You can beach-hop across Europe with Eurail World Passoffering trips to 33 European countries to create a personalized itinerary.
“With a Eurail pass, travelers of all ages can use an extensive network of rail and ferry connections,” says Yi Ding, a Eurail executive. “Eurail’s history dates back to 1959, when the first Europass was presented to American travelers for traveling in Europe by rail after World War II.”
“In 2020, we launched the mobile pass, and now over 90% of US travelers use it to travel in Europe,” she adds. “It gives the traveler the ability to use one app to manage travel, to track travel and show tickets directly from their device to the ticket checker. So much easier than using the paper pass.
Below are some outstanding European destinations offering water fun, and you can get there with Eurail.
Bay of KotorMontenegro
Montenegro remains a great destination for budget travellers. Consider basking in the sun near the Bay of Kotor, surrounded by the magnificence of the Dinaric Alps.
The Dalmatian coast offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and a good base for exploring them is the charming city of Split. Watch a game of Picigin, a traditional local ball game, on the famous Bačvice beach. With your Eurail Pass benefits, take advantage of reduced fares to visit neighboring islands by ferry, such as Hvar or Brac.
- Where to stay: At Harmony Villa Hotel and you will be near Bačvice beach; consider splurging for the Royal Penthouse with its sea-view infinity pool. Hotel in Split has a small sandy beach dotted with umbrellas and loungers.
- Beach bars: Raise a toast to summer at Taboo Beach Club with its cozy beach cabanas, or head to Mistral Beach Club where you can enjoy an outdoor massage.
Zadar’s past dates back to the Stone Age (Zadar is the oldest inhabited city in Croatia). The city walls of Zadar were built in the 12th and 13th centuries and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city captivates history buffs with its Roman and Venetian museums, ruins and architecture. Near the old town you will find Kolovare beach, with pebble shores and plenty of shade. More beaches are available if you are willing to venture further.
- Where to stay: Stay by the sea Hotel Falkensteineror the shop Hotel Delfin (it’s “dolphin”) with a large terrace and a hot tub facing the sea.
- Beach bars: For crystal clear water and sandy beaches, head to Capitano Beach Bar on Vrsi, or at the Portus Beach Club to hang out in their overwater beach huts.
Sestri Levant, Italy
The Ligurian coast is arguably one of the most scenic destinations in the world, renowned for its five cliffside towns, including Cinque Terre. The historic fishing village of Sestri Levante offers beaches, delicious food and charm. The Fairy Tales Festival here is dedicated to the writer Hans Christian Andersen, who stayed in Sestri Levante.
- Where to stay: The Hotel Helvetia is nestled on the hillside. In town is the Hotel Miramare & Spa overlooking the beach on the beautifully named Bay of Silence.
- Beach bars: Sit back with a cold drink and a breathtaking view of the sunset at Cito Beach Bar.
Nice, served by high-speed trains, serves as a home base for day trips to nearby Cannes or Monaco. La Reserve Beach remains a local favourite, and nearby Coco Beach is a small slice of rocks and pebbles that you can have all to yourself. Just 15 minutes away is the sandy beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer.
- Where to stay: Le Meridien Nice is a beachfront hotel with an expansive pool deck overlooking the sea. Westminster-Nice is located right next to Blue Beach and has a relaxing spa.
- Beach bars: The famous Beau Rivage Beach offers upscale cuisine and comfortable beach beds. And check The stoneideally located not far from Old Nice.
(Find out more about rail travel with Eurail exec Yi Ding – and hear a dreamy discussion about luxury train journeys around the world – at Episode #61 from my award-winning travel podcast, Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Follow the podcast wherever you listen, or on my website at the link in bio.)