A hot, sunny, sandy, and free beach in Europe? I had actually never encountered one in my travels. The closest I got was the beach in Valencia, but it was mid-March and not warm enough for basking. However, on my trip to Costa Brava this past September, I discovered my new favorite European beach town: Tossa de Mar.
Tossa de Mar - Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain http://girona.shuttlespaintransfers.com/