Closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, this pristine white sand beach where turtles hatch is Europe’s answer to the Caribbean or the Maldives. Visitors head to Spiaggia dei Conigli – translated as Rabbit Beach – on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa to swim in grottoes, snorkel or laze on the secluded beach with a good book.
A 20-minute walk from the nearest car park, it’s certainly off the beaten track, but then the whole of the small and naturally unspoilt Lampedusa is hardly on the overseas property hunters’ radar.
Beachcombers there are more likely to own homes on the Sicilian mainland, according to Simone Rossi of the Italian property portal, Gate-away.com, and the island is easily reached from there by boat and takes two hours.
Most British property hunters in the area spend less than €100,000 on apartments or pied-à-terres.