Bright white, golden, pinkish, and mysterious black – beaches are wonderfully diverse. They amaze with their crystal clear water, rich underwater life, dramatic cliffs, and lush greenery. In our list, you will find the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal
Among the limestone cliffs in the popular Algarve is the Praia de Marinha, prized as one of the best beaches in the world. Here you will find crystal clear sea, golden sands, and jagged rock formations that will beautifully decorate your photos. Access to the beach requires careful handling of steep roads, so you should rather tuck your flip-flops into your backpack and put on stronger shoes.
Cala Goloritze, Sardinia island, Italy
Cala Goloritze, one of the quietest beaches in Sardinia, was formed by a landslide 55 years ago and quickly earned a place on the UNESCO list. Because it lies at the foot of a cliff, it is not easy to reach. The most convenient way to get there is by boat, or you can go on a two-hour hike. But it’s definitely worth the effort, you will enjoy snorkeling in beautiful blue waters and sunbathing on the shimmering white sand.
Zlatni Rat, Brac island, Croatia
Croatia is home to many picturesque beaches and Zlatni Rat is one of the most beautiful. It is located in a protected area on the island of Brač and is a popular place for kite surfing and other water activities. It is lined with pine trees, which provide welcome shade on hot days.
Navagio, Zakynthos island, Greece
Due to the dramatic white cliffs that surround it, it is only accessible by boat from Porto Vromi. But don’t be put off by this. Boats leave every 30 minutes and the ticket price is quite favorable. Clear blue water awaits you on the beach, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The cliffs protect you from the wind, so you will not find many opportunities for water sports. But for all other beach fun, Navagio is absolutely ideal.
Platja de Muro, Mallorca island, Spain
Mallorca’s largest sandy beach is located in the north of the island and is even marked with a blue flag of purity. Here you will find beautifully clean fine sand, clear and typically turquoise Mediterranean sea, a gradual entry suitable for children and non-swimmers, all beach service, old wooden piers, and much more.
Rabbit, Lampedusa island, Itálie
This beach is located in the south of Italy, specifically on the island of Lampedusa. The island is washed by the Mediterranean Sea and not only lovers of clear water, but also passionate divers will enjoy themselves here. Tourists say about the beach that the water is so clear that one can think that there is none. The beach has been declared the most beautiful beach in Europe several times in a row.
Elafonisi, Crete island, Greece
One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece extends close to the southwestern corner of Crete itself, where it is located on a small neighboring island called Elafonissi. The distance between Crete and this island is so small that in good weather these “few meters” can be overcome even on foot through shallow water. The beach is characterized by its pink color and is therefore often depicted on postcards and Greek calendars. Pink sand as it seems at first glance, it’s causing fragments of shells.
Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera island, Spain
Playa de ses Illetes is located in the Mediterranean Sea on the most picturesque of the Balearic islands of Formentera, which is not for nothing called the jewel of Spain. The charming atmosphere of this place, as well as the unspoiled nature and clear sea, make Formentera one of the most popular summer destinations located in Spain.
According to the well-known Trip Advisor portal, Playa de ses Illetes beach itself has declared the most beautiful and most visited beach in Europe in 2016. Its length is 450 meters and is dotted with white sand, which lines the turquoise sea. The beach is part of a nature reserve, so look for no buildings, stalls, or shops here.