The 10 Best Beaches in Europe
Lazing on the beach is one of life’s great pleasures; feeling the warmth of the sun kiss your skin, the soft sand in between your toes and hearing the gentle lull of the sea lapping against the shore. The Mediterranean has so many of the world’s best beaches that choosing which pocket of paradise to visit on your hen or stag holiday can be a difficult process – We’ve picked out ten of the best just for you!
Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Cyprus, Nissi Beach is the ideal combination of powder white sand, Crystal turquoise water and pumping music from fantastic beach bars frequented by eager young party animals – this is not a beach for those looking for a quiet, secluded experience, be prepared to drink your body weight in vodka red bull and indulge in raunchy party games.
Liscia Ruja – Sardinia, Italy
Located on the famed Costa Speralda on the spectacular island of Sardinia, Liscia Ruja Beach is fondly known amongst locals as Long Beach due to its status as the widest beach on the island. Its unique setting – framed by a thick Mediterranean forest of strawberry-trees, citrus trees and junipers – gives it a mystical atmosphere.
Navagio Beach – Zakynthos Island, Greece
There is something attractively exclusive about a beach that can only be reached by boat. Not only is Navagio Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos only accessible from the sea, it has also reached national icon status thanks to the huge rusty old shipwreck that is beached on its shores.
Blue Lagoon – Comino Island, Malta
The name conjures up images of tropical paradise and the Blue Lagoon on the tiny Maltese island of Comino lives up to expectations with the clearest blue waters twinkling in the bright sunlight. Little sailing boats bob up and down in the gentle waves and sun bathers stretch out like lizards on the rocky outcrops.
Zlatni Rat – Brac Island, Croatia
Famous for its unique shape like a sandy finger pointing out to sea, Zlatni Rat beach is also known as the Golden Horn and is an extremely popular for swimming and windsurfing.
Pampelonne Beach – St Tropez, France
Although this beach can welcome around 30,000 people a day during peak season, its three-miles of golden sands are one of the many reasons that St Tropez became so famous. Now a preferred haunt of the rich and famous, this beach is one for the style gurus and glamour pusses.
Blue Lagoon – Akamas, Cyprus
A second beach earning its Blue Lagoon name, this secret little cove on the untouched Akamas Peninsula near Paphos is a snorkeler’s paradise.
Rabbit Beach – Lampedusa, Italy
Voted the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor in 2013, Rabbit Beach, located in the southern part of Lampedusa Island in southern Italy is a circular cove of turquoise watered paradise. Don’t visit in August though as it gets extremely busy.
Olu Deniz – Turkey
Being one of Turkey’s most popular beaches, Olu Deniz can get busy during the peak season, but the unique topography of this fantastic little sandy peninsula means you can find a hidden bit of shade under the trees in between swimming breaks.
Playa De San Antonio – Ibiza, Spain
San Antonio is one of Ibiza’s most famous party hot spots, and the beautiful beach is the perfect place to enjoy sunset sun downers while listening to top DJ’s pump out eclectic soundtracks.