“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.” — Robert Wyland
From an early age, blessed with the opportunity to grow up in Virginia Beach, I have maintained a longheld appreciation for the ocean and her coastlines. While beaches are certainly the perfect spot for revelry and recreation, I believe a full valuation of its wonders requires an understanding of their esoteric nature.
Beaches collect life…and the testament of life. But in an important way, beaches are also alive themselves. Beaches and dunes grow, diminish, evolve over years and shift with the seasons. To pulsate with change is the very nature of a sandy sea coastline; this change is the essence of what makes beaches so fascinating. In the long term, beaches are dynamic, tumultuous, even dangerous places. Yet, a short visit allows a pleasant acquaintance with the beauty generated by said turmoil.
These wonders originate on beaches, and arrive each day from the most primeval and spectacular wilderness on Earth, the sea. A beach visit allows us to peer into that wilderness and even examine it closely, for much of the sea’s mysterious nature ends up on its beaches. While many articles can illuminate the best nightlife in Ibiza or the parties in Mykonos, I would like to take you on a journey to four of Europe’s beaches that I believe best illustrate the majesty of the ocean and her convergence with land.