Here in the UK there is a HIDDEN holiday resort gem with Santorini-like views – and locals don’t want holidaymakers to know about it.
sewerageon the scenic North Yorkshire coast, is a little-known coastal village that has been described as ‘a dog walker’s paradise’.
With cliff-top views across the North Sea, the small resort offers coastal and forest walks, as well as a quiet sandy beach reached by 154 windy steps.
And the local pub sells pints for just £3.60, while the only restaurant serves what’s called ‘best fish and chips ever’.
Eddie King, owner of The Old Forge restaurant, said: “If this view were in Greece or Turkey, it would be on the cover of the holiday brochure.
“If you saw a picture of the coast and someone said it was a Greek island, you wouldn’t question it.
“This is the best coast in Britain. It is so beautiful.
“We feel so lucky to live here.
Eddie, 52, who was walking his pug Mini, 10, with his wife Joanne, 48, added: “It’s dog walker’s paradise. It’s just great for dogs.
“We find that people who come here for the first time keep coming back.
“It’s a bit of a secret – but those in it know how beautiful Sewerby is.
“Even when it rains, it’s still lovely.”
Sewerby – north of Bridlington, famous for its fish and chip shops – It is best known to some for its Grade I listed Sewerby Hall.
The Georgian mansion and gardens were recently home to the village’s most famous resident, Rosie – the world’s oldest Humboldt penguin, who died in March aged 33.
The many caves along the rocky coast were once a haven for smugglers of contraband.
British expat John Lloyd, 79, has lived there for the past 23 years Wanakaa lakeside resort on the South Island of New Zealand.
But he conceded that even Sewerby’s views can hold their own – “if it doesn’t rain”.
Mr Lloyd added: “We live on the shore of a huge lake and that’s a wonderful view too.
“It’s quite comparable to being back in New Zealand – at least on a nice day anyway.
“We love Sewerby – it’s a bit more upscale than Bridlington and Scarboroughif I may say so.”
At the Savannah Blu cliff-top cafe, locals told Sun Online they wanted to “keep Sewerby a secret.”
Owner Lou Kilburn, 44, said: “We feel truly blessed to live here.
“Sewerby isn’t a very well-known place, but I’m sure it will.
“Whatever the weather, it’s always a pleasure to look out to sea.
“It’s so peaceful up here. We are just very lucky.”
Lou’s husband Charlie, 48, runs the local bargain ship Ship Inn, where the pub’s local beer, Shipfaced, sells for just £3.60 a pint compared to a pint National average over £4.20 And Some Wetherspoons branches charge close to £7.
He said: “We have people from all over the UK. Once they arrive, they always want to come back.
“We’ve been here for 16 years now and have no regrets. I reckon our beer garden has probably the best view in the whole of Britain.”
At Sewerby Methodist Church, locals flocked to the village for morning coffee, which boasts stunning views of Flamborough Head.
Cindy Jay, 84, said: “It’s a beautiful part of Britain and I don’t think many people realize how spectacular it is.”
“But the village is also a very friendly place. There is a great community spirit.”
Jean Reddington, 77, added: “There’s a big kite festival coming up in a couple of weeks and the place will be packed.
“We can raise some money for the church by selling bacon sarnies for £2 and tea and coffee.”
And what are the downsides of life in Sewerby?
Retired human resources manager Peter Jay, 88, added: “The fish and chips shop has closed – but there are still plenty up the street in Bridlington.
“And the potholes are terrible. You know when you’re near the coast because the roads are terrible.”