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With Europe being a major peninsula and having multiple peninsulas extending out in all directions, it is practically surrounded on all sides by water. Only 12 of Europe’s 46 countries do not border a sea or ocean. That makes for miles and miles of coastlines and wonderful beaches. It is a no wonder that some of Europe’s beaches are considered the best in the world when compared to those in the Caribbean, South Pacific, South America and Asia.

During the summer months, especially August, Europeans flock to Southern European countries and their beaches to worship the sun. While some beaches are not as sandy as those in the tropics, it doesn’t stop them from being some of the most popular in the world. A beach where you can relax and have a view of a castle and the sea at the same time is special.

Europe is home to some of the world’s most famous beaches. During the summer months, especially August, Europeans flock to Southern European countries and their beaches to worship the sun. While some beaches are not as sandy as those in the tropics, it doesn’t stop them from being some of the most popular in the world. A beach where you can relax and have a view of a castle and the sea at the same time is special.

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CROATIA

THe Adriatic coast…

Starting at the Istria peninsula in Croatia, in the north, it heads southeast along the Adriatic coast all the way to Albania. It is dotted with hundreds of islands, scenic bays and great beaches. It also has historic old cities and ruins of Roman and Venetian empires like Dubrovnik, Tula and Spilt.

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FRANCE

THe FREnCH riviera…

Also know as the Côte d’Azur, starts on the boarder with Italy in the east and extends to Cassis in the west. It has lured the rich and famous for centuries to coastal locations like Nice, Monaco, Cannes, Saint Tropez, Eze and Antibes.

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GREECE

THe aegean islands…

Greece has thousands of islands across the Aegean an Ionian Seas. The largest is Crete with other highly popular islands like Corfu, Hydra, Kefalonia, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini and Zakynthos.

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ITALY

THe Italian riviera…

Also know as the Ligurian Riviera stars at Capo Corvo in the east and ends at the French boarder in the west. It is know for the Cinque Terra UNESCO World Heritage site and for famous coastal resorts like Portofino, Santa Margherita and San Remo.

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PORTUGAL

THe Algarve coast…

Along Portugal’s south coast on the Atlantic Ocean from the boarder with Spain in the east to Sagrés at the west end, many flock to this area with 300 days of sunshine year round..

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SPAIN

THe Balearic Islands…

An archipelago of islands in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Highly popular with the students and young people for its nightlife.

THe Canary Islands…

Spanish archipelago and autonomous community located in the Atlantic Ocean 62 miles west of the Morocco. The climate and beaches draw over 12 million tourists annually.

Spain’s Costa Brava…

This popular coastline stretches from the French boarder to just north of Barcelona. A huge holiday destination with great beaches and wonderful summer climate.

Spain’s Costa Del Sol…

A famous tourists destination along the coastline of the Providence of Málaga from the cliffs of Maro in the east to Punta Chullera on the west. The warm weather year round make this area extremely popular.

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TURKEY

The Turkish Riviera…

Also know as the Turquoise Coast, it stretches over thousand kilometers from Turkey’s southern coast on the Mediterranean Sea to Cesme on the Aegean coast in western Turkey. Its climate, warm sea, mountainous scenery and fine beaches have made it highly popular.

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UNITED KINGDOM – ENGLAND

The Jurassic coast…

England’s southern coastline along the English Channel from Bournemouth in Dorset to Exmouth in Devon. The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Other than swimming and sunbathing beaches activities can include hiking, surfing, dune buggy’s, camping, sailing, scuba, snorkeling, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Many areas have large resorts or local towns with dinning, clubs, music concerts, museums and boutique shops.

Europe’s Most Famous and Beautiful Beaches…

List below are some of the most popular beaches in Europe. While these are not the only beaches they are considered not just some of the best beaches in Europe but, in the whole world. For this reason they can be very crowded, especially during the high tourists seasons. Europe has many fine beaches other those listed below. You may find even find those other beaches in close proximity to popular ones with less activity.

