Best Beaches in Eastern Europe

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  • Sutomore Beach // Montenegro

    Sutomore Beach
    ©Vicuna R / CC BY

    Sutomore is one of the most developed resorts on the Montenegro coast. Situated between the cities of Bar and Petrovac, its long stretch of sandy beach is a magnet for beachgoers from far and wide. Sheltered from wind by the surrounding pine forests and mountains beyond the area has an innate natural beauty depite the beachfront developments. You will have no shortage of amenities from food and drinks to sunbeds… read more »

  • Borsh Beach // Albania

    Borsh Beach
    ©Joergsam / CC BY

    Situated on the southern end of Albania's Riviera coast is the impressively long stretch of Borsh beach. There are around 7 kilometres of fine white pebbles facing into the turquoise-blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

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  • Jalë Beach // Albania

    Jalë Beach

    Call it Jale, Jali or Jala - whichever you choose - this certainly was one of the finest little beaches along the Riviera coast. The water here is crystal clear with a vivid azure hue. In fact it is said that this is some of the clearset water on the coast owing to the bay's currents which makes it perfect for a spot of snorkelling or diving.

    Beyond the bars and… read more »

  • Nessebar South Beach // Bulgaria

    Nessebar South Beach
    ©Михал Орела

    Located close to both Burgas and the famed Sunny Beach area, Nessebar South Beach is a perfect blend of old and new.

    On the one hand, you have the ancient area characterized by a rocky peninsula that offers romantic awe-inspiring views and connecting to the mainland through a narrow isthmus. In the town, you'll find everything from cobblestone streets and squares to traditional homes. The area is also home to… read more »

  • Lukova Beach // Albania

    Lukova Beach
    ©Joergsam

    For an unparalleled view of the clear blue Ionian Sea and glittering sandy coastline, you find it hard to beat Lukova Beach. One of the most popular beaches on the Albanian Riviera, it offers incredible views of the Mediterranean along with one of the most hospitable beach hotspots in the country.

    The coastline near Lukova is home to a chain of tiny beach areas along with one big one, Shpella. This… read more »

  • Qeparo Beach // Albania

    Qeparo Beach
    ©Decius

    Situated on the magnificent Panormi Bay, Qeparo Beach is roughly 13 kilometres from Himara. It is backed onto by the small but relatively famous village of the same name, which is divided into old and new sections and hides a variety of surprises include a castle that once belonged to leader Ali Pasha.

    The most notably addition to Qeparo Beach, however, has to be the line of Cold War domed… read more »

  • Cvitačka // Croatia

    Cvitačka
    ©Mario Knezović

    Situated about 2km from Makarska town centre is Cvitačka beach. Cvitacka is everything you would expect from a Croatian beach; crystal clear, blue water and near white sand. Well, it isn't exactly sand, more a mix of sharp pebbles and shingle. Not exactly perfect for walking on, but looks idyllic and is the reason the water is so clear along this coast.

    The beach itself is quite idyllic with the local pine… read more »

  • Llamani Beach // Albania

    Llamani Beach
    ©Ervisshishmani

    Looking for a an Albanian beach with something for everyone? Potami Beach is one of the biggest beaches in the Himarë area, offering a unique blend of Greek and Albanian culture beneath clear blue skies overlooking sun-kissed sand.

    The name Potami translates as "river" from Greek and the water that runs through here is crisp, cold, and refreshing, rising up from exclusive underwater springs that flow year-round. 

    Potami Beach is also centrally… read more »

  • Milocer // Montenegro

    Milocer
    ©Raymond Zoller

    So fine a location that the great and the good will pay up to €3,000 a night to be accommodated in the Villa Milocer that overlooks the beach, Milocer also goes by the name of King's Beach. The reason is that the villa and surrounding 18 hectares of manicured parkland were once the summer residence of none other than the assassinated King Alexander I of Yugoslavia.

    The cypresses, cedars, olives, pines… read more »

  • Bečići // Montenegro

    Bečići
    ©Natalia Semenova

    Bečići Beach was recognised for its beauty as far back as 1935, when it won the Grand Prix in Paris as the most beautiful in all of Europe. More recently, it has been visited by such A-listers as the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie, cementing the fantastically alliterative Becici Beach as a tremendous family resort close to Budva.

    Though the sand is littered with smaller grade pebbles,… read more »

  • Pržno // Montenegro

    Pržno
    ©Сергей Наруков

    Przno Beach (look out for signs reading Pržno Plaža) is situated within a small fishing village that couldn't be more Mediterranean in style if it tried. Part of the Budva Riviera, the village remains quiet and largely traditional, with artisan fishing boats still moored in the harbour formed by the bay, protected from both wind and waves.

    This protection is equally valid for swimmers who make it down Pržno's gravel to… read more »

  • Queen's beach // Montenegro

    Queen's beach
    ©BokicaK

    Known by its English moniker as much as any other, Queen's Beach (or Kralijčina Praža to give it its true name) takes its title from the fact the penultimate Queen Consort of Yugoslavia, Marija, had a summer palace here.

    Surrounded by thick forest and well-maintained parkland, the white sand and drinking-water clear waters of Queen's Beach are shaded for much of the day by cypress and olive trees. Sheltered by light-coloured… read more »

  • Buljarica // Montenegro

    Buljarica
    ©Sea Dance Festival

    Located a stone's throw from the pleasant little resort town of Petrovac is Buljarica beach. One of the longest beaches in all Montenegro, it stretches for nearly 2.5 kilometres.

    With so much space it should in theory be easy enough to find a patch of sand to throw down your towel. Whilst this is true it does mean heading towards the southern end of the beach during the summer season… read more »

  • Murvica // Croatia

    Murvica
    ©Kelovy

    Murvica Beach can be found on the island of Brac, and offers white sands and picture postcard views towards the island of Hvar. Largely virgin in set up, the amenities at Murvica Beach are limited to a car park above the sands on a clifftop perch, and a snack bar selling refreshments in the same place, although overnight accommodation of varying forms can be found around three kilometres away.

    To reach… read more »

  • Kara Dere // Bulgaria

    Kara Dere
    ©Svilen Enev

    In recent decades much of Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast has been transformed by mass tourism, which is what makes Kara Dere Beach so special in how wild and untamed it remains. 

    The beach's name derives from the Turkish word "kara" meaning "black" and "dere" meaning "gully", and its wild status continues to make it a black sheep amongst Bulgaria's more tourist-heavy, resort-laden coast. It is one of the few areas that… read more »