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Top 5 Beaches in Europe

Egremni Beach

Egremni Beach (photo: constant progression)

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There is nothing like relaxing on a crisp white beach, looking out at the sparkling blue water with a cocktail in your hand.

Here, we give our top five 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 travelers 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.

Warnemünde Beach

Warnemünde Beach (photo: Dirk Vorderstraße)

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 ideal for relaxing while the water is perfect 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!

Ile de Re

Ile de Re Beach (photo: Alexandre Vialle)

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 ideal 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.


Sesimbra (photo: Bernt Rostad)

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.


Ibiza (photo: David Sim)

5. Cala d'en Serra, Ibiza

Last but certainly not least is the famous 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 often holiday but it is relatively hidden behind the rocky cliffs.

You can go snorkeling, and you can enjoy some fresh fish from the only café on the beach.


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Friday 21st of June 2013

Greece best place for summer in the world!!! all beaches are fabulous!!


Friday 15th of February 2013

I haven't heard about some of those beaches - didn't know Germany could offer such a great beach holiday option!

Leslie Horning

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

They all look pretty amazing, but I love the landscape around the Ile de Re, France beach. I have to admit that I had never heard of Ibiza before, but it looks beautiful too.

Dariece - Goats On The Road

Tuesday 5th of February 2013

I never would've thought about a beach holiday in Germany! Out of all of these, we've only been to beaches in Greece, which were stunning. We'll keep this list in mind for the next time we're in Europe!


Anita Mac

Monday 4th of February 2013

They all look so amazing. I have been to loads of beaches around the world...but I have to admit, not so many in Europe. I certainly would never have thought of Germany! Croatia didn't make the list...but is highly recommendable! I'd go back any day.


Tuesday 21st of June 2016

been to beaches around the world but not in Europe? Croatia is Europe last I checked

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