Best beaches in Europe
The most beautiful beaches in Europe await you. Fine sand, crystal clear waters, eternal summer, wild beaches, hidden beaches or holiday resort beaches, discover your selection of the Best beaches in Europe.
1. Torrente de Pareis
Mallorca - Balearic Island - Spain
There are two ways to reach this dream beach, a sporty one and one for those who want to rest. The sporty one is only suitable for the fittest and most athletic ones. It is a difficult hike, 6 hours and 9 km, only possible during the dry season.
Really not for you? There is always a plan B, you can book a boat trip to Torrent de Pareis from Söller harbor; There are crossings several times a day (one hour). The boat stops on the Torrent de Pareis beach.
Where to stay: "Ecocirer Healthy Stay". A fresh home-made vegan/vegetarian breakfast is served each morning.
2. Bordeira Beach
Aljezur - Algarve
Great beaches, wild nature, natural park, locally produced honey, local agriculture; do not miss to taste the sweet potato of Aljezur and the peanuts of Rogil! This place brings together everything for lovers of tranquility, ocean, nature.
There are some new hotels in the area like the "Praia do Canal Nature Resort", a five star hotel with hammam and spa centre, in a popular area for hiking and cycling; bikes are available in the hotel; there is a large offer of private villas, guesthouses, hotels, airbnbs for those who want a nature retreat rather than an all-in holiday.
Book your flights to Faro (1h15 by car) your transfer, your accommodation in the Costa Vicentina as well as your activities and tours such as a "Algarve: Horse Riding Beach Tour at Sunset or Morning".
Where to stay: “Praia do Canal Nature Resort”. Couples particularly like the location. "Villa Sound of the Sea" for a private villa with heated swimming pool and hot tub in the heart of the natural park.
3. Amio Beach
Pechon - Cantabria - Spain
Pure nature, ferns, not a single all-in resort for miles around, no party entertainers screaming 80s songs, no karaoke bars, no fries that are too yellow, too greasy, no giant beers, welcome to real life, welcome to Cantabria.
Ready for a bit of geology? This beach connects an islet by an isthmus, a long strip of very fine sand, surrounded on both sides by the sea which makes it unique. The beach is more beautiful when the tide is low - otherwise it can be completely covered. You will find on-site parking nearby (free) and small shop where you can buy ice cream, drinks, snacks.
During your stay, be sure to visit Ballota beach, also ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
How to get there: Book your flights to Asturias Airport (1h30) or Bilbao (1h40).
Where to stay: "La Peninsula, Villa de pelicula sobre el mar en Cantabria". Simply exceptional.
4. La Pelosa Beach
Stintino - Sardinia - Italy
It is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Sardinia! Calm and turquoise waters, it is the Caribbean in Europe.
For this place to remain a paradise on earth, you are asked to book in advance online, you will get a QR code which will give you access to the beach, (parking is chargeable, 2 euros per hour). There is a bar on site and daily deckchair rental is possible.
Book your flights to Alghero (30 min by car), Olbia (2h) or Cagliari (3h) as well as your accommodation in Sardinia and tours and activities in Sardinia as a "Maddalena Archipelago: Full-Day Sailboat Tour with Lunch".
Where to stay: "Baga Baga". Located on a hill surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation.
5. As Catedrais Beach
Galicia - Spain
Admire its sublime cathedrals, feet in the water. Check the online tide schedule to be sure to arrive a little before the start of low tide and enjoy this exceptional place.
Access to the site is free but to avoid crowds it is restricted to a maximum number of people per day. In high season (April-September) it is recommended to book your visit online (free). Parking and toilets are available on site and are free of charge.
Book your flights to Oviedo (Asturias Airport - 1h by car) or Porto (4h) or Bilbao (4h) as well as your accommodation in the Asturias and your Tours & Activities in The Galicia & The Asturias as a "As Catedrais Beach Full-Day Trip".
