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European Beaches

Europe’s natural beauty and its mention are incomplete without its spectacular beaches. People from all over the globe visit Europe for radiant blue oceans, cool breezes and glinting sand with glamorous coastal lines. European beaches have a special attraction. Here are the top ten European beaches in the world.
The Biarritz Beach, located in France, definitely deserves the first position in the list of top ten beaches in Europe. The beach is very well-ordered giving you fine reasons to enjoy Biarritz. It has partitioned swimming and surfing areas, cafes, resorts, and bars. The Biarritz festival has been attracting people for more than forty years now.

If you are a party freak then Ibiza is the place for you. The second best beach in Europe is the Ibiza, located in Spain, which is a beautiful island. It is very popular for its musical ambience with night clubs, rocking DJs and foot-tapping parties. Cannes, located in France, has some of the most glamorous beaches in Europe. It is the third best in our list. It has all the facilities like umbrella sheds, cafes and sports.
Tarifa, located in Spain, holds the fourth position in this list. It is one of the windiest beaches in the world. This is one reason that people love this beach for surfing against the winds. Tarifia’s major attraction is water sports which are organized every year. Tarifia is surrounded by rising peaks on one side which makes it very popular for rock climbing as well.

St. Tropez, located in France, is the fifth best beach in Europe. The beach is adorned with classy bars, restaurants and hotels. This beach is the ideal place for your celebrity hunt. The Kefalonia, located in Greece, holding the sixth position, is one the most beautiful beaches of Europe. The beaches have more natural beauty than man-made attractions. This place is a true retreat for your soul. The Brighton Beaches, located in England, is no less when it comes to beauty. Positioned at number seven in our list, this place is the traveler’s paradise. It is very famous for its night life with fun filled night clubs, bars, restaurants and beach shops.

The Marbella Beaches, located in Spain hold the eighth position. These beaches are very delightful. You can relax amidst Palm trees, beautiful oasis and giant elephant showers. Toscana, Punta Ala, located in the west coast of Northern Rome, Italy, is a quite beach. This place is not very flamboyant. It is a long stretch of sand lining the striking monuments of Rome. Caldiz, located in Spain, is the tenth best beach in Europe. This beach is glutted with natural beauty of sunsets and sand.

Once again, we summarize the list as follows:

1.    Biarritz Beach, France.
2.    Ibiza, Spain.
3.    Cannes, France.
4.    Tarifa, Spain.
5.    Tropez, France.
6.    Kefalonia, Greece.
7.    Brighton, England.
8.    Marbella, Spain.
9.    Toscana, Italy.
10. Cadiz, Spain.

65 Comments so far

  1. Steffen (Denmark)   October 7, 2008 1:32 pm

    Under the world’s best beaches there’s also a beach from Denmark and Turkey. And since I’ve been both places I can tell a bit about it. Denmark has many long sand beaches and the best thing about them is they’re clean and the water is always blue and nice. Summer in Denmark can be 30C so don’t worry about the weather.

    In turkey there are many sand beaches but and there’s small fish in the sea.

    The good thing about both places is that you can go long. Especially in the Wadden Sea from The Netherlands to Denmark.

  2. Steffen (Denmark)   October 7, 2008 1:34 pm

    Sorry, I forgot to delete my “but” in the recent comment. :)

  3. Steffen (Denmark)   October 7, 2008 1:35 pm

    And just so you know… They were in the world top 10. I don’t know who made this list but it seems like they have only been looking at the big countries with the good weather :)

  4. Alex   November 6, 2008 7:36 am

    Steffen and everyone else, visit Greece and you will forget everything else

  5. suellen gomes   November 10, 2008 12:19 pm

    linda muito lindo parece um paraiso!
    idefinido n tem como definir um lugar desse!

  6. Alexander   November 25, 2008 4:00 am

    Even Montenegro isn’t mentioned at all. Maybe the beaches aren’t so glamorous as the ones on the list but they are quite popular these days. With the investment boom happening there I bet we’ll see at least a couple of beaches on this list soon.