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ALBANIA

  • Durrës –  Durrës

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BELGIUM

  • Zeebrugge –  Zeebrugge

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BULGARIA

  • Irakli Beach – Obzor
  • Golden Sands Beach –  Varna

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CROATIA

  • Baska Voda Beach –  Baska Voda
  • Zlatni Rat – Bol, Brac Island
  • Punta Rata – Brela
  • Sveti Ivan – Lubenice, Cres Island
  • Banja Beach – Dubrovnik
  • Sunj Sandy Beach –  Lopud Island
  • Dubovica Beach – Milina, Hvar Island
  • Rajska Plaza – Lopar, Rab Island
  • Makarska Beach – Makarska & Split
  • Queen’s Beach – Nin
  • Omis Beach – Omni
  • Stara Baska Beach – Stara Baska

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CYPRUS

  • Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa
  • Fig Tree Bay – Protaras

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DENMARK

  • Hasle Lystskov Strand –  Hasle, Bornholm Island

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ESTONIA

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FRANCE

  • Cote das Basques – Biarritz
  • Plage du Petit Sperone –  Bonifacio
  • Carlton Beach –  Cannes
  • Calanque D’En Vau –  Cassis
  • Virgin Islands Creek –  Crozon
  • Plage d’Hendaye – Hendaye
  • Pinarello Beach –  La Croix Du Sud, Corsica
  • Espiguette Beach – Le Grau-du-Roi
  • Le Touquet Beach –  Le Touquet
  • Plage de Pentrez –  Pentrez
  • Plage d’Arone –  Piana
  • Palombaggia Beach – Porto-Vecchio
  • Plage de Pampelonne –  Saint-Tropez
  • Snata Giulia Beach –  Santa Giulia
  • Paloma Beach –  St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat

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GERMANY

  • St. Peter-Ording Beach – Sankt Peter-Ording
  • Kampen Beach – Sylt
  • Warnemünde Beach –  Warnemünde

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GREECE

  • Agios Prolopios Beach –  Agios Prokopios
  • Vríka –  Andípaxi
  • Longás Beach – Corfu, Ionian Islands
  • Elounda –  Elounda, Crete
  • Erimoupolis Beach,  Crete
  • Elafonisi Beach – Elafonisi Island, Crete
  • Simos Beach – Elafonisos Island
  • Anthony Quinn Bay –  Faliraki, Rhodes
  • Áyios Nikólas Beach –  Karpathos
  • Myrtos Beach – Kefalonia Island
  • Balos Beach & Lagoon – Kissamos, Crete
  • Avlémonas –  Kythira
  • Atháni –  Lefkádha
  • Ergemni Beach – Lefkádha
  • Káthisma Beach – Lefkádha
  • Porto Katsiki – Lefkádha
  • St. Pauls Bay – Lindos
  • Ayía Kyriakí –  Milos
  • Paleohóri – Milos
  • Sarakiniko Beach –  Milos
  • Paradise Beach – Mykonos Island
  • Agios Prokopios –  Naxos Island
  • Paleokastritsa Beach –  Paleokastritsa
  • Horeftó – Pelion Peninsula
  • Limniónas Beach – Pelion Peninsula
  • Lindos Beach –  Rhodes
  • Ayía Eléni – Skiathos Island
  • Koukounaries – Skiathos Island
  • Lalária – Skiathos Island
  • Vromólimnos – Skiathos Island
  • Áyii Anáryiri – Spétses
  • Kékes Beach –  Thássos
  • Tholos Cove – Tílos
  • Navagio Beach – Zakynthos Island

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ICELAND

  • Vik – Myrdal

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IRELAND

  • Sligo Sea Shore –  Ballymulderry
  • Derrynane Beach –  Caherdaniel
  • Inchydoney Beach – Clonakilty
  • Barleycove –  Crookhaven & Goleen
  • Curracloe Beach –  Curracloe
  • Salthill Beaches –  Galway
  • Rossbeigh Beach –  Glenbeigh
  • Inch Beach –  Inch
  • Kilmurvey Beach –  Inishmore, Aran Islands
  • Lahinch Beach –  Lahinch
  • Portmarnock Beach –  Portmarnock
  • Banna Strand –  Tralee

