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The Coastlines

Europe has much to choose from when you are seeking activities in the great outdoors. That is because Europeans are as  enthusiastic when it comes to outdoor activities as Americans. Hiking, Bicycling, Water & Winter Sports, etc. are all meshed into the fabric of their lives from the days when their societies relied on those functions for their survival. At one time walking, long distances, skiing over snow, riding a horse or using some sort of aquatic vehicle where the only forms of transportation.

The geography of the European continent also provides a variety of environments that make it extremely attractive to visit and observe. Whatever your particular niche of enjoyment may be Europe can fill your desire.

Because Europe’s shape is on the forms of peninsulas it has thousands of miles of coastlines that meet the seas.

Natural Coast Areas– Many of these coastlines offer extremely natural beauty where breathtaking mountains and cliffs meet the sea. Others have inland sea bays and majestic fjords.

Seaside Resort Areas – Some areas offer miles of beaches and these areas have been destinations for the sun seekers. Over the years these areas have also developed into tourists areas for Europeans to enjoy their holidays.

Major Coastal Cities – These have a long relationship with the sea and have played a pivotal part in Europe’s history. Through the decades, some have become havens for those seeking a seaside retreat.  

🇦🇱 Albania
Natural Sights – Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea
Seaside Resort Areas – Golem, Kavajë, Himarë, Ksamil, Velipojë
🇧🇪 Belgium
Natural Sights – North Sea, West-Vlaanderen Coast
Seaside Resort Areas – Knokke, Ostend, De Panne, Blankenberge, Nieuwpoort, Wenduine
Major Coastal Cities – Antwerp, Bruges
🇧🇬 Bulgaria
Natural Sights – Black Sea
Seaside Resort Areas – Sunny Beach, Sozopol, Golden Sands, Constantine and Helena, Sveti Vlas, Albena, Obzor, Elenite, Kranevo, Ravda, Pomorie, Dyuni, Balchik, Kavarna, Ahtopol, Tsarevo, Rusalka, Holiday Club Riviera, Nesebar, Chaika, Sunny Day, Kamchia (resort), Byala, Primorsko, Kiten, Lozenets, Sinemorets
Major Coastal Cities – Varna
🇭🇷 Croatia
Natural Sights – Kvarner Gulf, Brac Island, Dalmatian Coast & Islands, Adriatic Sea
Seaside Resort Areas – Biograd na Moru, Cres, Jablanac, Krk, Lopar, Rovinj, Korčula, Omiš, Omišalj, Opatija, Porec, Šibenik, Trogir, Zadar, Pula
Major Coastal CitiesDubrovnik, Hvar, Split
🇩🇰 Denmark
Natural Sights – Baltic Sea, Kattegat, North Sea, Skagerrat
Seaside Resort Areas – Blåvand, Hornbæk, Marielyst, Skagen, Tisvildeleje
Major Coastal CitiesCopenhagen
🇪🇪 Estonia
Natural Sights Baltic Sea, Gulf of Finland, Gulf of Riga
Seaside Resort Areas – Haapsalu, Kuressaare, Pärnu
Major Coastal CitiesTallinn
🇫🇮 Finland
Natural Sights Åland IslandBaltic Sea, Bothnian Sea, Gulf of Finland
Seaside Resort Areas – Åland, Hailuoto, Hanko, Kalajoki, Mariehamn, Yyteri
Major Coastal Cities Helsinki, Turku, Vassa
🇫🇷 France
Natural Sights – The Calanques, Côte d’Azur, Côte Bleue, Côte d’Argent, Côte de Lumière, Côte des Landes, Côte d’Opale, Côte Fleurie, Corsica, Brittany Coast, Dune of Pilat, 
