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
Best beaches in Europe
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 »
Plaka beach // Greece
Generally regarded as the best beach on Naxos, Plaka is a huge stretch of fine white sand backed by low sand dunes. The waters of the bay at Plaka are calm and clear with a definite green tint. Whilst there are areas of the beach with the familiar straw umbrellas and sun-beds, much of the beach still retains a relatively wild feel and is largely... read more »
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 »
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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 »
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 »
Tamariu // Spain
It may only be small, but the beach at Tamariu is one of the most sheltered in the Costa Brava region. It is overlooked by a pretty former fishing village which has escaped overdevelopment and the calm waters and Blue Flag status make it a popular beach with families.
Henne Strand // Denmark
Situated on the west coast of Denmark's Jutland peninsula is the infeasibly long sandy beach of Henne Strand.
Despite being one of the most popular beaches on this stretch of North Sea coast it never gets crowded here. In fact, outside of sunny days in the summer holidays it is generally quiet allowing you to appreciate the vast open space... read more »
Butterfly Valley // Turkey
Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) is within a stone's throw of the Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz and every bit as remarkable. In fact, the only practical way to reach the beach here is by taking a boat from Ölüdeniz. You may have guessed from the name that Butterfly Valley is set at the end of an impressive canyon and is home to a variety of species... read more »
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Sjøsanden Beach // Norway
Lying on the very southern tip of Norway is the coastal town of Mandal. By Norwegian standards the climate here is fairly mild and in summer the weather is definitely warm enough to enjoy the town's best known asset - Sjøsanden beach, an 800m (half mile) long stretch of lovely, near white sand.
Regularly cited as Norway's best beach it is... read more »
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Tofta strand // Sweden
The Baltic island of Gotland lies approximately halfway between Sweden and Latvia (around 100km / 60 miles from either). As well as being Sweden's largest island it is also home to many of the Scandinavian country's finest beaches. Possibly at the top of this list is the 2km (1.5 mile) long sandy Tofta beach.
Stretching from Tofta in the south... read more »