The Best Beaches Europe Has To Offer

Published on June 20, 2021
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There’s really nothing quite like a beach getaway when you feel like you need to disconnect from life a bit. While there are countless options all around the world, many Americans don’t think of heading to Europe for a beach vacation, which is really a shame. Europe has got a fantastic selection of stunning beaches. There’s a beach in Europe for every type of traveler, so you can find the perfect spot for you to visit.

Navagio, Zakynthos Island, Greece

This beach cove is accessible only by boat, as it’s surrounded by cliffs. There you’ll find pure white sand meeting bright blue waters of the Ionian Sea. There are plenty of boat providers that help tourists reach this beautiful beach.

Navagio, Zakynthos Island, Greece

Navagio, Zakynthos Island, Greece

Calanque d’en Vau, Cassis, France

This gorgeous secluded beach spot is located in France’s southern coast and is perfect for adventurous travelers. You can only reach it by taking a two hour boat ride, but the reward at the end is so worth it. At the end of a long inlet, the beach is surrounded by towering cliffs. The bright blue Mediterranean will blow you away.

Calanque D’en Vau, Cassis, France

Calanque D’en Vau, Cassis, France

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy

The famous Trukish Steps are absolutely worth the detour here, even in the off season. Millions of years of erosions carved this gorgeous white marlstone into stairs that peek out from the water. Heading to this area for the sunrise is an experience you will absolutely never forget.

Scala Dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy

Scala Dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy

Vik, Iceland

This beach is perfect for those who don’t care for swimming but still enjoy stunning beach views. The frigid waters are dangerous but provide an unforgettable view. Basalt formations that have eroded over time helped form Vik’s black sand beaches. You might feel like you’re on another planet here due to the geometric geological features.

Vik, Iceland

Vik, Iceland

Lubenice Beach, Cres Island, Croatia

Lubenice has been a popular beach for years for both tourists and locals, with good reason. This secluded beach is accessed via a 45 minute hike that’s pretty steep. You also will want to visit the Blue Cave, which is a grotto inside the cliff. Best of all, you can dine on excellent and fresh seafood at a medieval setting.
Lubenice Beach, Cres Island, Croatia

Lubenice Beach, Cres Island, Croatia