Best Beaches in Europe

Summer season is an important thing for many European countries, therefore beaches make a huge part of it. Travellers who visit Europe book their ideal holiday destinations, often looking for the best beaches in Europe where they can spend their days swimming and sunbathing.

That is why nearly all countries compete to provide the best beach holidays in Europe, upgrading its offer every year. Travellers who look for the best beach destinations in Europe take into consideration many things such as the type of the beach, location, amenities and activity offer.

In order to help our readers who are searching for the top beaches in Europe, we decided to make a list of the best beaches in Europe as voted by visitors.

How did we do it?

While it is really subjective to say which beach is “the best”, it seems fair to ask the people who actually visited the beaches. Among different approaches to making the list of Europe’s best beaches, we decided to collect Google reviews and ratings of real visitors as the main source of data to rank the beaches. Our goal was to list the beaches according to the rating they had at the moment.

Data was collected within a week’s period, so the list includes beaches with more than 5000 reviews. In case two (or more) beaches have the same rating, we considered the number of reviews the beach had at the moment. Therefore, the beach with a higher number of reviews is ranked higher.

Top 50 Beaches in Europe

From the well-known Mediterranean beaches to the most beautiful beaches in northern Europe, all kinds of beaches ranked among the best beaches in Europe. Here is a list of them with a short description and a quote example that describes them best.

50. Zlatni Rat, Brac, Croatia

Type: pebble

Zlatni Rat or Golden Horn is often referred to as one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. This pebble beach is recognizable by its distinctive shape and a tip which changes depending on the wind. The beach is located 2 km from Bol, under the pine tree shade. The most attractive activities are windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Visitors are mostly nicely surprised that the beach is pebbled and not sandy and love the fact that there is shade. The downside is, however, the crowds during the peak season.

“Amazing beach, one of the best I’ve been to. And it has cool beach bars as well, don’t forget to look for a “pebble of fortune”!”

Zlatni rat beach in Bol

Zlatni rat beach in Bol

49. Playa de las Américas, Tenerife, Spain

Type: sandy, rocky

Playa de las Americas is the most popular beach in the resort of the same name. This sandy beach is located on the biggest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. It is a great beach for children and people with disabilities with lots of facilities around. The most attractive activities include whale watching, scuba diving and all kinds of watersports.

The beach has a nice promenade where visitors enjoy the walks, coffee etc. Many come here to experience the great nightlife, while others enjoy the shopping areas.

“A great part of Tenerife, miles of promenade walking, to and from Los Cristianos, to and from La Caletta. Always sunny and always relaxed.”

48. Playa del Cabañal, Valencia, Spain

Type: sandy

Cabanyal Beach or Playa del Cabañal is one of the most attractive beaches in Spain. Its fine golden sand is suitable for families and its 200 meters of width leaves enough space for everyone. The beach is sometimes referred to as Las Arenas and the promenade stretching along takes you to Malvarrosa Beach and Port of Valencia.

The promenade is equipped with a lot of bars and restaurants where visitors enjoy spending time. Many point out the advantage of the beach being well connected by public transport.

“Superb escape from central Valencia. Beautifully paved promenades, lots of restaurants, great atmosphere. Take the no. 19 bus from plaza d’Ayuntamiento”

47. Lanzheron Beach, Odessa, Ukraine

Type: sandy

Lanzheron Beach is definitely the most popular beach in Odessa, Ukraine, mostly because it is located very close to the city centre. The beach is small and has numerous bars and restaurants around. It also lies on the Health Road, a 5 km green pedestrian road which is a favourite walking and jogging route among locals.

Visitors come here to enjoy the walks, especially in the evenings, the nearby Shevchenko Park and the Dolphinarium.

“Nice place a little bit crowded, but if you want to have a great lunch with a great view, this place is the perfect match. Cosy and cheap restaurants with local European and Caucasian cuisine.”

46. Bibione Spiaggia, Bibione, Italy

Type: sandy

Bibione Beach is a Blue Flag awarded beach located on the Adriatic sea, consisting of fine golden sand. The beach belongs to some of the best beaches in Italy. There are lots of amenities around and renting possibilities for a whole day spent at the beach. You can refresh in the nearby restaurant and enjoy numerous water sports.

Visitors like the beach because smoking is forbidden, there is a nice path for walking and cycling and there are plenty of things to do.

“Perfect beach service all the time! Really good maintenance and clean, close to showers and toilets. Perfect to kids, who love to play on fine sand.”

Bibione Beach

Bibione Beach

45. Spiaggia di Simius, Sardinia, Italy

Type: sandy

The sandy beach Simius is located just 2 km from the village Villasimius in Sardinia. The beach is 2 km long and has various restaurants, bars and shops nearby, as well as a parking lot. Windsurfing, snorkelling and kayaking are among the most attractive activities. Also, the beach is a nice walking route.

Many praise the crystal clear sea and love the fact that the beach has a parking lot. Also, many enjoy renting paddle boats.

“Beauty! amazing white sand beach, long and spacious, just a few meters from the heart of the villa where you can find restaurants, bars etc…”

44. Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, UK

Type: sandy

Portobello Beach is over 3 km of sandy beach in the suburb of Edinburgh. It has a promenade stretching along with cafes and restaurants while the surrounding buildings reflect the Victorian style. The most attractive activities include sailing and kayaking. The beach has a parking lot and dogs are allowed.

Visitors mostly love the cafes and pubs by the beach. Others love the fact that the beach is easily accessible by public transport. The downside – the cold water.

