Best Beaches in Europe

Europe has a wonderfully diverse range of beaches many of which are quite breathtakingly beautiful. There are white sand beaches fit to rival those of the Caribbean along with rugged coastline with improbable rock formations sculpted by the elements.

Best beaches in Europe

  • Playa de Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands Dirk Vorderstraße / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY</a>

    Sotavento // Spain

    Situated on the "Calma Costa" which runs along the south east coast of Fuerteventura is Sotavento beach. A vast tract of golden, windswept beach this stretch of coast is about one of the most remote areas on the island.

    Sotavento is a collection of beaches which together create a virtually unbroken stretch of sand from Playa Barca right down... read more »

  • Bolonia beach, Spain

    Bolonia // Spain

    In the province of Cadiz in Andalucia are the white sands of Bolonia beach which stretch out far along the coastline. Untouched and secluded, the soft sandy beach is backed by the remains of the Roman city of Baelo Claudia, which are worth exploring. There is also a nudist section of the beach at the southern end of the bay.

  • Yyteri beach bar

    Yyteri Beach // Finland

    Yyteri Beach is a magnificent 6-kilometre stretch of golden sands on Finland’s west coast. It looks out over the chilly waters of the Gulf of Bothnia, which merges with the Baltic Sea at its southern end. Backed by extensive sand dunes, and woodland beyond, the beach at Yyteri has a wild feel.

    This beach resort is one of the most popular... read more »

  • Pampelonne beach, St Tropez, France Daniel Kaesler

    Pampelonne Beach // France

    In the playground for the rich and famous that is St Tropez, it is Pampelonne Beach that has been at the centre of this glamorous scene since the 1950s. This stretch of coast was made famous by Brigitte Bardot in when she appeared in a gingham bikini on Tahiti beach in the 1956 film "And God Created Woman". In the years that followed the dress... read more »

  • Albena Beach - Bulgaria <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/63465428@N00">Boby Dimitrov</a> / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY</a>

    Albena Beach // Bulgaria

    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 as this beach is the proud owner of a Blue Flag... read more »

  • Zlatni Rat beach from Vidova Gora Mountain Kelovy

    Zlatni Rat // Croatia

    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 beach fringing pine forest which is home to the ruins... read more »

  • Teresitas beach, Tenerife, Canary Islands Victor Pelaez Torres

    Las Teresitas Beach // Spain

    Sitting at the foot of the Anaga mountains in the north west of Tenerife is Las Teresitas beach. Despite the mile long sweeping curve of golden sand Las Teresitas manages to just slip under the tourist radar - strange when it has probably featured on more postcards than any other beach on the island! That isn't to say it doesn't get busy; it is... read more »

  • Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

    Porthmeor Beach // UK

    St Ives is one of Cornwall's most popular holiday resorts. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the town is home to five wonderful sandy beaches of which Porthmeor is one. Porthmeor has it all, from golden sand and azures waters to the internationally renowned Tate Gallery which overlooks the beach. Just minutes along cobbled streets from the... read more »

  • Rhossili Bay, Wales Anthony Brindley

    Rhossili Bay // UK

    Rhossili Bay is allegedly the finest beach in Britain and one of the best in the world. Whilst I am not going to disagree that this is indeed a stunning beach I think there is an awful lot of competition and it has quite a lot to live up to. So, just what makes Rhossili beach so great? Well, three miles of golden sand in the unspoilt setting of... read more »

  • Cala Saona, Formentera

    Cala Saona // Spain

    Small but perfectly formed Formentera is known for its superb beaches and being a relaxing getaway from its noisy neighbour Ibiza.

    The beach of Cala Saona sits within a small bay surrounded by red rocks where the soft white sands are gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. It is very much a haven for peace and relaxation,... read more »

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