So you’re looking to book a much-needed beach break in Europe but aren’t sure where to go to find that perfect stretch of sea and sand? Don’t fret, your good friends here at icelolly.com are on hand to help!
We’ve picked out 10 amazing European beaches that ooze tranquility and relaxation in abundance, and you may even be a little surprised at the location of some of them.
Take a look now and prepare for those beach holiday cravings to really kick in…
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.
This beach recently made the top ten of a list of the top beaches in the world, and was only one of two in Europe to do so.
There are in fact more than 70 beaches situated on Milos, though 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.
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.
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 Cato des Basques in style.
Set amongst 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.
With a whopping three miles of sand, Woolacombe Beach in the southern UK county of Devon has regularly been voted one of the best these shores have to offer. 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.
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 which is slightly less busy than others areas, giving you more room to relax and enjoy.
This quaint pebbled beach in Sardinia is tucked away neatly into the island coves, and only accessible by boat making it a beautifully secluded coastal setting. Popular with water sports enthusiasts, you’ll find scuba divers and the like enjoy the crystal clear blue waters.
A further Greek beach to make our top 10, 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.
A slightly chillier beach break, though no less impressive, Iceland is famous for its ‘wow’ spots and Black Sand Beach is certainly another. Partly because it’s known for its (you guessed it) black sand which is coloured so because it is volcanic, and common across beaches right across the country.
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!