  7. Margaret   November 25, 2008 5:05 pm

    Well there are so many European beaches to choose from. And you can mention only ten. It is a hard job to choose the top ten. I don’t know which criteria is used but I am sure that every one of this beaches deserves a spot here.

  8. Paul   November 26, 2008 2:58 am

    Yes they are many. Because they are not as long as the Brazilian ones they are broken up into plenty of smaller ones. True little blue lagoons.

  9. Rachel   November 26, 2008 8:40 pm

    Well it mostly depends on what you are after. Some may find the best dream beach to be small, private and with untouched nature around it or you may look for a high class, fancy European beach as most of the above are.

  10. Simone   November 26, 2008 10:15 pm

    I have been to Greece on a holiday not so long ago but not on the Kefalonia beach mentioned in the top ten. I think if it’s anything like the place i have been it sure deserves the spot in the top ten.

  11. Kuyotzu   December 7, 2008 3:55 am

    I am from Asia and I visit Biarritz Beach each year. I love its beaches and bars. I must say that european beaches are very impressive.

  12. Svoboda   December 7, 2008 3:58 am

    Steffen, I can’t say that you are wrong, but “De gustibus non est disputandum”. I’ve also been in Denmark and Turkey and I liked it, but not so much to place them in the top 10. But they are, however, very good european beaches.

  13. Barry   December 8, 2008 7:55 am

    From these top ten european beaches I have seen Toscana from Italy so far. It was cool, but Italian people are not my taste. Anyhow, indeed, Toscana is a nice european beach.

  14. Mike   December 10, 2008 1:46 am

    Been to France’s Biarritz Beach. Without a doubt it is the best one that I ever visited. Really enjoyed my whole weekend there. France is having many such sea shores for sure.

  15. Hannah   December 11, 2008 6:34 am

    Guys It is a luxurious seaside town and is popular with tourists and surfers. Biarritz also boasts some of the best beaches in Europe and has won multiple awards for their top class standards. It’s the no.1 beach.

  16. Kathryn   December 12, 2008 1:40 am

    I went to Tarifa in Spain last year…the wind never stops here, no wonder it’s called the windiest beach in Europe. The water sports was scary and thrilling. I loved the rock climb too.

  17. Paul   December 12, 2008 9:48 am

    Along the coast, left of the beach, you will see a large rock outcropping, that yu shoudl definitely explore. It provides a beautiful view back over the beach and the waters below. There is a massive rock overhang that you can walk over which ends in the “Rocher de la Vierge”, a rock topped by a white statue of the Virgin Mary. The man-made walkway built out of iron was desgined by none other than, Eiffel himself.

  18. Mathew   December 12, 2008 9:49 am

    Biarritz’s beach is the main draw. And it does just that; many, many people come here during the summer months to head to the beach and relax. Unfortunately, the beach isn’t all too big, so it can get quite crowded. So, much so, that it took me and my friend 10 minutes of walking just to find a place big enough to fit both of us.

  19. bobyn   December 12, 2008 9:51 am

    Biarritz beach is a great refreshing place to visit. It is a deep golden sanded, fresh Atlantic winded, great waves, great to dip into, (keep well inside your depth if you ain’t a strong swimmer), great surf, and lotsa surfers, sun, sun and more sun, miles of beach, great fun, lotsa people sunbathing, yet lots of tiny little quiet coves. A walk on the beach is a must, and visit Biarritz itself also of course. Watch out though – prices can be expensive (in 1999) for beer and food, unsure of what else may be…It’s well worth the visit – go there if you feel like blowing away some cobwebs and are looking for some golden rays :)

  20. Lennon   January 17, 2009 5:51 am

    I must say that I liked Ibiza more than Biarritz beach. Maybe this is about personal taste, though.
    From that list I also like Brighton. european beaches are incredible!

  21. janis aiden   February 11, 2009 6:35 am

    guys but i must say that beaches of goa are also amazing…especially calangute beach in north goa…

  22. janis aiden   February 11, 2009 6:37 am

    o yes brighton is just above all…so beautiful…seeing the sunset over there is out of this world…

  23. ΜΑΚΗΣ   March 3, 2009 11:51 am


  24. EvgenyGal   March 14, 2009 9:06 pm

    Прошу простить, это один из первых форумов, где я зарегистрировался.
    О чём он?

