The Beach Guide

Europe's Top 15 Beaches

  • Oludeniz Beach // Turkey

    Oludeniz Beach
    ©Anastasia Tsarskaya / 123RF

    Ölüdeniz or Olu deniz is the Turkish for "Dead Sea" and this refers to thestill waters of the lagoon that lies behind the beach. A more fitting and commonly used translation is the Blue Lagoon.
    The lagoon has crystal clear waters and provides an ideal safe place for children… read more »

  • La Concha // Spain

    La Concha
    ©Keta under this license

    The beach of La Concha is a large crescent of fine golden sand with the city of San Sebastián as a backdrop. The beach is set in a spectacular semi-circular bay between the forested headlands of Monte Urgull and Igueldo. This vista is further enhanced by the tree covered Isla… read more »

  • Hoddevik // Norway

    Hoddevik
    ©Frode Inge Helland / CC BY

    Set at the foot of a green valley between towering cliffs on the far western coast of Norway is Hoddevik. This little fishing outpost with its weatherboard huts sits in front of one of the regions finest beaches. With almost a mile of fine white sand and clear blue waters… read more »

  • Luskentyre // UK

    Luskentyre
    ©anyka / 123RF

    Despite being located on the Isle of Harris in the north of Scotland, Luskentyre beach could almost be Caribbean in appearance. The vast expanse of silvery white sand and the crystal clear aquamarine / turquoise sea all combine to create what is often cited as the best beach in the… read more »

  • Vestrahorn Beach // Iceland

    Vestrahorn Beach
    ©Hansueli Krapf / CC BY

    Vestrahorn, on the Stokksnes peninsula is one of those extremes of natural beauty that make Iceland such a fascinating destination. A wide, flat plain of volcanic black sand, backed by the still waters of a lagoon, suddenly rises up to the phenomenal heights of a series of jagged peaks of… read more »

  • Primorsko // Bulgaria

    Primorsko
    ©www.vacacionesbulgaria.com / CC BY
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  • Sinemorets // Bulgaria

    Sinemorets
    ©Marcin Szala / CC BY
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  • Grama Bay // Albania

    Grama Bay
    ©Silva.arapi / CC BY

    Situated on Albania's Ionian Sea coast Grama Bay is a small but beautiful cove almost surrounded by high, rocky cliffs. This semi-secret little beach is one of the real gems of the Albanian coast and as of yet completely untouched or spoiled by mass tourism. If you do make it… read more »

  • Gjipe Beach // Albania

    Gjipe Beach
    ©Ross Helen

    Gjipe beach is set along the same stretch of the Albanian coast as some of the other most popular, highly rated beaches on the Riviera. Located between the resort beaches of Drymades and Himara the beach at Gjipe has barely been touched by development.

    Obscured by the mountainous terrain, the beach… read more »

  • Plage de L'ile Vierge // France

    Plage de L'ile Vierge
    ©Frédérique Voisin-Demery / CC BY

    Quite possibly the most stunning beach in Brittany, if not France, Plage de L?ile Vierge was once voted the "7th Most Beautiful beach in Europe". Set on the sheltered eastern side of Brittany's Crozon Peninsula the beach here is mostly pebbles backed by high white cliffs to which pine trees cling. The… read more »

  • Dhërmi Beach // Albania

    Dhërmi Beach
    ©Linda Saitos

    Dhërmi beach is often cited as the finest beach in Albania - hard to argue with this when this is where Albaninian prime ministers allegedly come to holiday! It isn't hard to see why. Set in a small bay, the village clings to the high sloping cliffs which rise up from… read more »

  • St Malo Grande Plage // France

    St Malo Grande Plage
    ©Pline / CC BY

    Stretching from the Intra Muros (walled town) to Pointe de Rochebonne the aptly named "Big beach" consists of over 2 kilometres of gently sloping golden sand. This north facing beach can be divided up into several sections, the longest, and most popular of which is the Plage du Sillon which backs… read more »

  • Baie de Trépassés // France

    Baie de Trépassés
    ©charlotteinaustralia

    The beautiful unspoilt beach of Baie de Trépassés is tucked away behind the rugged Pointe du Raz, France's most westerly point. These jagged 70 metre cliffs not only provide a stunning backdrop but help protect the beach from the south-westerly winds. However, there is no getting away from the fact this… read more »

  • Egremni Beach // Greece

    Egremni Beach

    There is little doubt that Egremni beach is one of the finest on the island of Lefkada, which by default makes it one of the best in Greece. It is a beautiful spot with the long white sand beach backed by high limestone cliffs. However, it is the water colour… read more »

  • Benagil Beach // Portugal

    Benagil Beach
    ©Sven Grüne

    Like many others on the Algarve, Benagil was a small fishing village. Unlike many others Benagil has managed to retain some of its charm and a little of its industry. Along with the sandstone cliffs, clear waters and golden sand of this archetypal Algarvian cove you will find fishing boats,… read more »