In this collection, I will tell you about the best beaches in Europe, which are definitely worth a visit. Most of these beaches already have separate articles, so you can explore these destinations in detail. Of course, there are thousands of great beach resorts in Europe, so this topic is endless.
Torre Guaceto, Italy
Italy’s beaches are usually crowded with tourists and the numerous restaurants along the coastline, but Torre Guaceto in Puglia is anything but. This is a protected nature reserve, which is quite difficult to get to. There are no crowds of tourists, the water is always clean, and the sand is golden. The protected flora of Torre Guaceto deserves special attention.
Porthcurno is a paradise beach in Cornwall with turquoise waters and fine golden sand. High cliffs on both sides protect the bay, where the sea is always calm and quiet. Families with children come here and can swim in the numerous shallow pools. Porthcurno is also considered one of the most popular beaches in the UK.
Ramla Bay, Gozo
Gozo is located near Malta and is known for its excellent diving sites. But even if you prefer to spend your holidays on the sand rather than deep underwater, Ramla has something to offer. It is the largest beach on the island, with reddish sand and pretty dunes covered with tamarisk.
Vik in Iceland
Black sand beaches are always out of the ordinary, and Vik in southern Iceland is no exception. This is the wettest part of the country, where there are very few dry days, but even when it rains, the views are magnificent. Dark cliffs majestically contemplate how the waves break on black basalt sand.
Ploumanac is located on the so-called Pink Granite Coast of Brittany. Here you will find the wonderful crescent-shaped beach of Saint Giret. Golden beach sand looks especially beautiful against the background of unusual pink rocks. Here you can sunbathe for days on end, and when you get tired of the rest, go on an excursion along the coastal cliffs.
Cala Turqueta, Menorca
Menorca attracts surfers with its windy northern shores, where you can always catch a good wave. But there are also quiet places, including Cala Turqueta beach on the southwestern coast of the flat Balearic island. This is a beautiful beach with dazzling white sand and untouched nature. The shallow waters make the beach ideal for young families with children.
Playa Illetes, Formentera
To the south of the party island of Ibiza is a quiet and small island of Formentera with many magnificent beaches. among them stands one of the best beaches in Europe — Illites, stretching from La Savina to Espalmador. The water off the coast of the island is ideal for swimming — warm, shallow and clear. The sand of Illetes Beach is soft as a duvet, with small interspersed with smooth corals.
A chic seaside resort on the southwestern tip of Sweden, Falsterbo is famous for its white sands, bright sunshine and cute waterfront huts. This is a very peaceful and calm place where jet skis and motor boats are prohibited.
Palanga is the liveliest and most popular seaside resort in Lithuania. The reason for this is the large sandy beach and magnificent rolling dunes. If you like to party, then come here in the summer (June-September) when the resort’s population explodes in one endless party.
Playa Concha, Spain
One of the best urban beaches in Spain, Playa de la Concha is a fantastic stretch of yellow sand where townspeople and tourists alike take a break during the hot summer days.
Portugal has many clean and quiet beaches to offer. One of the best beaches in Europe is Troia, stretching 18 km south of Lisbon. Take off your sandals and dip your feet into the soft sand while watching the dolphins close to the shore.
Butterfly Valley, Turkey
The beautiful Butterfly Valley is quite difficult to access, which only contributes to its untouched charm. The deep canyon is washed by the purest blue water. It takes its name from the fluttering inhabitants that appear in the valley between June and September. If you want to stay here longer, spend the night in any of the local hotels or in tourist wooden cottages.
If you’re lucky, you’ll spot giant green turtles nesting here on the beautiful, secluded Lara Beach. This paradise is located on the northwestern coast of Cyprus. It will take a long time to get to it along a long bumpy road, but the peace and quiet are definitely worth such a hike.
One of the best beaches in Europe is located in Sicily. This is Rabbit Beach on the south coast of the island. The water here has a bluish green tint and the sand is stunningly white. The beach is quite difficult to get to, but once you get here, you will thank yourself for your patience.
Beach of the Cathedrals, Spain
Incredible rock formations make this beach in Galicia one of the most extraordinary on the planet. From here comes its grandiose name — the Beach of the Cathedrals. Come here at low tide for a better view of its jagged rocks, arches and caves.
The favorite beach of the Basque Country, Biarritz is very popular with surfers due to its wind and strong waves. The waves make swimming here quite difficult, but if you stock up on a surfboard and a good mood, then everything will be in perfect order.
Silt’s nickname, “the German Hamptons,” sounds more eloquent than any words. This island on Germany’s North Sea coast is favored by a wealthy and famous clientele, not least because of its beach. Chic restaurants and glitzy shops on one side and sand dunes on the other are all you need to be happy.
A frequent winner of the “best beach in the world”, the Greek beach of Myrtos on the island of Kefalonia is truly one of the best in Europe. And even if it is not sandy, but the white pebbles are so tender that you will not notice the difference. It is an idyllic destination for relaxing swimming and sunbathing.
Golden sands of Bulgaria
The best seaside resort in Bulgaria with the cleanest sand and very clear water. Golden Sands Bulgaria can offer guests everything they want — casinos, minigolf, water parks, excellent hotels and bars. The resort is a popular attraction in Bulgaria, not only among locals, but also among guests from other European countries.
With its long coastline and tiny islands, it’s no wonder Croatia has some of the best beaches in Europe. On the island of Brak is the famous beach of Brela, after visiting which you will want to come back here again and again.
Rossili Bay, Wales
On a sunny day in Rossili Bay, you can feel like you are in the Mediterranean. The beach with fine sand is surrounded by picturesque cliffs where all kinds of birds nest. The highlight of the beach is the wreck of the ship Helvetia, which ran aground here in 1887.
Salecia beach, Corsica
The French island of Corsica has many exquisite beaches, but Salezia is considered one of the best. Crystal clear waters and pale, fine sand really draw crowds during the high summer season.
Elafonisi is a strawberry and cream beach with magnificent sand made of billions of small shells. This is the most south-western point of Crete — a quiet and isolated bay with blue waters and a calm atmosphere.