We have to use our personal taste to choose the Best Beaches in Europe, since there are so many beautiful beaches in the Old Continent and so many opinions.
But we all agree, Europeans like the beaches and appreciate them more than others, because the limited time of the year they can enjoy them.
You’ll find great beaches in all corners of Europe, not only along the Mediterranean, but also on the north along the Baltic and North Seas.
The secluded beach of Cala d'en Serra on the Island of Ibiza
It is located on the northeast of the Island of Ibiza near the resort of Portinatx. You have to go down through a rocky road. At some point you will have to park and walk. You’ll keep walking until you reach the magnificent view of the cove in the form of a horseshoe with crystal blue waters and surrounded by rocky cliffs.
It is considered one of the best Ibiza beaches, secluded and tranquil. There is lot of marine life, so make sure you bring some snorkeling equipment. This beach features a small café serving refreshments and some food.
Dubrovnik Croatia is the Pearl of the Adriatic
It is called the Pearl of the Adriatic. We visited Dubrovnik before the War of the Balkans and saw with sadness how this treasure was semi destroyed. Years late we visited again and Dubrovnik has been bought back to its original glory.
This is one of the best beach resort areas in Europe with a classical ambiance. And of course it features some great Croatian beaches.
The Curonian Spit Beach on the Baltic Sea of Lithuania
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Located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, this a narrow piece of land poking into the sea. It is reachable by ferry from the port of Klaipeda and also of by bike from the fishing village of Nida. This beach is still unspoiled and undiscovered by mass tourism.
The sands are gold and during summers the waters are warm enough to swim, especially during peak summer when there is plenty sunshine at 9 PM. This is a beach for those that have seen it all and want something new.
It is located about one hour drive from Bordeaux, France on the Atlantic coast. This is a narrow stretch of sandy beach surrounded by pine trees.
On the Bassin d'Arcachon side you face the Dune du Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe. Whole families like to come here to haunt for crabs.
This is a “in” place for people who like the gorgeous villas and the fine boutiques and restaurants that line the French seaside.
Scopello Beach on the Island of Sicily, Italy
It is located on the west coast of Sicily. You have to walk to a tiny cove with sand of a light yellow tone and pristine clear waters surrounded by rocks. The claim to fame of this beach is that Brad Pitt filmed here part of Ocean’s Twelve.
On weekdays the beach is almost all for you especially during April and May. In August all Sicily will join you at the beach under a hot sun. Scopello has a 13th century square where you may relax while sipping you favorite Italian Gelato.
Egremni Beach on the Greek Island of Lefkada
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It is located on the Ionian Greek Island of Lefkada. To get to the beach you have to go down more than 300 feet from the cliff. The beach is clean and the waters are crystal blue so typical to the Mediterranean waters. The sand next to the cliff is more like pebbles but gets thinner as you get closer to the water.
Egremni beach was isolated some time ago, but now it is no more. What I like about this beach is that you have no distractions besides the sand and water.
It is ideal for those seeking a romantic moment without water sports. It features a few tavernas. Near Egremni you will find the smaller beaches of Porto Katsiki, Agios Nikitas and Pefkoulia.
Located on the Mediterranean town of Marbella in Spain, always considered one of the top 10 vacation spots, this beach is a 2 Km sandy stretch and the waters are shallow. It is very popular with Spaniards and that says a lot about this beach.
It gets crowded some time. So it is recommended to pick the weekdays as opposed to the weekends.
Brighton Beach on a hot summer day in the UK
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Brighton Beach is the most popular beach in the UK. It is frequented by tourists, locals and even business people that want to relax a couple of hours.
It features many restaurants, pubs and clubs as well as many attractions around the beachfront.
One of the reasons that Brighton beach is so popular is the many restaurants, attractions, pubs and clubs that are concentrated right on the beachfront. One of the attractions is the Brighton Sea Life Center.
This beach may be crowded and parking spaces as difficult to find but there is a Park & Ride system. Or even best if you are staying at a hotel you may get there by bus and forget about parking spaces.
Viareggio Beach in the region of Tuscany in Italy
Viareggio is located near the towns of Siena, Florence, Pisa and Lucca. This is in my opinion, Tuscany’s best beach and one of the best beaches in Italy. The crowd is more upscale that those in Rimini and other Italian resorts.
It is a family oriented beaches but it also a place to see beautiful young ladies in their bikinis. The beach is sandy and spacious with all kinds of activities, games and sports.
Praia da Marinha in Algarve Portugal
Algarve in Portugal is a tourist attraction known worldwide for its golden beaches with hot sands and cool breezes. Tourist from all over Europe flock to Algarve looking for these perfect beach conditions
This beach is located near Lagoa between Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro. It is a small cove with rocky cliffs ideal for a photo session. You should park your car on top of the cliff and walk down to the beach. The water clarity is out of this world, making it a great snorkeling site.
Our list of Best Beaches in Europe can be complimented by your ideas that are always welcome.
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