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Beach Breaks with Norwegian

Travel to sunny beaches all year around

Whether you're looking to laze in the sun or go exploring, fly to the beach break you deserve.
Whether you want to vacation in Europe or the United States, you'll find cheap flights to sun holidays with Norwegian.

Oslo

From Edinburgh/ one way incl. taxes>


£81.60

Palma, Majorca

From London / one way incl. taxes>


£103.30

Palanga

From London / one way incl. taxes>


£91.20

Rio de Janeiro

From London / one way incl. taxes>

  • Explore the Algarve's beaches from Faro

    There are more than 150 beaches along southern Portugal’s Algarve coast and many of the best are within easy driving distance of Faro. While the climate is perfect for a lazy beach holiday, the Atlantic also offers excellent conditions for surfing and other water sports. Fifty minutes’ drive west from Faro is Praia da Marinha, often ranked among the best beaches in Europe for its spectacular backdrop of artfully eroded golden rock. Slightly closer to Faro, the 3km-long Praia da Falésia is popular, but strolling its sands to find a secluded spot is a pleasure all of its own. Around half an hour east of Faro is the “Venice of the Algarve” Tavira, where you can stroll around cobbled streets taking in layers of history from Gothic churches to ruins of a Moorish castle. Hop on a ferry to the Ilha de Tavira – an island of sand in the Parque Natural Ria de Formosa and an excellent location for birdwatching. At the eastern end of the Parque Natural, take a boat across the lagoon from Sítio da Fábrica, near the village of Cacela Velha, to reach the wild, isolated beach of the same name.

     

    Visit Fort-de-France, Martinique – for Caribbean waters 

    Martinique’s capital is known for its beaches, lush tropical vegetation, colonial architecture and year-round sun – making Fort-de-France a perfect destination for a Caribbean beach break. Take in the unique architecture of the Schoelcher Library, the historic Fort Saint-Louis and Sacré-Coeur de Balata, a miniature replica of the Parisian basilica, then use the city as a base for exploring the island. A popular day trip is to head an hour and a half north to the volcano Mount Pelée. The drive runs along the coast past the black-sand beaches of Le Carbet and through the pretty town of Saint-Pierre. If it’s white sand beaches and Caribbean waters you’re looking for, drive 30 minutes to Les Trois-Îlets, the island’s best resort town. See dolphins and snorkel with turtles on a boat tour with Planet Dolphins.

     

    Visit Fuerteventura – the surfer's paradise

    The second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands has year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches and reliable cool winds – making it one of the best holiday destinations for surfers and windsurfers. Family holidays in Fuerteventura are best spent at Caleta de Fuste, an idyllic 800m-long beach with white sands, sun loungers and plenty of facilities. For a more remote beach break, head off the beaten path to Playa El Aljibe de la Cueva, just 3.2km south of the El Cotillo resort in the island’s northwest. Alternatively, Playa La Concha, just outside El Cotillo to the north, offers white sands and turquoise water without the crowds. El Cotillo itself is home to one of the island’s best surf beaches, with a break that’s perfect for learning. Another favourite surf spot, for experienced wave catchers, is the Bubble reef, off Majanicho beach on the north coast. For surfboard hire, lessons and surf camps, take a look at Planet Surf.

     

    Discover Gdansk – Poland's sun spot

    Poland might not be the most obvious destination for a beach break, but the historic port city of Gdańsk has a number of beaches that are well worth a visit. Blue Flag urban beaches in central neighbourhoods Stogi and Brzeźno offer guarded swimming areas, waterslides and plenty of amenities. In Brzeźno there’s also a 130m-long pier, a popular summer attraction for both locals and tourists. Other beaches can be found in the nearby Jelitkowo and Sobieszewo neighbourhoods. Jelitkowo is known for its beachfront restaurants and a beautiful park with old fishermen’s houses; Sobieszewo, actually an island, has one of the most beautiful beaches in Poland, plenty of birdlife and many well-kept cycling tracks.

     

    Beach holidays in the Canary Islands

    There’s good reason Gran Canaria is known as a “continent in miniature” – the Canary Island has incredibly diverse landscapes and microclimates, from close to 60 km of beaches to dramatic volcanoes, pine forests, and a lush Biosphere Reserve that covers one third of the island. Plus there’s an average of 320 sunny days every year.

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    Visit Kefalonia – the perfect Greek island getaway

    Kefalonia is the perfect destination for a Greek island getaway. Its rugged, dramatic coastline is made up of sandy coves, pebbly beaches and hidden bays – many of which are only accessible on foot. Myrtos in the north is one of the longest beaches on the island, and is regularly recognised as the one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Take in the view from the surrounding cliffs and don’t miss the sunset. Antisamos, near the port of Sami, was used as a location for the film of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the Blue Flag beach has white sands and turquoise water. For adventurous beachgoers it also has Extreme Watersports Kefalonia, which offers everything from snorkelling to wakeboarding. For something different, head to Xi in the southwest of the island. It’s relatively accessible and has shallow waters, beach bars, sun loungers and watersports facilities such as jet skis and banana rides.

