8 Most Beautiful Beaches In Europe

8 Most Beautiful Beaches In Europe

One of the best parts of going on holiday is getting to relax on a beautiful sandy beach listening to waves lapping at the shore in the background. When you think about the world’s most beautiful beaches, you often think of shores far, far away. But what if we told you that you can find stunning beaches much closer to home?

Here’s the lowdown on some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches!

Cala en Turqueta, Menorca, Balearic Islands

Cala en Turqueta is a peaceful beach on the south western side of Menorca. It is a picturesque white sandy beach, and as the name suggests, it has beautiful turquoise water. Families will love relaxing here thanks to the shallow waters making a safe environment for younger children to enjoy paddling. 

The quiet atmosphere here is matched by not having any beach bars or restaurants to create a lively vibe. Make sure to bring a picnic with you when you visit Cala en Turqueta in case you get a little peckish!

Playa Jardin, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Playa Jardin is one of the most famous beaches in Tenerife, and was designed in the 1990s by the famous Canarian artist, César Manrique. The idea behind the design was to provide visitors with complete rest and relaxation at the beach. 

Playa Jardin has stunning black sands which are a far cry from the white soft sand you expect to find on a beach holiday. Behind the beach you will find plenty of amenities including children’s playgrounds and cafeterias. You will also be treated to one of the Canary Islands’ most amazing views, Mount Teide, right from your sunlounger. 

Banje Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Banje is one of Dubrovnik’s best known public beaches and is a hotspot for families. From your spot on this pebble and sand beach, you can enjoy fantastic views of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and you’re within a few minutes’ walk from the historical centre.

For those looking for an energetic beach holiday in Europe, you can find plenty of watersports and activities here at Banje beach. Because of the beach’s great location, it means it can get pretty busy at times but the more the merrier, and the lively Croatian atmosphere is infectious!

Nissi Beach, Larnaca, Cyprus

Nissi Beach is in the Larnaca region of Cyprus, and isn’t far from the party town of Ayia Napa. This stunning stretch of sand is home to luxury hotels, beach clubs and swanky bars and down at the shore you will find crystal clear waters that don’t get higher than your waist, perfect for paddling.

If your perfect holiday is filled with colourful cocktails and booming music, then you will love everything Nissi Beach has to offer. There’s an array of beach parties, foam parties and live music events with world famous DJs, you won’t want to miss out!

Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece

A sight to behold, this pink beach will make everyone wink! You can find Elafonissi Beach in the southwesternmost tip on the Greek island of Crete and the pinkish tint is thanks to many crushed shells in the sand. Add in some bright blue waters and here you will feel like you’ve found a slice of the Caribbean in Europe.

On the eastern side of the beach you can enjoy plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas, lifeguards and snack bars. In quieter coves, you will find some visitors who enjoy baring all and soaking up the rays in the nude. Keep this in mind if this isn’t for you, or even if it is!

Chia Beach, Sardinia, Italy

Chia Beach is one of the best places to go in Sardinia. The turquoise waters and golden sands make this beach so inviting, and it is also famed for its wildlife spotting opportunities. Behind the beach, you’ll find a picturesque blue lagoon where pink flamingos come to breed.

The wildlife doesn’t stop there! Sometimes, from the beach, dolphins can be spotted swimming out to sea. This area is great for children to get involved in some wildlife spotting and the endless sand dunes are perfect for exploring. 

Praia da Dona Ana, Lagos, Portugal

It’s not hard to see why the Algarve has some of the best beaches in Europe. With miles and miles of beautiful coastline, it’s hard to pick the most beautiful beach, but Praia de Dona Ana is definitely a front runner. 

The beach is situated in the limestone cliffs of the Ponta de Piedade headland and has a beautiful, natural setting. Thanks to the beaches popularity, there are lots of restaurants and shops closeby, and even some showers to rinse off your sandy toes. 

Playa Real de Zaragoza, Marbella, Spain

Playa Real de Zaragoza is one of the best beaches in Marbella – it is 1,700km in length and one of the town’s quieter beaches, making it perfect for families with children. The tranquil waters are in a privileged area of Marbella, so you won’t be short of amenities!

If you’re looking for a more lively scene, then head down to Nikki Beach or Don Carlos Beach club where you can enjoy champagne on tap. The area also has stunning beach bars and restaurants that specialise in local cuisine.

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