Explore the Best Beaches in Europe with Europe Express
Step Aside, Caribbean—European Beaches Are Here
Everything you need for a tranquil, restful beach experience that you can find along Europe’s scintillating shores. From the famed coastline of Mallorca to the glittering French Riviera, Europe’s beaches offer the clear, aquamarine waters and sun-warmed sand to entice any beachgoer. Here are four of the continent’s best coastal retreats:
Four Best Beaches in Europe
Zlatni Rat Beach | Brač Island, Croatia
Why they chose it: Between its smooth white-pebbled shore, century-old pine forest, and horn-like shape that changes with the wind and currents, it’s hard to find a more picturesque beach in Europe.
When to go: June, September–October
Where to stay: Starlight Luxury Rooms, Split
How to get around: Ferry or catamaran from Split to Bol, regular bus service on the island
Best restaurants: Aria, Belvedere Dalmatian
Praia da Marinha | Algarve, Portugal
Why they chose it: Colorful cliffs, sculpted rock formations, and calm, transparent waters make this iconic stretch of shoreline irresistible.
When to go: June, September
Where to stay: Hotel Maritur, Albufeira
How to get around: The beach can only be accessed by car, but you can get around the area by train or bus as well.
Best restaurants: Restaurante Ocean, Tasca 26, Le Cro Portugal
Elafonisi Beach | Crete, Greece
Why they chose it: Pink-tinged sand lines the coast of the lagoon, and you can wade through the shallow water—or walk at low tide—to a nature reserve on Elafonisi Island.
When to go: May–June, September–October
Where to stay: Porto Veneziano Hotel, Chania
How to get around: Car, boat, bus (1.5-hour drive from Chania)
Best restaurants: Sunset Tavern, Kosmos Fish Tavern
Playa de Bolonia | Tarifa, Spain
Why we chose it: It’s considered one of Andalusia’s best-kept secrets—a serene small-town getaway featuring one of the largest sand dune systems in Europe.
When to go: April–May, September–October
Where to stay: Monte Puertatierra Hotel, Cádiz
How to get around: Car
Best restaurants: Restaurante Otero, Serenade Bolonia, Las Rejas
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