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10 Of The Best Beaches In Europe

Looking to book a much-needed beach break in Europe but aren’t sure where to find that perfect stretch of sea and sand? Say no more!

We’ve picked out ten amazing European beaches that ooze tranquillity and relaxation in abundance, and you may even be a little surprised by where you'll find them.

Check out the line-up and prepare for those beach holiday cravings to really kick in…

1. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily

Topping most lists of beautiful beaches in Europe is Spiaggia dei Conigli (that’s Rabbits Beach to you and us!), located in the quaint Italian island of Sicily. We’re not sure how many rabbits you’re likely to come across, but you’ll certainly be able to witness an array of sea life in its shallow waters.

Ranking at number two in Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the world this year, it’s not one to miss!

Spiaggia dei Conigli

2. Kleftiko Beach, Milos, Cyclades

There are more than 70 beaches situated on Milos, but laidback Kleftiko is placed perfectly away from local shops and amenities, making it an area of pure bliss away from the hustle and bustle of other parts of the island.

3. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

We couldn’t compile a list of the best European beaches without adding in a UK entry! Found on the Isle of Harris, it is one of the largest beaches in Scotland and due to its remote location can often be enjoyed with peace and quiet aplenty.

4. La Côte des Basques, Biarritz, France

France’s stunning and elegant southwestern seaside town of Biarritz is perfect for travellers seeking out a classy beach break by the coast. There are a number of hotels, B&Bs and private holiday rentals nearby if you want to make a real trip out of your visit, as well as some fantastic bars and restaurants to experience La Côte des Basques in style.

La Côte des Basques beach, France

5. Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey

Set on a hilly backdrop, this spectacular Turkish beach really has to be seen to be believed! At the east end of the beach is a turtle sanctuary which is hugely popular with tourists, as are the river cruises and Blue Thermal Lagoon day trip that can be taken from Dalyan.

6. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, UK

With a whopping three miles of sand, Woolacombe Beach in the southern UK county of Devon has regularly been voted one of Britain’s best. The peak period in summer can get a little busy (but that’s just a sign of how good it is!), though if you want a quieter break, the winter months are still a great time to visit.

7. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

Popular with holidaymakers due to its intriguing pink sandy beaches, Elafonissi Beach is a must-visit during your next Greek island adventure. It is situated in the southwest corner of Crete, offering a slightly more peaceful stretch of shore to sit back and relax upon.

Elafonissi Beach, Crete

8. Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy

This quaint pebbled beach in Sardinia is tucked away neatly into the island coves, and is only accessible by boat making it a beautifully secluded coastal setting. Popular with watersports enthusiasts, you’ll find scuba divers and snorkellers enjoying the crystal clear blue waters.

9. Balos Lagoon, Kissamos, Greece

A further Greek beach to make our top ten, Balos Lagoon in Crete is known for its clear turquoise waters, and of course the glorious sunshine that reflects seamlessly off it. Surrounded by shallow sea, it’s easy for boats to dock, or you can also visit by car.

10. Reynisfjara Beach, Vik, Iceland

Iceland is famous for its ‘wow’ spots and Reynisfjara Beach is certainly one of them! A slightly chillier beach destination, its striking black volcanic sand and craggy rock formations make for breathtaking views out across the island’s south coast.

Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland


Have you visited any of these beaches before? Or do you have any other European beaches to add to the list? Let us know by tweeting @icelollyholiday!