Ten Best Beaches in Europe You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Europe boasts not only some of the most beautiful (and old) cities and incredibly mysterious castles but also very beautiful beaches.

The Mediterranean Sea coast is popular among tourists all over the world but it doesn’t mean the other coasts don’t offer equally beautiful beaches.

The Black Sea coast is quite popular among those exploring Eastern Europe while the Baltic Sea coast is both beautiful and interesting.

1 – Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece

Paradise Beach, Mykonos

It is one of the best party beaches in the world, with a youth-like everything-goes atmosphere. The beach is famous for the popular (and crowded) bars and nightclubs which attract party goers during the entire season. The atmosphere is laid back and the prices are affordable.

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2 – Caños de Meca, Spain

Canos de Meca

Located on Costa de la Luz, the beach has become a really hip hangout for those who want to chill out in the sun. There’s an incredible restaurant right on the beach front which after several mojitos turns into a real night club with party goers spilling (and dancing) right on the beach.

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3 – Playa Cavallet, Ibiza

Playa Cavallet, Ibiza

Located just a 10-minute drive from Ibiza Town, you can find Playa Cavallet, one of the official nude beaches in Ibiza. It is about 1.1 km long and offers facilities including restaurants and bars. The beach is known for its beauty but also as a place where the celebrities hang out, thanks to the incredible beach bars located here.

The beach gets really crowded in the summer when you cannot even find a parking spot. It’s also easily reached by bus or bicycle.

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4 – Biarritz Beach, France

Biarritz Beach

Once overshadowed by the other popular beaches on the French Riviera, Biarritz Beach is famous for the surf festival, which takes place here every summer. And it’s also starting to emerge as one of the best beaches on the French Riviera. The former royal palace built by Napoleon III for his wife Empress Eugenia is now Hotel Du Palair, a trendy and lavish place to stay.

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5 – Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Myrtos Beach

There are many beautiful beaches on the island of Kefalonia, but Myrtos Beach is by far the trademark of the island. Considered one of the most beaches in the Ionian Islands, Myrtos is filled with tourists every single summer. It’s also one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. Before going on the beach, make sure to catch a glimpse of the area from the high ground.

>> Read more about Kefalonia or check out the top five nude beaches in Greece

6 – Terracina Beach, Italy

Terracini Beach

In the sleepy town of Terracina we can find a real Mediterranean jewel: Terracina Beach. Popular with Italian day-trippers, this 5-km long beach is very crowded during the high season so you should avoid this place during July and August if you aren’t into that scene. Thankfully it’s not a tourist trap at all: the atmosphere is real and the prices are decent as well.

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7 – Pissouri Beach, Cyprus

Pissouri Beach

This lovely beach is located in the village of Pissouri. If you are looking to escape the crowds, plan to visit the beach during the weekdays when it’s rarely crowded. The setting is just stunning and the beach is incredible as well. If you want to dive you can do it here. And you can also practice many other water sports.

>> Find flights to Cyprus and learn more about visiting Cyprus

8 – Brela Beach, Croatia

Brela Beach

Brela Beach is one of the best romantic beaches in Croatia. This is a pebbled beach but the surroundings make it magnificent. The place is quite remote and cannot be accessed easily (some hiking experience is advised). A simple and fast way to get here though is by motor boat from Brela village.

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9 – Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Sunny Beach

Bulgaria has rapidly started to create a reputation as a cheap vacation destination in Eastern Europe. The resorts on the Black Sea Coast are getting more crowded every summer. One of the best beaches in the area is Sunny Beach. To avoid the crowds, plan to visit during late August or even early September.

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10 – Sopot, Poland

Sopot Beach

For many Poland and beach don’t go together…but there’s a beach in the town of Sopot which never gets crowded, even during the summer! Sopot is Poland’s trendiest beach resort, where the hippest locals party all night long.

