on the beach | Do you dream of enjoying the summer sun on one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe? Top European Destinations has released its ranking of the 15 most beautiful beaches in Europe.
This year’s ranking of the most beautiful beaches in Europe compiled by European Best Destinations (EBD) has something for everyone: secluded or hidden, popular or wild, romantic getaways, family adventures, intense water sports or untouched nature.
The 15 selected beaches are those that have been most popular with thousands of travelers from 83 countries.
Spain First comes Torrente de Pareis Beach on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, followed by Bordeira Beach on Portugal’s Algarve Coast and Spanish Amio Beach in Pechon, Cantabria. Spain, with five beaches, Italywith four bands, and Portugal and the Greecewith two beaches, is the most awarded country in the ranking.
“This year, Wild Beaches took the top spot in the rankings, showing interest in less-visited natural destinations and lesser-known places for summer holidays in Europe,” EBD notes.
1. Torrent de Pareis, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Voted the most beautiful beach in Europe, the tiny island of Torrent de Pareis can be reached in two ways, according to EBD. The sport option is suitable only for the strongest and most athletic. It takes up to six hours to cover nine kilometers of challenging hiking, and this is only possible during the dry season.
Not for you? There is always an alternative plan: you can book a boat trip to Torrent de Pareis from the port of Söller. There are crossings several times a day that take an hour.
2. Bordera Beach, Island, West
Wild nature, a natural park, local farming, and small neighboring towns are all additional attractions to the island’s long, sandy beaches.
“Don’t miss the sweet potatoes from the island, the peanuts from Rogell and the locally produced honey,” recommends EBD. “This place has everything for lovers of peace, surroundings and nature. »
3. Ameo Beach, Pichon, Cantabria, Spain
Pristine nature, copious ferns, not one big resort for miles around, no revelers shouting ’80s hits, no karaoke bars, no yellow potatoes too or too greasy, no giant beer. Welcome to Cantabria!
“Are you ready for some geology?” This beach is connected to a small island by an isthmus, a long strip of very fine sand, surrounded on both sides by the sea, which makes it unique,” explains EBD. “The beach is nicer when the tide is low, otherwise it is covered. There is parking nearby (free) and a small shop to buy ice cream, drinks and snacks. »
During your stay, be sure to visit Balluta Beach, which is also ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
4. La Peluza Beach, Stintino, Sardinia, Italy
The most beautiful of Sardinia’s beaches, with its calm and turquoise waters, La Peluza Beach is similar to the beaches of the Caribbean Sea.
For this place to remain a paradise, online reservations are required in advance. You will receive a QR code to access the beach. Parking costs two euros per hour. There is a bar on site and daily sun lounger rentals.
5. As Catedrais Beach, Galicia, Spain
This magnificent natural cathedral of rock can be appreciated with both feet in the water. Check the tide schedule online to make sure you arrive shortly before low tide begins and take in the exceptional spectacle.
Access to the site is free, but to avoid crowds, it is limited to the maximum number of people per day. In high season (April-September), it is recommended to book your visit online (for free). Parking and toilets are free.
While visiting, be sure to visit Ribadassella and Cudillero, two of Spain’s best hidden gems.
6. Cala Granadilla, Javea, Costa Blanca, Spain
For EBD, “What could be better than a beach with turquoise waters in one of the sunniest parts of Europe? Maybe have a couple of delicious restaurants on-site, and the ability to do water activities like kayaking, etc.”.
This beach is supervised by lifeguards, and offers parking nearby as well as showers and toilets.
Don’t forget to take beach shoes, as Cala Granadilla is a pebbly beach.
7. Butterfly Valley Beach, Türkiye
This wonderful beach of rare beauty is located in the Butterfly Valley of Turkey, where insects come to lay their eggs.
Nestled between the dramatic hills of Mount Babadag, Butterfly Valley is a great place to hike, with lush vegetation, stunning views, stunning sunsets, and an endless variety of butterfly species.
To escape the crowds, come in the morning or evening and be careful as the walking path is very steep and the beach is not easily accessible from the hills.