How to get there: Book your flights to Asturias Airport (1h by car) or Porto (4h) or Bilbao (4h).
Where to stay: "Oca Playa de Foz Hotel & Spa". Facing the beachfront.
6. Cala Granadella
Javea - Costa Blanca - Spain
What could be better than a beach of turquoise waters in one of the sunniest regions of Europe? Perhaps the fact of having two delicious restaurants on site, the possibility of doing nautical activities such as kayak tours, being on a beach supervised by lifeguards, having parking nearby, showers, toilets, you have all the ingredients for a lazy day in Spain.
Do not forget to take beach shoes because the beach is a pebble beach, this type of very ugly shoe costs 5 euros and will save your holiday.
Book your flights to Alicante (1h20) or Valencia (1h30) as well as your activities and tours in Javea such as a "Denia and Javea: Sailing Catamaran Cruise with Lunch".
Where to stay: "Nomad Hotel - Xabia Port" Situated in Javea, within 50 m of Platja de la Grava.
7. Butterfly Valley Beach
This incredible beach of rare beauty is located in the Butterfly Valley in Turkey, where butterflies come to lay their eggs. Be sure to climb the hill at the top of this beach to take a picture of it. Be careful though as the hiking trail is not secure. The beach is not very easy to access from the hills.
The easiest way is to book a boat from Ölüdeniz beach to discover Kelebekler Vadisi beach and stop there for a few moments or a few hours. During your stay, be sure to visit Ölüdeniz Beach, a 15-minute drive from Kelebekler Vadisi beach. Do not miss to visit the most beautiful beaches in Turkey, best hidden gems in Turkey and best destinations in Turkey.
How to get there: Book your flights to Dalaman Airport (1 hour by car) or Antalya Airport.
Where to stay: “Seaview Faralya” is located a few metres from this beach, in the Btefly Valley.
8. Praia Nova
Porches - Lagoa - Algarve
Located at the foot of the "Capela Senhora da Rocha", one of the symbolic places of the Algarve, Praia Nova beach is perfect for a day of relaxation under the Algarve sun.
This sheltered beach is located near another beach also awarded the title of the most beautiful beach in Europe, the Cova Redonda beach. These two beaches are located in Porches, a small corner of paradise still little known by tourists.
Book your flights to Faro (Porches is located 30 minutes by car - count 40 euros for a taxi transfer for 4 people), your accommodation at the best price as well as your activities & tours in Algarve such as a "Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience".
Where to stay: Located 200 metres from this beach, we advise you to book "Algarve Moments".
9. Cala Moraig
Benitatchel - Costa Blanca - Spain
This beautiful photo gives only an overview of the incredible beauty of this place. We have been there and we can tell you that Cala del Moraig is worth it!
You have to park uphill and walk a bit to get to this hidden beach. Because the road is very steep, the beach has a steep drop (it gets deep quickly) and is made of pebbles, we wouldn't recommend it for families but it's worth it for nature lovers.
Beautiful turquoise blue water awaits you; bring plastic shoes to enter the water: pebbles may be slippery. During your stay discover the most beautiful beaches in Spain, best hidden gems in Spain, most amazing castles in Spain and Best experiences to live in Spain!
Where to stay: "Hotel Manet". Located in Moraira, 100 m from Playa del Portet.
10. Cala Tonnarella dell’Uzzo
San Vito lo Capo - Sicily
This is what we all dream of at the moment, a secret beach, surrounded by nature with crystal clear waters and bathed in sunshine.
Like many secret and wild beaches, they are a bit difficult to access. It takes 20 minutes to walk from the car park. Bring food and water with you, you are entering a nature reserve and there is no restaurant on site - only a small street vendor in high season at the entrance of the reserve. The place is ideal for snorkelling.
Where to stay: "Hermes Hotel". Located 300 m from the beach.