Seaside Resort Areas – Honfleur, Villerville, Trouville-sur-Mer, Deauville, Bénerville-sur-Mer, Tourgéville, Blonville-sur-Mer, Villers-sur-Mer, Houlgate, Dives-sur-Mer, Cabourg, La Home-Varaville, Merville-Franceville-Plage, Sallenelles
Major Coastal CitiesBiarritz, Cannes, Marseille, Nice
🇩🇪 Germany
Natural SightsBaltic Sea, North Sea Coast, Rugia Island, Sylt Island, Usedom Island, Wadden Sea
Seaside Resort Areas – Ahlbeck, Ahrenshoop, Amber Spas, Baabe, Binz, Bansin, Boltenhagen, Cuxhaven, Göhren ,Graal-Müritz, Heiligendamm, Insel Poel Kaiserbad, Kampen, Heringsdorf, Kühlungsborn, Laboe, Lauterbach, Norderney, Sassnitz, Sellin, Spiekeroog, St. Peter-Ording, Timmendorfer Strand, Travemünde, Wangerooge,  Warnemünde, Wenningstedt,  Westerland, Wyk auf Föhr, Zinnowitz, Zingst
Major Coastal Cities – Lübeck, Rostock
🇬🇷 Greece
Natural SightsChalkidiki Peninsula, Crete, Dodecanese Islands, The Cyclades, East Aegean Islands, Ionian Islands, North Aegean Islands, Rhodes, Santorini Bay
Seaside Resort AreasAegina, Agia Pelagia, Agia Triada, Agioi Theodoroi, Alonnisos, Amogos, Anafi, Andros, Asprovalta, Afytos, Chaniotis, Chios, Ermioni, Eretria, Folegrandos, Glyfada, Hydra, Ikaria, Ios, Kalymnos, Kamena Vourla, Karpathos, Karystos, Katakolo, Kavos, Kea, Kefalonia, Kimolos, Kineta, Kos, Kyllini, Kymi, Laganas, Lefkada, Leptokarya, Leros, Lesvos, Lipsi, Loutraki, Malia, Matala, Milos, Mykonos , Naousa, Nafpaktos, Naxos, Nea Kallikrateia, Nea Poteidaia, Neoi Poroi, Neos Marmaras, Nikiti, Nisyros, Olympiaki Akti, Parga, Paros, Patmos, Phocis, Platamon, Poros, Porto Cheli, Porto Rafti, Preveza, Pythagoreio, Samos, Santorini, Sartiand, Serifos, Sifnos, Stavros, Sikinos, Spetses, Syros, Syvota, Thasos, Tilos, Tinos, Zakynthos
Major Coastal CitiesAthens, Thessaloniki
🇮🇪 Ireland
Natural Sights – Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Atlantic Ocean, Irish Sea
Seaside Resort Areas – Youghal, Ardmore, Dungarvan, Cóbh, Ballycotton, Kinsale, Bray, Greystones, Courtown, Rossiare Strand, Clare, Lahinch, Kilkee
Major Coastal Cities – Dublin
🇮🇹 Italy
Natural Sights – Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terra, Capri Island, Costa del Sud-Sardinia, Costa Verde-Sardinia, Elba Island, Ischia Island, Riviera Del Sol, San Vito Lo Capo-Sicily, The Salento
Seaside Resort Areas – Agropoli, Amalfi, Anzio, Bari, Bibione ,Castellabate, Castellamare di Stabia ,Cattolica, Caorle, Cefalù, Cervia, Cesenatico, Crotone, Follonica, Fregenae, Gaeta, Gallipoli, Grottammare, Jesolo, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Livorno, Maratea, Manfredonia, Minturno, Nettuno, Orbetello, Ostia, Ostuni, Pescara, Policoro, Positano, Riccione, Rimini, Sabaudia, San Benedetto del Tronto, San Vito Lo Capo, Santa Maria di Leuca, Silvi, Sorrento, Sperlonga, Stintino, Taormina, Taranto, Termoli, Terracina, Tropea, Vieste
Major Coastal Cities BariGenoa, Naples, Rimini, Venice
🇱🇻 Latvia
Natural Sights – Baltic Sea, Gulf of Riga
Seaside Resort Areas – Jūrmala
Major Coastal CitiesRiga
🇱🇹 Lithuania
Natural Sights – Curonian Split, Baltic Sea
Major Resort Areas – Juodkrantė, Nida, Palanga, Pervalka, Preila, Šventoji
🇲🇹 Malta
Natural Sights – Blue Lagoon, Mediterranean Sea, Gozo Island
Seaside Resort Areas – Mellieħa, St. Paul’s Bay, Buġibba Qawra Sliema, St. Julian’s, Paceville, Birżebbuġa, Marsascala, Marsalforn, Comino
