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Beach Villa Holidays

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 360 villas by the beach in more than 40 destinations across Europe and beyond.

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Holiday by the Beach with James Villas

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What type of beach holiday are you looking for?

Whether you fancy donning your sandals next to the Ionian, Mediterranean or Atlantic seas, you could spend your next villa holiday in the most beautiful and breath-taking beaches in Europe. If you fancy going further afield, we have Florida & the Caribbean too. So which beautiful sea do you want to watch the sun rise over?

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.

Kids building sand castles

Why it’s so special to stay in a villa by the beach

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, body boarding and surfing are all 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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Our Top Beach Villa Destinations

A beach in Cyprus


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.

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A beach in the Algarve


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.

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A beach in Lanzarote


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!

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A beach in Menorca


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.

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A beach in Mallorca


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.

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