Europe's Secret Beaches

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Escape Europe’s summer crowds at these secret beaches, where you can lounge in peace.

Porat Beach, Bisevo Island, Croatia

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The most famous attraction on this tiny Mediterranean island off the Dalmatian Coast is the Blue Cave, a limestone sea cave so named for the refracted sunlight that glows an eerie blue. An equally worthy but lesser-known reason to visit: expansive Porat Beach, on the western and lee side, thanks to large limestone cliffs protecting it from high winds. It’s a scenic place to break for lunch or a drink at the small seafood restaurant and beach bar. crobeaches.com

—Alexandra Marshall

Europe's Secret Beaches

Porat Beach, Bisevo Island, Croatia

The most famous attraction on this tiny Mediterranean island off the Dalmatian Coast is the Blue Cave, a limestone sea cave so named for the refracted sunlight that glows an eerie blue. An equally worthy but lesser-known reason to visit: expansive Porat Beach, on the western and lee side, thanks to large limestone cliffs protecting it from high winds. It’s a scenic place to break for lunch or a drink at the small seafood restaurant and beach bar. crobeaches.com

—Alexandra Marshall

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