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The 7 Most Beautiful Beaches In Europe

Whether you’re seeking a sandy stretch that feels like it’s your alone, hidden bays on tropical islands or buzzing party spots, we have all the top spots when it comes to the best beaches in Europe.

It’s a diverse list, with black sandy shores, golden sand that meets the Mediterranean and secret coves. Here’s where we’ll be spending most of our time…

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1. Zlatni rat (Golden Horn Beach) – Brac, Croatia

The Golden Horn is the most spectacular of all Croatia’s beaches. It’s not just its shape that makes it so beautiful and unique. The pebble beach is surrounded by crystal clear sea, that goes from turquoise blue to dark blue in just 10-20 meters.

Decades-old pine trees provide shade, but you won’t want to get out of the warm waters here.

2. Fig Tree Bay – Protaras, Cyprus

Fig Tree Bay is a scenic sandy beach in the resort of Protaras, Cyprus, with an uninhabited islet that you can swim to from the shore.

The beach has golden sand, lively beach bars and plenty of umbrellas to shelter from the sun. It’s popular, so don’t expect an empty beach, but it’s so pretty you won’t mind sharing.

3. Reynisfjara Beach – Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland

If tropical beaches aren’t your thing, be sure to visit this beautiful black sand beach in Iceland. With enormous basalt stacks that rise out of the sea and unusual black sand, this is an unforgettable beach.

You might recognise it from Season 7 of the HBO Series Game of Thrones.

4. Keem Bay – Mayo, Ireland

Keem Bay is a breathtaking rural and sheltered beach surrounded by cliffs on Ireland’s largest island – Achill Island. Its gleaming white sand rivals tropical islands and the water is superbly clear.

The sun might not always be shining, but when it does it’s world-class. And yes, it’s beautiful even on a rainy day.

5. Cala Saona – Formentera, Spain

Ibiza might be better known, but the neighbouring island of Formentera is just a short boat ride away and boasts one of the best beaches in the world. Formentera has over 20 km of beaches, from rocky coves through to white sand beaches, but Cala Saona is the prettiest.

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6. Baia delle Zagare – Puglia, Italy

With white cliffs overhanging the sea, and impossibly clear blue water, it’s no wonder this beach is award-winning. The coastline water ranges in shades from blue to turquoise, to emerald.

There’s three beaches in the bay; one can be reached through a path, another is only for hotel guests of Hotel Baia delle Zagare, and the last can be reached only from sea.

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7. Elafonisi Beach – Greece

Once a local secret, this unusual pink beach has become a popular destination in recent years. The fine white sand is pinkish at several spots because of the crushed seashell powder.

It’s connected by a sandbar to an island nature reserve, so you can stroll along the shore and enjoy the view.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder and global head of content of Big 7 Travel, 26-year-old Sarah created the company through her passion for discovering the world's best food and travel experiences. Formerly based in Dublin, Ireland, she now travels the world sharing her finds with our readers - a community that loves travel just as much as we do.

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