>> Find flights to Poland or book hostels in Krakow

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Photo credits:
Paradise Beach by whatchamakallit on Flickr, Canos de Meca by cabezadeturco on Flickr,Ibiza by sunxez on Flickr, Biaritz by Fif’ on Flickr, Myrtos Beach by dan taylor on Flickr, Terracina Beach by Macorig Paolo on Flickr, Pissouri Beach by valentinapowers on Flickr, Brela Beach by maxcady808 on Flickr, Sunny Beach by BeccaG on Flickr, Sopot by Dr Stanz on Flickr

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  • Michael John Morris said at 2013-06-22T14:34:00+0000: An old view, we really need to get Piossouri Beach back up to scratch or its gone for good! Sorry but true!
  • Giannhs Mastoros said at 2012-06-11T19:14:52+0000: here are some more photos of another side of the island Kefalos Kos Greece http://giorginho21.blogspot.gr/2011/01/sunset-in-agios-theologos-kefalos.html.
  • Giannhs Mastoros said at 2012-06-11T19:11:08+0000: sorry guys but the best beaches are in kefalos a village Kos Greece http://tripandtravelblog.com/kefalos-the-head-of-kos/ this is proof.
  • Giannhs Mastoros said at 2012-06-11T19:15:50+0000: please check
  • Cristina Puscas said at 2012-04-02T09:01:53+0000: @Sezgin Aksu: Europe cannot rival with the Caribbean but you have to admit there are quite a lot of lovely beaches in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania... especially if you plan to not spend too much money AND want to visit some historical sites, too.
  • Cristina Puscas said at 2012-04-02T09:02:52+0000: @arcu-409 : true, the beaches in Bulgaria are quite crowded during the season. But June and September are nice weather wise and not that crowded.
  • Maurizio Farigu said at 2011-10-24T07:28:07+0000: ahahahah i think you never visit sardinia!
  • Andre Angeloti said at 2012-06-08T18:02:58+0000: buenas
  • Maria Cristina De Antoniis said at 2012-06-10T11:51:31+0000: and what about Puglia and Sardinia?

Older comments on Ten Best Beaches in Europe You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Brian F.
07 March 2009

Biarritz is stunning. There are bluffs that stand above the ocean over which the adventurous viewer can look as the water whips and crashes into the rocks below. I will be going back there in the summer.

It was nice to see Bulgaria and Poland featured in the article. I live in Seattle and we have beaches like no other here on our local Puget Sound, that aquatic dip our state takes on the map. They are pebbled, too, as I imagine the Croatian coast is. Now, of course, those beaches will follow the same fate as Biarritz.

I’ve heard that the Spanish beaches, especially those near Morocco, are popular destinations for the Spanish during the Spring and Fall, as the temperatures are cooling. Still, I’m sure they’re not nearly as packed as they are in the summer, especially Ibiza.

Now, how about an article on Scandinavian beaches? We, of course, can’t forget the verdant shores of Iceland. :D

Zmagatha
07 March 2009

nice beaches.but actually most of them are quite well known in europe.bulgaria is actually a very common and cheap destination to travel to for europeans.sunny beach is VERY wellknown here..as most of the other beaches mentioned above.but they are all very nice beaches :)

arcu-409
23 February 2009

Ian- definitely expect “uncrowded” in off-season only for all of these beaches!

Ian Rose
18 February 2009

Yeah, I definitely don’t think of Poland or Bulgaria for beaches, but since I hate crowds, these are great ones to know about.

VagabondQuest
19 March 2010

The Myrtos Beach (Greece) looks stunning. Thanks to share this!

Stefka Vassileva
19 March 2010

Yes, it is nice to see Bulgarian beach here,but not Sunny beach, please.There are more pleasent, paradisean beaches at Bulgarian Black sea coast.And they are really stunning .I don’t know how to send you other pictures.

Sezgin Aksu
23 May 2010

horrible beaches….that’s a joke!! who choose these beaches….bulgaria? cyprus?…are you kidding!!!!!!