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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.

A high destination for many beaches are in the:

  • South of France along what is called the French Riviera on the Mediterranean
  • South Spain’s Costa del Sol and the Balearic Islands.
  • West Italy’s Riviera region on the Ligurian Sea and the east the Marche coast on the Adriatic Sea.
  • The eastern Adriatic coast gong south from Croatia, Montenegro and Albania to the Ionian Islands.
  • Greece and Turkey Aegean Islands are some of the most scenic in the world.
  • England’s southern coast along the English Channel from Eastbourne to the Land’s End on the Cornwall peninsula.
  • Southern Turkey’s Antalya coast on the Mediterranean.
  • South Portugal’s Algarve coast on the Atlantic.

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, as well as, local towns will have dinning, clubs, music concerts, museums and boutique shops.

Europe’s Most Famous and Beautiful Beaches…

Flag_of_Albania copyAlbania
  • Durrës –  Durrës
Flag_of_BelgiumBelgium
  • Zeebrugge –  Zeebrugge
Flag_of_BulgariaBulgaria
  • Irakli Beach – Obzor
  • Golden Sands Beach –  Varna
Flag_of_CroatiaCroatia
  • 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
Flag_of_CyprusCyprus
  • Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa
  • Fig Tree Bay – Protaras
Flag_of_DenmarkDenmark
  • Hasle Lystskov Strand –  Hasle, Bornholm Island
Flag_of_EstoniaEstonia
  • Parmu –  Parmu
Flag_of_FranceFrance
  • 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
Flag_of_GermanyGermany
  • St. Peter-Ording Beach – Sankt Peter-Ording
  • Kampen Beach – Sylt
  • Warnemünde Beach –  Warnemünde
Flag_of_GreeceGreece
  • 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
Flag_of_IcelandIceland
  • Vik – Myrdal
Flag_of_IrelandIreland
  • 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
Flag_of_ItalyItaly
  • 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
Flag_of_LatviaLatvia
  • Jurmala Beach –  Jurmala
Flag_of_LithuaniaLithuania
  • The Curonian Spit –  Klaipeda
  • Palangos –  Palanga
Flag_of_MaltaMalta
  • Blue Lagoon –  Comino
  • Ramia Bat Beach –  Gozo
Flag_of_MontenegroMontenegro
  • 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
Flag_of_the_NetherlandsNetherlands
  • Zandvoort – Zandvoort
Flag_of_PolandPoland
  • Molo Beach –  Gdansk
  • Sopot Beach –  Sopot
Flag_of_PortugalPortugal
  • 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
Flag_of_SpainSpain
  • 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
Flag_of_SwedenSweden
  • Sudersand Beach – Fårö Island, Gotlund
  • Falsterbo Beach – Skåne
  • Bohuslän Coast –  Smögen
Flag_of_TurkeyTurkey
  • 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
Flag_of_the_United_KingdomUnited Kingdom
Flag_of_EnglandEngland
  • 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
Flag_of_ScotlandScotland
  • 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
Flag_of_WalesWales
  • 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