“Well someone loves it here. Our dog! She loves walking and running about on the beach. Portobello can be a little busy at times but a place to go and enjoy in any weather.”

Portobello Beach

Portobello Beach

43. Cala Llombards, Mallorca, Spain

Type: sandy

Cala Llombards is both a secluded cove and a resort. The beach is small and surrounded by high cliffs. Calm and crystal clear waters are perfect for children while the surrounding pine trees provide some shade. The beach doesn’t have many facilities nearby, it is intended for the ultimate relaxation.

Visitors love how the beach is tucked in and safe for swimming. Many point out the ideal combination of fine sand and rocks. Also, that one bar at the beach seems to be perfect enough.

“The best beach I had visited. The beach is small and not easy to get there without a car. But it is possible to reach with public transport.”

42. Paradise Beach, Rab, Croatia

Type: sandy

Paradise Beach or Rajska plaža in Croatian is one of the most famous beaches in the country. The beach is sandy and awarded a Blue Flag and very well maintained. There are numerous facilities around such as volleyball court, aquapark and more. When the sun goes down, the beach turns into a party spot.

Visitors who come with small children consider the beach very safe. Others enjoy the numerous facilities and activities at the beach.

“Children love it. Golden sandy beach. Bars and places to eat nearby. Almost 500 meters of 1 foot deep water. Again, awesome for kids.”

41. Praia da Manta Rota, Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal

Type: sandy

Manta Rota Beach is a huge Blue Flag sandy beach. It has shallow waters, perfect for small children. The beach provides many activities such as parks for children, bars and restaurants. There are lots of water sports at disposal, as well as renting options. The beach is also equipped with a parking lot.

Many visitors choose this beach when searching for a summer holiday destination. The sea temperatures are very pleasant but the downside is the number of algae.

“It is a blue flag, has nice facilities including showers, toilets and umbrellas. Lifeguard on watch, very pleasant white sand and small places to eat not far by.”

40. Crikvenica Beach, Crikvenica, Croatia

Type: pebble

The City Beach in Crikvenica is one of the most popular beaches of Crikvenica Riviera. The beach is awarded a Blue Flag and is easily accessible on foot or by public transport. The parking lot is only a few meters from the beach as well as numerous other facilities. The beach charges an entrance fee between 8 am and 5 pm. It is suitable for the disabled.

Visitors love the promenade for walks and think the beach is very good for children with all the facilities around.

“Nice beach usually not too many people, services are there if you want and since it is close to the town there are loads of food options.”

39. Plage Thiers, Arcachon, France

Type: sandy

Thiers Beach is a long, sandy beach located in northern France. It is very well equipped with showers, toilets and other facilities. Shops, cafes and restaurants are nearby, as well as a parking lot. Besides swimming, the beach is good for walking and relaxing as there are no big crowds.

Visitors enjoy discovering the Dune of Pilat, dining in the nearby restaurants and simply relaxing at the beach.

“Great beach. The water is wonderful and very calm. There are also a lot of restaurants by the beach, no need to go far to get something to eat.”

38. Spiaggia La Cinta, Sardinia, Italy

Type: sandy

La Cinta Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Teodoro and one of the longest beaches in north-east Sardinia. It is possible to rent sunbeds and umbrellas at the beach, there is a bar nearby as well as a parking lot. The beach is suitable for families as it offers a variety of activities like paddling, windsurfing, kitesurfing etc.

The beach is most visited in August and most visitors admire the crystal clear sea and the parking solution.

“Amazing place, great for families. We came here at 2pm and found a free parking place without any problem.”

37. Praia da Conceição, Cascais, Portugal

Type: sandy

Just a short ride from Lisbon lies Conceição Beach, on the famous coastline of Cascais and Estoril. The beach is easily accessible and has various facilities like bars and restaurants nearby. There is a parking lot nearby and the beach is under surveillance.

Many visitors arrive at the beach using a train line from Lisbon. Besides being satisfied with the number of amenities at the beach, the biggest downside is the low sea temperature.

“Beautiful beach for sunbathing but it is not ideal for swimming bcz the water is so cold even in the summer. Feel free here to find the place for you.”

36. Praia das Maçãs, Colares, Portugal

Type: sandy

Another beach located in the vicinity of Lisbon is literally named Apple Beach because of the apples that would wash up on the sand, carried from Ribeira de Colares river. The beach is among the most popular ones as it is well connected to Sintra by a tram line. Besides having a variety of facilities, the beach is also a perfect surfing spot.

Visitors choose this beach as a great holiday destination. However, many point out the cold sea as a downside.

“It’s a beautiful beach with a little mobile library with painting, books and games for kids, a little Ice Cream Van with chairs and tables, accessible “sandbikes” for wheelchair needed people and a bay watch”

35. Praia dos Pescadores, Ericeira, Portugal

Type: sandy

Beach Pescadores or Fishermen’s Beach is one of the most protected beaches in the area. The sandy beach is surrounded by high cliffs and a promenade on top. Along you will find many restaurants. However, the beach is not among the most accessible ones but provides peace and an escape from the city hustle.

Visitors are impressed with a 40-meter high wall, especially the view from the above.

“Nice relaxing beach, protected from the usual cold breeze! There are some sun loungers that you can hire from the bar on the beach!”

34. Praia da California, Sesimbra, Portugal

Type: sandy

California Beach in Sesimbra is a well equipped sandy beach with showers, toilets, deckchairs etc. There are many more facilities around such as cafes, restaurants, fast food and beach bars. There are various water sports on offer and fishing is allowed. The beach is easily accessible and has a parking lot.

