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Best Beach Destinations in Europe

Europe is renowned for its breathtaking coastlines, yet not every shore boasts turquoise waters and silky sands. Contrary to common assumptions, most European beaches are not sandy. Although the criteria for an excellent beach differ among individuals, many envision pristine, powdery sands and azure waters. However, not all European beaches adhere to such ideals; many are rugged and rocky instead.


While vacationing during the summer months many travelers want to include a beach destination. So here are my top picks for the best beach destinations in Europe.

The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve

Portugal’s southern coast is lined with sun-soaked shores and breathtaking cliffs. This region has long sandy beaches nestled between dramatic limestone cliffs – these are some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. The area also has wonderful seaside resorts to complete your stay.

Malaga, Spain

Costa del Sol

The sun kissed shores of southern Spain welcome travelers with endless beaches, vibrant culture, and excellent cuisine. From charming coastal towns and bustling city centers to glitzy and glamourous beach clubs and resorts, this beautiful region has something for every type of traveler.


Zakynthos, Greece

Greek Islands

The beautiful waters around the Greek islands could be deceiving as one may think all the beaches in the area are swimmable. Here are the Greek islands with the best sandy beaches… Crete has many wonderful beaches including a pink sand beach with spectacular resorts sitting along the shores. The island of Zakynthos has a lush landscape and beautiful secluded beaches with powdery sand. Paros has beautiful golden sand beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Mallorca, Spain


The beaches of Mallorca, Spain are renowned for their stunning beauty, diverse landscapes, and beautiful turquoise waters. Many of its beaches are situated within sheltered bays and coves, offering calm, gentle waters that are perfect for swimming and water sports. Rugged cliffs are often the backdrop for the beaches in Mallorca offering a dramatic setting and amazing photo opportunities.

Sardinia, Italy


The island of Sardinia in Italy boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in the Mediterranean. All around the island you can find spectacular beaches. Some are a playground for the rich and famous while others are secluded coves accessible only by boat. Sardinia has a beach to suit every taste and preference so prepare to be dazzled by the sheer beauty of Sardinia’s charming coasts.


While some of Europe’s beaches fall short of expectations, others exceed them in every way imaginable. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a moment of solitude by the sea, Europe's shores await with open arms.


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