Major Coastal CitiesValletta
🇲🇨 Monaco
Natural Sights – Mediterranean Sea
Major Coastal Cities – Monte Carlo
🇲🇪 Montenegro
Natural Sights – Kotor Bay, Adriatic Sea
Major Resort Areas – Bar, Budva, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Sveti Stefan, Tivat, Ulcinj
🇳🇱 Netherlands
Natural SightsIJsselmeer, Markermeer, North Sea, Waddenzee, 
Seaside Resort Areas – Bergen, Domburg, Haarlem, Katwijk, Monster, Noordwijk, Scheveningen, Zandvoort
Major Coastal CitiesRotterdam, The Hague
🇳🇴 Norway
Natural Sights – Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Hardangerfjord, Hjørundfjord, Isfjord, Lofoten Islands, Lyngenfjord, Lysefjord, Nærøyfjord, Nordfjord, Norwegian Sea, North Sea, Oslo Fjord, Pullpit Rock, Sognefjord, Trollfjord, Trondheimsfjord, Vesterålen Archipelago
Seaside Resort AreasÅlesundArendal, Bodø, Fredrikstad, Haugesund, Kragero, Risør
Major Coastal CitiesBergen, Oslo, Tomsø
🇵🇱 Poland
Natural Sights Baltic Sea
Seaside Resort Areas – Świnoujście, Międzyzdroje, Dziwnów, Kołobrzeg, Mielno, Darłowo, Ustka, Władysławowo, Sopot
Major Coastal Cities – Gdansk
🇵🇹 Portugal
Natural Sights Atlantic Ocean, The Algarve, The Azores
Seaside Resort Areas – Albufeira, Cascais, Estoril, Faro, Figueira da Foz, Lagos, Póvoa de Varzim, Praia da Luz, Quarteira
Major Coastal Cities – Lisbon, Porto
🇷🇴 Romania
Natural Sights – Black Sea, Danube Delta
Seaside Resort Areas – 2 Mai, Costinești, Mamaia, Mangalia, Năvodari, Neptun,, Vama Veche, Venus, Sulina
Major Coastal CitiesConstanța
🇷🇺 Russia
Natural SightsSea of Azov, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Curonian Split, Gulf of Finland
Seaside Resort Areas – Adler, Anapa, G Dagomys, elendzhik, Lazarevskoye,  Lazurnaya Bay, Sestroretsk, Sochi, Svetlogorsk, Yantarny, Zelenogradsk
Major Coastal Cities – St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad
🇪🇸 Spain
Natural SightsBalearic Islands, Canary Islands, Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz, Costa Tropical
Seaside Resort AreasAlgeciras, Benidorm, Cadaqués, Calella de Palafrugell, Formentera, Ibiza, Islas Cies, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Majorca, Mallorca, Nejra, Palma, Tenerife
Major Coastal CitiesAlicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, San Sebastián, Valencia
🇸🇪 Sweden
Natural Sights – Baltic Sea, Kattegat, North Sea, Skagerrat
Seaside Resort Areas – Falkenberg, Pite Havsbad, Snäckgärdsbaden, Tylösand
Major Coastal Cities – Gothenburg, Malmö, Stockholm
🇹🇷 Turkey
Natural Sights – Black Sea, Bosporus Strait, Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Ölüdeniz Lagoon
Seaside Resort Areas – Ağva, Altınkum, Altınoluk, Arpaçbahşiş, Ayaş, Mersin, Ayvalık, Burhaniye, Büyükada, Büyükçekmece, Çandarlı, Çeşme, Çınarcık, Dikili, Edremit, Balıkesir, Erdek, Foça, Güzelçamlı, İğneada, Karasu, Kargıpınarı, Kilyos, Kıyıköy, Kızkalesi, Kumbağ, Kumkuyu, Kuşadası, Limonlu, Mersin, Narlıkuyu, Ölüdeniz, Özdere, Şarköy, Selimpaşa, Şile, Silivri, Sığacık, Seferihisar, Tömük, Turkish Riviera, Turunç, Yalıkavak, Yalıköy,, Yalova, Yeşilovacık, Yeşilöz, Yumurtalık
Major Coastal Cities – Bodrum, Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir
🇺🇦 Ukraine
