Summer is fast approaching and everyone is dreaming of jetting off to relax by golden sands and blue seas. The big question though is where to go. To make it easier, we’ve complied a list of the ten best European beaches that you need to visit this summer!
1. Smuggler’s Cove, Zakynthos, Greece
Also known as Zante, this island has so much more to offer than late night partying. Beautiful white sand beaches are abundant and none better than Smuggler’s Cove which gets it’s name from a ship smuggling cigarettes that ran ashore in 1983. With it’s white sands and crystal clear blue seas, it’s the perfect place to snorkel.
2. Viareggio, Versilia, Italy
Located on the Italian Riviera, this is a 15km long beach of pure golden white sandy bliss. What makes it even more special is the town of Viareggio itself, which is renowned for its Italia Art Nouveau architecture.
3. Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece
The sands of Elafonisi are white but in many places the beach is pink due to thousands of crushed seashells. Pink beaches? Yes please!
4. La Pelosa, Stintino, Sardinia, Italy
The island of Sardinia is filled with beautiful beaches but Le Pelosa is by far the prettiest. Wind swept dunes full of colourful flowers and a natural oasis filled with fish that make it perfect for snorkelling – need I say more?
5. Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal
The jaw-dropping cliffs are a must see. No wonder it has been named one of the top ten most beautiful European beaches by the Michelin Guide.
6. Woolacombe Bay, Devon, UK
You don’t need to go far to find one of the best European beaches. 3 miles of golden sand and excellent surf make it the perfect beach for a stay-cation.
7. Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta
A short ferry ride from Malta, Gozo is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, with its largest beach being Ramla Bay. Head here for a secluded oasis that’s ideal for soaking up the rays and swimming in clear blue seas.
8. Pirate Beach, Persat, Kotar Bay, Montenegro
If you’ve never considered Montenegro for your next European beach holiday, it’s time to think again. Situated on the Adriatic Fjord, swimming in the the warm waters surrounded by dramatic mountains is sure to be a highlight and the unspoilt beach is perfect for taking in the rugged views.
9. Conche des Baleines, Ile de Re, France
Miles of dune backed beaches, an abundance of rock pools for exploring, and the surrounding pine forest make for a relaxing European beach holiday.
10. Cala Macarelleta Beach, Menorca, Spain
Turquoise waters, soft white sand, this beach has it all and then some. Surrounded by pine covered cliffs offering stunning views across the bay, take a hike and see for yourself – trust me, it’s worth it!.