Best Beaches in Eastern Europe
Twenty years ago the idea of taking a beach holiday in Eastern Europe might have seemed ridiculous. Back then the first thing that sprung to mind when mentioning countries like Bulgaria, Croatia and Albania would be the somewhat depressing vision of grim post-communist austerity or war-torn Yugoslavia. However, 20 years on, this could not be further from the truth.
The coastline of the Balkans in particular has beaches to rival those of any other Mediterranean country such as Greece or Italy, but often without the crowds and at budget prices. Think crystal clear, azure waters, forest and mountains rising up from sandy beaches and friendly beach bars - that's the Adriatic Coast of Eastern Europe. Whilst travellers are beginning to discover the best beaches Eastern Europe has to offer there are still plenty that remain off the radar.
Here we have listed some of our top picks from the many fantastic beaches of Eastern Europe so please enjoy.
Eastern Europe's Best Beaches
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Situated on Albania's Ionian Sea coast Grama Bay is a small but beautiful cove almost surrounded by high, rocky cliffs. This semi-secret little beach is one of the real gems of the Albanian coast and as of yet completely untouched or spoiled by mass tourism. If you do make it here you won... read more »
Gjipe beach is set along the same stretch of the Albanian coast as some of the other most popular, highly rated beaches on the Riviera. Located between the resort beaches of Drymades and Himara the beach at Gjipe has barely been touched by development.Obscured by the mountainous terrain, the... read more »
Dhërmi beach is often cited as the finest beach in Albania - hard to argue with this when this is where Albaninian prime ministers allegedly come to holiday! It isn't hard to see why. Set in a small bay, the village clings to the high sloping cliffs which rise up from the beach.The... read more »
The islet of Sveti Stefan (Saint Stephen) lies just a few kilometres along Montenegro's Adriatic coast from Budva. With such a stunning backdrop the beaches here wouldn't have to be up to that much to still get the thumbs up. However, with crystal clear turquoise waters, pink sand and backdrop... read more »
Making up a particularly pleasant stretch of the Budva Riviera are the twin beaches of Mogren. Stretching for around 400 metres the beaches of Mogren 1 and Mogren 2 are connected by a cave-like tunnel through a small headland. It is worth walking the extra bit to the second beach.
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Jaz beach is one of many fine beaches on Montenegro's Budva Riviera. Within easy walking distance of the historic town of Budva itself the beach at Jaz has a bit of something for everyone.
Whilst on the one hand you will find plenty of opportunity to relax on a sunlounger, get a massage and... read more »
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You will often hear the beaches of Albania's Riviera coast compared to the Ionian islands of Greece, and for obvious reasons. Ksamil is located just across the border from Greece and within a stone's throw of the beach-lovers paradise of Corfu.