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There is nothing quite like relaxing on a crisp white beach, looking out at the sparkling blue water with a cocktail in your hand.
Here, we submit our top 5 beaches in Europe that you should consider when booking your next holiday.
1. Egremni, Lefkada, Greece
Greece and Spain are often the first European destinations travellers consider when booking a beach holiday and for good reason.
If you want to avoid spending your time in the company of thousands of tourists, then this beach is the one for you.
It is much more peaceful than some of the more popular beaches and is more suited to those who like a more tranquil atmosphere.
The cliff steps take you down into the fine pebbly beach where you can relax in front of the picturesque Mediterranean.
2. Warnemünde, Germany
Germany is not necessarily the first place you would think of when you want to go on a beach holiday. However, if you are looking for something a little more traditional, pay a visit to Warnemünde.
Located on the Baltic Sea, the white sandy beaches are great for relaxing while the water is great for sports such as windsurfing and sailing.
Beware of taking a dip in the water though; it can be a bit on the cold side, even in summer. This is ideal when you want to cool off from the sun.
There is even a naturist area for those who are a bit more adventurous!
3. Ile de Re, France
This is one of the more traditional areas of France and the island is lined with quaint French architecture.
The beach is great for those who prefer to get away from the commercial, tourist-filled beaches found in more popular holiday destinations.
Those who enjoy walking and nature holidays will love the beach here as there are plenty of coves to explore and pine forests to hike through.
Sea life is abundant and you can even go for a cycle around the island.
4. Sesimbra, Portugal
Swimming and sunbathing are the best parts of a beach holiday and Sesimbra has plenty of this to offer.
When you get hungry, you can pick up some fresh fish from the fishermen who sell their catch on the beach.
This area of Portugal is more traditional and the Arrábida mountain towers over the beach making it more secluded.
It is also not far from Lisbon so you could even spend the day in Sesimbra if you book up for Lisbon.
5. Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza
Last but certainly not least is the popular holiday destination of Ibiza. Although Ibiza holidays are mostly associated with 18 to 30 packages and the party lifestyle, there are also some beautiful stretches of sand to be found.
This beach is one of the most popular, but if you take a walk along the cliff paths you will find some coves which are quieter than the main beach.
This beach is near Portinatx where families frequently holiday but it is relatively hidden behind the rocky cliffs.
You can go snorkelling and you can enjoy some fresh fish from the only café on the beach.
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