Walks along the beach and the overall atmosphere seem to be the favourite aspects of the beach, but the clear downside is the low water temperature.

“Very nice beach. Busy on the weekends. If you are used to warm waters then you will be surprised by the temperature. The area around the beach is very active.”

33. Mielno Beach, Mielno, Poland

Type: sandy

This sandy beach is a good option for families with children due to safety. It is well equipped with showers, rental equipment and more. There is a promenade stretching along the beach where you can find all the bars, restaurants and a volleyball court nearby.

The promenade with its cafes along with great weather seems to be the favourite aspect of the beach.

“Mostly clean. A nice, renewed promenade. An Excellent fish market and fish restaurants nearby, in Uniescie, at the beach.”

32. Platja de Sant Sebastià, Sitges, Spain

Type: sandy

Sant Sebastià Beach is among the most popular beaches in the area, especially among the locals. Although not very big, finding a spot at the beach shouldn’t be a problem. The promenade stretches along the beach and it is filled with cafes, restaurants and other facilities.

Visitors love the location as well as the great view of the city. Many recommend it as a nice day trip from Barcelona.

“Beautiful little beach and cove, fantastic for swimming as normally calm. A few restaurants close by for lunch. Also a diving school if you feel the urge to learn.”

31. Władysławowo Beach, Władysławowo, Poland

Type: sandy

Plaża Władysławowo, as called in Polish, is a sandy beach known as a recreational area. Visitors can try various sports and activities such as volleyball and football, it is possible to rent a scooter or enjoy the water slides. There are many more facilities around such as restaurants and cafes, as well as a rich evening program.

Most visitors notice that the beach is clean and well maintained. They also enjoy the numerous options for an active holiday.

“Clean and nice beach. You can easily walk from the entrance No. 1 to the entrance No. 9 along the promenade with a pram. Lots of rubbish bins and toilets.”

30. Praia da Fonte da Telha, Almada, Portugal

Type: sandy

Fonte da Telha Beach is a sandy beach located on the famous Caparica Coast in Portugal. The area is pretty large and a regular tourist train operates between several locations. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby where fresh seafood is served. There are lots of renting options and activities on offer.

Visitors love the beach, obviously, but the main downsides are the traffic around the beach and the low sea temperatures.

“Amazing beach!!!! 3 things to remember. Buy a ball, cause you just have to play football on the beach, buy ice cream and don’t miss to try their donuts. They sell them on the beach.”

29. Playa El Médano, Tenerife, Spain

Type: sandy

On the south of Tenerife island, El Médano Beach is the favourite beach among locals. This sandy beach is awarded a Blue Flag and is perfect for families with children. The beach is easily accessible and has lots of amenities. Due to constant winds, the beach is popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The area offers numerous bars and cafes as well as accommodation options.

Windsurfing is the top activity at the beach, along with some other attractive water sports. Besides that, visitors enjoy the walks along the promenade and the beach.

“Great atmosphere here. Always spend the day here before the flight home. It’s next to the airport so it’s easy to get back for the flight.”

El Medano Beach

El Medano Beach

28. Baska Beach, Krk, Croatia

Type: pebble

Baska Beach, also called Vela Plaza Baska, is among the most popular beaches in Croatia, located on Krk island. The beach is also located right next to the camping resort so there is an endless offer of activities and sports. There are also campsites and pools and plenty of other facilities. Expect crowds during the peak season, but the overall area is ideal for families with children.

Besides the crowds which are a downside of the area, visitors enjoy the beach and walks along the promenade and in surrounding nature.

“Very nice beach, a lot of space for everyone, close to restaurants, cafes and lovely promenade. Amazing views”

Baska Beach, Krk

Baska Beach, Krk

27. La Grande Plage, Biarritz, France

Type: sandy

La Grande Plage in Biarritz appears to be one of the most photographed spots in the Basque coastal area. No wonder since this sandy beach is a very scenic site with picturesque buildings around and waves perfect for surfing. Besides surfing school, you can try out many other activities nearby or relax in one of many cafes and restaurants.

Visitors enjoy the beauty of the area and various facilities such as a casino nearby.

“One of my favorite places to walk and enjoy. The beach is beautiful and great places around to eat. Don’t miss the chocolate stores around.”

26. Matosinhos Beach, Matosinhos, Portugal

Type: sandy

Praia de Matosinhos is Porto’s largest beach and another great surfing spot. The beach is located in the suburbs of Porto but it is easily accessible from the city centre via metro. The beach is long and surrounded by many great places to eat and drink. Moreover, the area is known for the quality seafood dishes.

Visitors here enjoy surfing the most and join surfing school. Besides that, walking along the beach is attractive while the main downside of the beach is the cold sea temperature.

“Oceanic beach, soft and golden sand, clean and cared for by local authorities and people. Very close to Oporto and excellent transportation system”

25. Playa de Amadores, Gran Canaria, Spain

Type: sandy

The marvellous Amadores Beach is a long bay, perfectly protected which makes it ideal for families with children. The beach is quiet and romantic, as the name reveals it, thanks to the scenic setting and the beautiful sunset with Mount Teide. You can rent a sunbed or a parasol, as well as relax in nearby cafes and restaurants behind the beach.

Visitors really enjoy here in various activities, areas with inflatables, relaxing in hammocks and admiring the turquoise sea.

“This is my favorite beach in Gran Canaria, it’s really big and enough room for many people, it has a few parking lots where you always find a spot for your car.”

