50 Best beaches in Europe
Ultimate guide (April 2018)
Tropea is a superb beach town in Calabria, Italy. Canonical view of peninsula with a castle can be seen from the coast, while high cliffs host the picturesque old buildings. So the Old Town is fine, but the beach is even better, - perhaps the best one in Europe. The sand is white and soft, while the water is perfectly clear, - just like in the Maldives. There is a rental of sunbeds, as well as free areas. The place becomes overcrowded in August, so it is better to choose July or September. / read more » /
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Alcudia is a popular family beach in the north-east of Mallorca island in Spain. Near the north pier there is an area with palm trees looking more like the Caribbean. The rest of shore this is a typical Mediterranean beach, but very good one. In August there are a lot of people. The Old Town has many buildings dated from 13th century, as well as Roman ruins. / read more » /
Roccella Jonica is a superb beach in the south of Italy - in Calabria region. The coast is washed by the warm Ionian Sea. It is sandy! Including entry into the water. But there are also areas with a pebbly bottom, if you prefer like that. There is also a promenade with palms, as well as authentic Old Town with a castle atop. Everything is slightly destroyed - without modern developement. And the killer feature is a palm grove located 600 meters to the east of railway station, and a lot of coastal trees and bushes further towards the port. If this is not enough for you, what about annual Roccella Jazz Festival in August 12-24? Of course, there are many tourists, but anyway less than in Tuscany. / read more » /
Magaluf is a popular beach not far from Palma - the major city of Mallorca island in Spain. This is one of the most packed resort in the island - with its sunbeds, water activities, promenade and other attributes of the prime destination. However you can always find an uncrowded area - sometimes even under the palm tree. / read more » /
Sveti Stefan is an iconic beach in Montenegro with a stunning view of the luxury island resort. There are two beaches: on the left side there is a public one with paid and free areas, while the right side is dedicated for island's guests. Everywhere there are small pebbles with a smooth entry into the water. Good snorkeling spots are available as well. / read more » /
San Silverio is the best beach in the west of Palmarola island in Italy. It is also known as Cala del Porto. The coast is beautiful and comfortable in all respects. There are trees with shadow and restaurants, while the sea is clear with good entry into the water. There is also notable rock, where the former Pope Silverius was killed in 537. / read more » /
Rosignano - beach in Italy with almost Caribbean white sand. The reason for this is soda factory, working since 1914. The only harm from the factory is that water is a little white muddy. This is unique place in Europe with perfect beach and we highly recommended to visit it. Also you can quickly reach (by the regionale trains) beautiful Tuscan towns of Pisa, Lucca and Florence. / read more » /
Santa Maria di Castellabate is a beautiful town on the coast of Campania, Italy. The castle-like house with an unusual tower is the main attraction of this place. There are many small bays protected from the open sea by breakwaters. Everything is very nice and cozy, but it's too many people even in the low season. Probably, the reason is a popular 2010 movie Welcome to the South. / read more » /
Torre Astura is a great wild beach to the south of Rome, Italy. You can relax right near the ancient castle located over the water. There are even occasional Roman ruins around. Along the coast, there are dunes and a pine forest, belonging to a military polygon. So everything is fenced off, and it is hard to get into the forest. In addition, there is a nuclear power station to the east, thus thrilling some tender visitors. The only downside of this place is a crowd of tourists in August. Fortunately, you can always walk a little to the left or to the right. / read more » /
Gizzeria Lido is a seaside town in central Calabria, Italy, - near the airport of Lamezia Terme. A little to the north, there is an iconic Hang Loose Beach famous for the International kite surfing competitions. It has a great youth crowd with good music and various activities and animation focused on the sport. However, kitesurfing is also available to the south of the central city beach. The town itself is not remarkable, but still has a good sea. / read more » /
Sellia Marina is a long beach on the Ionian Sea in Calabria, Italy. Most of the coast is wild, though there are also few relatively civilized areas with rental of lounges. So, if you plan to stay here for a long time, it is better to have a car to drive to the shops. In general, this is an excellent place for a relaxing holiday away from the busy cities. / read more » /
