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10 Best Beaches You Can Find in Europe

28 April 2020

10 Best Beaches You Can Find in Europe

Europe is rich in stunning beaches that are must-see destinations to visit. You can choose from a wide variety of stunning beaches located on the Mediterranean coast or along the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, each beach has beautiful views, exciting coastlines, sandy beaches and clear blue seawater. What else do you need for a perfect holiday?

No matter which destination you choose in Italy, Spain, Greece or anywhere else, you will definitely have a fantastic holiday with unique experiences.

Keep in mind that some of the beaches are only reachable by boat as it’s surrounded by sharp cliffs or located on an island. If you still haven’t decided about your next holiday, here is a list of 10 best beaches you can find in Europe.

Cala Goloritze, Sardinia

Cala Goloritze is located on the east side of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. The beautiful limestone and the combination of different blues in the water will definitely make it worth visiting. This stunning beach is one of the best snorkelling places in Sardinia.

To reach this beach you have two options. You can either visit by boat or take a walk.

View of the Cala Goloritze beach in Sardinia showing the rocks on the sandy beach and the clear water

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos

The Navagio Beach or so called Shipwreck beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Zakynthos. It is definitely a must-see destination if you visit the island! The crystal clear water, white sand and imposant sharp cliffs will amaze you. Keep in mind that during high season it can be very busy, so choose the time frame of your visit wisely.

Aerial view of the Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, showing the sharp cliffs and clear blue water

Bear in mind that you can only access the Navagio Beach by boat as it’s surrounded by cliffs. Rent a boat in Zakynthos and set sail to visit this beach and other hidden gems in the area during your journey.

Cala Macarella Beach, Spain

Cala Macarella Beach is located on the island of Menorca in the Balearic archipelago. This beautiful hidden beach is an excellent spot for spending a day in the water. You will find various shades of blue in the water, stunning rocks on the side, and of course a sandy beach. We recommend bringing snorkelling gear as this place is perfect for it!

View of the Cala Macarella Beach in Menorca with the surrounding cliffs, a few boats and crystal clear water

Elafonisi Beach, Crete

Elafonisi Beach is located on the southwest side of the Greek island, Crete. The beach is famous for its pink sand that makes it very unique. Due to having a beautiful natural landscape, it is a popular destinations for people visiting Crete.

View of the Elafonisi Beach in Create showing the pink sand and some rocks in the clear sea

During the high season in the summer, it can be packed with tourists, so we recommend visiting this place early summer to get the most out of it. Definitely pack your camera to capture the unique pink sand!

Praia da Marinha, Portugal

Praia de Marinha is one of the most idyllic spots in Portugal, located in the Algarve region. This hidden gem along the Atlantic Ocean is a must see destination for every beach lover! Once you get there, you will immediately see why this place is on the list of the best beaches in Europe. The sharp cliffs that surround the beach defnintely make it very special and outstanding.

Aerial view of the Praia de Marinha in Portugal showing the stunning sharp cliffs

Take your time to admire the breathtaking views from the cliffs before you get down the stairs to the beach. Even though the beach is sandy, keep in mind that there is a long stairs that take you down there!

Île de Porquerolles, France

Porquerolles is a small French island located on the well famous French Riviera. In general, this region in France is filled with stunning beaches and you can’t go wrong choosing any of them. However, Porquerolles is very special as you can find one of the best beaches in Europe on this island.

Visit the Notre Dame beach and you won’t be disappointed. It has exceptionally clear water and sandy beach that is bordered by a pine forest. Bring you snorkelling gear here and let the beauty of this island amaze you!

Aerial view of a bay in Porquerolles island on the French Riviera

You can only reach this place by boat, so we recommend renting a boat in Hyères. From there, you will easy reach Porquerolles and during the journey you can admire the well famous and stunning French Riviera.

Cape Greco, Cyprus

Cape Greco is a beautiful natural area located on the southeastern part of Cyprus. The breathtaking views, sharp cliffs and untouched nature will blow your mind if you visit this place. Here you will find turquoise water that is crystal clear and very calm.

Aerial view of the Cape Greco beach in Cyprus showing the stunning sharp cliffs and blue sea

Positano Beach, Italy

The well famous and popular Amalfi coast doesn’t need an introduction. This iconic coastline in Italy is on the bucket list for every traveller. You can’t go wrong if you choose Positano for you next holiday. This beach has breathtaking views of the surrounding colourful buildings on the cliffs.

Stunning view of the Positano beach with the surrounding colourful buildings on the hillside

As the region has many excellent spots, we highly recommend renting a boat in Positano to set sail along the Amalfi Coast. This journey will remain in your memories forever.

Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

Zlatni Rat Beach is located on the Brac island in Croatia. It has a very unique landscape that attracts many adventurous travellers each year. The Zlatni beach has a long sandy coast with multiple shades of blue in the water. It can be an excellent location for snorkelling and diving or with smaller kids.

Aerial view of the unique shaped Zlatni Rat Beach in Croatia with a long sandy beach

The island is easily reachable by boat from bigger seaside Croatian cities such as Split. If you fancy a sailing holiday, this is an amazing opportunity to discover what Croatia has to offer. You won’t leave disappointed from this holiday that’s for sure!

La Concha Beach, Spain

La Concha beach is located in San Sebastian, in the northern part of Spain. The bay is surrounded by mountains, that makes it protected from the wind. What makes this beach very unique, is its location in the city. The La Concha Beach is located a few minutes walk away from the city center.

Aerial view of the La Concha Beach in San Sebastian in northern Spain

Arriving there, you will find a long sandy beach, with clear blue water and breathtaking view of the landscape. Given its location, the beach is very easily reachable either by foot, by car from surrounding cities or even by boat.