24. Spiaggia di Porto Giunco, Sardinia, Italy

Type: sandy

Porto Giunco is a tropical beach that resembles the Caribbean. This long, sandy beach is located in the heart of the Mediterranean providing a crystal clear and shallow sea, ideal for families with small children. The area has many bars and restaurants, as well as interesting sites such as Torre di Porto Giunco and Cava Usai.

Visitors are impressed with the beach as here they can meet the real flamingos in their natural habitat! Besides that, many admire the clear water and love climbing to the tower.

“It’s a beautiful beach between a salty lagoon and a small gulf. It’s large enough to have a little privacy if you look for a place. In the lagoon you may spot flamingos.”

Porto Giunco Beach, Sardinia

Porto Giunco Beach, Sardinia

23. Prasonisi Beach, Rhodes, Greece

Type: sandy

Prasonisi Beach on Rhodes Island is a surfers’ paradise. It is located at the southern tip of the island, at the small islet or peninsula, depending on the tide level. Besides surfing which is the most attractive sport at the beach, you can enjoy the walks through the shallow waters, or relaxing in the nearby facilities.

Of course, windsurfing and kitesurfing are the main topics among visitors, others simply enjoy the scenic landscape and nearby sites.

“Very very very quiet and big beach. Two opened restaurants, quite a stroll from the beach due to the beach being wide. Windsurfing available.”

22. Caló d’es Moro, Mallorca, Spain

Type: sandy, cliff

The southeast of Mallorca hides a glorious cove with white sand and crystal turquoise water. The beach was discovered recently, so although you can expect crowds, nature is still unspoilt. However, there are not many facilities around and not many activities on offer. Also, the beach has changed recently due to storms, so there is less sand and more cliffs nowadays.

Visitors enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, as well as diving. However, many refer to the beach’s accessibility and recommend having proper sneakers or a boat.

“Great beach, wonderful view, deep blue water. It was a bit funny to access the beach, parking with a car is not easy due to city regulation.”

21. Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos, Greece

Type: sandy

Another Greek beach on the list of best beaches in Europe is located on the island of Skiathos. Since being the most popular beach on the island, crowds are expected. The beach is long, sandy and surrounded by lush pine forest providing shade. There are many amenities at the beach and facilities around. The beach is often voted as one of the top beaches in the Mediterranean.

Visitors love all the amenities and activities the beach offers, definitely admire the shade of the pines and the music played at the beach.

“Really nice place. The beach is huge, well maintained and organized. There are wild birds that are used to the crowded beach and walk freely around the umbrellas.”

20. Whitby Beach, Whitby, UK

Type: sandy

Maybe not in line with expectations, but UK beaches are listed on the best beaches in Europe as well. Whitby Beach is a sandy and dog-friendly beach with shallow waters, ideal for families with children. There are all sorts of facilities around and many things to do, especially for children. During the summer, they will adore the pool and the donkey rides.

Visitors are mainly recommending the famous fish and chips nearby. Besides that, they simply love walks to the harbour and the nearby abbey.

“Dog friendly on one end of the beach. There are plenty of signs so if it’s your first time you will find your way. Shops, cafes and free toilets on the beachfront. Great for the family.”

Whitby Beach

Whitby Beach

19. Beach Três Castelos, Portimão, Portugal

Type: sandy

Praia dos Três Castelos or Three Castles Beach is a sandy beach with scenic rock formations. That means there are lots of interesting caves and arches to explore and one of them leads to the famous Praia da Rocha. The beach is well equipped with showers, toilets etc., as well as a sports centre. The beach is usually quiet and offers a lot of space.

Many visitors refer to the stairs which are the only access to the beach. Others are excited to explore the caves and cliffs.

“The most beautiful public beach I have ever been. Not so crowded, great sand, amazing views, beautiful color of ocean. Worth to spend there a few days :)”

18. St Anne’s Beach, Lancashire, UK

Type: sandy

This huge sandy beach definitely offers enough space for everyone. St. Anne is more than a beach with its pier full of interesting things to see and do. Children are those who will enjoy it here the most, trying out various activities including a donkey ride. During the low tide, the sand stretches for miles, but be careful as the sea level can change very quickly.

Visitors mainly love the pier and its facilities, the dunes and kitesurfing as an activity. Many visitors just come here to enjoy the walks, seasonal festivals and other activities.

“Lovely place, great views and huge beach. Plenty of shops nearby including excellent bakery selling sandwiches, cakes etc. Good place for walks near the seaside.”

17. Praia da Nazaré, Nazaré, Portugal

Type: sandy

Nazaré Beach is located in the fishing village of the same name and it is another surfing spot. Awarded a Blue Flag, the beach is sandy and long enough for everyone to find space. It is well equipped and offers sunshades for rental. All other facilities are nearby and the beach itself is close to the city centre. However, the average sea temperature rarely reaches above 18°C.

Visitors come here for their holidays and surfing is the most attractive thing to do, of course. Many tend to notice the giant waves at the beach that occur sometimes.

“Wide blue skies, soft sand and frigid water. You get a nice tan without noticing the heat thanks to a constant breeze.”

Nazare Beach

Nazare Beach

16. Falésia Açoteias Beach, Albufeira, Portugal

Type: sandy

Praia da Falésia (Açoteias) is a very picturesque beach in Albufeira thanks to the high cliffs toning from red to white colours. The beach is sandy and stretches for 5 km. Surfing, kitesurfing, paragliding and sailing are just a few activities visitors can enjoy at the beach. Also, they can relax in one of the numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs during the day, or night.

The stretches of sand and colourful cliffs impress the visitors which is basically the main reason why the beach is so popular.

