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

  • Brela Beach // Croatia

    Brela beach tree on island, Croatia

    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... read more »

  • Albena Beach // Bulgaria

    Albena Beach - Bulgaria <a href="">Boby Dimitrov</a> / <a href="">CC BY</a>

    This beautiful expanse of fine golden sand stretches for 5 Km (3 miles) and is largely backed by the woodland of the Baltata National Reserve. Despite being on the Black Sea coast the water is anything but black here. Maybe the "crystal clear azure coast" would have been a more appropriate name... read more »

  • Saplunara // Croatia

    Saplunara beach, Croatia

    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... read more »

  • Zlatni Rat // Croatia

    Zlatni Rat beach from Vidova Gora Mountain Kelovy

    The beach of Zlatni Rat is one of Croatia's best known with the most familiar view probably being from above. From here you will be left in very little doubt as to why the beach is often referred to locally as the "Golden Horn". Zlatni Rat juts out into the Adriatic Sea forming a triangle of... read more »

  • Drobni Pijesak Beach // Montenegro

    Drobni Pijesak beach, Montenegro anjči / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Golden Sands // Bulgaria

    Golden Sands Beach Mister No / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Sunny Beach // Bulgaria

    Sunny Beach - Bulgaria Happyna / <a href="">CC BY</a>

    Bulgaria's best known (and liveliest) beach resort

  • Petrovac Beach // Montenegro

    Petrovac Beach - Montenegro Mazbln / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Ada Bojana Beach // Montenegro

    Ada Bojana Beach - Montenegro Grzech

    Situated in the far south of Montenegro at the mouth of the River Bojana is the island beach of Ada Bojana. Legend says the island began life in the 14th century when a ship becam stranded here. Over the years the sandy sediment of the river gathered around the wreck eventuall creating the... read more »

  • Kranevo Beach // Bulgaria

    Kranevo beach, Bulgaria Dziadzik / <a href="">CC BY</a>