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15 Best Beaches in Europe – TOP destinations for a Beach Holiday!

Best Beaches in Europe - TOP destinations for a Beach Holiday

Still wondering where to find the best beaches in Europe or which destination to choose for your next beach holidays in Europe?

To find an exotic beach, you do not have to go to the other end of the world. You can find all sorts of amazing beaches in Europe. In fact, we have many white, pink or even black beaches in Europe!

10 Best Beaches in Europe: At a Glance

  1. Navagio Beach
  2. Tuerredda Beach
  3. Praia da Marinha
  4. Playa de Las Catedrales
  5. Pampelonne Beach
  6. Reynisfjara Beach
  7. Playa Muchavista
  8. Papagayo Beach
  9. Amadores Beach
  10. Ramla

But how to pick the best beach from the top beaches across the continent? The task is surely not easy!

Ready for European beach holiday?

We totally get you! πŸ˜‰ So what are the best beach Europe destinations?!

It can be really tough to decide which of the beaches in Europe is the right one for you.

If you also have that dilemma check out our ranking of the most stunning beaches in Europe and choose the perfect place for your next European holiday.

Best Beaches in Europe

If you are curious, where the best beaches in Europe are, we have the list for you πŸ™‚

The best beaches in Europe. Our top 14:

1. Navagio Beach – The most beautiful beach in Europe!

Let’s start with an amazing day trip to Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos – one of the most famous in all of Greece!

If you have seen photos of Navagio Beach, I bet you have added the Ionian island of Zakynthos to your travel bucket list. This white sand beach with turquoise sea makes it a stunning setting for swimming and sunbathing.


The views are just breathtaking – the colour of the sea and sand in Zakynthos have to be seen to be believed!

Read more about Navagio Beach & Zakynthos one of the best beach holidays destination in Europe in September.

Best Beaches in Europe - Navagio Beach – The most beautiful beach in Europe
Navagio Beach, Zante GREECE

Read also: TOP 13 Things to do in Zakynthos [Zante – Ionian Island in Greece]

2. Tuerredda Beach, Sardinia

Sardinia is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Europe, there’s no question about that! It’s one of the best places to visit in Italy.

Spiaggia di Tuerredda, with its gleaming white sand, is one of the best beaches in Europe. And definitely one of the most amazing beaches in the southwestern coastline of Sardinia.


The fabulous Tuerredda beach is located in a gorgeous cove between Capo Malfatano and Capo Spartivento – the setting is just stunning!

We are 100% sure that Tuerredda Beach has the right to be counted among the most beautiful European beaches.

Best Beach Europe Destinations - Tuerredda Beach, Sardinia
Tuerredda Beach, Sardinia ITALY

3. Praia da Marinha – The Prettiest Beach in Europe

Portugal is famous for its amazing beaches, Praia da Marinha in Algarve is probably the most beautiful of them.

The picturesque cliffs, golden sand and amazing turquoise water make the scenery fantastic! You just have to agree that this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe! πŸ™‚

Perhaps that’s why a lot of travel bloggers and beach lovers host so often here. But who wouldn’t!? Learn more about the best beaches in Algarve.

Would you visit this stunning European sandy beach? πŸ™‚

Best Beaches in Europe - Praia da Marinha – The Prettiest Beach in Europe
Praia da Marinha, Algarve PORTUGAL

Read also: Best beaches in Algarve Portugal, places to visit & TOP things to do!

4. Playa de Las Catedrales (Spain)

Known as Cathedral Beach, this Spanish beach is located on the north coast, not far from Ribadeo. The name comes from the characteristic rocks that were formed by wind and water.

The amazing rock arches reach up to thirty meters, and the best time to watch them is at the low tide. This is also the only time when you can see the caves under the cliffs from the beach level.

