The water may be colder but with its grand bygone-era resorts, wild islands and white sand beaches, these northerly shores are a great alternative to the Med
If you like your beaches wild, western Latvia’s “steep coast”, close to the village of Jūrkalne, 200km west of Riga, should be on your list. With pale bluffs up to 20 metres high, it offers excellent photographic opportunities, walks with great views and an experience of untamed nature. There are a few wooden holidays chalets along this coast – at Ceriņi, visitors are left in blissful isolation, but firewood and drinking water are supplied.
• From €35 for chalet for two, €45 for a four-berth and €60 for a seven-berth. jurkalnesstavkrasts.lv. Ryanair flies to Riga from Edinburgh, East Midlands and London; British Airways from Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester