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

  • Rusalka Beach // Bulgaria

    Rusalka Beach - Bulgaria Vladislav Bezrukov / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Irakli Beach // Bulgaria

    Irakli beach - Bulgaria alex yosifov / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Kavarna Beach // Bulgaria

    Kavarna beach - Bulgaria Boby Dimitrov / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Sutomore Beach // Montenegro

    Sutomore Beach - Montenegro Vicuna R / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Alepu Beach // Bulgaria

    Alepu beach - Bulgaria Footballer99 / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Camping Cosmos Beach // Bulgaria

    Camping Cosmos beach - Bulgaria Eola / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Shabla Beach // Bulgaria

    Shabla Beach - Bulgaria Inkey / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Sozopol // Bulgaria

    Town beach Sozopol - Bulgaria / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Ahtopol // Bulgaria

    Ahtopol beach Nenko Lazarov / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Silistar // Bulgaria

    Silistar beach, Bulgaria Marcin Szala / <a href="">CC BY</a>