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Best Beaches in Europe

Plan the perfect beach holiday in Europe. Find the best beaches, resorts, attractions and things to do at these exciting beach holiday destinations in Europe.


Platja de Tamariu, Costa Brava
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Top beach holiday destinations in Europe

While there are hundreds of great beaches in Europe, all offering their own charm and beauty, there are a few singularly beautiful beaches that are truly spectacular and exceed one's every expectation for the ultimate beach holiday.

We feature a selection of the very best beaches in Europe, from secluded stretches of sand lapped by turquoise water to gorgeous beaches with every amenity close to hand.

Discover also in-depth information about hotels and resorts, things to do and see, when to visit and how to get to each beach.

Find the perfect location for your beach holiday in Europe, today!

French Riviera

French Riviera

For a classy beach holiday in France, try the French Riviera – a glamorous and unrivalled coastline that is home to a string of chic resorts and mainly golden beaches that lie nestled between lush green hills, stark mountains and the pristine blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Along with neighbouring Monaco, the French Riviera offers all the ingredients to create a memorable holiday.

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Biarritz, France


The glamorous resort of Biarritz has been attracting holidaymakers and aristocracy to its golden-sand beaches since the 1850s, when Napoleon III and his Spanish-born wife Eugénie first built a holiday villa on La Grande Plage.

Renowned for some of Europe’s best surfing conditions, its impressive fin de siècle (end of the century) architecture, a choice of golf courses, luxurious spas, fine dining restaurants, al fresco cafés and hotels – including Napoleon’s former holiday villa – Biarritz is still one of Europe’s most stylish beach resorts and makes the perfect destination for a classy beach holiday in France.

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Top honeymoon destinations – Corsica


The dramatic island of Corsica boasts the most idyllic and (arguably) best beaches in France – the perfect spot for a beach holiday in France.

Blessed with a mountainous interior that descends to a 1000km-long coastline edged with secluded coves and more than 200 gorgeous white-sand beaches, Corsica offers a wonderful choice of experiences.

Go scuba diving in crystal clear waters or try rock climbing, rafting, horseback riding and hiking through the unspoiled interior of lush green pastures and rugged mountain ranges that soar to more than 2000m.

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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

The glamorous island of Santorini is often considered the most dramatically beautiful of all the Greek Islands and, along with Mykonos, is also one of the most expensive.

But don’t let the cost put you off enjoying a beach holiday or romantic getaway here, for Santorini offers all the necessary ingredients for the perfect Greek Island romance and is the perfect choice for a holiday in Europe and the Greek Islands.

Unwind on a choice of beaches, then soak up the ambience of Santorini's picturesque villages by strolling a labyrinth of narrow and winding cobblestone streets lined with fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, gourmet restaurants and sophisticated boutique hotels.

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Mykonos, Greek Islands

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos – arguably the most glamorous and expensive of all the Greek Islands – boasts everything you need for a perfect beach holiday in Greece.

Discover picturesque white-washed houses and blue-domed churches, classy boutique shopping, exciting nightlife, a cosmopolitan (some would say hedonistic) atmosphere and a selection of long sandy beaches ranging from family friendly to secluded and clothing-optional.

Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets that meander through the cubist charms of Old Mykonos town.

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Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira, Algarve

Albufeira – the busiest and arguably most enjoyable resort on the Algarve – is the perfect spot for a beach holiday in Portugal.

With its mild climate, scenic setting, Moorish-style old town, great choice of easy-to-reach beaches, fine-dining seafood restaurants, numerous bars, nearby theme parks and wide range of accommodation options, Albufeira is a perfect honeymoon destination at any time of the year.

Unwind on the town’s main beach or follow a coastal path over rocky ochre-red bluffs and through naturally sculpted rock tunnels to a string of beaches that stretch from nearby Praia da Oura to Santa Eulalia.

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The über-chic Balearic Island of Ibiza is renowned for its famously raucous dance club scene, jet-setting glitterati and more than 50 white-sand beaches indenting its rugged, picture-perfect coastline – the perfect spot for active couples looking to holiday in the Mediterranean.