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ITALY

  • Spiaggia Capriccioli –  Arzachena
  • Cala Mariolu – Baunei, Sardinia
  • Rena di Ponente –  Capo Testa , Sardinia
  • Priaia del Fuoco Beach – Capo Vaticano
  • Scopello Beach –  Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
  • Cala Luna –  Dorgali, Sardinia
  • Fetovaia –  Elba Island
  • Cala Rossa – Favignana, Aegadian Islands
  • Riva di Ugento – Fontenella
  • Rabbit Beach – Lampedusa, Sicily
  • Spaiggia Porto Selvaggio-  Lecce
  • Mondello Lido Beach –  Mondello, Sicily
  • Costa Smeralda –  Sardinia
  • La Cinta –  San Teodoro
  • Bay of Silence –  Sestri Levante
  • La Pelosa Beach – Stintino
  • Isola Bella Beach –  Toarmina
  • Tropea –  Tropea
  • Viareggio –  Verilia
  • Porto Giumco –  Villasimius

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LATVIA

  • Jurmala Beach –  Jurmala

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LITHUANIA

  • The Curonian Spit –  Klaipeda
  • Palangos –  Palanga

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MALTA

  • Blue Lagoon –  Comino
  • Ramia Bat Beach –  Gozo

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MONTENEGRO

  • Canj Beach – Bar
  • Olive Bay “Utjeha Beach”- Bar
  • Queen’s Beach – Bar
  • Red Beach – bar
  • Sutomore Beach – Bar
  • Zukotrlica Beach – Bar
  • Becici Beach – Budva
  • Buljarica Beach – Budva
  • Jaz Beach – Budva
  • Queens Beach – Budva
  • Slovenska Beach – Budva
  • Sveti Stefan Beach –  Budva
  • Zanjic Beach – Herceg Novi
  • Opatovo Beach – Tivat
  • Plavi Horizonti Beach – Tivat
  • Ada Bojana – Ulcinj
  • Valdanos – Ulcinj
  • Velika Plaza- Ulcinj

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NETHERLANDS

  • Zandvoort – Zandvoort

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POLAND

  • Molo Beach –  Gdansk
  • Sopot Beach –  Sopot

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PORTUGAL

  • Praia da Falesia – Albufeira
  • Odeceixe Beach – Aljezur
  • Praia da Cova –  Armacao de Përa
  • Praia da Marinha – Carvoeiro
  • Praia do Guincho –  Cascais
  • Paraia da Nazare –  Nazare
  • Praia Dona Ana –  Lagos, Portugal
  • Meia Praia –  Lagos
  • Praia dos Olhos de Agua –  Olhus de Agua
  • Praia Da Rocha –  Praia Da Rocha
  • Praia do Barril –  Tavira

