Sunloungers and Beachbeds – How to Find the Best Beach
If you’re on a beach holiday anywhere in Europe, chances are many of the beaches are covered with umbrellas and sunloungers or cabana-style beds shaded with drapes. Most of these beds aren’t free to use and it often looks as if the beach is private – however, this is not necessarily the case.
Many of these beaches are rented from the local authorities but are not for the exclusive use of the beach bar/sunlounger concession. The beds may pack most of the available space on the beach but it might be possible to use the edges of the beach if you don’t want to rent a sunbed.
If there is a beach bar on the beach then the sunloungers probably belong to it. Many of these bars don’t charge for the sunloungers if you’re buying drinks from the bar. It doesn’t have to be alcohol – there’s usually a pretty good selection of fruit juices and soft drinks, along with bottled water.
Some beachbars also do food and snacks. If you’re determined to catch the whole day’s sunshine don’t forget to eat. If there are no snacks available at the beach you’re visiting, stop at a bakery along the way for supplies – cheese pies, croissants and pizza slices are good for the beach.
If you’re on the beach for the day, then renting a cabana can be a great idea, especially if you have kids with you. It will provide the necessary shade for little ones to stay out on the shore all day, somewhere to have a quick nap if they’re exhausted from playing and a bit of privacy for a quick change!
Many beachbars only charge about a tenner for a sunlounger for the day and some of them provide towels and a bottle of iced water. Compare prices (and added extras) at a few beaches you like the look of before making a decision.