Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Europe You Must See

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Europe has beautiful beaches to explore. Some are larger and have throngs of visitors, some and small and tucked away, hidden from view to most tourists. To see the best spots, the best way is to go by boat and discover the continent’s natural beauty off the beaten path. Share the experience with a group of friends or family and have a vacation you won’t soon forget. We’ve rounded up the most beautiful beaches in Europe for you to explore by boat:

1. Podrače Beach – Croatia

A drive from Split airport, Podrače beach is one of Croatia’s most beautiful. A little further from the Dalmatian Coast’s most popular spots, this quieter spot attracts visitors and locals alike.

Highlights

  • Turquoise waters
  • Rocky coastline
  • Pine tree surroundings

How to get there

  • Book your boat in Croatia
  • Fly to Split, and drive down the gorgeous Brela Coast.

2. Navagio Beach – Greece

Also known as Shipwreck Beach, Navagio Beach is an open cove off Zakynthos, one of the southernmost Ionian Islands in Greece. The site of Greece’s most famous shipwreck in 1980, there’s plenty of local history – and lore – to explore.

Highlights

  • White sands
  • Gorgeous limestone gravel surroundings
  • Clear blue waters

How to get there

3. Elafonisi, Crete

Located on the southwestern edge of one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands, Elafonsi is famous for its pink hue, thanks to the broken seashells that line its edge. Part of a protected nature reserve, the beach is a perfect place to relax.

Highlights

  • Clear blue-green waters
  • Pinkish sands
  • Shallow depths, perfect for a half-dip

How to get there

4. Cala Gat Rajada, Mallorca

On the eastern end of one of Spain’s most famous islands is Cala Gat Rajada, a beautiful beach area with plenty of local flavors to explore.

Highlights

  • Lively harbor of Cala Ratjada
  • Clear, calm waters
  • Shallow water

How to get there

5. Las Teresitas, Tenerife

One of the most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands, La Teresitas has everything to offer visitors: bars, restaurants, paddle rental and more.

Highlights

  • Proximity to village of Sant Andrés, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Good sailing winds
  • Farms and orchards nearby

How to get there

6. Lungomare di Cefalù, Sicily

Popular with visitors from Italy and abroad, Celafù is a scenic medieval town with monuments and delicious food to explore.

Highlights

  • Shallow, calm waters, ideal for young families
  • Clear waters
  • Golden sand

How to get there

7. Saleccia Beach, Corsica

One of Corsica’s less built-up areas, Saleccia Beach is the perfect place to relax and get away. There are no cafés (as of yet), so bring a snack with you and enjoy the scenery.

Highlights

  • Road free area
  • Sparse, untouched feel
  • A kilometre long

How to get there

  • Take a water taxi from Saint-Florent
  • or brave the seven hour hike across the Désert des Agriates
  • or make it by your own boat in Corsica

8. Blue Lagoon of Ölü Deniz, Turkey

Sail the southwest coast of Turkey and discover the country’s most stunning shorelines. Known for the Blue Lagoon off Ölü Deniz and the surrounding nature reserve, there’s plenty to discover.

Highlights

  • Walk the Lycian Way, a footpath starting in Oludeniz with stunning coastal views
  • Amazing sandy beach
  • Calm waters to enjoy

How to get there

  • What about a Gulet in Turkey to explore the area?
  • Fly into Dalaman International Airport

9. Praia do Submarino, Portugal

Nestled in Portugal’s beautiful Algarve, the Praia do Submarino features a beautiful landscape and sandy coastline.

Highlights

  • Small, hidden quality
  • Stunning rock formations
  • Calm waters

How to get there?

10. Mamula Beach, Montenegro

Located on an islet of the same name, small Mamula Beach offers beautiful views of the Adriatic sea.

Highlights

  • Rocky shore
  • Deep waters, ideal for diving
  • Explore the 19th century fort

How to get there

  • By boat, or sail in from larger beaches Zanjic or Mirista.
  • Reachable by boat in Kotor