11. Sykia Beach
Milos Island - Greece
Do you want to escape the crowd and take refuge in your little cocoon during the holidays? Discover the secret beach of Sykia Beach, formed in the heart of a sea cave, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
One of the best ways to visit this secret beach is to book a private boat because otherwise the beach is almost inaccessible.
Milos Island is one of the best places for a dream holiday in Greece that you also classified among the best natural pools in Europe and Best beaches in Europe (be sure to visit Sarakiniko Beach and its famous volcanic rocks which offer sunbathers a lunar scenery) .
The best way to get to Milos is to fly from Athens (1 hour). You can also take a ferry or a Sea Jet (faster than the Ferry) from the port of Athens (5 hours).
Book your flights to Milos, your accommodation in Milos as well as your tours and activities in Milos such as a "Milos: Full day Milos and Poliegos Catamaran Cruise".
How to get there: Book your flights to Milos (direct flights or via Athens).
Where to stay: "White Coast Pool Suites". Set right on the sea.
12. Kriaristi Beach
Sithonia - Halkidiki - Greece
In this ranking there are beaches for everyone, for hiking enthusiasts, travellers who want to hide from the crowds, who are looking for natural beaches, close to a resort or an all-inclusive hotel, wild beaches and even beaches with the possibility of camping on the beach or nudist beaches.
There is a camping, beach bar and even a supermarket close to Kriaritsi beach in Greece. The nearby beach is a nudist beach: here you will find nature lovers, free spirits and people who love simplicity.
How to get there: Book your flights to Thessaloniki (2h by car).
Where to stay: "Eco Green Residences & Suites" boasting a garden, terrace and views of garden.
13. Monterosso al Mare
Liguria - Italy
Monterosso al Mare is one of the emblematic villages of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, northern Italy. You will see magnificent houses on the side of the cliffs with grounds covered with lemon trees, vineyards and olive trees like in the other villages of the Cinque Terre.
As the largest city in the Cinque Terre, Monterosso offers more accommodation, leisure and nautical activities, restaurants and larger beaches appreciated by Italians and travellers from all over the world.
Where to stay: "Hotel Porto Roca" offers a panoramic cliff-top location with stunning sea views.
14. Ostriconi Beach
Northern Corsica - France
Located just 20 km from Ile Rousse, Ostriconi beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in North Corsica. The beach is perfect for families.
A car park is located 10 minutes away on foot and you can enjoy drinks, ice cream and snacks in the itinerant shops parked there. The beach is supervised by lifeguards and it is a beach of fine white sand.
However, as the difference in height is quite steep (quickly deep), there are a few small waves and sometimes some seaweed, the beach is rather recommended for families with children already used to swimming rather than baby dabbling.
Where to stay: "Casa Paradisu". Situated in L'Ile Rousse, this 5-Star Hotel has a top location, highly rated by recent guests.
15. Spiaggia Rosa
Cala di Roto - Budelli Island - Sardinia - Italy
This beach is of rare beauty, unique, protected, with fine white sand but also pink sand made of crushed fossils and coral. Spiaggia Rosa in Cala di Roto, South-East of Budelli Island in Sardinia - La Maddalena Archipelago, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy and one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
It's not just the sand that is spectacular, the landscape, the turquoise waters, the protected nature. The only person allowed to set foot on this beach is the local Robinson Crusoe who has lived on the island for decades, for others it is forbidden to walk on the beach or swim, tourists had a bad habit of stealing the pink sand that will take years to recover, but other beautiful beaches await you in Italy.
Book your flights to Olblia (Sardinia) or Bonifacio (Corsica), Budelli island is located between these two dream locations and can be reached by boat from the two islands of beauty.
Book your accommodation in Sardinia as well as your activities and tours such as a "Maddalena Archipelago: Full-Day Sailboat Tour with Lunch".
How to get there: Book your flights to Olbia (Sardinia) or Bonifacio (Corsica).
Where to stay: "Hotel Miralonga" located right on the south coast of La Maddalena Island.
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