest Day. 1. Perpitch Beach, Isles of Scilly, EnglandThe sub-tropical archipelago of the Isles of Scilly, off the south-west tip of England, does a fine line in beaches. There are so many that you should be able to find a crescent of white sand to yourself on each of its islands. A princess in a pageant of the beautiful is Perpitch Beach on the island of St. Martin’s, accessible on a day trip from the main island of St. Mary’s. Pack your swim stuff and a picnic, but be careful if you nod off in the sun or you’ll miss the boat back.2. Praia das Rodas, Galicia, SpainLas Islas Cíes in Galicia lies on the opposite side of Iberia from the crowded beaches of the Costas. The best beach on these unspoilt islands is Praia das Rodas, a pristine stretch of pale, soft sand. Spend your day lazily swimming in lagoons, combing the reefs, or sheltering under the dunes if the breeze off the Atlantic gets up. Once a pirates’ haunt, Cíes is now an uninhabited national park, open to the public only in summer.3. Dhërmi, Vlora, AlbaniaThe best beaches require a little effort to get to and Dhërmi is no exception – in this case, a hair-raising trip over a 4000 feet-high pass. It’s also a little rough around the edges, let’s say, with its Communist concrete bunkers that look like something from a 1970s Doctor Who set, but these just add to the Dhërmi’s quirky greatness. Bookended by mountains and stupendous sunsets, it’s a beauty whose secret won’t be safe for long.