Europe’s Best Beaches
Heading around Europe this summer? Although you might be heading to a lot of city destinations, we’re sure you won’t be ruling out a couple of days chilling in the sun… Take a look at our pick of the best beaches to check out on your interrailing trip this year.
Europe is home to many incredible beaches, from Spain to Greece, you can’t go wrong with the sun, sea and sand that these destinations have to offer. Whether you’re looking for white sands and a party atmosphere or you enjoy a more picturesque landscape and quieter scene , we’ve put together a selection of some of the best European beaches.
Located a few hours from Valencia, Barcelona is one of Europe’s best loved city break destinations. It’s home to the famous Sagrada Familia, beautiful architecture, authentic tapas and much more. The total length of the coastline in Barcelona is 4.5km long and the Barceloneta beach is one of the best beaches in the city located right in the heart of it all. With its great location and gorgeous weather, Barceloneta beach is an extremely popular spot for locals and tourists alike, meaning it can get very busy, especially in peak summer times. Although this might not be an issue for some, if you fancy opting for a slightly quieter and calmer option, then head a little south of Barcelona for your sun-bathing needs. Sitges and Garraf are both home to a number of idyllic beaches in this area and both are only a short train or bus journey away from the big city.
Spain is an obvious choice when deciding on a relatively affordable beach holiday, no matter whether you’re looking for a crazy one with your friends or a more of a relaxed, quiet break. Valencia is on the East coast of Spain and Malvarrosa beach is popular due to its great weather and fine sands, not to mention that it’s located near a number of great restaurants and bars so you can grab a drink and some food without having to travel far from your relaxing spot on the beach.
Dubrovnik, like most of Croatia, is known for its clear seas, beautiful Mediterranean weather and picturesque views. The south of Croatia is home to some of the most beautiful towns and beaches, and although they are mostly shingle and pebble, the views and tranquility definitely make up for this. Quiet beaches aren’t hard to find in Dubrovnik and, as most of the area is made up of equally scenic coastline and beaches, you’d be hard pressed to choose a favourite. Copacabana beach however is a popular option with all the perks of a Mediterranean beach – delicious restaurants and bars right next to the sand make getting some lunch and a cocktail while keeping an eye on your sun-lounger much easier.
Now you might actually be surprised to know that Holland does in fact have a beach. When you think of The Netherlands you probably think of Amsterdam with all its canals and coffeeshops, However just under an hour away from Amsterdam is Noordwijk, which is a town well known as a classic North Sea beach resort. Sure it may not compare to the picturesque Med or the Adriatic but if you’re in this part of Europe and you catch yourself a good heat wave, you won’t be the only one checking out Noordwijk. You’ve still got the perks of Amsterdam nearby with its lively city life, but if you want to ditch the daytime tourist activities and sleep off the hangover in peace you know where to head.
Portugal borders the Atlantic Ocean and is definitely one of the best beaches for guaranteed hot weather. Praia Dona Ana beach near Lagos is a favourite – it’s located in a cove surrounded by cliffs with water so clear you can see right to the bottom of the seabed. Although this beach can be busy especially around the summer months, the beach is well kept and clean and is within walking distance of the centre of Lagos. With scenic walks and local amenities close by, you can’t go wrong with this stunning gem.
Part of the Balearic islands, Ibiza is one of the most popular party islands in the world and plays host to some of the best nightclubs and DJs in Europe. Although San Antonio in Ibiza has a reputations for being a bit grubby, you don’t have to travel far from the party district to get to some of Europe’s best beaches. Cala Bassa Beach is a ferry ride from San Antonio and is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza. With the Cala Bassa Beach Club being located on the beach this means not only can you enjoy the luxurious views on a sun lounger but you can grab yourself a drink (or three) and enjoy the party spirit of Ibiza.
Words by Lucy Waldren