When most people think beach vacations, they think the tropics. The Caribbean, Brazil and the islands of the Indian and Pacific Oceans often come to mind. Although seaside cities in Europe are regarded as world-class luxury destinations, the beaches often take a backseat to the architecture and restaurants that overlook them. Many of the best European destinations are not only the cities that overlook the ocean, but the beaches in-between.
Oludeniz Beach, Turkey
Oludeniz Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in turkey. Also known as the blue lagoon, the Oludeniz Beach has beautiful aquamarine waters and pebble shores. Apart from its crystal clear waters, this beach is also a perfect site for paragliding due to its good weather and extensive views. The beach is surrounded by a pine-forested peninsula with jade green Badabag Mountain that soars around the beach. The beach is close to the ghost village of kayakoy and the ancient amphitheatre at Fethiye and you can hike to see these.
Porthminster Beach, St. Ives – Cornwall, England
This beautiful sandy beach is located in Cornwall in the southwest of England. This little corner of paradise has crystal clear water with fine sand. A holiday in St. Ives is not complete without a visit to this beach. There are cafes and seafood restaurants located along the beach where you can get mouth-watering meals.
Zlatni Rat Beach, Brac, Croatia
If you are looking for a unique getaway spot with quiet beaches and coves then Zlatni Rat Beach is the place for you. Located an hour from Brac, this quiet beach does not get much tourists as much as the other islands around. This is a good thing for tourists looking to have quiet beach time. The beach is perfect for surfers and kite surfers. The beach resembles a promenade with its shape constantly changing due to tides and wind. The beach is close to historic monasteries and hiking trails.
Reynisfjara, Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland
This beach is really heaven on earth. The beach is a black sand beach located beside a fishing village called Vik in southern Iceland. The great thing about this beach is that not only do you enjoy crystal clear water, you see waterfalls, glaciers and the Dyrhólaey Arch measuring 400ft on your way. If you’re lucky you will even get to see the famous Northern Lights.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece
Lush green cliffs flank Myrtos Beach, a secluded spot on the north-western coast of the island of Kefalonia. Its ivory sand is actually made up of coarse white pebbles, rather than the soft, fine powder you’ll find on the island of Elafonisi, further south—but you’ll be too distracted by the cool, glittering waters of the Ionian Sea to notice. Make sure to have your camera ready for the epic sunset, which goes down directly in front of the beach.