Does the idea of sand between your toes and fresh sea air sound idyllic to you? Renting a villa for your holiday is a perfect way to unwind, and choosing one just a stone's throw from the beach has to be the ultimate gateway for relaxation. There are plenty of gorgeous beach villas to choose from too; James Villas has handpicked over 400 villas by the beach in more than 45 destinations across Europe and beyond.
Primed for a day of sun, sea and splash, Villa Praia sits in a privileged position on the Algarve's 24-carat coast. Golden sands and turquoise waters are the first thing you'll see as you drink in the delightful views from your bedroom balcony – now that's how to get the day off to a good start! Perched on clifftops between Albufeira and Olhos d'Agua, there's a private path leading down to the beautiful beach below. You needn't worry about packing up a big bag or picking up extra towels either. If you're craving a bite to eat or fancy a dip in your private pool, you'll be back at the villa in a matter of seconds.
Some might say that staying in a villa by the beach is a luxury in itself, but just in case you're a fan of the finer things in life – Villa Praia is part of our luxury collection. Kitted out with Bluetooth speakers, a hot tub, free pool towels and stylish décor throughout, it's the perfect base for your next beach villa holiday.
Sitting pretty directly on the beach front, clue's in the name with this signature villa! Boasting panoramic views along the coast of Kiotari, your doorstep is a stone's throw from a sweeping sand and shingle bay. Four kilometres of Blue Flag beach is more than enough for one holiday, plus it's teeming with watersport activities and low-key bars to boot. Try your hand at parasailing, or enjoy a relaxing stint on the crystal-clear waters in a pedalo. Once you've had your fill of sand and sea, cool off in your villa's infinity pool or fire up the barbecue for a beachfront feast…
You'll find Villa Bellavista on the beautiful Balearic Island of Menorca. A classic beach holiday destination, you won't do better than this whitewashed wonder and it's second-to-none views across the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Perfectly placed for watching the sun set on a balmy summer's evening, watch the sky glow in golden hues as you relax from the comfort of your villa. Just 0.4km from the popular resort of Arenal d'en Castell, there's a healthy helping of Blue Flag beaches a short walk away. Nature lovers will love the ruggedness of Menorca's northern coast too, carpeted in luscious greenery and wonderful woodlands.
Practically on the water's edge, Villa Gaia in Zakynthos is your ticket to a gorgeous Greek Island getaway! Overlooking a small, private beach – a holiday here is all about peace and tranquillity. Calm, azure waters gently lap at the sandy shores beyond your spacious garden and private pool, where palm trees offer some shady spots on a hot summer's day. Families with little ones will love the shallow section in the pool too, perfect for younger children to splash about while watchful parents dip their feet in. The private beach is shared with sister property, Villa Thalassa, ideal if you're planning a big group getaway!
For something a little magical, the golden beaches, rugged coastlines and forest-clad mountains of Cyprus should do the trick. Once home to Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure – this truly is an otherworldly destination. Even while taking in some of the sites you don't have to miss out on an all-important beach day; the historical city of Paphos has culture and architecture in abundance, plus it's very own stretching sandy beach. Navigate the winding streets past vineyards and olive groves and spend a week or two in Coral Bay - dipping in shallow waters, experiencing the lively nightlife and sampling Greek Cypriot meze in Peyia (the portions are huge wherever you go!). Wildlife fanatics will enjoy the plentiful creatures: keep an eye out for owls at dusk, and sea turtles of the coast of Lara Bay.About Cyprus
Unlimited leisure facilities will keep you busy in the Algarve in Portugal, whether it's the acres of lush green golf courses or chic yachting marinas that takes your fancy. You absolutely must squeeze in some dolphin watching during your stay and observe the beautiful coastlines from the water. There are short trips you can take advantage of, or you can venture further afield and enjoy a leisurely lunch on a secluded beach. The best vantage point for sunsets is from 'Fim do Mundo' - Portugal's own Lands End at Cape St Vincent.About the Algarve
The endless sandy beaches of Lanzarote aren't just for the summer months – the year-round sunshine means it's a perfect destination for winter, too! Popular with holidaymakers, the volcanic landscape makes the beaches here really special. If you fancy a spot of windsurfing, Costa Teguise in the north is a great spot, or if catching a wave is more your thing, head on down to La Santa to hang with the surfing and bodyboarding crowd. The pros among you can ride bigger waves at Famara. You'll find a true piece of paradise in Playa Blanca ('white beach') and before you leave, discover the underground caves in Jameos del Agua – home to a unique cave concert hall!Explore Lanzarote
If silver-sanded, gently curving bays with a family-friendly atmosphere sounds good to you, Menorca is probably the best spot in the Balearic Islands. There are beaches for everyone here: the sundrenched beaches with excellent surrounding facilities of Binibeca and Punta Prima can be enjoyed in the south, and if you prefer rugged views and horseshoe bays head north to Arenal de Son Saura beach or Arenal den Castell beach.
Coffee with brandy might be a little intense for your usual morning routine, but you should definitely sample just that (a 'carajillo') while in one of the beautiful restaurants surrounding Menorca's bays. Take yourself even further out of your comfort zone and let your hair down with a fiesta – the giants, gin and dancing horses in Mahon is a must in September.Discover Menorca
Sun-soaked Mallorca is home to vast expanses of fine white sand, pebbly shorelines and warm blue seas – simply heaven on earth for swimmers, sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts alike. The large and sandy beaches of Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia boast good facilities for families, and you can discover pretty, sandy coves along the southern shoreline. Make sure to take the vintage electric train ride through the mountains from Palma to Soller, and spend your Sunday morning wandering around the narrow streets in Pollensa's market. You'll find everything from fresh produce for today's lunch to dolls to bring home.About Mallorca
It all depends what kind of holiday you're looking for. If romance is on the agenda, secluded bays and beach bars might be what you're after. If a family-friendly resort is paramount, there are plenty of beaches equipped with facilities that will cater for your every need. Whatever sort of beach villa holiday suits your travelling party, James Villas has something for everyone.
Whether you fancy donning your sandals next to the Ionian, Mediterranean or Atlantic seas, you could spend your next villa holiday on the most beautiful and breathtaking beaches in Europe. If you've got your sights set further afield, there's always Florida and the Caribbean too…
Having the beach on your doorstep – being close to nature, soaking up the sun's rays and having loads of fun without the hassle of travelling – is pretty special. Your schedule can be as active or as relaxed as you like, too. Imagine laying down your towel and feeling the sun's warmth on your back all afternoon long. Windsurfing and body boarding are up for grabs for you adventurous types, and being by the beach is also perfect for a family game of volleyball or to fascinate the kids with the wonders of rock pool hunting! For couples, there's plenty of opportunity for romantic walks along beautiful coastlines and a chance to explore secluded bays. Stay as late as you like without the worry of a long walk back to your villa.
Take Villa Aqua, just 0.1km from the beach and 2km from the popular Paphos harbor in Cyprus. After a day in the picturesque blue waters, you can take advantage of the poolside terrace to dine alfresco as the sun sets. In Villa Florencia, in Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote, you can spend your evenings relaxing at beach bars against the superb backdrop of the volcanic landscape.
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