“Lovely beach.. sooo wide and long.. many people around but still feels spacious.. lifeguards on duty.. sun beds for rent and restaurants on the beach.. very nice.”

15. Tuerredda Beach, Sardinia, Italy

Type: sandy

Spiaggia di Tuerredda is another Sardinia beach among the best beaches in Europe. The beach is sandy, sheltered from the wind and stretches for about 500 meters. Therefore, it is ideal for families with children. Visitors can freely explore marine life by snorkelling and diving. The beach has various facilities nearby. Due to crowds in peak season, authorities are considering limiting the number of people at the beach.

The main thing visitors notice at the beach is the crystal clear sea. Many refer to it as a paradise and love the amenities the beach offers.

“Beautiful sea and beach. Crystal clear, calm water. Perfect for kids. Great facilities and clean toilets. Pleasant restaurant and friendly staff. Loved it.”

14. Praia da Comporta, Comporta, Portugal

Type: sandy

Comporta Beach in the city of the same name is a fine sandy beach that stretches for about 3 km. Visitors can enjoy the dunes and the waves at the Blue Flag awarded beach. There are facilities around, including a parking lot. However, the sea temperature is not high, so visitors love spending time walking or jogging at the beach.

Expectedly, visitors notice that the sea is cold all year round. On the other side, many enjoy nearby bars and restaurants, crystal clear water and the dolphins.

“Amazing beach! The way to reach it is not the easy one, but when you get there is heaven on earth! Quiet and smooth, just as I like it.”

13. Gdynia City Beach, Gdynia, Poland

Type: sandy

Gdynia City Beach, also known as Plaża Miejska is one of three main beaches in Gdynia. It is a long, sandy and well-equipped beach with many facilities nearby. It is also a family-friendly beach with playgrounds for children.

Walks along the sandy beach are a favourite thing to do among visitors. Many of them notice that the beach is well-equipped. They also like all other facilities such as restaurants and the playground.

“It does not matter winter or summer, always a nice adorable place to be. Normally dogs are not allowed during summer/spring season. Always check to be sure.”

Gdynia Beach

Gdynia Beach

12. Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Portugal

Type: sandy

Praia do Camilo is a very picturesque beach located near Lagos. It is one of the most popular beaches in the region with golden sand and crystal clear water. Shallow waters make it safe for children, while adults can try kayaking. The beach is accessed through the wooden stairs of around 200 steps on top of which is an amazing view.

The natural tunnel and the caves in the cliffs, as well as the wooden steps, are the biggest attractions of the beach most visitors are impressed with.

“The Whole Beach is Beautiful, Great sightings and very Clear water. It’s also amazing to go to Sunset because the water Will be warm and you could have the entire beach to yourself.”

11. Wschodnia Beach, Ustka, Poland

Type: sandy

Plaża Wschodnia, as called in Polish, is an extremely long sandy beach. Although very popular, the beach has enough space for everyone. The beach is well-equipped and surrounded by a pine forest which provides some shade. The beach is very close to the city centre so there are many facilities at the beach and nearby such as bars and restaurants.

Visitors enjoy the walks along the promenade that stretches by the beach. Many consider it beautiful and an ideal vacation beach.

“Beautiful, clean, long and wide beach, variety of day/night entertainment. Baltic sea – good for swimming. Cafes, restaurants close to the beach. Amazing place for summer vacation and for all four season walks.”

10. Zurriola Beach, San Sebastian, Spain

Type: sandy

Playa de Zurriola or “Zurri” as known among the locals, is another surfing paradise beach. The beach is sandy and fully equipped with lots of facilities around. Therefore, it is favourite among younger visitors who seek entertainment and sports. The beach also hosts festivals, all very close to the city centre of San Sebastian.

Of course, visitors come here to surf and remain active through many sports and activities. Many would say the beach is ideal for a summer vacation loving the number of things going on at the beach.

“Nice and wide! Located right in the old center of the city. Soft and clean sand, nice waves for surfers or just dive in like I did! Many families with kids!”

9. Anthony Quinn Bay, Rhodes, Greece

Type: rocky, pebble

Anthony Quinn Bay is an enclosed rocky bay named after the actor Anthony Quinn. The actor loved the beach so much, he decided to buy the secluded bay in order to establish a centre for artists and film-makers. The beach features the emerald green water and lush vegetation around the beach. It is well-equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas for renting.

Snorkelling is the most attractive activity at the beach. Many recommend water shoes for easier access to the sea.

“Beautiful pebble beach with amazingly clear water. Take your snorkel & take a dip. Awesome little bar at the top too.”

8. Spiaggia La Pelosa, Sardinia, Italy

Type: sandy

Another Sardinian beach on the list of best beaches in Europe is a 300 m sandy beach near Stintino. The beach features shallow turquoise waters ideal for families with small children. The beach overlooks Isola Piana and Isola Asinara behind it. It is popular for kitesurfing.

Visitors love the fine white sand and warn about a required towel above the mat. Many are satisfied with a “pay and display” parking lot.

“Amazing beach. There is no enough words to describe nature and the sea! It is a perfect place if you wish to surprise your partner.”

La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia

La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia

7. Sarbinowo Beach, Sarbinowo, Poland

Type: sandy

Sarbinowo Beach is a popular Polish beach made of fine white sand with easy access perfect for families with children. The beach is well equipped and contains children facilities. Besides swimming, the beach is good for walking, jogging and enjoying the sunsets. The nearby area offers a variety of restaurants.

The promenade with cafes and restaurants attracts most visitors. Many praise the beach as the perfect vacation destination.