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SPAIN

  • A Coruña –  A Coruña
  • Águilas – Águilas
  • Playa de los Genoveses –  Almería
  • Playa Arenales –  Alicante
  • Playa del Silencio –  Castañeras
  • Playa Caños de Meca – Caños de Meca
  • Playa de Ostende –  Castro Urdiales
  • La Barrossa –  Chiclana de la Frontera
  • Playa de Comillas –  Comillas
  • Conil –  Conil de la Frontera
  • Playa de Ses Illetes – Fromentera, Balerica Islands
  • Cala Comte –  Ibiza
  • Cala D’en Serra –  Ibiza
  • Cala D’Hort –  Ibiza
  • Playa de Isla Canela – Isla Canela
  • Playa de Papagayo –  Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • Playa de Las Canteras –  Las Palmas de Grand Canaria
  • Lekeitio –  Lekeitio
  • Praia De Niñons – Malpica de Bergantiños
  • Playa de Maspalomas –  Maspalomas, Grand Canaria
  • Cala Macarelleta Beach –  Menorca
  • Playa de Cofete –  Morro del Jable
  • Playa de Muro Beach –  Playa de Muro 
  • Porto Santo Beach –  Porto Santa , Canary Islands
  • The Illas Cíes – Riá De Vigo
  • Playa de las Catedrales –  Ribadeo
  • La Concha Beach –  San Sebastian-Donostia
  • Playa de la Magdalena –  Santander
  • Playa del Sardinero – Santander
  • Somo – Santander
  • Caló des Moro – Santanyi, Majorca
  • Macarelleta Beach –  Serpentona, Minorca
  • Playa de Bolonia – Tarifa
  • Tarifa Beach – Tarifa
  • Teresitas Beach –  Tenerife
  • Los Canos de Meca –  Zahora

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SWEDEN

  • Sudersand Beach – Fårö Island, Gotlund
  • Falsterbo Beach – Skåne
  • Bohuslän Coast –  Smögen

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TURKEY

  • Cleopatra Beach – Alanya
  • Lara Beach –  Antalya
  • Ilica Beach –  Cesme
  • Cirali Beach – Cirali
  • Iztuzu Beach – Dalyan
  • Calis Beach –  Fethiye
  • Kaputas Beach –  Kas
  • Icmeler Beach –  Marmaris
  • Blue Lagoon – Oludeniz
  • Patara Beach –  Patara

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UNITED KINGDOM

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ENGLAND

  • Bamburgh Beach –  Bamburgh Castle
  • Bigbury-on-the-Sea Beach –  Bigbury-on -the-Sea
  • Brighton Beach –  Brighton
  • Hengistbury Head – Bournemouth
  • Sauton Sands Beach –  Braunton
  • Crosby Beach –  Bundellsands & Crosby
  • Cley-next-the-Sea – Blakeney
  • Hale Towan Beach – Copperhouse & Phillack
  • Filey Beach –  Filey
  • Gorleston Beach – Gorleston-on-the-Sea
  • Godrevy Head –  Hayle
  • Shell Beach – Herm , Guernsey
  • Hunstanton Beach –  Hunstanton
  • Littlehampton Beach –  Littlehampton
  • Mawgan Porth –  Mawgan Porth
  • Fistral Beach – Newquay
  • Perranporth Beach – Perranporth
  • Sandbanks –  Poole
  • Porthcurno Beach –  Porthcurno
  • Camber Sands Beach –  Rye
  • Priory Bay Beach –  Seaview, Isle of Wight
  • Slapton Sands Beach –  Slapton
  • Studland Bay –  Studland
  • St. Brelade’s Bay Beach –  St. Brelade, Jersey
  • Porthminster Beach – St. Ives
  • Par Beach –  St. Martin’s, Isles of Scilly
  • Holkham Beach – Wells-next-the-Sea
  • Weston-super-Mare –  Weston-super-Mare
  • West Wittering –  West Wittering
  • Weymouth Beach –  Weymouth
  • Woolacombe Beach – Woolacombe

NORTHERN IRELAND

  • Ballygalley –  Ballygalley

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SCOTLAND

  • Camusdarach Beach –  Arisaig
  • Barra Beach – Castlebay
  • Durness Beach –  Durness
  • Calgary Beach – Isle of Mull, Hebrides
  • Kiloran Beach –  Isle of Colonsay, Hebrides
  • Luskentyre –  Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
  • Sgarasta Beach –  Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
  • Nairn Beach –  Nairn

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WALES

  • Mwnt Beach – Cardigan
  • Three Cliffs Bay –  Gower
  • Rhossili Bay – Rhossili
  • Barafundle Beach –  Stackpole
  • Llangennith Beach –  Swansea
  • Tenby Harbor Beach –  Tenby

Information Find a more complete list of beaches at  » Wikipedia Beach List