It is fine to enjoy the beaches in your backyard, but what about the beautiful beaches around the world? If you love to travel or want to someday but also love beach life, consider a few of these top ten European beaches, that are making waves overseas.
- Navaigo Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
These limestone graveled beaches are a castaway lover’s dream. Commonly known as Shipwreck Beach is in a secluded area only accessible by boat. The cove got its name from a large freight carrier that had crashed on to the shores. This area is heavily visited by tourist due to many cameos in the Korean television drama Descendants of the Sun and viewing the decaying ship.
- Nugal Beach, Makarska, Croatia
Do you like to welcome new experiences, even if it means bearing it all? Nugal Beach located on the Makarska riviera in Croatia is a nude beach and heavily visited by naturist. Nugal has been praised as one of Croatia’s primer beaches for its crystal-clear waters and natural beauty. The beach is only accessible by boat or foot, as it sits on the foot of a cliff. As crazy as it sounds the best time to visit the beach is when it has just finished raining, as its beauty becomes enhanced by a natural waterfall.
- Nice, Cote d’Azur, France
This pebbled stoned beach is not far from the city Nice. This long stretch of shore is perfect for beachgoers who still want their space while enjoying the busiest of beach days. Walking distance from the center of the city, visitors can enjoy a tasty pastry at the local café while enjoying the view of the sea.
- Algarve, Praia do Carvoeiro, Portugal
This small but beautiful beach town lies within a bay surrounded by high rock formations. The beach is filled with multi-colored boats and homes belong to the fishermen that call Carvoeiro home. Much like beach sand along the US east coast, the sand at Praia do Carvoeiro is coarse and full of seashells. During the summer season, the beach can get extremely crowded as it is a popular spot for tourist. Among the entrance of the beach, you will find multiple restaurants and shops within the promenade. The heavy traffic within the promenade makes causes the beach to be truly lively. While in Carvoeiro, one must visit the Carvoeiro Boardwalk. This breathtaking trail located in the center of Carvoeiro takes you to the cliffs of Algar Seco with multiple benches that allows one to enjoy the fresh ocean air while watching the sunset.
- Olüdeniz Beach, Turkey
Oludeniz Beach, commonly known as the Blue Lagoon, is covered with pebble grounds and aqua waters is a small beach resort in the Fethiye district of Muğla Province. The beach provides and is well known for its outdoor water activities. Oludeniz Beach is famously known as the paragliding capital of the world due to its bird’s-eye view and calm weather conditions.
- Durdle Door Beach, Dorset, England
Known as one of the most scenic beaches in Europe with its famous limestone arch. Durdle Door is considered apart of the Jurassic Coast and is considered a natural wonder along with the Grand Canyon, due to its rich history of archeological findings. The only way to access the beach is taking the path by foot once you have left the car park. Durdle Door is also well known for being a popular filming location for music videos and films. The movie Nanny McPhee starring Colin Firth and Emma Thompson was filmed on location at Durdle Door.
- Somorrostro, Spain
Somorrostro named after the what once stood shantytown. This metropolitan beach is accessible through public transportation or just by walking. Heavily populated with younger crowds and tourist, Somorrostro is one of the best beaches in Barcelona. Somorrostro is the closet beach to the cities best nightlife, as well as the Barcelona Zoo and famous neighborhoods.
- Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa
Nissi Beach, like most of the beaches on our list, was awarded Blue flag destination for their clean water. Ayia Napa is the areas main resort and most popular tourist city. Nissi Beach is the number one beach in the area out of twenty-seven others. The beach is usually visited by club-goers and water sport enthusiasts, but if being among a large crowd is not your thing. The best time to visit the beach is between mid-April and May, or from September to mid-October, the water is still enjoyable, but there aren’t too many people around.
- Black Sand Beach (Reynisfjara), Vik, Iceland
When you think of going to the beach, Iceland may not be an option for you, but it is one to consider. Far from your usual white sandy beaches and tall palm trees, Black Sand Beach is just how it sounds. The sand on this beach is as black as a permanent marker. This rare beauty is located on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal. In 1991, National Geographic voted Black Sand Beach as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet. You can take a moment and view of the enormous basalt stacks that sit on the shore. According to Icelandic folklore, the large basalt stacks were once trolls who were trying to pull ships in from the ocean to shore. However, these trolls were dense and went out too late in the night; dawn broke on the horizon, turning the trolls into solid stone.
10. Aguas Blancas, Ibiza
Aguas Blanca located east of the town of Santa Eulària des Riu. The beach is popular with families but is also a popular nudist spot during the summertime. Surrounded by colorful high cliffs with golden sandy shores. If you are a surfer, Aguas Blancas is known for the great swells due to the wind current, as well as snorkeling. The beach is regularly empty throughout the year due to the difficulty to access but certain parts of the beach being only reachable by rocky points.