best beaches in europe


B is for beaches! With summer fast approaching, I’m getting more emails asking which places in Europe is the best beaches for getting some Vitamin Sea! I think now is the right time we talk about the best beaches in Europe to get your golden brown tan. Listed below are seriously some of the most breathtaking destinations to get it. And if your jaw won’t drop, I don’t know what will make it. Share the post to your friends!

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1. Cala Macarelleta Beach in Menorca, Spain

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? That stunning shades of impeccably clear turquoise water and white sandy beaches. It’s surrounded by cliffs covered by pine trees and holm oaks. The best absolute views can be seen from the elevated cliffs in between the two coves. So don’t be lazy and hike up!


2. Egremni Beach in Lefkada Island, Greece

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? It’s the longest beach in Lefkada at 2.5 kilometers long. This means that it’s never really that crowded even when it’s peak season.


3. Calanque d’En Vau in Cassis, France

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? V-shaped beach nestled between two cliffs and when it’s sunny the seabed gives the sea an extraordinary shade of green colour.


4. Oludeniz Beach in Oludeniz, Turkey

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? Oludeniz is also a great location for paragliding afforded by its breathtaking views of the landscape of rolling mountains close to the beach.


5. Playa de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Spain (nudist)

05 Playa de Ses Illetes Formentera Spain


What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? For decades this has been Formentera’s fashion beach where party animals go for day trips from Ibiza after a long night of rocking it out at the clubs. And oh, most of Formentera’s beaches are unofficially nudists by the way.


6. Cala Mariolu in Sardinia, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The cove is characterized by small smooth pebbles and when you walk on stones it’s as if you are walking on a soft carpet. It’s also great for diving.


7. Falsterbo Beach in Skåne, Sweden

Falsterbo Beach in Skåne, Sweden


What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The beautiful and buffed Scandinavians lounging by the beach. ‘Nuff said.


8. Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? It’s one of the few places in the Mediterranean where loggerhead sea turtles go to lay their eggs. Um, they should just change the name to Loggerhead Beach instead?


9. Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Greece

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? It’s history. Navagio derives the name “Shipwreck” from a boat named Panagiotis that wrecked in 1983 in the cove while transporting cigarettes. I wouldn’t mind being shipwrecked in this place. Who’s with me?


10. Praia da Marinha in Algarve, Portugal

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Those beautiful cliffs have been quite ubiquitous on Portugal’s tourism campaigns and for good reason. Apparently it’s also considered by the Michelin Guide as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe. Michelin guide for beaches or countries? I didn’t know they also publish such guides! Did you?


11. La Pelosa Beach in  Stintino, Sardinia, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The beach is one of the most beautiful in the island. It is surrounded by wind-swept dunes full of colourful flowers that face a sea of diverse tones of blue. It is a small natural oasis rich with fishes which makes it great for snorkeling too.


12. Playa de las Catedrales in Galicia, Spain

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? These extraordinary natural rock formation that resemble the soaring arches of a cathedral. Check out Cat of Sunshine and Siestas post about her experience at this beach.


13. Zlatni rat Beach in Bol, Croatia (nudist)

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Zlatni rat beach stretches almost vertically into the sea, changing its shape and location depending on the winds, as if it were made of liquid gold. The westernmost edge of the beach is traditionally clothing-optional.


14. Sylt island in Sylt, Germany (nudist)

  View from a dune at Beach Chairs


What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Besides its 40 kilometers of sandy beaches, the island also offers water sports, vibrant spa resorts and gourmet restaurants. It’s also clothing-optional. Don’t mind those weird German sun chairs.


15. Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, Greece

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Myrtos has been described as “one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece”, with its “mile-and-a-half long arc of dazzling white pebbles.”


16. Sveti Stefan Beach in Budva, Montenegro

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? How many of your friends have been to Montenegro? I rest my case.


17. Viareggio in Versilia, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Renowned for its Italian Art Nouveau architecture, the Tuscan beach town of Viareggio is again in vogue. There is 15-kilometer-long beach that goes from Forte dei Marmi in the north to Viareggio in the south. I fell in love with the Tuscan Riviera when I went here last summer. The photo is taken at Bagno Arizona in Viareggio.


18. Elafonissi Beach in  Crete, Greece

18 Elafonissi Beach Crete Greece


What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The sand of Elafonissi Beach is white, but in many places it is pinkish due to the thousands of broken seashells it contains.


Have you been to any of these beaches?


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43 Responses to “18 Best Beaches in Europe That Will Make Your Jaw Drop. 3 of Them are Nudist. [Pics]” Subscribe

  1. Jenny Orme July 7, 2016 at 6:57 PM #

    Hi I’m looking for some lovely beaches in Sicily any advice please

  2. jess August 6, 2015 at 2:22 AM #

    Calles de Mallorca is also a beautiful beach even near the shore you get fish swimming around you

  3. flutra March 18, 2015 at 6:57 AM #

    You have to see drymades beache and ksamil in Albania google it 🙂

  4. Renuka July 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM #

    Jaw dropping indeed! Sigh….

