Best Beaches in Eastern Europe

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  • Brela Beach // Croatia

    Brela Beach

    Brela is a charming little town on Croatia's Adriatic coast roughly midway between Split and Makarska. With the backdrop of the Biokovo mountains and lapped by the crystal clear azure waters of the Adriatic this largely unspoilt stretch of coast is quite stunning.

    There are a number of separate coves that make up the 6km stretch of Brela Beach. All are fringed with an abundance of pine trees and formed… read more »

  • Primorsko South beach // Bulgaria

    Primorsko South beach
    ©Katya

    Primorsko's other beach sits to the south of the headland which is home to this pleasant resort town. This long stretch of golden sand is partly backed by sand dunes and the Dyavolska River which helps preserve something of a wild feeling, particularly towards the southern end of the beach.

    South beach is one of the liveliest beaches in the area and  all… read more »

  • Mango beach // Albania

    Mango beach
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    A lovely convergence of sapphire sea and sun-kissed sparkling white sand, Mango Beach in Sarande is one of Albania's best-kept secrets. Sitting at the southern tip of Albania, bordering Greece, Mango Beach is a perfect slice of sweet Southern Mediterranean bliss.

    The Sarande area is known for its rich cultural past and is located near the ancient city of Butrint. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was… read more »

  • Saplunara // Croatia

    Saplunara

    Set at the far end of the somewhat undiscovered Dalmatian island of Mljet is the seaside village of Saplunara. Even as Croatia edges its way from the peripheries of the tourist map Mljet remains one of the hidden gems of the Adriatic and this is despite being only 30 km from Dubrovnik. The northern end of the island is a national park but there is barely much in the way… read more »

  • Rusalka Beach // Bulgaria

    Rusalka Beach
    ©Vladislav Bezrukov / CC BY

    Ruslaka Beach is set on the Black Sea between the city of Varna and the border with Romania. A small beach in an area dominated by coastal cliffs, it has crystal clear waters known to be home to dolphins. Its name comes from the Bulgarian word for mermaid. It is predominantly made up of a light coloured sand, mixed with small pebbles.

    A haven since Roman times, it is surrounded… read more »

  • Varna beach // Bulgaria

    Varna beach
    ©Kritzolina

    Among Bulgaria's many fantastic beaches, Varna Beach distinguishes itself by being located in the heart of a thriving city as well as within a stone's throw of a host of other destinations. And that's not to say this isn't a great beach; in fact if you are looking to get the most out of your Bulgarian beach-going experience and want to make sure you see a lot in… read more »

  • Livadi Beach // Albania

    Livadi Beach
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    Albania is something of an underrated gem with many stunning locations along its coastline, with the crown in its jewel being Livadi Beach.

    This luxuriant getaway is famed throughout the Mediterranean for its idyllic coastline, deep blue watery depths, and olive trees as far as the eye can see. Size matters, and Livadi beach is one of the biggest beaches on Albania's Southeastern Mediterranean coast, stretching more than 1.2 kilometers with… read more »

  • Banje Beach // Croatia

    Banje Beach
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    Croatia is home to some of the most naturally beautiful beaches in Europe but Banje Beach also offers a perfect backdrop of historic splendour.

    The beach is located on the edge of Dubrovnik's Old Town alongside the 17th century Lazareti and Ploce Gate. To visit this area is to take a trip back hundreds of years and see what Eastern European life was like centuries ago. 

    As for the beach itself, the… read more »

  • Divna Beach // Croatia

    Divna Beach
    ©Miroslav Vajdic

    Divna Beach sits towards the far end of the Pelješac peninsula, the second longest in Croatia. This remote location means rather than becoming a developed resort, Divna Beach remains a chance to get in touch with nature. As such, there are few to no facilities on the beach itself. 

    All of this makes for a truly authentic, back to basics beach-going experience. You can bask in the sun and enjoy the… read more »

  • Dubovica // Croatia

    Dubovica
    ©niceholidayphotos

    Shimmering likes a diamond in the Adriatic, Dubovica Beach is particularly alluring beach escape in Croatia. Far from the big towns and beaches, the island of Hvar has long been a popular Croatian getaway. It's just a short hop between Hvar and the famed Dalmatian Coast.

    The little town of Hvar is nearby but this beach is all about natural beauty and connecting with nature. This is one of the loveliest… read more »

  • Bačvice // Croatia

    Bačvice
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    The Split area along the Dalmatian Coast is one of the most popular beach areas in Croatia, with a reputation that continues to grow internationally. Barely known a century ago, Bacvice Beach has quickly become one of the biggest bathing and beach areas along the Dalmatian Coast, so much so that "Let's go to Bacvice!" is practically shorthand for summer fun in the sun in Croatia.

    Bacvice attracts everyone from locals… read more »

  • Drymades Beach // Albania

    Drymades Beach
    ©Yelena011

    Drymades Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Albanian Riviera. It is a secluded slice of paradise featuring a natural rock formation that divides it in half. One side is full of white pebbles and the other is brushed with silky golden sand.

    Drymades Beach is located near the village of Dhermi on a small bay with incredible turquoise waters that are calm and still. It is the… read more »

  • Bolata Beach // Bulgaria

    Bolata Beach
    ©Dimitar Bachvarov / CC BY

    Located in a neat little enclave flanked by smooth brick-red ridges, Bolata Beach is one of Northern Bulgaria's best kept secrets. A near perfect semi-circle of sand, protected by breakwaters, this is a quite unique little cove, and one of very few beaches in the area.

    While Bulgaria's beaches are beginning to become better-appreciated by the outside world, this cove has remained a local secret for citizens of the nearby seaside… read more »

  • Golden Sands // Bulgaria

    Golden Sands
    ©Mister No / CC BY

    Any list of Bulgaria's top beaches wouldn't be complete without Golden Sands Beach. It is easily one of the best known beaches in the country, and has long been a popular summer spot with locals and tourists alike. If you're looking for somewhere a little more family-friendly and peaceful than the more touristic Sunny Beach, Golden Sands Beach may be perfect for you.

    Golden Sands is located near Varna,… read more »

  • Pasjača // Croatia

    Pasjača
    ©Juraj Patekar

    Beloved of locals, Pasjača Beach sits below the village of Popovići in Konavle municipality, approximately 12 kilometres from the town of Cavtat and 30 kilometres south of much more famous Dubrovnik.

    A man made construction formed in 1955 or thereabouts, Pasjaca Beach is only small, but was still named the best beach in Europe in 2019.

    To reach it and discover the magic for yourself, you will need to follow the… read more »