Most Beautiful Beaches in Europe

Vacation beachHave you ever planned to stop at a beach on your vacation, only to find that it’s overcrowded or unpleasant to look at?  Well, if you’re planning for a European vacation in the near future, we’ve compiled a list of beaches just for you.  Here are ten of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, based on reviews from people who actually visited them.

Rhossili Bay in Swansea, UK – A three-mile stretch of beach on the Gower Peninsula provides visitors with a European paradise.  The locals call this beach “Llangennith Sands” because it’s backed with sand dunes.  The waters are great for surfing but don’t expect to see a lifeguard on duty.  It’s a bit of a climb to get back to the car but you’ll enjoy walking downhill on your way in.  At low tide you can see the remains of the shipwrecked Helvetia, which haven’t been removed since the ship’s 1887 incident.  While the tide is still low, check out “Worm’s Head,” a serpent-shaped island located at the end of the peninsula.

Cala Mariolu in Baunei, Italy – This gorgeous beach features limestone cliffs and enchanting caves.  The beach is made of pink pebbles rather than sand, so you’ll want to bring a good pair of shoes.  Although you won’t be able to run about barefoot, you’ll enjoy the effect the clean pebbles have on the water itself- its color is a stunning turquoise.  Go snorkeling with a variety of aquatic life or bring your whole family for a relaxing afternoon.  It’s best to come here in the morning, as the sun disappears behind the cliffs later in the day.  Unless you’re an experienced hiker it’s best to travel by boat, as the terrain between your car and the beach is rather difficult.

Porthcurno Bay in Porthcurno, UK – The western corner of the bay offers soft, white sand and gorgeous, blue-green water.  A small stream cuts through the beach and provides entertainment for families with children.  Lifeguards are available from May to September.  Surfing is also available.  Parking is conveniently located just 200 yards away and there are also nearby restaurants to choose from.  Other sites in the beach area include the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and the enchanting Minack Theatre, which rests in the cliffs and provides open-air performances against a backdrop of coastal views.

Falsterbo, Sweden – The six-mile coast of this southwestern peninsula is nearly covered with white sand.  High dunes and foliage provide the beaches with seclusion, and a ban on jet skis and motorboats for the sake of creatures in the Baltic Sea ensures that visitors will enjoy peace and quiet.  An ice cream parlor and cafe are conveniently situated right on the coast.  Be sure to look for large pieces of amber, as the sea often spits them out onto the shore.

Troia, Portugal – This region offers a considerable 18 km of uninterrupted beach.  The sand is white and the water is remarkably clean.  There are plenty of dining options located on and near the beach.  Restrooms aren’t hard to find.  Some of the beach has been claimed by hotels but the rest remains wild.  Both a sailing school and a scuba-diving school are available, should you grow bored of lounging under the sun.

Sylt, Germany – The west side of this island provides an incredible 40 km of sandy beaches, which are divided into separate areas for families, nudists, dogs, and water sports.  If you’re looking for some physical activity during your stay on the island, you’ll find opportunities for sports like horseback riding, archery and golf.  Businesses on the island can be pricey but you should be able to find entertainment for every vacation budget, whether it’s shopping in Westerland or visiting the children’s circus in Wenningstedt.

Myrtos, Greece – This beach is in the Ionian Sea and rests between Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros- two mountains that are covered in cypress and olive trees.  The beach is gorgeous but not recommended for families with small children, as the steep shelving of the ocean floor makes for big swells that only strong swimmers will be able to tackle.  The shores are covered in white pebbles, so you might want to switch out those flip flops for a pair of sneakers or flats.  You might also consider visiting the beach’s small cave before you head back to your hotel room for the evening.

Cala Luna in Sardinia – The name of this beach means “Moon Cove.”  The beach is white and shaped like a crescent moon.  High limestone cliffs line the back of the beach.  A simple beach bar and restaurant are available on site.  You might consider combining your boat trip to this beach with a visit to Grotta del Bue Marino, which means “Cave of the Sea Cow.”  There you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites, along with an underground beach and neolithic rock carvings.

Skagen, Denmark – The northernmost town of Denmark is surrounded by white beaches.  With over 60 km of sandy coast to choose from, there’s an area for everyone.  If surfing is your sport, you might want to check out the strong waves of the Skagerrak coast.  If you’d like to drive right onto the beach, head over to Kandestederne or Skiveren.  For a family vacation, consider the Kattegat coast, where you’ll find shallow water, conch shells and possibly even pieces of amber. The waters of highest quality are designated by blue flags along the coast. 

Dune du Pilat in La Teste-de-Buch, France – This popular attraction is the tallest sand dune in Europe, measuring 500 meters wide, 2.7 km in length, and an incredible 110 meters above sea level.  It’s quite a hike to the top of the dune but children and adults alike will enjoy sliding down on their way back to the car.  At the top, you will see beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay, and the surrounding forest.   

Europe is full of incredible beaches- no matter your preferences, you’re sure to find the perfect beach for you.  When planning your vacation, be sure to research peak seasons, parking arrangements, and equipment fees, as travelers often overlook these details and then fail to enjoy vacationing when their expectations aren’t met.  Also make sure that you bring appropriate footwear, sunblock and snacks.  Most importantly, bring a camera- the pictures are sure to take your breath away. 

2 Responses to Most Beautiful Beaches in Europe

  1. I once visited a a beach in Spain in a small city called Sitges. It was the most exotic local. Long stretch white sands for miles! You should write about this location!
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    Erica 10/13/2013 at 11:56 pm Reply
  2. We had a fantastic hldioay at Beachside during early September. The house was equipped with everything we needed a real home from home and was spotlessly clean. The location was perfect, being right on the beach but also a short walk to shops, cafes and a pub. The footbridge across the River Adur to Shoreham town is currently being replaced, but there is a regular shuttle bus in service. Thanks, Rae we can’t wait to go back! lablos

    Camila 03/18/2014 at 8:48 pm Reply

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