On your next trip to Europe, don’t forget to scope out some of the world’s best beaches. There’s certainly no shortage of beautiful beaches on the continent, but some are simply more beautiful than others.
Not sure where to start? Read on to find our favourites across the continent.
Ploumanac´h beach, Brittany, France
Half-way along the northern coast of Brittany, in the section known as the “Côte de Granite Rose”, you will find the spectacular Ploumanac´h beach. This mysterious area is renowned for its unusual rock formations and their pink colours, which make it one of the best stretches of Brittany´s coastline.
Enjoy the nice views on the beautiful surrounding natural landscapes. Have a look at the centrepiece of this colourful tableau: the small chateau, which pokes from the chaos of jumbled rocks atop the largest. Or look around and observe the rare bird species that can be found in the region.
And if you´re travelling with your family, don´t you worry! Perros-Guirec itself is one of Brittany’s most popular resorts for children, primarily because of its three sandy beaches where you’ll find kids’ clubs and water sports in high season.
So: being for an adventurous trip or cosy family holidays, Ploumanac´h has more than enough to offer and will for sure seduce you.
Kynance Cove, Cornwall, England
If stunning had a big sister then Kynance Cove would be her. It´s no wonder that Cornwall´s coast attracts so many artists. The natural landscapes that can be admired there are worthy of the most beautiful paintings. Kynance Cove, which is located on the west side of the Lizard, is a masterpiece of coastal erosion. The contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red and green serpentine rock produces a breathtaking sight.
Being for a family day out, a romantic stroll along the sand or to photograph the sunset and the brilliant turquoise colours of the sea, Kynance Cove is one of this secret gems that are worth the detour.
Sylt, Island, Germany
Germany´s beaches are one of Europe´s best kept secrets. And if there is one we have to mention, it should be the beautiful and glamourous Sylt Island. Poets and thinkers, seafarers and architects have all left their distinct mark on the island: ranging from useful to bizarre, from widely visible to hidden underground.
It´s simple: Sylt allows you to experience nature at its purest state. Also known as the “queen of the Nord Sea”, the island offers wonderful, long, fine sand beaches and will blow your mind up with it´s simple beauty. Here, you´ll find the perfect playground for children to have on a day at the sea, but also a more distinguished and elegant environment made of designer stores and luxury hotels for those looking for a little fancier getaway.
Be amazed by Germany´s secret paradisiacal spot, get away from it all and explore the wonderful island of Sylt. One thing is sure: you will want to come back.
Saharun beach, Croatia
Escape the crowds to Croatia´s most beautiful, secret beach: Saharun. This heavenly little bay of Saharun is located on the northern part of the island of Dugi Otok. The closest city on the Croatian mainland is Zadar, from which´s port the ferry to the island is departing.
Once arrived on the island, you will only see one thing: nature. All traces of urban life dissolve into the hazy turquoise blue, leaving you nothing but a wonderful landscape to admire. The intensity of the colours of the surroundings is such, that it seems unreal. The dark green pinewoods, the shimmering white pebbles and the blue sea form together an amazing colour scheme.
Just relax and enjoy the sun. And if it gets too hot, have a refreshing bath and wade into the crystal clear water. Perfect for families or romantic trips, Saharun beach is a little paradise on earth.
Ballymastocker Bay, County Donegal, Ireland
Ballymastocker Bay is a spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula in county Donegal. Once voted “second most beautiful beach in the world” by the Observer Magazine, the bay lies between the towns of Rathmullan and Fanad Head and offers fabulous views on the Inishowen Peninsula.
Well, you got it: it is not complicated to understand why Ballymastocker Bay´s charm seduces everyone. The perfect golden sand here stretches for over a mile towards the little harbour town of Portsalon and makes the beach the perfect spot for long romantic walks or for nature lovers to admire the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Looking for change? Dreaming of something different from the popular beaches of southern Europe? Well, don´t think any longer. Head to Ireland this summer! Ballymastocker Bay awaits to be discovered.
La Pelosa Beach, Stintino, Sardinia, Italy
La Pelosa Beach… or how to experience the Caribbean in Europe. With its shallow turquoise waters and salty white sands, this Sardinian oasis is full of natural beauty. Located near the village of Stintino, this beach is 300 metres long and is characterized by the seventeenth-century tower of La Pelosa that can be found in the middle of the water. From the beach, you will be able to enjoy marvelous views on the Island of Piana and the Island of Asinara.
Pelosa being a popular diving area, many excursions are organized on the site. Other water sport activities such as surfboarding, canoeing of windsurfing are also available. In other words: La Pelosa is the perfect spot for families or adventurers. It is a place where you will never get bored! It is the perfect combination between natural beauty and entertaining activities.
Macarella Beach, Menorca, Spain
A bit more typical but still so beautiful! Cala Macarella is a small beach located on the south western side of Menorca and belongs to the Àrea Natural d’Especial Interès on Ciutadella’s southern coast. Even if the beach is a bit difficult to access, you should persevere. Once down there (approximately 10-15min walk from the car park), you will be rewarded consequently: fine white sand, calm turquoise water and rocky cliffs covered with pine trees await you there.
Macarella Beach has just everything for you to spend a relaxed day in a dreamy environment. Chill out in the sun, bath in the clear water and have some break at the restaurant offering nice local food.
One more thing: a smaller cove, just as stunning and beautiful, known as Macarelleta cove is to be found within 5 minutes walking distance or by a short swim. You should definitely check it out. (Small warning: the cove is known to be one a beloved spot for naturists.)
Borderia Beach (Carrapateira), Algarve, Portugal
Borderia Beach is located on the west coast of the Algarve, next to the small village of Carrapateira, in the South of Portugal. Here, you will find have the pleasure to enjoy the feeling of being open to nature. The many sand dunes and beautiful wild landscape surrounding the area will give you an impression of freedom. The black shale, which is interrupted to give place to a limestone cliff of light and warm colors, will blow up your mind with its beauty.
You got it: Bordeira beach is the perfect spot for you to enjoy a day at the beach far away from the crowds. Fishers, be ready! Bordeira cliffs are also famous for their fishing spots, almost inaccessible and highly sought after by many seabirds that find shelter here.
And you know what´s best about Bordeira? This wild natural gem is very easy of access: a road will lead you to the beach.
And because Portugal´s beaches are so wonderful, we couldn´t only choose one:
Galapinhos Beach, Setúbal, Portugal
Definitely one of our favourite beaches in Portugal! This small beach is located in the bottom of the Arrábida National Park, in Setúbal. This is one of many beaches that you can find there, but certainly the most beautiful one. Enjoy the white pearl sand and the crystal clear water! Here, you can even see the fishes swimming around you when you´re in the water. The waves are non-existing, which makes it really nice and calm. Just one thing: the water is a bit cold, so the first steps might be hard. But once inside the sea, trust us, you´ll be happy you made them.
How you get there? There are 2 possibilities. You can either come from the bigger beach named Galapos on the West side of Galapinhos or just park your car on a curve of the road that stretches from Setúbal to Vila Nogueira de Azeitão and go downhill through the natural bush of this beautiful national park.
Galapinhos beach also offers fishing activities, a bar, a restaurant, body guards and snorkeling. Enjoy!