This beach is just fabulous! We are not surprised that this beach isn’t more well-known outside of Spain. I bet, the locals want to keep this one to themselves as this is one of the best places to visit in Spain! πŸ™‚

Taking a walk on this spectacular beach is an unforgettable experience. A must have on your beach holiday in Europe!

For us, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

Best Beach breaks Europe - Playa de Las Catedrales (Spain)
Playa de Las Catedrales SPAIN

Read also: As Catedrais Beach in Ribadeo, Spain – The Beach of the Holy Waters!

5. Ramla – amazing European Red-Sandy Beach

If you want to go to the most beautiful beach in Malta and Gozo (small European islands), be sure to choose Ramla Bay.

One of Malta’s beauty spots, Ramla beach will charm any visitor with its idyllic azure waters and fine orange/red sands.

So, what are you waiting for?

Check out if Ramla Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe!

Best Beach Europe Destinations - Ramla – amazing European Red-Sandy Beach
Ramla beach, MALTA

Read also: Best things to do in Malta & Gozo – TOP points of interest on Malta Island!

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6. Nice – four miles long European Beach

What would you say about not one, not five but 35 beaches in Nice?

Yes, 35! πŸ™‚

There are 15 private and 20 public beaches along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Every beach-lover searching for a beach holiday in Europe will love to spend a beach vacation in the capital of the French Riviera – one of the most romantic destinations in Europe!

TOP destinations for a Beach Holiday - Nice – four miles long European Beach
Nice Beach, FRANCE

Need more beautiful beaches in Europe?

7. Pampelonne Beach near St Tropez

Yes, another beach from the French Riviera has made to our top list.

But you shouldn’t be surprised, France is one of the best destinations in Europe for beach breaks.

Pampelonne is not a hidden gem, it’s known not only as one of the best beaches in Europe but in the whole world. Many VIPs relax there during European beach vacation. Would you join them? πŸ˜‰ We bet, you would as France is one of the top Europe beach destinations!

Best Beach breaks Europe - Pampelonne Beach near St Tropez
Pampelonne Beach, St Tropez FRANCE

Read also: Best Places to visit on the French Riviera – Cote d’Azur’s TOP 7

8. Playa Muchavista, Alicante

While on holiday in Alicante (Spain), make sure to visit one of the longest beaches in Europe. Just jump on a tram and get off at Carrabiners tram-stop. You will be blown away by the size of the beach!

The beach has a length of 3,300 metres and a width of 80 m – so there is more than enough space to enjoy the white sand πŸ™‚

Alicante beach is one to visit for warm water, water-sports and amazing tapas.

Do you agree that Playa Muchavista is one of the best beaches in Europe?!

TOP destinations for a Beach Holiday - Playa Muchavista, Alicante
Playa Muchavista, Alicante SPAIN

9. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

Fantastic, impressive, spectacular – you can go on and on

Reynisfjara Beach in the south of Iceland has really deserved to be on our list of best beaches in Europe.

Yes, it doesn’t have white sand.

Yes, you can’t find any palm trees on the beach. And it’s not one of the most exotic beaches in Europe.

But who cares?!

Recently, Reynisfjara beach is one of the most sought-after beaches among travellers from all over the world! We were so happy when we visited this beach, even on a raining day it was fab! Make sure you rent a car and visit the beach early in the morning to avoid crowds.

Read more about Reynisfjara Beach it’s only a short drive from the Golden Circle.

Best Beaches in Europe - Reynisfjara beach, Iceland
Reynisfjara Beach, ICELAND

Read also: Reynisfjara beach, Iceland – a new standard of a beautiful beach!

10. Positano Beach

Positano in Italy is home to some of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast.

For sure, you will not be alone there in a high season, as the beach has become a very popular destination for VIPs and day trippers.

And it’s very easy to see why this location is so popular. Its combination of gorgeous views and amazing sea make it everything you dream of on an Italian beach. Book your beach break in Europe today!