“Lovely beach, new promenade, just perfect for walks regardless of the season!”

6. Su Giudeu Beach, Sardinia, Italy

Type: sandy

Su Giudeu is a sandy beach located on the southernmost point of Sardinia, near Cagliari. The beach got its name after an octopus living underwater. The beach is perfect for surfing and scuba diving. All the important facilities are located nearby. It is possible to spot a flamingo in its natural habitat.

Expectedly, visitors love seeing flamingos and are impressed by the sand dunes. Many refer to the sea being crystal clear.

“Perfect beach. Finest sand. Locals. Natural. Café and beach bed available. Not commercialized too much yet.”

5. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Type: sandy

Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Greece. It is actually a cove on the coast of Zakynthos originally known as Agios Georgios. This sandy beach is often included in the list of the best beaches in the world. It is accessible only by boat as it is surrounded by high cliffs. There are no facilities nearby.

The shades of blue and the high cliffs impress the visitors above all. Many refer to beautiful views, clear sea and interesting caves.

“The best beach in the world without doubt! The amazing colour of the water, the perfect sand, the cliff walls and…. This shipwreck…”

Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach

4. Cala Comte, Ibiza, Spain

Type: sandy

This small sandy beach is located on the famous Ibiza Island, close to the village of Sant Agustí des Vedrà. The beach is popular among families with children, but it also contains a nudist area. It is awarded a Blue Flag and has some basic facilities nearby such as a restaurant and toilets. The beach is easily accessible by public transport from Sant Antoni de Portmany.

Visitors love the facilities around the beach and the magical turquoise water.

“Beautiful beach with both sunny and shade space. It can get really crowded but it’s worth it! Amazing views. Easy to reach and much parking space.”

3. Traeth Abermaw Beach, Barmouth, UK

Type: sandy

Might be unexpected, but the top 10 beaches in Europe includes a UK beach. Traeth Mawr is a sandy beach in Wales with plenty of space, perfect for families with children. The beach offers great activities such as donkey rides for kids. The nearby facilities offer food and drinks for refreshment.

Visitors praise the fish and chips options, the amazing donkey rides and the train that goes along the promenade.

“Great little seaside town! Plenty of amenities and fun things to do! Plus there are two beaches one dog friendly and the other just for hoomans not doggies! Lovely sandy beaches.”

2. Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

Type: sandy

The iconic Marinha Beach is located in Algarve and is often referred to as the most beautiful beach in Europe and the world. The beach won many awards throughout the years and its photos are used in numerous promotional materials. Moreover, the beach features the recognizable cliffs and the crystal clear sea.

Visitors suggest the stairs as the easiest way to access the beach. Most of them are impressed with the natural rock formations and caves.

“Great beach, beautiful environment. Do climb the rocks to the right part of the beach!!! And don’t doubt to take a kayak tour there!!!”

1. Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece

Type: sandy

Not surprisingly, the very top of the best beaches in Europe is reserved for the Greek beach. Elafonissi Beach also referred to as Elafonissi Lagoon, is one of the most scenic beaches recognized for its white and pink sand. Umbrellas and sunbeds are available for rent, while food and drinks are offered as well.

The pink sand made of crushed seashells impresses all the visitors. Most of them love simply everything about the beach.

“Very nice sandy beach! One of the nicest I’ve seen. The water is low for the first 50 meters. You can go snorkeling here. Many different fishes around the rocks! There is free parking nearby!”

Elafonissi Beach

Elafonissi Beach

Best Beaches in the Mediterranean

Majority of the best beaches are situated in the Mediterranean, which is not a surprise knowing the climate conditions and lifestyle of the area. Therefore, among the best beaches in Europe, many beaches from Spain, Italy and Greece found their place on the list. Since the list of all the Mediterranean beaches would be way too long, here is the list of the best beaches in the Mediterranean with more than 3000 reviews.

