Europe has just about everything, from the magnificent Alps to the gorgeous architecture in the cities. It is often referred to the epicentre of culture and civilisation and walking along the streets of Florence or Prague, it’s not hard to see why. However, one thing Europe is not famed for, curiously, is its beaches, which is a real shame because this mighty continent certainly packs a punch when it comes to its shimmering coastline. If you’re ready to find out just how amazing Europe’s beaches are, read on to see out top 5 favourites.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
Situated on Kefalona, one of the most beautiful of all the Greek islands, Myrtos Beach is quite possibly the singular most picturesque beach you will ever encounter. Fringed by rugged cliffs that keep it secluded and intimate, the sand here is pearly white and powder soft. With the weather on the island being almost always perfect, there’s never a bad time to take a dip in the lovely, clear water here.
Rabbit Beach, Italy
This is probably one Italy’s finest beaches, not only because of its impossibly turquoise water and golden sand, but because it isn’t overrun with people making noise and spoiling the ambiance. Located on the island of Lampedusa, the beach is tricky to get to but well worth the challenge given its sublime beauty. It is also one of just a few nesting grounds for the Loggerhead sea turtle.
Vik Beach, Iceland
Iceland might seem an odd country to feature on this list and while you won’t find any swaying palms on the beaches here, you are sure to be left speechless by the striking scenery. Comprised of black sand and surrounded by fascinating basalt columns that are just as fun to look as they are to clamber over, this beach is unlike anything you will have ever seen and will hold a special place in your memory forever.
Cala Salada, Ibiza
Undoubtedly one of the best beaches that Spain and its islands have to offer, Cala Salada boasts spectacularly clear water, which laps over fine, soft sand. This stunning cove is protected by pine covered hills, which only add to its natural beauty. If you are looking for a beach that will allow you to escape the crowds of party-goers on this island and give you space to zone out while you soak up some rays, this is the place to go.
Plage de la Côte des Basques, France
This beach can be found in oh so fancy Biarritz and has been known to be a favourite among celebrities, no doubt thanks to the fact that it looks like its come straight from the pages of a travel magazine. The golden sand seemingly stretches on forever, harmoniously swaying with the ebb and flow of the sparkling water. When it comes to European beaches, this masterpiece definitely should not be missed.