Natural SightsBlack Sea
Seaside Resort Areas – Berdyansk, Kyrykivka, Skadovsk, Ochakov
Major Coastal CitiesOdessa
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
Natural Sights – Antrim Coast, Cornwall Coast, White Cliffs of Dover, English Channel, Guernsey, Hebrides Islands, Jersey, Jurassic Coast, Irish Sea, Isle of Skye, Isle of Wight, Land’s End, North Sea, Pembrokeshire
Seaside Resort Areas – 
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England – Appledore, Bamburgh, Barton-on-Sea, Beer, Bexhill-on-Sea, Blackpool, Blakeney, Bognor Regis, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Bridlington, Brighton, Brixham, Bude, Budleigh, Salterton, Burnham-on-Sea, Caister-on-Sea, Camber Sands, Canvey Island, Chapel St. Leonards, Clacton-on-Sea, Cleethorpes, Clevedon, Cleveleys, Clovelly, Cromer, Cullercoats, Crimdon, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Dawlish Warren, Deal, Eastbourne, English Riviera, Exmouth, Falmouth, Felixstowe, Filey, Fleetwood, Folkestone, Formby, Fowey, Frinton-on-Sea, Goodrington, Goring-by-Sea, Gorleston, Grange-over-Sands, Great Yarmouth, Hastings, Hemsby, Herne Bay, Hopton-on-Sea, Hornsea, Hunstanton, Hythe, Ilfracombe, Ingoldmells, Kessingland, Littlehampton, Looe, Lowestoft, Lydd-on-Sea, Lyme Regis, Lympstone, Lynmouth, Lytham St Annes, Mablethorpe, Marazion, Margate, Melcombe Regis, Minehead, Morecambe, New Brighton, Newbiggin-by-the Sea, Newquay, Overstrand, Padstow, Paignton, Perranporth, Polzeath, Poole, Portishead, Preston, Ramsgate, Redcar, Roker, Ryde, St Helens, St Ives, Salcombe, Salcombe Regis, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Sandbanks, Sandgate, Sandilands, Sandown, Scarborough, Seaburn, Sunderland, Seaford, Seahouses, Seaton Carew, Seaton, Severn Beach, Shanklin, Sheringham, Sidmouth, Silloth, Skegness, South Shields, Southbourne, Southend-on-Sea, Southport, Southsea, Southwold, Studland, The Sunrise Coast, Sutton-on-Sea, Swanage,, Teignmouth, Thorpeness, Torcross, Torquay, Trebarwith Strand,, Ventnor, Walton-on-the-Naze, Watchet, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Westgate-on-Sea, Weston-super-Mare, Westward Ho!, Weymouth, Whitby, Whitley Bay, Whitstable, Widemouth Bay, Withernsea, Woolacombe, Worthing, Yarmouth
Northern Ireland –  Bangor, Newcastle, Portrush  
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland – Ayr, Burntisland, Collieston, Cruden Bay, Dornoch, Dunbar, Dunoon, Ellenabeich, Girvan, Gourock, Helensburgh, Kilchattan Bay, Kinghorn, Largs,Nairn, North Berwick, Oban, Portobello, Rothesay, Saltcoats, Stonehaven
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales – Aberdyfi, Abergele, Abersoch, Aberystwyth, Barmouth, Barry, Benllech, Borth, Clarach Bay, Colwyn Bay, Criccieth, Fairbourne, Ferryside, Fishguard, Gower Peninsula, Harlech, Llandanwg, Llanddona, Llandudno, Llanfairfechan, Llangrannog, Llansteffan, Milford Haven, Mumbles, Mwnt, Nefyn, New Quay, Pembrey, Penarth, Pendine, Penmaenmawr, Porthcawl, Porthgain, Prestatyn, Pwllheli, Rhos-on-Sea, Rhyl, Saundersfoot, Shell Island, Swansea, Tenby, Towyn, Trearddur, Tynemouth, Tywyn, Ynyslas
Major Coastal Cities – 
England – Bristol,  Liverpool, Southhampton
Northern Ireland – Belfast
Scotland – Edinburgh
Wales  – Cardiff

