No, Europe may not be the Caribbean but it hosts some of the finest beaches in the world. Whether you are looking for a family beach holiday in France or a romantic holiday on a remote sandy beach far from bustling tourism, this guide will highlight the destination for you.
Red Beach on the Island of Santorini is a must to see in your lifetime. Contrary to its name the sand is in fact black. People flock to gaze at its sheer beauty. Nestled next to the exquisite ancient village of Akrotiri, Red Beach it is an excellent site for snorkelling. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the car park and isn’t very accessible for prams or wheelchairs but if you like something out of the ordinary then a day basking on one of the many sun loungers on the black sand beach next to some of the clearest waters in Europe then this could be for you.
Nerja beaches are often referred to as the ‘The Jewel of the Costa del Sol’. Located by the majestic Sierra de Almijara Mountains there are over 8 kilometres of beaches and something for everyone. Torrecilla beach is located at the western end of Nerja and has very clean waters, showers and lifeguards. You will not be short of bustling restaurants and bars here and the beach is extremely easy to access.
Saint Raphael on the Côte d'Azur is a well- known beach destination. As far as beach holidays in France go this is definitely in the top 10. There is a wealth of water sports to try your hand at such as water-skiing and parascending, fishing, diving, sea kayaking and canoeing. Saint-Raphael has 36km of coastline and many of the lovely sandy beaches are very child friendly. The city itself is quaint and well worth exploring down its narrow streets.
Lagos houses an interesting history within its 14th century walls but it is the nearby beaches that receive much more adulation. Meia Praia is 2.5 miles long, easily accessible and caters for almost every water sport you could imagine. The local nightlife is known as being the best in the region and all the Lagos beaches have sun loungers to hire. If you wish to go to a stunning beach nearer the town then go to Praia da batata.
Brighton beach is a brilliant beach holiday destination for all the family. No sandcastle building on the miles of pebble beaches but plenty of soaking up of the sun can be done on deck chairs by the world famous Palace Pier; which hosts an amusement park and a multitude of traditional seaside games and souvenirs. There’s a variety of bars and restaurants and at the height of summer, Punch and Judy may just be there to entertain the kids.
The view of the Amalfi Coast from the twisting costal roads is more than breath taking but if you really want to experience the world renowned beaches its best to book into an exclusive hotel somewhere between the villages of Amalfi and Positano. Due to erosion most of the beaches here belong exclusively to hotels. Here you can sunbathe, swim and drink the regions ‘limoncello’ made from local lemons almost the size of your head! Chilling out on these beaches make you feel like a movie star!
Montenegro is one of the newest countries in the world. One of the best beaches you'll find on a Montenegro holiday is the golden shores at Becici. Situated near the charming city of Budva this beach is a calm 2.5 mile stretch of sandy delight with a backdrop of pine clad mountains. This is an excellent beach destination for both children and adults.
It’s little known but Germany's northern coastline and islands host phenomenal beaches. Arum, one of the many North Frisian Islands is said to have Europe's widest sandy beach. It’s a quiet beach suitable for long sunset walks, swimming or bird watching. This is the place for European romance at its finest.
Albania has 362km of coastline between both the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and many of these beaches are paradises just waiting to be discovered. Dhermi beach is one of these. The sparkling water and shimmering white sands are flanked by beautiful hotels nestling on the hillside. The local restaurants are more than fantastic and offer some of the freshest fish you have ever tasted.
Trincel beach is located in Stara Novalja at the island of Pag. The beach is soft and sandy, surrounded by greenery and ideal for family holidays. The many facilities are volleyball court, waterslide for kids, sun lounger rentals, life-saving equipment and life guards. It attracts tourists with its combination of beauty and cleanliness. A large parking area is also available and you have the option to hire canoes and pedaloes. A truly incredible European beach.