Consider taking a boat trip or hiring a water taxi from Oludeniz. Ölüdeniz Beach is also a 15-minute drive from Kelebekler Vadisi Beach.
8. Praia Nova, Porsche, Lagoa, Algarve
Praia Nova beach is located at the foot of “Capela Senhora da Rocha”, one of the emblematic places of the Algarve, perfect for a relaxing day under the Algarve sun.
This sheltered beach is located close to another beach that has also earned the title of “the most beautiful beach in Europe”, Cova Redonda Beach. Both are located in Porches, a little corner of paradise still little known to tourists.
9. Cala Murayg, Benitachel, Costa Blanca, Spain
To get to this hidden beach, you have to park your car upstream and walk downhill. “The photo only gives a glimpse of the incredible beauty of the place. We’ve been there and can tell you that Cala del Muraigues is well worth it,” EBD wrote.
It is a pebbly beach, not recommended for families, but worth a visit for nature lovers.
Turquoise waters await, but bring beach shoes, as the pebbles can be slippery.
10. Cala Tonnarella dell’Uzzo, San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
A “secret” beach surrounded by nature with crystal clear waters (and sunshine).
Like other secret and wild beaches, Cala Tonnarella dell’Uzzo is a little tricky to get to. It is a 20 minute walk from the car park.
“Bring food and water with you,” EBD advises. The beach is part of a nature reserve and there is no restaurant on site, only a small street vendor in high season at the entrance to the reserve. The place is perfect for snorkeling.
11. Sikia Beach, Milos Island, Greece
Another ‘secret’ beach, Sikia is located on the legendary horseshoe-shaped island of Milos, which floats serenely in the Aegean Sea where the famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered.
Take shelter in a tiny ‘beach cocoon’ formed in the heart of a sea cave.
Sikia Beach is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, and ranks among the best natural swimming pools in Europe as well as among the best beaches in Europe.
Be sure to visit nearby Sarakiniko Beach and its famous volcanic rock, which offers sunbathers a lunar landscape.
One of the best ways to visit Sikia is to book a private boat, otherwise it’s almost inaccessible.
12. Kriaretsi Beach, Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece
Kriaretsi Beach is located in the southeast of the Greek peninsula of Sithonia, and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, with its golden sands and clear blue waters.
Kriaritsi consists of a main beach and a few small coves separated by rocks. On the main beach there are two camping sites, a supermarket and a few beach bars.
Small bays are usually occupied by nudists, moreover it is recommended that children be watched carefully due to the significant drop in the sea floor.
13. Monterosso al Mare, Liguria, Italy
Monterosso al Mare is one of the emblematic villages of Cinque Terre, in Liguria, in northern Italy. Like most of the villages of the region, it has fine houses on a cliff side, and its land is covered with lemon trees, vineyards, and olive trees.
As the largest city in the Cinque Terre, Monterosso offers plenty of accommodations, leisure activities, seaside restaurants, and great beaches popular with Italians and travelers from all over the world.
14. Ostrikoni Beach, North Corsica, France
Twenty kilometers from Ile Rousse, Ostrikone beach, with its fine white sand, is one of the most beautiful in northern Corsica and very popular with families.
There is a car park ten minutes walk away, with a few small shops selling drinks and ice cream, and it is supervised by lifeguards.
However, the difference in sea floor level is large (rapidly deep), there are small waves and sometimes algae. The beach is recommended for families whose children are more accustomed to swimming than children who are taking their first steps,” notes EBD.
15. Spiaggia Rosa, Cala di Ruto, Budelli Island, Sardinia, Italy
This beach of rare beauty is unique for its white and pink sand made of fossils and crushed corals. Spiaggia Rosa in Cala di Ruto, southeast of the island of Budelli in Sardinia, in the Maddalena archipelago, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy and all of Europe, despite its inaccessibility.
It’s not just the sand that makes it amazing. Landscapes, turquoise waters, and pristine nature add to the charm. However, the only person allowed to stand on this beach is the local Robinson Crusoe, who has lived on the island for decades. Many tourists used to steal the pink sand that would take years to be replenished, so it is now forbidden to walk on the beach or bathe in its waters.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Cecilia Rodriguez
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