Europe boasts countless awe-inspiring destinations, but when it comes to beaches, there are a few that truly stand out. These 10 most stunning beaches in Europe will dazzle you with their natural beauty and leave you wishing you could stay forever. From gorgeous coastlines to crystal clear waters, these beaches have something to offer everyone in the family – and they’re all within a reasonable distance of one another. Read on to learn more about each one and decide which will be your next must-visit European beach destination!
1) Spiaggia Dell Acqua Paradiso, Sardinia
If you find yourself near Cagliari, Sardinia, make a pit stop at Spiaggia Dell Acqua Paradiso. The beach boasts some of the purest water on Earth – and its waters will literally take your breath away. As you walk out towards a secluded cove, you’ll notice that an endless stream of fresh water is pouring into calm azure waters. That stream comes from one of two freshwater springs feeding into the shoreline, making Spiaggia Dell Acqua Paradiso one of only two beaches in Italy that have continually flowing fresh water year-round.
2) Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria
Despite being located in North Africa, Gran Canaria offers some of Spain’s most stunning beaches. The one-mile strip of white sand known as Playa del Inglés is on everyone’s radar and a visit here will not disappoint. Bluewater and soft golden sands will instantly give you that holiday feel. When it comes to destinations, if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is but Gran Canaria definitely lives up to its reputation. So grab your swimwear and head over! Playa del Inglés is located just four miles from Las Palmas airport making transfers convenient for those arriving by plane.
3) Cala de Mijas, Malaga
Located just 2km from Malaga and 15 minutes from Granada, Calas de Mijas is a long stretch of golden sand. The town is popular with tourists due to its wide array of activities, including great water sports and yoga classes. The best thing about Calas de Mijas beach is that it’s never too crowded, so you can always find space for yourself if you want some quiet time away from all the excitement. However, it does get quite busy during high season, so if you prefer less hustle and bustle then you’re better off coming here during low season when hotel prices are more affordable as well.
4) Sóller, Mallorca
If you’re looking for a remote, secluded beach and don’t mind being a little off the beaten path, Sóller is a great choice. To get there, take Avinguda de l’Església until Calle Bori da medina, then turn left and follow signs to Es Portal Nou. Park at Playas de Fornalutx and continue on foot. The walk is about 20 minutes long; it follows unpaved roads with views of mountains as well as sea. At times you may be surrounded by tall rocks as you approach your destination.
5) Santa Susanna Bay, Ibiza
With white sands, crystal-clear waters, and several restaurants, bars, and hotels on hand, it’s hard not to fall in love with Santa Susanna Bay. The resort is beautifully secluded and locals will no doubt take great pleasure in telling you that you’ve found one of Ibiza’s best-kept secrets. For those who want to get even closer to nature, a hike up Monte Toro is rewarded with incredible views over Santa Susanna Bay. Hiring a boat from one of Ibiza’s many marinas is another great way to experience Santa Susanna – once aboard you can simply float around for hours taking in its beauty.
6) Venice Beach, California
Venice Beach is a 1.5-mile stretch of coastline along Los Angeles County’s Pacific Ocean coastline, located within Southern California. It is known for its boardwalk and Venice Pier, which has been a local landmark since 1909 when it was built to attract visitors to Venice Beach’s saltwater lagoon. There are countless activities and happenings all day long ranging from skateboarding, sunbathing and volleyball tournaments to concerts at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio or open-mic nights hosted by Ricki Derek’s Surf Shack. There are also many art galleries along Windward Avenue, where you can browse, purchase and view various pieces of artwork throughout all four seasons. The breezy weather during sunset makes for excellent socializing as well as romantic evenings with your significant other!
7) Myrtos Beach, Rhodes Island
The beaches of Rhodes Island is a magnet for sunbathers and sports enthusiasts all year round. And one of its most popular beaches is Myrtos Beach, with its irresistible water as clear as diamonds and its soft sand that feels like silk between your toes. The beach was awarded a Blue Flag, which means that it adheres to strict environmental standards and is safe for swimmers, who will also appreciate facilities such as parking lots, refreshment kiosks, and water sports. Although small, Myrtos Beach has everything you’d expect from an ideal beach holiday: just go there with your towel and umbrella in hand!
8) Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic
Located in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Cayo Levantado is one of those hidden gems that still has some undiscovered land and is not yet overpopulated with tourists. With white sand and an aquamarine hue, it’s no wonder why many travel agencies are starting to advertise trips here. It’s remote location makes it a popular vacation spot for divers and people who want a quiet getaway. Unlike some beaches where they set up food stands, there are no concessions on Cayo Levantado which makes it more enjoyable. There are only a few small hotels on site but most visitors choose to stay nearby at Cabarete.
9) Baia Sardinia, Italy
The azure waters of Baia Sardinia on Italy’s Amalfi Coast will remind you of your favorite Mediterranean resort. From its golden sands to crystal-clear blue waters, Baia Sardinia is just as dreamy as you think it would be. It might just be one of Italy’s most beautiful beaches, but don’t let that keep you from going! With hotels and restaurants surrounding it, Baia Sardinia is easily accessible no matter what kind of getaway you have planned. At night, take a stroll through Positano and end up at one of its many incredible restaurants for an unforgettable experience. Wherever your stay takes you on your European adventure, add a stop at Baia Sardinia for an unforgettable beach experience!
10) Porec Riviera Beach, Croatia
Warm water and soft sands are just some of what make Porec Riviera Beach so stunning. The turquoise water, protected bay, and spectacular sunsets mean Porec Beach is a top Croatian destination for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you’re looking for your next slice of paradise—this is it! Plus, there are boat tours available if you want to see dolphins or other local wildlife up close. In addition to swimsuits and towels, plan on packing sunscreen because it will be hot! Prepare for a memorable vacation at one of Europe’s most stunning beaches: Porec Riviera Beach.