Where to Head for the Best Beaches in Europe

Summer might be coming to an end, but it’s never too early to start booking your next sunshine getaway. Europe’s beaches are some of the most stunning in the world, from the likes of the French Riviera, to Spain’s white sandy coastline and Greece’s dramatic coastal landscapes. So, load up that e111 card renewal, break out the suitcase and get ready to book your next trip – here are some of the best beaches in Europe you need to visit.

The French Riviera

OK, so the French Riviera isn’t just one single beach, but the collection of coastal paradises aren’t to be ignored and make for a unique beach-to-beach holiday. Each of the beaches is known for its incredible quality, rich blue waters and stunning skylines. Visit during June or September to enjoy the incredible weather without dealing with the hustle and bustle of tourist crowds, whether you head to the Plage de Pampelonne, Cannes, Nice, St Tropez or another of the plentiful choices.

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Greece, is also commonly known by it’s more colloquial name – Shipwreck Beach. This nickname was earned thanks to the ancient freight ship buried at the center of the beach, but its pull certainly doesn’t rest there. In fact, visitors are typically drawn thanks to the pure beauty the beach possesses. Only accessible by boat, the soft, warm sands offer a great opportunity to sit back and relax, but you can also head up to the viewing platforms above the beach for the perfect view.

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain

Step away from the hustle and bustle of Mallorca and Ibiza, and pay a visit to Cala Macarella in Menorca. This tranquil escape is an idealistic spot perfect for a change to sit back and relax on the soft sands, or head out for a walk along the cliffs. Of course, you’ll need to take a walk to get there, or you can drive on a rough and winding road. If you’re able to make the trip, it’s certainly worth it for a day spent in the peace and quiet with such a stunning view.

Durdle Door Beach, Dorset, England

If you’d rather stay on home soil, why not take a trip down to Durdle Door Beach in Dorset? This hidden gem is one of the most scenic in all of the UK and Europe, offering soft golden sands, a unique path in which to get there, of course, a dramatic limestone arch by the name of Durdle Door. With waters recommended by the Marine Conservation Society, it’s a safe bet for swimmers of all ages and strengths, and can be a peaceful fishing spot too. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site to boot, you can guarantee a stunning scene as you sunbathe.

Cape Greco, Cyprus

For a more adventurous trip to the beach, Cape Greco in Cyprus is unbeatable. Located in Ayia Napa, a Mediterranean resort town, this beach is not only ideal for hikers but is a great spot for the more adventurous swimmers amongst us. The sea caves are unique, but open to being explored, and for those who aren’t strong swimmers, you can walk into when the tide is low. There’s a forest surrounding the beach too, giving you the chance to catch some shade when it’s needed, before heading back to try your hand at cliff diving. 

Europe is home to plentiful incredible beaches, and the ones we’ve listed here are just the start. Whether you’re looking for tranquility or dramatic coastlines to admire, Europe has it all. All you have to do is pick which one you want to visit first. Happy travels! 

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