     

    Explore Lanzarote – and discover volcanic vistas

    With its dramatic volcanic landscape, hidden coves, idyllic white architecture and year-round sun, Lanzarote is the perfect place to escape from the winter weather. A visit to Timanfaya National Park is a must – its otherworldly landscape of black sand and volcano cones was created by eruptions in the 18th century. Nowadays it’s a UNESCO designated biosphere, and due to its fragile nature you’ll need to book onto a coach tour to visit. There’s also the option of a camel safari. Back in town, explore Playa Blanca, one of the island’s most popular resorts. For sun and sand, head to Papagayo beach – one of the best beaches on Lanzarote. And if you want to learn more about the island’s architecture, visit the spectacular César Manrique Foundation to discover more about the architect whose vision for sympathetic building shaped the look of modern Lanzarote. 

    Travel to Lisbon for a city beach break

    Lisbon has emerged as one of the hottest spots for a weekend beach break in recent years – with a wave of new restaurants and bars springing up, along with rejuvenated markets and a spruced up central square. There’s also no shortage of wild Atlantic beaches. Just a 30-45 minute drive from the city you’ll find Guincho, Adraga, and Grande – all of which are excellent surf spots. If you want to learn to surf in Lisbon, book a lesson at Moana Surf School in Cascais. After a day in the sun, check out the local foodie scene at the Time Out Market at Mercado da Ribeira where top local chefs and restaurants have set up food stalls in a canteen-style hall, or drop into Sol e Pesca, a casual fishing-themed bar that serves only tinned seafood. 

     

    Fly to Malaga for sun and culture

    With around 320 days of sunshine each year, there’s no better place for a weekend beach break in Spain than Malaga. While the city serves as a gateway to the beaches and resorts of the Costa del Sol, there’s plenty more to do here than simply bask in the sun. There are over 30 museums in the city – from the colourful Pompidou Centre and the Picasso Museum, which celebrates the famous painter who was born in the city, to the fascinating Automobile & Fashion Museum. You can also explore street art in the hip Soho neighbourhood, which has been transformed into an open-air gallery by the Maus project. If you simply can’t stay away from the beaches, hire a bike and cycle along the coastal path to Pedregalejo, a tiny fishing village with a beach. While there, sample some of the local seafood at El Cabra

     

    Visit Malta for a family beach break

    While Malta offers plenty of historical wonders, thanks to its 7,000-year history, it’s also the perfect destination for a short beach break. Malta’s longest sandy beach is Mellieha Bay, an 800m stretch of white sand with shallow waters ideal for young children. There’s also everything you need for a day at the beach – cafes, loungers, umbrellas and watersports. If you’ve come to Malta to party, make for St George’s Bay, a sandy beach in Paceville where you can find restaurants, bars, clubs and – of course – summer crowds. For something less built up and further away from roads, head to Ghajn Tuffieha, a pretty Blue Flag beach next to the popular Golden Bay beach. Or escape to Peter’s Pool, a remote rocky swimming spot on the Delimara Peninsula.

     

    Visit Nice for sun, sand and shopping

    Nice and the surrounding area is a great destination for a city beach break even in the winter months, thanks to its consistently sunny weather. The resort town of Menton is a short 40 minute drive from the city, and offers beautiful beaches and stunning views. There’s even a two-hour coastal cliff walk from Menton to Monaco, which passes through Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Villa E-1027, a modernist villa designed by Eileen Gray and – in many people’s eyes – vandalised by renowned architect Le Corbusier, who painted murals onto its plain white walls. Architecture buffs often visit to pay their respects to “Corb”, who drowned off the coast and is buried in the cemetery above the town – which is worth visiting for the sea views alone. Foodies won’t want to miss Mirazur, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant that consistently makes it into the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. 

     

    Visit Palma de Mallorca for a romantic getaway

    With more than 200 beaches – over 40 of them designated as Blue Flag – around its coastline, Mallorca is the stuff summer dreams are made of. The capital, Palma, offers the perfect base from which to explore the Spanish island on a short beach holiday. On arrival, take a stroll along the tree-lined Passeig del Born boulevard to get your bearings, and explore the romantic laneways of the Sa Llotja neighbourhood. The urban beach at Ca’n Pere Antoni is dramatically overlooked by the city’s landmark Cathedral Santa Maria of Palma. It can get busy in summer, but there’s soft, white sand and plenty of bars, beach clubs and restaurants. Dodge the crowds by heading for Portixol, the next beach along – which is quieter and also served by excellent restaurants. If you feel the need to do something more active than laze in the sun, try a yoga class at Zunray Yoga

     

    Beach breaks in Croatia

    Croatia's top beach destination is Split – the city has everything you need for a beach holiday, whether you want to laze in the sun, immerse yourself in history, or indulge in local seafood dishes at one of the city's many restaurants. The Croatian city, which has grown out of the palace built in 295AD by Roman Emperor Diocletian, is one of the jewels of the Mediterranean.

     

    Explore Tenerife and soak up year-round sun

    Tenerife is one of the most popular winter sun destinations in the world. That’s no surprise – the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, it has warm, sunny days throughout the year (temperatures rarely drop below 20°C) and little rainfall. The most famous resorts on Tenerife are the lively Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje where you’ll find Papagayo Beach Club, with its five bars, Balinese beds, beachside terraces and nightclub. If you want a quieter time away from the crowds, head into the dramatic volcanic interior, which has exceptional hiking trails – especially on Mount Teide. To skip the walk, take the Mount Teide Cable Car to the top for spectacular views. Astrotourism is taking off in a big way on Tenerife, which is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Discover the delights of the night sky at the Teide Observatory. More spectacular observations can be made on the water: a whale watching trip gives you the chance to spot one of the 26 different species swimming off the island’s south coast. Back on land, golfers are spoilt for choice, with eight modern courses with amazing ocean views. 

 

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