1. Banana Beach (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Located near Jaffa, this beach is named after its iconic Banana Beach Restaurant. With its tranquil, laid-back nature, it’s known for extending the hangout past sunset. Bring a backgammon board, and you’ll fit right in.
2. Konyaalti Beach (Antayla, Turkey)
3. Oroklini Beach (Cyprus)
Hailed for beachside villas, this beach in Cyprus is perfect for a longer stay. There are clubs, venues, and restaurants along the shore to light up your nights. You may even catch a foam party or two.
4. Gordon Beach (Tel Aviv, Israel)
This poppy beach has tons of sporting opportunities and billows with beachside restaurants. It’s a popular destination for Gay Pride as well.
5. Tsigrado Cove (Milos Island, Greece)
Although you have to literally descend down a rope ladder to get there, this secret Mediterranean getaway has some of the bluest waters around. No need to worry about any randos showing up to your private party.
6. Aqueduct Beach (Caesarea, Israel)
You won’t find overwhelming crowds at this historic beach. Most recognizable for the Roman Aqueduct ruins, the area has spectacular views of the sunset.
7. Dor Habonim Beach (Haifa, Israel)
Popular with the locals, this beach attracts families and adventurers alike. Come here for a dance party, a rocky climb, or even a Paradive tandem skydive.
8. Hvar Island (Hvar, Croatia)
This resort town is accessible by boat and is all about music and leisure. Stop by for the Modular People festival this summer.
9. Cala Macarelleta (Spain)
Two gorgeously secretive bays in the region — Macarella and Macaralleta — are revered for the beach views you can get atop the cliffs. You may see some nudists, but otherwise this small getaway is reserved for your party only.
10. Cannes, France
If ever there were a luxury locale on the coast, it’d be Cannes. You don’t have to go during film festival season to enjoy the many fusion restaurants and the spectacular coastal nightlife.
11. Maddalena Archipelago (Sardinia, Italy)
12. Faliraki Beach (Rhodes, Greece)
Zoom down to the shore for a day on the beach with popular water sports. By night, Faliraki has one of the best club scenes in Greece.
13. Ramla Bay (Gozo, Malta)
Another secret getaway, Ramla Bay has little development near its red sandy shores. Bring your own accoutrements, and you’ll be transfixed by the stunning scenery.
14. Paradise Beach (Mykonos, Greece)
15. Jali Beach (Albania)
On a coast where you’ll literally find people bathing atop abandoned bunkers, you’ll find Jali Beach — a frugal Albanian getaway. The beach is lined with restaurants famous for their seafood. Spend an afternoon here, and you might end up with a shot of espresso with rakia in your hands.