BEACH

COUNTRY

RATING

Milos Beach

Greece

4.8

Elafonissi Beach

Greece

4.7

Platges de Comte

Spain

4.7

Navagio, Shipwreck Beach

Greece

4.7

Su Giudeu Beach

Italy

4.7

Falasarna beach

Greece

4.7

Stefanou Beach

Greece

4.7

Calanque de Port Pin

Greece

4.7

Torre Sant’Andrea

Italy

4.7

Cala Saladeta

Spain

4.7

Spiaggia La Pelosa

Italy

4.6

Anthony Quinn Bay

Greece

4.6

Tuerredda Beach

Italy

4.6

Koukounaries Beach

Greece

4.6

Caló d’es Moro

Spain

4.6

Prasonisi Beach

Greece

4.6

Spiaggia di Porto Giunco

Italy

4.6

Gerakas Beach

Greece

4.6

Cavoli Beach

Italy

4.6

Spiaggia Bérchida

Italy

4.6

Spiaggia di Solanas

Italy

4.6

Punta Molentis Beach

Italy

4.6

Spiaggia di Capo Comino

Italy

4.6

Makris Gialos Beach

Greece

4.6

Cala en Turqueta

Spain

4.6

Spiaggia di Cala Pira

Italy

4.6

Cala Agulla

Spain

4.6

Porto Selvaggio Beach

Italy

4.6

Beach of San Pietro in Bevagna

Italy

4.6

Plaža Baška

Croatia

4.5

Platja de Sant Sebastià

SPAIN

4.5

Spiaggia La Cinta

Italy

4.5

Crikvenica Beach

Croatia

4.5

Paradise Beach

Croatia

4.5★

Cala Llombards

Spain

4.5

Spiaggia di Simius

Italy

4.5

Bibione Spiaggia

Italy

4.5

Baia dei Turchi

Italy

4.5

Kavourotripes Beach

Greece

4.5

Paralía Voulísmatos

Greece

4.5

Cala Benirrás

Spain

4.5

Porto Istana Beach

Italy

4.5

Perissa Black Sand Beach

Greece

4.5

Salou Beach

Spain

4.5

Playa de Sa Riera

Spain

4.5

Playa del Cabañal

Spain

4.4

Golden Horn

Croatia

4.4

Blue Lagoon

Malta

4.4

Golden Bay Beach

Malta

4.4

Nerja Playa Burriana

Spain

4.4

Elli Beach

Greece

4.4

Platja de Santa Ponça

Spain

4.4

Spiaggia di Pescoluse

Italy

4.4

Calpe Playa De La Fossa

Spain

4.4

Cala Galdana

Spain

4.4

Cala Bassa

Spain

4.4

Caribe Bay

Italy

4.4

Beach Rondinara

France

4.4

Platja de La Cala de Finestrat

Spain

4.4

Spiaggia delle Ghiaie

Italy

4.4

Plage de Calvi

France

4.4

Playa Cala Aiguablava

Spain

4.4★

Biodola Beach

Italy

4.4

Playa De Las Redes

Spain

4.4

Spiaggia Isuledda

Italy

4.4

Sant’Andrea Beach

Italy

4.4

Cabopino Beach

Spain

4.4

Sunset Beach

France

4.4

Spiaggia di Nora

Italy

4.4

Spiagga del Poetto

Italy

4.3

Playa la Malagueta

Spain

4.3

Cala Major

Spain

4.3

Playa de la Misericordia

Spain

4.3

Spiaggia di Fetovaia

Italy

4.3

Playa de San Sebastián

Spain

4.3

Platja del Garraf

Spain

4.3

Ičići Beach

Croatia

4.3

Spiaggia di Marina di Campo

Italy

4.3

Laganas Beach

Greece

4.3

Spiaggia Levanto

Italy

4.3

City Beach Žnjan

Croatia

4.3

Punta della Suina

Italy

4.2

Playa de Bogatell

Spain

4.2

Spiaggia delle Bombarde

Italy

4.2

Procchio Beach

Italy

4.2

Plage de la Salis

France

4.2

Es Trenc

Spain

4.2

Plage du Prado

France

4.1

Yeşilköy Çiroz Beach

Turkey

4

Lido MaldiVe del Salento

Italy

3.7

Florya Güneş Beach

Turkey

3.6

Best Beaches on the Atlantic

There are also plenty of beaches that have access to the Atlantic Ocean, mostly because of the rich Portuguese coast. The beaches on the northern coast of France and Spain ranked high as well. However, the UK ranked a good number of their beaches despite the possible opposite beliefs. To make the list reasonably long, here are the best beaches on the Atlantic with more than 3000 reviews.

