Beaches for water sports enthusiasts, families and adventurers. Here is our list of the top 10 beaches in Europe:
1. FRANCE – Espiguette Beach, Le Grau-du-Roi
Espiguette’s beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the Languedoc-Roussillon coast in the south of France. Surrounded by breathtaking sand dunes reaching heights of up to 10 m, this beach offers a unique atmosphere for long walks by the sea.
2. France – Beach Calanque d’En-Vau, Marseille
Between Marseille and Cassis, you’ll find the spectacular Calanque beach. With turquoise blue water, it’s a particular jewel for both climbers and cliff divers. And for those happy to put in the extra effort to climb all the way up there, the reward is a fantastic panoramic view of cliffs and the sea.
3. FRANCE – Beach on Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes
Cannes is still famous for being the highlight of the French Riviera. Sunshine, palm trees, luxurious buildings and numerous boutiques pull in guests from all across the globe. The Boulevard de la Croisette is perfect for a stroll and in the plethora of restaurants by the beach you can enjoy the food while taking in the sea views.
Self-catering in Cannes
4. FRANCE –Grande Plage Beach, Saint-Jean-De-Luz
The beauty of the French Basque coast with its long beaches and fine sand make it perfect for family holidays. When walking around the area you’ll discover all kinds of sights such as the Casino La Pergola. Sunshine, sandy beaches and volleyball await sun-seekers in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Properties in St Jean de Luz
5. GERMANY – Beach and Drachenwiese, Norddeich
When you think of Norddeich, many things come to mind: The Osterfeuer for example (Easter bonfire held on 15 April 2017) which dispels winter and evil spirits. The Drachenwiese field for flying kites alongside it is the setting for the famous kite festival (25 – 28 May 2017) which never ceases to delight guests year after year. The summertime features the Norddeich Open Air festival by the sea with an open air cinema and a range of organised activities for families. Not forgetting a Viking festival on the beach with a medieval artisan market and exhibition fights. Norddeich proves it: You don’t have to head off to the Adriatic in order to experience a summer adventure by the sea.
Holiday accommodation in Norddeich
6. SPAIN – Beach Mont Roig / Miami Platja
Family holidays are the focus here: A whole series of activities that fill summer on the Costa Dorada with light and colour. Childcare on the beach, an open air cinema, an entertainment programme for kids, beach sports and a selection of guided tours: Mont Roig/Miami Playa is a unique paradise for a family holiday.
7. SPAIN –Famara Beach, Lanzarote
The North West of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is where you’ll find Playa de Famara – a beach that spans 2 km. The golden yellow sandy beach seems almost endless while the crystal blue water is perfect for a swim. Make sure to only swim where there is a guard on duty, as the sea’s currents can be very strong. It’s breeze makes the beach particularly popular among windsurfers and kitesurfers.
8. PORTUGAL – Beach dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor
Praia dos Três Irmãos – the beach of the 3 brothers – takes its name from the rock formations. It is located on the eastern end of the Alvor beach and will impress you most of all with its picturesque cliffs and rocks. Car parking spaces at beach level make the beach accessible to those with impaired mobility as well.
9. ITALY – La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia
La Pelosa beach (Spiaggia della Pelosa) with its shallow turquoise water and white sand is also known for its 16th century watchtower which at the time served as part of Sardinia’s marine defence system.
The beach is regarded as the Caribbean of Europe and provides magnificent views of nearby Isola Piana and Isola Asinara. There are two diving centres available for divers and water sport enthusiasts can rent canoes and surfboards.
10. CROATIA – Zlatni Rat Beach, Brac Island
The idyllic beach of Zlatni Rat on the island of Brac is one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Arising from deposits of fine pebbles which form a reef, the beach juts out into the sea by approximately 500 metres. The nature reserve of Zlatni Rat attracts surfers and kitesurfers from all across the globe.