Sperlonga is a popular seaside resort located halfway between Rome and Naples. In the center of the coast, there is a cape with magnificent Old Town, small fortress and marina. It is crowdy everywhere, but at least you may walk a little to the side. The eastern beach gets not so many visitors, but it is also tightly packed with commercial sunbeds during the high season. The city has a rich club and night life, as well as many interesting historical buildings. / read more » /
Capo Vaticano is a popular coastal area in Calabria, Italy. There are three beaches within a walking distance from each other. Praia Focu is a beautiful secluded cove in the rocks to the north. Grotticelle is the famous beach of Calabria attracting a lot of visitors to Capo Vaticano. In fact, it is not better than other beaches nearby, but small and overcrowded. Santa Maria is similar to Grotticelle, but much longer, and is the most comfortable. / read more » /
Padula Bianca is a superb beach in the east of Ionian coast, Apulia, Italy. White sand shallows with clear water are great for younger children. While in the background, there are spectacular sand dunes with a pine forest. There are no many free areas, and these are overcrowded. However, it's not so many people, if you move to the south. There is also aquapark, located further to the south. Unlike most other popular beaches of Apulia, it is very clean here. There is also home reef with some snorkeling. It is best to avoid a high season in July-August. As for the rest of time, almost the entire coastline will belong to you only. / read more » /
Marina Roseto Capo Spulico (Borgata Marina) is a beach with a castle (Castello Federiciano, entrance 3 euros) in Calabria, Italy. There is an excellent restaurant in the castle, but, unfortunately, overpriced. Both the beach and the sea are beautiful, the water is clear, and there are even a few convenient breakwaters. However, the stony coast is uncomfortable for walking barefoot - especially for the younger children. / read more » /
Baia di Ieranto is the westernmost beach of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It is a small cove with perfectly clear water. The sea is almost always calm, so it's good to snorkel on the rocks. The coast is wild - without bars or sunbeds rental. So it is necessary to bring water and some tent, or at least a hat. The trek to the beach is scenic and is a notable attraction itself. In the high season, the place becomes busy enough, so it's better to come early or vice versa in the afternoon. / read more » /
Vila Franca is an unusual beach in the crater of an old volcano, located on a tiny islet near the Sao Miguel island, Azores. The water is shallow with a stony bottom. There is also a small sandy area good for smaller children. So in a contrast to most of Atlantic, the water is warm, and there are no waves. The islet has toilet room and lifeguards. / read more » /
Gabella Grande is a seaside resort near Crotone in Calabria, Italy. To the north of the railway station, there is a great miles long beach - mostly completely secluded. On the other hand, there are agricultural fields and boring fishing villages to the south. The most famous beach clubs are Lido Katia and Gabella Pineta, but not limited to the listed. / read more » /
Montepaone Lido is a great beach on the Ionian Coast of Calabria, Italy. There are enough of tourist amenities, but on the other hand, it's not so crowded as neighboring Soverato. Hills come to the water edge in the north end of the coast. In addition, excellent mountain trekking is possible, though this is usually not advertised. / read more » /
Pizzo is a seaside resort in Central Calabria, Italy, being the nearest one to the south from Lamezia Terme airport. The Old Town area is beautiful - quite like the famous Amalfi coast, and the beaches here are much better and less crowded. In addition, miles long flat coast comes to the north - with occasional artificial bays protected from waves by the breakwaters. / read more » /
Baia Arena is a great beach in the south of Campania, Italy. Along the coast, there are sand dunes with an old tower, while beautiful hills can be seen around. There is a small town of Ogliastro in the west, while wild beautiful beach heads to the east. During the summer time, local authorities organize regular cleanups of the area. / read more » /
Vibo Marina is a city beach in Calabria, Italy. There is a port in the east end, but it doesn't affect the holidaymakers. The water is clean and clear with the superb fine sand. There are areas with breakwaters, as well as areas faced to the open sea. In addition, it is shallow in most cases, thus giving great opportunities for families with children. / read more » /
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