Choose from a wide selection of sugar-white beaches fringed by music bars, dance clubs, restaurants and hotels, which sit conveniently close to the main resorts of Ibiza town, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany.

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Savour a relaxing honeymoon in Mallorca – Spain’s most popular Mediterranean island, the largest of the Balearic Islands and the perfect place for a beach holiday in Spain.

Discover a choice of pine-fringed white-sand beaches that indent a 500km-long coastline and border lively resorts crammed with bars, restaurants and hotels.

Explore the island’s interior on foot, bike or by hire car, a scenic landscape of almond and olive groves, pine forests, whitewashed windmills and picture-perfect mountain villages scattered across the spectacular Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.

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Capri, Italy

Isle of Capri

The Isle of Capri is Italy’s most famous island – the haunt of movie stars, literati and everyone famous since the Roman Emperor Tiberius first established his home here in the 1st century AD.

Set in a deep blue sea just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri boasts a rugged mountain surrounded by picture-perfect coves, jagged cliffs, underwater grottos and dramatic swimming sites.

With its exclusive ambiance, chic boutiques, fine dining restaurants and good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, Capri offers all the ingredients you need for a great island beach holiday in Italy.

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Oludeniz, Turkey


Oludeniz lies at the centre of one of Turkey’s most scenic destinations – a magnificent coastal region of secluded coves, soaring cliffs, pine-clad mountains and ancient archaeological sites overlooking Turkey's Mediterranean Coast.

Commonly known as ‘the Turquoise Coast’, the region is blessed with crystal clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving, as well as pine-clad valleys and mountains for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.

The resorts of Oludeniz and Fethiye are conveniently placed to offer all you need for a memorable beach holiday in Turkey.

Sunbathe on the sand spit at the idyllic pine-fringed Oludeniz Lagoon, windsurf at Koca Calis Beach, explore underwater caves and sunken ruins in the crystalline blue waters of the Gulf of Fethiye or paraglide from the summit of Babadag Mountain to Oludeniz Beach.

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Popular beach holiday destinations in France

French Riviera
French Riviera

Cannes, France

Nice, France

St Tropez, France
St Tropez



La Baule
La Baule

St Malo
St Malo

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Popular beach holiday destinations in Greek Islands

Alonissos, Greece

Corfu, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Ithaca, Greece

Ios, Greece

Kevalonia, Greece

Kos, Greece

Levkas, Greece

Milos, Greece

Naxos, Greece

Paros, Greece

Patmos, Greece

Rhodes, Greece

Simi, Greece

Skiathos, Greece

Skopelos, Greece

Skyros, Greece

Zante, Greece

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Popular beach holiday destinations in Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast

Italian Riviera, Italy
Italian Riviera

Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre

Rimini, Italy

Sicily, Italy

Sardinia, Italy

Tuscan Riviera
Tuscan Riviera


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Popular beach holiday destinations in Portugal

Albufeira, Portugal
The Algarve

Portimao, Portugal

Alvor, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal

Estoril, Portugal

Madeira, Portugal

Funchal, Portugal

Porto Santo, Portugal
Porto Santo

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Popular beach holiday destinations in Spain

Costa del sol, Spain
Costa del Sol

Marbella, Spain

Estepona, Spain

Fuengirola, Spain

Torremolinos, Spain

Mallorca, Spain

Menorca, Spain

Ibiza, Spain


Costa Brava
Costa Brava

LLoret de Mar
Lloret de Mar


Tossa de Mar, Spain
Tossa de Mar

Cadaques, Spain


San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian

Grand Canaria
Canary Islands






Formentera, Spain

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Popular beach holiday destinations in Turkey

Antalya, Turkey

Oludeniz, Turkey

Marmaris, Turkey

Kusadasi, Turkey

Bodrum, Turkey

Cesme, Turkey

Side, Turkey

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Elsewhere in Europe. . .


Brac, Dalmation Coast
Dalmatian Coast

Zante, Greece

Latest update about best beaches in Europe: 12 December, 2017

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