Whether you’re looking for acres of warm sand, action-packed watersports or sleepy fishing villages, Mediterranean beaches have got it all.
It’s easy to see why the Med still draws hoard of beach bums to its shores every year – from Spilt to Santorini, you’re guaranteed spotless sunshine, and plenty of things to do beyond your beach towel.
Some of the Med’s resorts are blighted by package tourism, with ugly high-rises blotting the landscape. But you can still have a bargain beach break without resorting to these overpriced hotels….
There are thousands of beach hostels with all the sun, sea and sand you need for the ultimate hostel holiday – many with stylish rooms and facilities that would put faceless hotel chains to shame.
So do you fancy a hostel holiday, beach included? From a peaceful former monastery to a beachfront hostel with its own club, here’s a selection of the best beach hostels on the Med.
Villa Saint Exupery, Nice, France
Chicer than your average hostel beach break, the award-winning Villa Saint Exupery is a world-class beach hostel on the French Riviera.
Close to the glamorous beaches of Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez, this former Monastery is one of the most beautiful beach hostels around, with views of Nice Bay and the Mediterranean Sea.
From the free all-you-can eat breakfast served on an outdoor terrace, to a bar serving drinks for €1, it’s easy to have an excellent budget hostel holiday here…
Getting itchy feet? There are trams every 6 minutes to downtown Nice, and the staff organize surfing, sailing and scuba diving trips to the beach.
Prices from €20. Book hostel Villa Saint Exupery
Fabric Hostel, Naples, Italy
The Fabric Hostel offers quirky cool rooms in an unusual setting – until recently this hostel was a fabric factory! The factory looms may have gone, but in their place is a modern beach hostel with superb facilities – think bright rooms with funky furniture, a games room for table tennis, and a restaurant serving delicious Italian cuisine.
Dabble in Naples’ hectic city streets before retreating to your own slice of paradise – the chilled-out neighborhood of Portico, within easy reach of Pompeii and the rest of the Amalfi Coast.
But with the beach just five minutes away, and a huge lounge and nightclub on site (complete with musical instruments for impromptu jam sessions), it’ll be hard to tear yourself away from this beachside hostel.
Prices from €14.80. Book Fabric Hostel and Club
Corfu Backpackers Inn, Corfu, Greece
The Greek Islands make for the ultimate hostel holiday, and the Corfu Backpacker’s Inn couldn’t be any closer to the beach, with the beautiful bay of Agios Gordios right on its doorstep.
This friendly, family-run beach hostel has been a Backpacker’s favorite for years– and it’s not just for the breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. Most rooms have a private bathroom and balcony, and room rates include a huge breakfast, a 3-course Greek feast for dinner, and free pick up from the airport.
Whether you want to try your hand at tai chi, cliff-diving or take a tour of traditional villages, this hostel offers it all, and the nightlife is second to none – the hostel has its own nightclub with long happy hours, and the occasional Toga Party thrown into the mix.
Prices from €17. Book Corfu Backpacker’s Inn
La Casa Mata Backpackers, Malaga, Spain
The Costa del Sol may be known for tacky package tourism and overcrowded resorts, but Malaga is perfect for a hostel holiday, with a historic city center of cathedrals, castles, and the Picasso Museum, some wild nightlife, and the golden stretch of Malagueta beach.
La Casa Mata is a funky beach hostel that caters to a fun-loving crowd, with an arty bar, huge chill-out lounge and free hydro-massa
ge spa room, complete with Jacuzzi to unwind post-party.
Away from the beach, the hostel offer free city tours for a little bit of culture, and a free breakfast for fuelling up for a day of sightseeing.
Prices from €14. Book La Casa Mata Backpackers
Villa Klaic, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Often overlooked in favor of Italy, Greece and Spain, Croatia has some of the most scenic and secluded beaches in the Med, and is full of fascinating, historic cities to explore. Villa Klaic is a pretty guesthouse just 15 minutes from Dubrovnik’s old town and the turquoise waters of the coast.
The ideal beach retreat, there are only six rooms in this homely hostel, each with TV and private bathrooms. The friendly owners offer free maps for exploring the city, a welcome drink to kick off your stay, and a free continental breakfast on the terrace, with amazing sea views.
Villa Klaic even has its own swimming pool, perfect for cooling off after a day on the beach.
Prices from €13.67. Book Villa Klaic