Top 10 Beaches In Europe

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1. San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily, Italy

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and an autonomous part of Italy. Due to its size and location, Sicily has a unique culture that differs even from mainland Italian culture. Its diverse history, ranging from being ruled by the ancient Greeks to being part of Arab conquests, lends itself to a diverse reality in the present day. These historical influences are reflected throughout Sicily’s cities, cuisine, arts, and general culture.

Located on Sicily’s northwest coast, San Vito Lo Capo is a small town with beautiful, untainted beaches and a spectacular mountainous landscape. The seaside escape has not succumbed to over-development of high-priced hotels and restaurants, so accommodations are mostly two-story villas and homes. San Vito Lo Capo has been designated as a Blue Flag beach several times, as it boasts pristine waters and clean, sandy beaches. There are several coves and untouched beaches scattered throughout San Vito Lo Capo. Additionally, the North African and Arab influence is obvious here, as there is an internationally renowned Couscous Festival annually. This is a little known town that provides for one of the best beach escapes in Europe.

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2. Cala de Algaiarens, Menorca, Spain

Menorca, part of the Balearic Islands, is full of untouched beaches and coves. Compared to the other major Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza and Majorca, Menorca is much more low-key.  The coastline of Cala de Algaiarens  is rugged with cliffs and rock formations dotting the landscape. Its undiscovered beaches have left the Mediterranean waters off its coast clear and ideal for underwater exploration.

3. Baska Voda, Croatia

Located in Croatia’s Split-Dalmatia county, Baska Voda has become a popular tourist destination on the Adriatic Sea. It was popular in the early 20th century, but like most of Europe, it saw the negative effects of World War Two. Hotels have since been rebuilt and tourism is once again booming. The beaches are beautiful, but there is also much more to see and do in Baska Voda, including historical sites and museums.

4. Oludeniz, Turkey

The Turkish Riviera is developing and expanding quickly. Oludeniz is the most iconic and well known of Turkish beaches due to its pristine reputation as a Blue Flag beach with a beautiful lagoon. The beach town hosts one of the most popular air shows in the world, and paragliding is a popular activity because of the spectacular views it provides of the waters off the coast.

fountain in sopot poland5. Sopot, Poland

Even Poland, on the north side of Europe, has a Riviera. Though not as popular or well-known as the French Riviera, Poland’s beaches on the Baltic Sea draw in locals and visitors from nearby Germany. The clean, white sands of Sopot accommodate the flocks of people who visit in the summer months without seeming overcrowded. Sopot boasts a lively nightlife, as well as Europe’s longest wooden pier.

6. The Curonian Spit, Lithuania

The Curonian Spit is a long, thin stretch of 98 kilometers of land belonging to Lithuania that can be reached by a short ferry ride. It separates the Baltic Sea from the large Curonian Lagoon. The southern part of the spit belongs to Russia, but the northern, Lithuanian part is a stretch of beautiful beaches that travelers often don’t consider when they think of summer beach getaways due to its location on the cool Baltic coast. Nida is the largest city on the spit, and a popular destination for locals, and the entire 98 kilometers of land is a protected national park. The beaches are covered in golden sand and The Curonian Spit boasts some of the highest sand dunes on the continent.

7. Biarritz, France

Located in the south of France on its Atlantic coast, Biarritz is in the Basque region of France and has been a popular destination for over a century. It gained notoriety in 1854 when the wife of Napoleon III had a palace built on the beach that was frequented by various European royals. The palace is still in use as it is now a hotel on the beach. Surfing is a popular pastime on the beaches on Biarritz, as is gambling. Biarritz is one of the top beaches in France off of the beaten path of the French Riviera, and one of the top destinations in Europe.

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8. Praia del Fuoco, Italy

This beach destination is accessible most easily by boat, as it is on the tip of Calabria, at the southern tip of Italy, and just north east of Sicily. Secluded and virtually untouched, the beaches are sandy and the waters of Praia del Fuoco are akin to a pool. As with much of the Mediterranean coast, the beaches are surrounded by mountains and cliffs, and coves dot the coastline.

9. Becici, Montenegro

After receiving the Grand Prix in Paris for the most beautiful beach in Europe in 1935, Becici in Montenegro has continued to maintain popularity. Located a few kilometers from the historic town of Budva, Becici is one of the most frequented beach resorts in Montenegro. Budva, nearby, is a historic walled city that offers insight into the region’s vast history. Becici’s proximity to Budva and the rest of Montenegro’s cities and  its popular beaches are not to be missed.

10. Girne, North Cyprus

Girne, located on the island’s north coast which is officially the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is often overlooked as one of the top beaches in Europe due to politics and its location. Northern Cyprus offers a culture and experience unique to its borders, with Turkish, Greek, and Arab influences. The weather will make you want to dip yourself into the Mediterranean, and for those times that the weather prevents you from swimming in the warm, clear waters, there are historic sites and museums depicting the city’s 6,000 year history.

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