7 incredible beach destinations in Europe

7 incredible beach destinations in Europe

With its pristine waterfronts, gorgeous lakes, and sandy beaches, Europe has no shortage of glorious beach holiday destinations for those looking to plan a trip. From the golden beaches of Portugal to the white dunes of the North Sea, here is our list of the best shores in Europe.

Best tropical places in Europe

There are a variety of climates in Europe, from the balmy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the frigid temperatures of the North Sea. Whether you're looking for a pristine beach or towering, dramatic cliffs, here are some of the places that are worth a visit.

1. Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, famous for its gorgeous beaches and golf resorts. Previously a stretch of fishing villages, the coast is now filled with villas, restaurants, bars, and clubs for tourists and locals. Visit here to enjoy amazing Portuguese culture while basking under the warm sun on the beach. The best part: the island has sunshine year-round, so you can escape cold winters by spending the Christmas holidays here.

Algarve, Portugal

2. Positano, Italy

One of the most well-known villages on the Amalfi Coast, Positano is a tropical dream. Complete with pebble beachfront, cobblestone streets, and narrow alleys, this village is a picturesque fantasy. Treat yourself to a personalised wine tasting or a private boat tour of the Capri Islands, or you can spend the day exploring the many boutiques and cafes along the coast. The iconic steep, stacked villas along the coast are definitely worth the trip.

Positano, Italy

3. Sylt, Germany

Sylt is a German island in the North Sea with miles of fluffy white beaches and dunes, perfect for nature lovers. The unique island is located in the middle of the mudflats of the Wadden Sea, a German national park famous for its stunning views and glorious wildlife. The island is also home to an old Frisian House that exhibits pre-20th-century island life, perfect for learning about traditional culture in Sylt. Have a relaxing dinner exploring German cuisine with the beautiful view of the shore in the gorgeous weather.

Sylt, Germany

4. Tenerife, Spain

Visit the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife, right off the coast of West Africa. Take a trip to Mount Teide - the stunning dormant volcano that is also Spain’s largest peak. Tenerife is known for its Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a vibrant celebration with parades, music, dancing, and colourful costumes. Enjoy a unique blend of food while soaking up the sun at the playa. If you’re feeling adventurous then explore the Cueva del Viento, the largest lava tube system in Europe, a series of caves that were formed from lava flows from Pico Viejo. 

Tenerife, Spain

5. Lugano, Switzerland

When you think of Switzerland, you normally don’t think of beaches, but Lugano is a beautiful exception. Located in the Italian-speaking region of the country, the Swiss city has a fantastic mix of Swiss and Mediterranean culture which is heavily reflected in the architecture and the cuisine. It's surrounded by mountains and an absolute delight to spend a relaxing vacation here. The main beach in Lugano is the Lido de Lugano, which has not only a sandy beachfront for swimming in the lake, but also two heated pools. 

Lugano, Switzerland

6. Scheveningen, the Netherlands

Scheveningen is one of the eight districts in The Hague, and it’s a beautiful modern resort with a stunning beach, pier, and lighthouse. The beach is a great place for summer sports like windsurfing or kiteboarding, or simply relaxing with a great book. Taste splendid Dutch cuisine straight from the North Sea while strolling along the coast. When you're done with the fabulous beach, make time to explore the medieval castles and fantastic museums in The Hague.


7. Mykonos, Greece

Located in the centre of the Cyclades, Mykonos is world-famous for its amazing party atmosphere and vibrant nightlife. Soak up Greek culture and enjoy delicious food while watching some of the most magnificent sunsets ever. Those looking for nightlife will not be disappointed: Mykonos is home to some of the most legendary clubs, exotic beach parties, and unique restaurants in the world. Explore the island by boat or wander through its charming streets. 

Mykonos, Greece

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There are many impressive locations to visit in Europe if you’re in the mood for the beach, but these are just a few of our favourites. Have a favourite beach destination of your own? Share it in the comments below!

Eesha Wirk


Eesha Wirk

Eesha studied in the United States, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and Studio Art. She is currently getting her Research Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In...

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