BEACH

COUNTRY

RATING

Perranporth Beach

UK

4.8

Praia da Marinha

Portugal

4.7

Traeth Abermaw Beach

UK

4.7

Weymouth Beach

UK

4.7

South Foreland Heritage Coast

UK

4.7

Summerleaze Beach

UK

4.7

Penwith Heritage Coast

UK

4.7

Praia do Carvalho

Portugal

4.7

Playa del Silencio

Spain

4.7

Praia do Beliche

Portugal

4.7

Zurriola beach

Spain

4.6

Praia do Camilo

Portugal

4.6

Praia da Comporta

Portugal

4.6

Beach Falésia Açoteias

Portugal

4.6

Praia da Nazaré, Praia da Nazaré

Portugal

4.6

St Anne’s Beach

UK

4.6

Beach Três Castelos

Portugal

4.6

Praia da Ilha de Tavira

Portugal

4.6

Praia da Foz do Lizandro

Portugal

4.6

West Wittering Beach

UK

4.6

Praia Verde

Portugal

4.6

Praia de Porto de Mós

Portugal

4.6

Botany Bay, Kent

UK

4.6

Praia do Meco

Portugal

4.6

Praia da Alagoa

Portugal

4.6

Tramore Beach

Ireland

4.6

Praia do Barranco das Belharucas

Portugal

4.6

Playa Abama

Spain

4.6

Carvalhal Beach

Portugal

4.6

Praia de São Julião

Portugal

4.6

Playa de Amadores

Spain

4.5

Matosinhos Beach

Portugal

4.5

La Grande Plage

France

4.5

Playa el médano

Spain

4.5

Praia da Fonte da Telha

Portugal

4.5

Beach California

Portugal

4.5

Beach Pescadores

Portugal

4.5

Praia das Maçãs

Portugal

4.5

Praia da Conceição

Portugal

4.5

Plage Thiers

France

4.5

Praia da Manta Rota

Portugal

4.5

Brighton Beach

UK

4.5

Trestraou beach

France

4.5

Praia de Vilamoura

Portugal

4.5

Praia de Paredes da Vitória

Portugal

4.5

Playa Chica Beach

Spain

4.5

Beach Tróia Mar

Portugal

4.5

Praia do Vau

Portugal

4.5

Praia de Monte Gordo

Portugal

4.5

Playa de la Tejita

Spain

4.5

Playa de Las Teresitas

Spain

4.5

Buizinhos Beach

Portugal

4.5

Playa de las Américas

Spain

4.4

Praia da Torre

Portugal

4.4

Praia do Tamariz

Portugal

4.4

Praia da Oura

Portugal

4.4

Playa San Telmo

Spain

4.4

Beach Olhos de Água

Portugal

4.4

Praia de São Pedro do Estoril

Portugal

4.4

Poça Beach

Portugal

4.4

Praia de Machico

Portugal

4.4

Plage de l’Ecluse

France

4.4

Playa Flamingo

Spain

4.4

Beach Parede

Portugal

4.4

Playa de Puerto Rico

Spain

4.4

Praia do Forte Novo

Portugal

4.4

Plage de Deauville

France

4.3

Playa de los Gigantes

Spain

4.3

Praia de Paço de Arcos

Portugal

4.3

Praia da Calheta

Portugal

4.3

Best Beaches on the Black Sea

Around 30 beaches found their palace on the list of best beaches on the Black Sea. Majority of them are in Bulgaria, but two Ukrainian beaches managed to end on the list of the 50 best beaches in Europe.

BEACH

COUNTRY

RATING

Veleka Beach

Bulgaria

4.7

Dalʹnya Kosa

Ukraine

4.7

Sunny Beach

Bulgaria

4.5

Perla Beach

Bulgaria

4.5

Albena Beach

Bulgaria

4.5

Silistar Beach

Bulgaria

4.5

Butamyata Beach

Bulgaria

4.5

Atliman Beach

Bulgaria

4.4

Primorsko North Beach

Bulgaria

4.4

Corbu Beach

Romania

4.4

Vega Beach

Romania

4.4

Lanzheron

Ukraine

4.4

Crnomorsk City Beach

Ukraine

4.4

Solomianyi Beach

Ukraine

4.4

Serednya Kosa

Ukraine

4.4

Sozopol Central Beach

Bulgaria

4.3

Kiten South Beach

Bulgaria

4.3

Nestinarka Beach

Bulgaria

4.3

Asparuhovo Beach

Bulgaria

4.3

Central Beach Lozenets

Bulgaria

4.3★

Nirvana Beach

Bulgaria

4.3

Plaja 3 Papuci

Romania

4.3

Kurort Katranka

Ukraine

4.3

Kabakum Plajı

Bulgaria

4.2

Plaja Belona

Romania

4.2

23 August Beach

Romania

4.2

Urzuf Central Beach

Ukraine

4.2

AKZ Beach

Ukraine

4.2

Chornomorskaya Kosa

Ukraine

4.2

Dytyachyy Plyazh

Ukraine

4.1

Best Beaches on the Baltic Sea

Although the Baltic Sea is not often associated with beaches, Poland seems to be a country with a good number of great beaches. Moreover, five of the beaches in Poland ranked in the top 50 best beaches in Europe. Here is the list of the best beaches on the Baltic Sea.

BEACH

COUNTRY

RATING

Plaża Dębki

Poland

4.8

Mündung der Piasnitz

Poland

4.8

Cape Kolka

Latvia

4.7

Jurata Beach

Poland

4.7

Plaża Grzybowo

Poland

4.7

Plaża Świnoujście

Poland

4.7

Pärnu Beach

Estonia

4.6

Pirita Beach

Estonia

4.6

Jurmala Beach

Latvia

4.6

Palanga Sahili

Lithuania

4.6

Sarbinowo Beach

Poland

4.6

Plaża Wschodnia

Poland

4.6

Gdynia City Beach

Poland

4.6

Plaża w Rowach

Poland

4.6

Plaża Stogi

Poland

4.6

Beach in Niechorze

Poland

4.6

Plaża Biała Wejście 26

Poland

4.6

Plaża Cetniewo

Poland

4.6

Beach in Rewal

Poland

4.6

Beach Gdynia Babie Doly

Poland

4.6

Brzezno Beach

Poland

4.6

Plaża Jastrzębia Góra

Poland

4.6

Best Beaches on the North Sea

Just like the Baltic Sea, the North Sea is rarely associated with beaches. However, the beaches in the UK surprised with high ratings and a number of reviews. Here is the list of all the best beaches with access to the North Sea.

BEACH

COUNTRY

RATING

Old Hunstanton Beach

UK

4.7

Badestelle Ording

Germany

4.7

Strand Swinemünde

Germany

4.7

Egmond aan Zee

Netherlands

4.6

Zandvoort Beach

Netherlands

4.6

Noordwijk Beach

Netherlands

4.6

Whitby Beach

UK

4.6

Binzer Strand

Germany

4.6

Strand Grömitz

Germany

4.6

Hundestrand Grömitz

Germany

4.6

Zinnowitzer Strand

Germany

4.6

Strand Zempin

Germany

4.6

Strand De Haan

Belgium

4.5

Plage de Nieuport

Belgium

4.5

Middelkerke Beach

Belgium

4.5

Bellevue Beach

Denmark

4.5

Liseleje Strand

Denmark

4.5

Sörenga Havsbad

Norway

4.5

Portobello Beach

UK

4.5

Scarborough Beach

UK

4.5

Herne Bay Beach

UK

4.5

Joss Bay

UK

4.5

Tankerton Beach

UK

4.5

Göhren Pier

Germany

4.5

Plage d’Ostende

Belgium

4.4

De Panne Beach

Belgium

4.4

Koksijde Beach

Belgium

4.4

Mariakerke Beach

Belgium

4.4

Bredene Beach

Belgium

4.4

Zuydcoote Beach

Belgium

4.4

Bunkerne på Vestkysten

Denmark

4.4

Charlottenlund Beach Park

Denmark

4.4

Strand Harlesiel

Germany

4.4

Blankenberge beach

Belgium

4.3

Leysdown Beach

UK

4.1