  25. fernanda   March 20, 2009 11:42 am

    amei as praias da europa eu ainda vou mora ai milhões de bijocas para todos os dinamarqueses

  26. Nelson   August 1, 2009 6:23 am

    it’s a shame… a big shame! you really have forgotten to mention the european country with the most beautiful beaches in Europe! PORTUGAL! How long will it take, until people recognize the beauty of this country! I give you the real top ten list!
    The following beaches are all better than the others and much better than all the other european beaches:

    1. Sagres (surfing beach)
    2. Portinho da Arràbida (very beautiful)
    3. Carrapateira (surfing beach)
    4. Praia do Amado (surfing beach)
    5. Praia da Rocha (typical Algarve-Beach)
    6. Praia da Falesia (red cliffs)
    7. Nazaré (nice, good surfing)
    8. Cortegaça & Furadouro (nice beaches, very long, nice surfing)
    9. Ericeira (nice surfing, very beautiful place)
    10. Peniche & Praia do Baleal (nice spot for surfing and very beautiful beach)
    11. São Martinho do Porto (very beautiful, just look at some pictures)

    And after all you should know, that Portugal got the REAL ocean in front. It’s not a bathtube like the mediterranian! so please be honest to yourselves and visit this BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. It’s time to recognize the true european spirit!! Nobody talks about Portugal, but everybody who has been there loves it, more than all the other european countries!!!

    Just go to and look at the pictures of the mentioned places!

  27. Miguel   December 4, 2009 7:25 am

    Las mejores playas de Europa estan en España, y Marbella NO es una de ellas, ¿Donde estan las playas de Huelva? Por cierto, no es Caldiz sino Cadiz, que por cierto es la provincia vecina de Huelva y sus playas son peores. Y también mencionar el Algarve portugues, ¿donde estan las playas de Portimao, Carboeiro? las mejores playas de Europa estan en la costa suroeste de la peninsula iberica, y quien diga que no es porque nunca estuvo. Ademas Huelva tiene una temperatura media anual de 18ºC y en verano 36ºC además es la zona de Europa que más horas de luz recibe al año, por algo se llama La Costa de la Luz.
    La calidad de una playa no se mide por su popularidad o infraestructuras turísticas.

  28. Henrique   December 8, 2009 3:13 am

    This is all wrong!!What about the v ery famous Algarve in Portugal
    The best

  29. piese auto   December 21, 2009 10:20 pm

    Carrapateira is the best beach

  30. Turgay   January 7, 2010 1:59 am

    I’ve visited 2 beaches in top 10

    2. Ibiza, Spain.
    3. Cannes, France.

    Cannes beach is ok, beach is long but narrow and overcrowded. You have to walk a lot to find a free spot. Water is clean but not perfect.

    I did not like Ibiza beaches, i went all of them even the one in the north which looks like heaven in post cards(near the cave). The water was not clean, blurry and not refreshing. Sand was mixed with small stones. There are a lot of better beaches in Spain than Ibiza like San Sebastian and Alicante.

    Turkey’s Side(Antalya) has got most beautiful sandy beach i’ve ever seen in Europe but with blurry and hot water :(
    Bodrum has got most clear water and excellent options to choose.
    Rhodoes(Greece) has some nice beaches too. Hvar Island,Croatia is very nice too but beware Croatia beaches are all with stone.

    Oostende Belgium has got a nice sandy huge beach for surfing in the dirt.

  31. ttunttuna   February 7, 2010 9:16 pm

    I agree that Europe has awesome beaches! but the one illustrating the article, with European beaches writing below is not an European Beach is Trunk Bay in the USVI in the Carribean sea. Went the past November and i have the very same picture!!! That is a huge mistake!!!

  32. Chris   June 9, 2010 1:56 pm

    Ssshh, here goes a top secret: The most unspoilt and virgin beaches are located in Almeria (Andalusia, Southern Spain). There is a place called the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata Nijar. A real paradise. You can take a tour here:

  33. Danni   June 14, 2010 2:00 pm

    I am traveling to Europe this summer and am looking for some good beaches, so I looked at this site. Unfortunately, the beach in the picture is NOT a European beach! I just got back from three weeks in the Virgin Islands and the pictured beach is Trunk Bay, St. John, in the USVI.

