best beaches of Europe

The best beaches of Europe

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Looking for the best beaches to relax in Europe? Here is a compilation of some of the best beaches in Europe where you can spend your holiday and come back relaxed and rejuvenated.

Europe is home to some of the most picture-perfect beaches where your ‘sea, sun, and sand' vacations can be enjoyed to the fullest. There are beaches to suit all tastes and requirements, be it the calm beaches of Croatia or Greece with clear blue waters, to the wild and vast surf beaches of Portugal's Atlantic coast.

If you are ready to start arranging your next coastal getaway but aren't sure where to start, you have come to the right place. We have handpicked the 6  best beaches in Europe for your ultimate European beach getaway.

1.  Cala Macarelleta Beach, Menorca (Spain)

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Cala Macarelleta is an example of how natural beauty can be preserved in all its charm without being changed with time and technology. Any description falls short, and only the experience of bathing in its crystalline waters can do adequate justice. Surrounded by majestic cliffs and pines,it is a picture-perfect view in every way. Here the water is a  beautiful shallow turquoise color and the powdery-white sand will get you straight out of your wintry fantasies.

It takes more energy to lie down on its white sand and swim in its pristine clear, shallow seas than many other beaches in Menorca, as it requires a good walk along a dusty road, then a climb up and along the cliff route lined with pine trees and overlooking the magnificent Mediterranean blues. Swim among the vividly colored fish while weaving around the bay's ships. This gorgeous cove, on the other hand, is the island's best-kept secret, attracting hundreds of tourists during the summer.


 2.  Praia de Albandeira, Portugal

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The beach is sandy, with fine gold-colored sand. The beach is only about 80 meters in length. Its vastness, however, pales in comparison to its beauty.  This small bay is off the usual path, so even though it's small, you'll be able to find a place to put your towel. The overhanging cliffs provide shading and protection from the elements, yet they also appear like something out of a fairy tale. If you're planning a road trip across Portugal, you'll be happy to know that the location is popular with surfers of all levels, and the clean seas make it ideal for snorkelling. Equip yourself with snorkelling equipment and discover the spectacular sea beds and diverse marine life of this renowned tropical location.


3.  Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

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The beautiful golden pebble beach at Zlatni Rat reaches out to the Adriatic Sea like a hand stretching for more wine (..or beer). The beach is located close to Bol, on the island of Brac, and is a popular destination for tourists looking to spend their vacation in Croatia. It is undoubtedly the nicest beach in Croatia. Depending on the time of year you visit Brac, you can participate in a variety of sporting activities as well as relax be it windsurfing, water sports, swimming, or sunbathing. If you do decide to stay on the beach, the scenery is incredibly stunning, with mountains and water all around you. There is a shaded forested area where you may buy a variety of refreshments as well.


4.  Balos beach, Crète

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The lagoon named Balos Beach is located on the northwestern side of Chania on the island of Crete. It seizes your heart twice- first with its fascinating natural beauty and dreamy look and then as you get closer, you discover that it has a delightful swimming location.
The beach is known for its turquoise waves, natural beauty, and fantastic exotic landscape. Thousands of guests arrive by boat from Kissamos each day throughout the summer, flooding the beach. If you don't like crowds, avoid the beach during July and August. Also, getting to the beach early in the morning, before the Kissamos boats arrive, is a great idea. The short hours of isolation in such a divine setting will live on in your memories for the rest of your life.


5.  Porto Badisco, Italy

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If the rocks and reefs are not a concern for you, and you like to have a walk in the woods before heading to the beach, you should know that Porto Badisco has a lovely free beach at the mouth of the Mediterranean fjord. The subsurface is marked by caves and rocks that look out over the water and are even more visible while swimming.

Porto Badisco is a natural harbor on Salento's Adriatic coast, approximately north of 'Punta Scuru' and about a 15- 20 min drive from south of Otranto. The seaside town has a small beach that is gently caressed by two rugged granite mountains that shelter it from the wind and keep the sea quiet throughout the year. The beach is renowned for clear water and cleanliness, providing revitalizing moments of enjoyment while forgetting about the heat of the sun. The other well-known things about the beach are the stunning underwater scene that is appropriate for all types of fishing and snorkelling, the possibility of hiring boats, and the gorgeous scenery that is refreshing and covers the beach.


6.   Santa Giulia Beach, Corsica, France 

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It is one of the several beaches that stretch between the Isle of Beauty's majestic and mountainous interior and its turquoise waters, which gradually fade into a deep blue until they reach another mainland. Santa Giulia Beach is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the world and is officially recognized by UNESCO.

The beach backs up to a luxuriant wall of overhanging shrubs plants and trees on the shore. It is a protective wall rather than an impenetrable one. On hot days, cool off in the shade of the overhanging branches, where you'll typically find a comfortable cafe or restaurant with a view of the beach. Santa Giulia's long stretch of white sand has earned it a reputation as one of the most photogenic beaches on the island. You can explore the enigmatic world beneath the surface on a scuba-diving or snorkelling tour, or try a variety of adventurous activities like water skiing or tubing.



There are so many more beaches in Europe that could have made this list and everyone should be visited, but you can't go wrong by starting with the list we have provided.

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