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

  • Atliman Beach // Bulgaria

    Atliman Beach - Kiten - Bulgaria Zourich / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Butamyata Beach // Bulgaria

    Butamyata beach - Sinemorets Todor Petkov / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Duni Beach // Bulgaria

    Dyuni / Duni Beach - Bulgaria SpaceControl / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Kabakum Beach // Bulgaria

    Kabakum Beach - Bulgaria Svilen Enev / <a href="">CC BY</a>
  • Borsh Beach // Albania

    Borsh Beach Joergsam / <a href="">CC BY</a>

    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.

  • Jalë Beach // Albania

    Jale Beach - Albania

    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... read more »