    What are some good AND cheap European Beaches?

  34. Nikolay   August 1, 2010 10:43 am

    Best beaches are definitely in Corsica

  35. Ivan   August 13, 2010 9:28 am

    “Hvar Island,Croatia is very nice too but beware Croatia beaches are all with stone.”

    I had to comment on this. I’m from Croatia and have been to at least 50 sand beaches all over Croatian coastline. :D

  36. Rafael Garcia   August 23, 2010 5:16 am

    Why is this website using a picture of Trunk Bay in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands as an ad for European beaches? Trunk Bay is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches but it not in Europe. I suggest you change your ad and stop this false marketing.

  37. Elsje Appermont   October 1, 2010 8:53 am

    Brela has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world… Croatia is full of it… don’t know where to choose…. Stiniva Cove on Otok Vis rules too.

  38. kenny   October 30, 2010 3:58 pm

    You people are nutbags debating this.

    For every nice beach you have seen in Europe there are THOUSANDS you have not! So saying this one or that one is the best is daft, what you are really saying is


    I have been to 20 or so beaches in Sicily for example (There are hundreds) and some are incredible – Pretty special and a wide variety -THE BEST IN EUROPE? Who knows – I like em.

  39. Lindy   December 20, 2010 6:23 pm

    My sister went to Cannes on her honeymoon. She said it was a great beach and will return there for maybe their 10 year anniversary. I saw pictures and it was so gorgeous. Maybe I can get there some day, I hope! I can totally see why this is a top ten beach!

  40. Angie   December 21, 2010 1:13 pm

    Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania is a very nice beach in Germany. The sand is a nice white sand, and the hotels along the beach were pretty nice as well. I have recommended this to many people I have met. It would make a nice little getaway for a couple who want some nice time together.

  41. Tysen   December 23, 2010 9:24 am

    Ibiza is a beautiful beach to go to. The place is just amazing. I love the fact that you can really party on this beach. I went with a group of friends from college and I say this is way better than spring break. The music was great and they had some nice cafes for us as well. Loved it.

  42. Tara   January 9, 2011 1:09 pm

    Tarifa is a beautiful beach. It is no wonder it made the top ten list. I have been there several times and love it. I think that the water sports they do there are great. Very entertaining if you ask me.

  43. Maria   January 21, 2011 11:35 am

    Tarifa is a great beach and I can see why it made the list. It is a great beach for some great surfing and spending time with friends. I visit my aunt who lives in Greece and my family makes it a point to go there at least once during our visit. I love the way the wind whips around. I find it oddly peaceful.

  44. carly   January 27, 2011 12:22 pm

    the beaches in europe are very pretty the north amirica beaches are also pretty.

  45. Mike   February 2, 2011 12:07 pm

    I have been to Greece for my honeymoon and we went to The Kefalonia. This beach is simply amazing. Talk about seeing a real beauty. I usually do not care much about the scenery, but for a honey moon, it was amazing. My wife and I enjoyed it very much and hope to make it back to The Kefalonia in a few years. I can see why it made the top ten list of beaches.

  46. Martel   February 13, 2011 2:51 pm

    The Biarritz Beach is a beautiful beach and I am very happy to see it listed as number one. I have been there a few times when I was a foreign exchange student in France. The beach is very nice and clean. And I loved the fact that the swimming and surfing was so much fun.

  47. Jackie   February 19, 2011 11:00 am

    Beaches anywhere are beautiful. But Europe has some pretty incredible beaches. I have been to Cannes, France. Gorgeous. I would love to go back as its beauty surpased many things I have ever seen.

  48. Emerson   February 27, 2011 9:21 am

    I have never been to any European beaches but I am sure that they are fantastic. I have been to several here in the states and they are great. I think that pretty much any beach is pretty no matter where you are. I would love to have a chance to visit some in Europe someday.