Most Popular Coastal Towns & Villages – Some almost like they where frozen in time and unaffected by the changes to the modern world. The architecture and ambiance make can make you fell you are living a century ago. Others that cling to the rocks and are perched high above the sea are wonderful to see.

  •  Croatia – Rovinj, Trogir
  •  Denmark – Ebeltoft
  • France – Antibes, Étretat, Menton, Nice, Saint-John-de-Luz, Saint-Malo, Saint-Tropez, Séte
  •  Greece – Chania (Crete), Mykonos, Naoussa, Oia, Parga, Thira
  •  Italy – Cefalù (Sicily), Lido, Port of Procida, Portofino, Porto Ercole, Puna Ala, Rimini, Salerno, Santa Margherita, Serrento, Tropea, Varnazza, Viareggio
  •  Poland – Sopot
  •  Portugal – Carvoeiro, Porto Santo (Madiera)
  •  Spain – Nerja, Port de Soller (Majorca)
  •  United Kingdom – Bournemouth, Brighton, Margate, St. Ives

Ancient sites of past civilizations dot the coasts in many areas. Go to the Ancient Sites & Ruins page for viewing.

Many of these destinations have become so famous that people form all across the world will come to see and enjoy.

European Countries with the longest coastlines… Islands, inland sea bays and fjords are included in the total.

CountryLength KmCountryLength Km
 Norway25,148 Latvia498
 Greece13,676 Netherlands451
 United Kingdom12,492 Poland440
 Italy7,600 Albania362
 Denmark7,314 Bulgaria354
 Ukraine7,282 Montenegro293.5
 Turkey7,200 Malta252.8
 Croatia5,835 Romania225
 France(Does not include overseas territories4,853 Isle of Man (Crown dependency of the UK)160
 Iceland4,970 Jan Mayen (Territory of Norway124.1
 Spain4,964 Lithuania90
 France – (Does not include overseas territories4,853Jersey (Crown dependency of the UK)50
 Estonia3,794 Belgium66.5
 Sweden3,218 Guernsey (Crown dependency of the UK)50
 Germany2,389 Slovenia46.6
 Portugal1,793 Bosnia Herzegovina20
  Ireland1,448 Gibraltar (UK overseas territory)12
 Finland1,250Monaco4.1
 Faroe Islands (Part of the Kingdom of Denmark)1,117   
 Cyprus648  
Source; Central Intelligence Agency 2017

Landlocked European Countries with No Coastlines…

Andorra Hungary North Macedonia
 AustriaKosovo San Marino
Belarus Liechtenstein Serbia
 Czechia Luxembourg Slovakia
 Holy See-Vatican City MoldovaSwitzerland