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Are you ready to discover the most beautiful beaches in Europe? Here is a selection of the best beaches for relaxing, partying or simply walking. Discover the top beaches in Europe. Take a look at our selection of the most beautiful beaches of the European coastline. Pack your bathing suits, your sunglasses, do not forget the sunscreen, and discover those heavenly beaches.

 


Notre Dame beach in Porquerolles - Best beaches in Europe
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Our Lady Beach

Porquerolles - France

As the first sea resort of the French Riviera, Hyères offers enchanted and preserved beaches, a clean water and a guarantee of bright sun. Whether you seek shade, privacy or family-friendly spots, with over 40 kilometres of coastline, you will have plenty of creeks to choose from to go for a swim, build a sand castle or take an afternoon map. 


Bordered by a beautiful but fragile pine forest, just as beautiful as other beaches of Porquerolles, the beach Notre Dame is however much less crowded. The ongoing revegetation program requires that everyone take care of the environment. (©Hyeres tourisme). 

 


Best beaches in Europe - Navagio Beach - European Best Destinations

Navagio Beach

Greece

Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as "Smugglers Cove", on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. It has been so named since 1983, when the alleged smuggler ship Panagiotis was wrecked on the beach while transporting cigarettes. Navagio is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos (Zante), in the Municipality of Elation. The area is defined by its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attract thousands of tourists yearly. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat. Regular tours to the beach depart from Porto Vromi to the south, and from Agios Nikolaos and Cape Skinari to the north-east. Boats also arrive from the harbour of Zakynthos city. (©CC). 



Zlatni Rat beach in Croatia - Best Beaches in Europe
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Zlatni Rat Beach

Dalmatia - Croatia

The Zlatni Rat, often referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn (translated from the local Chakavian dialect), is a spit of land located about 2 kilometres (1 mile) west from the harbour town of Bol on the southern coast of the Croatian island of Brač, in the region of Dalmatia (©CC). 

 


Calo des Moro beach in Mallorca - Best Beaches in Europe
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Calo des Moro

Mallorca - Spain

Crystal clear waters, open to the winds from east to southeast highlight a sandy bottom great for scuba diving and small boats to anchor at a depth which ranges from three to four meters. A two nautical miles of the port of Cala Figuera Santanyí.  (©CC)

 


Oludeniz Beach in Turkey - Best beaches in Europe
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Oludeniz Beach

Turkey

Ölüdeniz (literally Dead Sea, due to its calm waters even during storms; official translation name Blue Lagoon) is a small village and beach resort in the Fethiye district of Muğla Province, on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey. 

 

Ölüdeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Ölüdeniz, on a blue lagoon. The beach itself is a pebble beach. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and construction is strictly prohibited.The seawater of Ölüdeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, while its beach is an official Blue Flag beach, frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travelers and tourism journals.  (©CC). 

 


Praia da Marinha - Beach Marinha in Algarve, Portugal - Best beaches in Europe
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Praia Marinha beach

Algarve - Portugal

Praia da Marinha (in English: Navy Beach) is one of the most emblematic and beautiful beaches of Portugal, located on the Atlantic coast in Caramujeira, Lagoa Municipality, Algarve. In 1998, it was awarded with the distinguished "Golden Beach" award by the Portuguese Ministry of the Environment because of its outstanding natural qualities. Furthermore, many pictures of this beach have often been used in promotional material and "Guides of Portugal" distributed around the world.

 

This beach is not only for its beautiful cliffs, but also for the high quality of the water. Marinha Beach has often been used by international advertising agencies and by television producers in advertising campaigns.  (©CC). 

 


Ile Vierge beach in Crozon, France - Best beaches in Europe
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Virgin island's creek

Crozon - France

With its Mediterranean beach-like setting and maritime pines, the natural cove of Île Vierge (Virgin Island), also known as Point of Saint Hernot, is a surprising and unusual place in Brittany.

Come and discover all of the aspects of this unique natural gem by boat, kayak, on foot via the GR34 trail or with flippers/mask/snorkel. Right from the start, it's completely worth it! Be careful, the entrance to the beach is a little steep.  (©CC). 

 


Sveti Stefan island beach in Montenegro - Best beaches in Europe
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Sveti Stefan beach

Montenegro

Sveti Stefan, now Aman Sveti Stefan including the Villa Miločer; formerly Sveti Stefan Hotel is a small islet and hotel resort in Montenegro, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southeast of Budva. The island has a 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) coast line in the central part of Montenegro Adriatic coast line. It is situated to the south of Budva between Przno and Sveti Stefan villages.