  49. Joan   March 17, 2011 1:55 pm

    I have never been to the beach in Europe. I think that they would be a nice place to take a holiday to. I imagine that the European beaches are very nice, and some are possibly family oriented while others may be more romantic. I would love to go to one with my children and grandchildren.

  50. Nadia   May 28, 2011 3:35 am

    I will not say which are the best beaches in Europe, I have seen a lot of them, but can´t evaluate the best if I haven´t seem all of them. But I find it weird that on this list there are mostly Spanish and French beaches, then they put one from Italy, one from Greece and one from England?? Who made this list, and why is it so partial to 2 countries, when from what has been said already there are so many others? So no, I don´t believe all the beaches that are on this list deserve to be here, i have seen some of them, and they shouldn´t even be on the top 30.

  51. Peter C   June 9, 2011 8:32 am

    St. Tropez is where my wife and I went for our honeymoon. It was amazing there. The bar life was so great, something I had never seen before. It is a great beach to visit and I am glad that it made the top ten beaches of Europe.

  52. dejan   June 26, 2011 8:44 am

    That shows how much you know. It’s just not my cup o’ tee. after all the beauty is in the eye of a beholder init.

  53. shaill bora   October 11, 2011 10:05 pm

    I went to greece with my wife kalibo on my honeymoon and i enjoyed the trip….The trip was amazing as the place is really beautiful with exotic places and natural serenity all arund.The bar life was amazing as i’m a dimsomaniac and i loved the ambienc.I’ll love to go again with my wife Kalibo.

  54. Armannd   October 23, 2011 4:36 pm

    St. Tropez is my favorite beach even it is only the fifth best beach in Europe. France itself is my favorite country. Anyway, I love everything about this beach. All my holidays were in this place. And I always have a great time there. To me, it is the number one in this top 10 beaches in Europe.

  55. Sisi   October 26, 2011 5:22 pm

    Portugal Algarve beaches and the beaches of the Wadden Sea! At Terschelling (Island between Northsea and Wadden Sea) in the Netherlands has got big sandbanks and is very beautiful to see. Not always warm and sunny, but you know… nature! And yes, Spain and Toscane are also nice :)

  56. Sisi   October 26, 2011 5:33 pm

    In June 2009 the Wadden Sea was added to the World Heritage List. It should be on your top ten list!

  57. Jaco   January 4, 2012 1:21 pm

    The beach showed in the picture is not a beach in Europe. That is on St. Johns Island next to St. Thomas in the US. Virgin Islands.

  58. Bryan Malquisto   June 28, 2012 7:19 pm

    I love to see that beautiful beach……

  59. Bjorni Rexhepi   July 11, 2012 8:56 am

    for me the beautiful beach is vlora in albania
    vlora has a goos climate a good economy and beautiful beaches in this bay

  60. KIRK   August 16, 2012 8:11 pm

    From what I see, whoever made that list places much emphasis on the “man-made” stuff(water-sports, bars, music,etc)….if I were to rank europes beaches based solely on the number of beaches, natural beauty and crystal clear water, it would most definitely be Greece’s beaches…hands-down.

  61. giorgo   August 19, 2012 5:51 pm

    what about malta beaches to mentiion some nice ones blue lagoon, paridise bay, ghadira bay,ramla il hamra,and what about hondoq ir rumin small but nice.

  62. JD   July 20, 2013 9:47 pm

    That photo above, heading the article, is of Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands. It’s not in Europe!

  63. JD   July 20, 2013 9:49 pm

    I SCUBA dive from boats and beaches and have seen beautiful beaches on five continents. Want to know what the most beautiful beach always is? The one where you went with the love of your life or the one where you met her.

  64. Skot   July 24, 2013 2:29 pm

    You’re kidding me right? This list is some type of joke so that tourists continue to visit the most touristy beaches of the world, especially European ones. I’m sure the writer’s English, not that that’s a bad thing but this is a very typical, non adventurous, guide book following, Englishman’s list. Go visit my current home of Croatia and you’ll see beautiful European beaches and as for the rest of world, nothing beats Thailand, Philippines and Australia.

  65. skot   July 24, 2013 2:30 pm

    and I will eat my passport if that picture shown above is a beach from Europe.

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