The old continent has a lot to offer. But you can feel and enjoy the best of Europe at the beaches, which are a fantastic place for sun-and-sand experiences. Pack your bathing suits and go discover these heavenly spots, but don’t forget to file away our list of 10 of the best beaches in Europe first, if you’re planning a vacation soon.
1. Platja de Ses Illetes, Spain
Platja de Ses Illetes has an arsenal of romantic beaches, which can easily compete with the best ones of the European coastline. The turquoise waters and powdery sands attract many visitors from around the world. This classy holiday-residential zone boasts top-class hotels and villas which are exactly for the people who have a pocket deep enough to take the best of it.
2. Porthcurno, UK
For people that are sure the UK isn’t a classic beach country, there is a pleasant surprise in form of Porthucurno. Yes the country is famous for being foggy and rainy and food that definitely doesn’t get a gush of enthusiastic reviews, but there is so much behind it. Despite the above-mentioned opinions of continental Europeans the beach of Porthcurno village is the embodiment of an ideal beach. We cannot say that the place bursts with many modern attractions, because the location is a little bit remote, but this may be an advantage for the visitors who seek for peace and quiet.
3. Myrtos Beach, Greece
Greece has an impressive arsenal of great beaches. Most of them can be considered the alpha and omega of must-sees. Anyway, we recommend a visit to the Myrtos beach to admire dreamy sea views and whisper sweet nothings into your beloved’s ear. Yes, you got it right, the place is incredibly romantic. And whilst in Greece, try to take a tour of some of the beautiful islands.
4. Rabbit Beach, Italy
This beach with stunning aquamarine waters is a popular destination for many tourists, who do love the surroundings and the Mediterranean simplicity of the food. During the summer months the population of Lampedusa is multiplied, while in winter most of the transport connections are even cut back.
5. Fuerteventura, Spain
The slow-paced life of the Canary Islands is not different from the mainland Spanish lifestyle very much. This very Canary Island hides many delights for the visitors who want to enjoy the sunny beach, but avoid the fussy life of the neighboring islands. The mood is relaxed; the best services are available, what else misses in the fabric of an ideal vacation? After all the striking similarities in the landscape with Africa will please the visitors who are eager to see something new in a European resort.
6. Vik, Iceland
If the black sand is for those who like anything extraordinary, the crashing waves will decidedly please the ones who are more interested in mastering them. The hikers also can find something here to keep them busy: the caves. Anyway sunbathing isn’t the best option here, because the temperature is rather balmy than hot.
7. Porto Katsiki, Greece
The beaches of Lefkada are famous for white sand and crystal clear waters. You’ll find lots of bars with a chill-out atmosphere and a long list of cocktails here. The super yachts of the super-rich are the best way to get in, but there are also budget friendly options for everyone. You’ll find plenty of modern life going on here as well, just in case you don’t want to be completely isolated during your vacations.
8. Cala Luna, Italy
A heaven for rock climbers this cave-framed bay is wildly beautiful. Linger after the crowds have gone and you’ll more or less have the bay to yourself. If you are going for a wild camping, our advice is to be quiet enough not to be discovered by the local authorities. Actually, they turn a blind eye to random campers, who are discreet enough not to bother the locals.
9. Cala d’Hort, Spain
Ibiza is a world recognized party island. So if you want to have fun from dawn to dusk, it’s exactly for you. The beaches are beyond comparison and the beach parties rave all night long. Cala d’Hort is a gloriously messy beach, providing stunning views that look like straight out of a postcard. The financially faint-hearted are advised to skip the overpriced food and drinks at beach bars and restaurants. But the best views of the sea are for everyone equally.
10. Troia, Portugal
This Portuguese peninsula’s beaches are as hot as their siblings along the southern coastline of the country. The endless stretches of powdery sand and unspoiled water are a heaven to stick around more than you planned. The interesting scenery of the Roman ruins and a long list of attractions will keep you busy all day.