 

The pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and Queen’s Beach are part of the coast line. Formerly a village, all of the buildings were acquired by the Yugoslav government and turned into an upscale hotel during the Tito regime. The resort includes the islet of Sveti Stefan and part of the mainland, where the Villa Miločer part of the resort is located. An Adriatic playground for the rich and famous from the 1960s to the 1980s, the hotel is now a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts, completed in 2009 and operating under a 30-year lease. Formerly an island, Sveti Stefan is now connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The resort in total contains 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and 8 grand suites at the Villa Miločer.  (©CC)

 


Baia delle Zagara beach in Italy - Best beaches in Europe
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Baia delle Zagara

Italy

The coast of Gargano houses numerous beaches and tourist facilities, including resorts such as Vieste, Peschici and Mattinata. The two major salt lakes of Lesina and Varano are located in the northern part of the peninsula. Monte Gargano is the site of the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the archangel Michael, Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano. Other tourist attractions include the cathedral, the episcopal palace, the Abbey of Santa Maria of Ripalta and the volcanic rocks dating back to the Triassic Period, known as "Black Stones", as well as the Sanctuary of San Nazario.  (©CC). 

 


Senhor da Pedra chapel, Praia Mirama in Portugal - European Best Destinations
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Praia de Miramar beach

Vila Nova de Gaia - Portugal

Miramar is a small seaside village near the towns of Gulpilhares and Arcozelo, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia, in the subregion of Greater Porto, Portugal (Grande Porto). It is an upmarket residential area south of the river Douro, most known for its beach - Praia de Miramar (Miramar Beach) – and the small chapel called Senhor da Pedra (Lord of the Rock), which forms the central attraction of a yearly festival.

 

Along the beach there are several cafés ("esplanadas"). During the warm summer months, many Portuguese from the surrounding areas of Porto, Gaia and Espinho spend their days at the beach of Miramar, and also at neighbouring beaches of the Costa Verde.  (©CC). 

 


Porto Katsiki beach in Lefkada, Greece - Best beaches in Europe
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Porto Katsiki beach

Vasiliki - Greece

Porto Katsiki on the Ionian Sea island of Lefkada is a beach. The name is said to be because formerly only goats could reach this area. The beach is at the bottom of a concave pale cliff. It is 35 km from Lefkada town, near Athani village.  (©CC). 

 


 Podrace Beach in Brela, Croatia - Best beaches Europe
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Podrace Beach

Brela - Croatia

Brela is a municipality in the Split-Dalmatia county of Croatia. Brela is a tourist town located between the Biokovo mountain and the Adriatic Sea. It is known as the pearl of Makarska riviera. The pearl of Adriatic or the pearl of Mediterranean is the name given to the city of Dubrovnik. In 1968 Brela was crowned as "Champion of Adriatic" for high achievements in tourist activity. The symbol of Brela is "Kamen Brela" (Brela Stone), a small rock island just off the main beach in Brela, the Punta Rata beach.  (©CC). 

 


Beach of Ribadesella in Spain - Best beaches in Europe
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Ribadesella beach

Asturias - Spain

Ribadesella is a small municipality in the Autonomous Community of the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Known for its location on the Cantabrian Sea, as well as for the outlet of the River Sella, Ribadesella is a town that forms part of the Picos de Europa (Peaks of Europe).

 

This town is also known for its prehistoric caves, known as the caves of Tito Bustillo, which are open to visitors year round. Ribadesella also offers its visitors history, sport activities, beautiful scenery, nature, and impeccable food, which mostly surround the outlet of the most famous river of Asturias. (©CC). 

 


Dune du Pilat or Pyla in Arcachon Bay, France - Best beaches in Europe
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Dune du Pilat

Arcachon Bay - France

The Dune of Pilat also called Grande Dune du Pilat is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 60 km from Bordeaux.

 

The dune has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south. Its height is currently 110 meters above sea level. The dune is a famous tourist destination with more than one million visitors per year. The dune is considered a foredune, meaning a dune that runs parallel to a shoreline, behind the high tide line of a beach. The dune has been observed to move landward, slowly pushing the forest back to cover houses, roads and portions of the Atlantic Wall.  (©CC). 

 


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