  5. Joshua | Engineer on the Road May 27, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

    I’ve been to none of them, but oh how I need to see some nice crystal clear blue water! Iceland on sunday for me maybe…

    • DJ Yabis May 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM #

      Iceland?!? For some crystal blue WARM water?

  6. Jeremy May 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM #

    You’re killing me right now, DJ!


    • DJ Yabis May 15, 2014 at 6:06 AM #

      Right? I’m dying to go this summer!

  7. Suki F May 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM #

    I want to be there! It doesn’t matter which! Well maybe not the nudist ones, but any of the other. It is the start of the rainy season here and I still haven’t gotten enough sun.

  8. Lydia May 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM #

    I have only been to two of these beaches – Myrtos Beach (Kefalonia) and Shipwreck Beach (Zante). I think from a distance they look stunning but the ‘sand’ is so uncomfortable and sharp and lumpy you cannot walk around bear foot!

    I think the best beaches in Europe are all generally in Greece or on the Med. I particularly liked the beaches in Lindos, Rhodes (St Paul’s Bay, although a bit commercial these days is a beautiful cove, and Pefkos and Alykanas are lovely as they have shallow water that goes on forever. It feels like being in a real infinity pool with fish swimming around your feet!

    It’s a shame there are no beaches from England on this list – we may not have the weather but there are some stunning parts of the coast. I spent my childhood going to Woolacombe beach which is very tidal, so good for surfing, and an immense size. By no means am I qualified to say that is the best beach in England though, the coast of Cornwall is fascinating to say the least. I am yet to visit all of the other beaches… :o)

    It is interesting that number 13 is a nudist beach as I am planning to go to Brac in June to visit this one – I will make sure I am prepared now!

    • DJ Yabis May 15, 2014 at 6:13 AM #

      Yeah definitely most of them are in the Med. Visiting some of these places in Italy in June. Can’t wait. Let me know about your experience in Brac!

      • TMac June 7, 2017 at 7:03 PM #

        You have to go to Sardinia

        • DJ Yabis July 25, 2017 at 4:28 PM #

          I know! I’m coming this September! So excited!

  9. Frank April 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

    Greece is right up there with Thailand as one of the countries in the world with the highest density of picture perfect beaches! 🙂

  10. Mary @Green Global Travel April 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM #

    Loggerhead sea turtles in Italy? I vote for Rabbit Beach!

    • DJ Yabis April 22, 2014 at 8:07 AM #

      Wanna go see the turtles too!

  11. Charles | The Barefoot Nomad April 18, 2014 at 3:45 AM #

    Great beaches DJ!

    Whenever I think of beaches I always think of the Caribbean or Southeast Asia so it’s nice to be reminded of all the great ones in Europe.

    For some reason we always go to to Europe in late fall, spring or winter so I think it’s time we go in summer to catch a few rays as well.

    • DJ Yabis April 18, 2014 at 6:04 AM #

      Yep, summer in Europe is unlike anything

  12. Jennifer April 17, 2014 at 6:44 AM #

    What gorgeous beaches! I appreciate that you gave photo credit where it was due, too. 🙂

  13. Aleah | April 17, 2014 at 5:07 AM #

    I went to Europe during winter so I didn’t get to check out the beaches there. Too bad, these look amazing!

    • DJ Yabis April 18, 2014 at 6:08 AM #

      You should come back in the summer. You know where to go 😀

  14. Val-This Way To Paradise April 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM #

    These are all great beaches that you chose. I can’t wait to visit the one in the Algarve in 3 weeks!

    • DJ Yabis April 18, 2014 at 6:07 AM #

      Yay enjoy! Lagos area is also great

  15. Matthew Hirtes April 15, 2014 at 2:29 AM #

    Wow, these beaches are amazing. Having said that, some of the best beaches I’ve been on in Europe have been in the Canary Islands where I live now. Also, the ones in Wales’ Gower Peninsula have to be seen to be believed.

  16. Don Thomas April 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

    After my Istanbul tours you have now inspired me to up through Europe and visit these amazing beaches! Thank you!

  17. iame cher April 7, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    Very inspiring. But how hot are these places? 🙂 Just making sure I won’t burn myself if I go there someday… lol

    • DJ Yabis April 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM #

      Warm but good. It can get very warm in the middle of summer though. As warm as the Philippines 😀

  18. Gabriele April 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM #

    When you will come in Puglia! You change this Rank! sure!

    • DJ Yabis April 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM #

      I’m coming end of may. Which beach should I check out?

  19. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas April 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM #

    Thanks for the mention – it’s just begun to warm up in Spain – I’m ready! As for Sveti Stefan, it’s certainly picturesque, but the island itself is a gated hotel, so just daydreaming for now! You can access the beach along the mainland, though.

    • DJ Yabis April 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

      Thanks for the tip! I can’t remember of the name of the other great beach in Budva. Have you been?

      • SJ @ Chasing the Donkey April 18, 2014 at 5:12 AM #

        What fun! I am so very glad you had one of Croatia’s beaches on there – that one I am headed to next month. Cant wait!

        • DJ Yabis April 18, 2014 at 6:05 AM #

          I also love Hvar Island if you have more time to check that out!

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