Photo: Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece courtesy Greeka
The best Europe beaches are characterized by sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and scenic coast lines. We have ruled out most Mediterranean Beaches where the sand is coarser and pebble-like.
Because of the cooler climate, Europe beaches are best visited from May-October, although the water can be very cool up to June. The July-August months are especially crowded when most Europeans take their vacation.
Biarritz Beach, France
Located eleven miles north of Spain in Basque territory, it has become known for its attractions, less crowded than Frances other popular beaches, and lower priced accommodations, The beach has partitioned swimming and surfing areas, and is lined with cafes, resorts, and bars. In late July, the town becomes alive and crowded for the week long Biarritz Surf Festival.
Costa de la Luz, Spain
Located on the south-west coast, it has fine, white sand beaches with dunes, with fishing villages, and cafes. El Palmar Beach is one of the better beaches is the area and is a 10-minute drive from the town of Vejer de la Frontera.
The island's 16 kilometers (10 miles) of coastline have over 50 sandy beaches that range from secluded coves to tourist crowded beaches. Salinas Beach is a long, white-sandy beach is the most popular beach with an active party crowd and plenty of evening hot spots. For less crowded and subdued, Cala d'en Serra has a tranquil, secluded bay with a sandy beach.
Has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe with its crystal clear turquoise waters and white sands. Kefalonia is made up of hundreds of inlets that are only reachable by boat. Kefalonia Beach is secluded and is fairly well-liked by the rich and famous. Myrtos Beach with white limestone pebbles is set in a deep, wide bay. When viewed from the road above it presents a picture postcard view of the perfect crescent beach.
Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Bracketed at its western end by a white fort, the pretty undeveloped beach is backed by orange cliffs, with strong waves rollers attracting surfers from around the world. For the beautiful secluded coves, widest sandy beaches, and steep honeycomb cliffs, head west from Albufeira.
Sardinia Island, Italy
Has a beautiful majestic coastline with rocky cliffs and white sandy beaches with turquoise crystal clear waters. Cala Luna is one of the island's best sandy beaches with many caves and seals. Chia beach has the feeling of a Caribbean beach with white sand dunes crystal clear turquoise waters surrounded by juniper trees.
St. Tropez, France
Located in the Côte d'Azur, its the best sandy beach on the French Riviera and is an attraction for wealthy celebrities. This beach front town is also known for its hedonistic parties and the popular beach front nightspot the La Voile Rouge where parties run until the early mourning. Party goers are likely to be found dancing on tables, spraying champagne, and practicing their dance gyrations.
Located on the way to Naples from Rome, its one of the best beaches on Italy's mainland, The beach is long, wide and sandy and is lined with cafes. On clear days you can see the jewels of Campania, the islands of Ischia, and Capri. There are few tourists and the area's facilities and attractions are modestly priced.