Best Beach Europe Destinations - Positano Beach
Positano Beach ITALY

Read also: Amalfi Coast Italy (Campania) – Italy’s most scenic & famous coastline!

11. Papagayo Beach – best beach on Lanzarote

There are many stunning beaches on Lanzarote. But which one is the best one?

If you’re looking for the most beautiful beaches in Lanzarote, then you don’t have to look further than Playas de Papagayo – perhaps the most beautiful complex of beaches of all Canary Islands πŸ™‚ A top beach holiday destination!

It’s a perfect choice for a winter-sun holiday when the Mediterranean is too cold and too windy.

Make sure you have the Papagayo Beach on your list of things to do in Lanzarote!

Need more inspiration? Learn more about top things to do in Tenerife!

Best Beaches in Europe - Papagayo Beach – best beach on Lanzarote
Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote SPAIN

Read also: 21 Things to do in Lanzarote, Spain – TOP Attractions & Places to see

12. Go to Hel[l] in Poland!

Has anyone ever told you to go to Hell?

Yes? Few times? πŸ˜‰

Next time when you hear that, just book a ticket to Gdansk. From there is just a stone’s throw to Hel Peninsula.

The brilliant beach of Hel is one of the hidden gems of Poland’s coast, which can get very busy in high season. Many polish people and tourists from the whole of Europe will visit the beach during the summer months.

In my childhood, I was lucky to spend every summer holiday on the best beaches in Poland. At the very end of northern Poland, you will find stunning wild beaches surrunding a small town of Hel.

There is a small, secluded public beach right in the centre of the town. But if you really would like to enjoy the best of Polish white-sand beaches, take a 45-minutes walk to the end of the Hel Peninsula and get lost in the beautiful natural beaches.

Would you add Hel to your list of the best beaches in Europe?

You will love them! πŸ™‚

Best Beach Europe Destinations - Go to Hel in Poland
Natural Beach, Hel POLAND

Read also: Go to HEL in Poland – it’s better than Heaven!

13. Praia de Benagil

Let’s be honest, any number of beaches from Algarve in Portugal could be on this list!

The magnificent Praia de Benagil beach, located near Lagoa, is the door to Benagil Caves Portugal – a sensational cave!

The beach itself is not the most spectacular but due to the proximity to the Algar de Benagil it has made to our top 16 😊

Would you agree? Is Benagil Beach worth visiting while on European vacation?

Best Beaches in Europe - Praia de Benagil
Praia de Benagil, Algarve PORTUGAL

14. Malagueta Beach, Spain

Spain is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe with some of the most beautiful beaches on our continent. There are a few of Spanish beaches on our list πŸ™‚

MΓ‘laga, a city on the Costa del Sol, is one of the best beach holiday destination in Spain.

The city has its own unique charm, and it has a lot to offer. Sun, historic buildings, delicious food and top-rated beaches. Including Malagueta Beach – a major tourist attraction. Arguably the most beautiful beach on the Costa del Sol.

Learn more about Playa de la Malagueta.

Best Beach breaks Europe - Malagueta Beach, Spain
Malagueta Beach, Malaga SPAIN

Read also: 11 Best things to do in Malaga, Spain [Costa del Sol]

15. Amadores Beach

Amadores Beach is one of the best beaches in the Canaries. This beauty is located in Gran Canaria and is visited by 1000s of tourists every year.

There are many interesting things to do in Gran Canaria but Amadores Beach is a must-visit place! Would you spend a relaxing day on this stunning Europen beach? πŸ™‚

Amadores Beach Gran Canaria
Amadores Beach, Gran Canaria SPAIN

Read also: 20 Things to do in Gran Canaria & best places you HAVE to visit!

Have we covered all the best beaches in Europe?

Probably not! πŸ˜‰ Europe is known for its unique beaches and it’s always a bit tricky to create a list of the best beach holiday destinations in Europe. Make sure you visit few of them during your next beach trip in Europe πŸ™‚

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