Europe is the stately home of coastline. With so many different coastlines covering so many countries in Europe, you can really get a taste of the ocean by driving to some of the best beaches in Europe – from the cool waters of the Mediterranean to the warm waves of the Baltic Sea.
Tucked away between the Cycladic islands of Naxos and Amorgos, Koufonisia is an area of beach that is separated by 655 feet of sea. Made up of two small inlets, Ano Koufonisi is a local community with typical cottages and a thriving town. Fishing is the main occupation in the village, and the townspeople are always happy to meet new visitors!
Viverio Galicia, Spain
On the northern coast of Spain lie some of the country’s finest beaches, and the small town of Viverio harbors one of the most beautiful. Drive along the coast and discover all of the beaches that surround the town, including Area Beach, with a few miles of sand.
Paleochora, Crete, Greece
Paleochora is another wonderful seaside village that is virtually undiscovered by worldwide tourism. The main beach is filled with white sand and sun beds for relaxing, there are also some more secluded spots and a naturist part of the beach, too. Find some local tavernas and B&Bs along the coast here.
Just 90 minutes south of Lisbon, the coastline of Comporta is a breathtaking paradise with white sands and crystal blue waters. Head to Comporta Beach where the colors bare resemblance to the hues of the Indian Ocean, and you can often find the sands entirely deserted. A secret to those in the know – the beach also has a number of delicious local seafood restaurants for some tasty sea bass or bream to end a hot summer’s day.
San Pantaleo, Sardinia
Primitive and plain, the stunning and vast beaches at San Pantaleo in Sardinia are famous not for the five-star luxury that most of Sardinia’s tourists are used to, but for their stark beauty. Drive on Sardinia’s small coastal roads to seek out the beach, park up and then head off onto the dirt track, you may even find a beach entirely deserted. The sand here tends to be white and powdery while the water is almost completely clear. Small villages and towns can also be found along the coast with hotels and restaurants to keep you comfortable.
Kuressaare Beach, Estonia
If you are looking for somewhere a little different, as well as lovely and warm, and beautiful and sandy, try Kuressaare Beach. A beach that is popular with families in Estonia as well as tourists visiting the country. The beach is not only a beautiful natural landscape for a fun day out, but also offers plenty of facilities for children and adults, including a children’s playground and lifeguards. The only thing to be aware of is the limited “beach season” in Estonia which only lasts from the beginning of June to the end of August.
Rossbeigh Beach, Ireland
Take one of Europe’s most famous driving routes, the Ring of Kerry and end up at the stunning and wild beach of Glenbeigh. The drive takes you through Killarney National Park, with green lands and lakes, and over spectacular mountains. Enjoy six miles of sandy beach with rivers and lakes either side, as well as the wild Atlantic Ocean on your toes. You can go horse riding, relax on the beach or go fishing at this picture-perfect beach haven.
Saint Tropez, France
Along the famous French Riviera, Saint Tropez is the ultimate seaside resort. The beach boasts some of the most high-end beach clubs and resorts in the South of France. The beaches are fully equipped with loungers, lifeguards, and showers. Expect to find jetsetters and some of the world’s most famous celebs sunning themselves on the sandy beaches.
It’s rare to find an untouched beach in Turkey, but Anamur-Iskele is one of them. Stretching for over 7.5 miles, the white sandy beach is not only the perfect place for sunbathing and swimming, but the gorgeous beach also has the remnants of an ancient Roman city and medieval castle at either end. Away from any high-rise hotels, watersports, and nightlife, the beach is really a locals spot that sees very few tourists.
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