Famous Beaches In Europe

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Biarritz, France

Biarritz is in the Basque region of southwest France on the Atlantic Coast. Biarritz is now famous for its waves that are welcoming to surfers and its casinos, but it first became famous in the 19th century when Napoleon III’s wife had a palace built on the beach. The palace was used not only by French royals, but by British and Spanish royalty as well. Now, the palace has been converted into Hotel du Palais, but Biarritz is still a popular destination for those looking to visit a French beach without the crowds of the Riviera.

St. Tropez, France

If you prefer the crowds of the Riviera and its popularity, then St. Tropez in France is the place for you. St. Tropez hosts a plethora of visitors in the summer months, mostly those of a wealthy persuasion. It is known for being a “playground” for millionaires and celebrities who are attracted by its calm Mediterranean waters and blossoming nightlife. Many of the beaches offer private tanning areas and private huts, and some of the beaches are infamously nude.

st topez famous beach france

Cinque Terre, Italy

Located in the Liguria region of Italy, Cinque Terre is a coastline on the Italian Riviera. Meaning “The Five Lands”, Cinque Terre includes five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. This entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a national park that is well preserved. The close proximity of the cliffs to the coast prevent extensive development and have left the beaches virtually untouched and not crowded. Reaching the five villages is only possible by public transportation or hiking.

Costa del Sol, Spain

The “Coast of the Sun” has some of the most well known beaches in southern Spain in Andalusia. Before blowing up into one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain and in Europe, Costa del Sol comprised of small fishing villages. Now, thousands of tourists visit this stretch of Spanish coast every season.

boat in taviraAlgarve, Portugal

On the southern coast of mainland Portugal, Algarve first became a popular tourist destination for the British, and now more northern Europeans and citizens of the world come to Algarve’s pristine beaches every year. Although Algarve is part of one of the richest parts of Portugal, it has relatively low priced accommodations and restaurants. Its hot weather and warm people create a welcoming climate for visitors.

Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Neum is the only beach town in this small country, and it is quite impressive. It offers the country’s only passage to the Adriatic Sea, with sandy beaches and hills in the landscape. Nearby, Croatia also has beautiful beaches, but Neum offers similar views and a similar experience without the high prices that are found in neighboring countries. This is a gem in the Adriatic that is increasing in popularity.

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