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Europe is known for being home to many beautiful beaches, but these beaches take the prize for being the best on the continent.
At least according to a new classification of the best destinations in Europe. This annual ranking reveals the top bucket-list beach destinations across Europe.
This list contains a combination of extremely popular and little-known beaches from all over Europe.
By 2023, these are the beaches that occupied the first places in the ranking:
1. Torrent de Pareis (Spain)
The number one best beach in Europe is Torrent de Pareis, located on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain.
The beach is only accessible by a strenuous six-hour hike or by boat. However, this beach is well worth a visit, as you will be rewarded with pristine white sand, clear blue water, and spectacular surrounding scenery.
2. Bordeira Beach (Portugal)
Another of the best beaches in Europe is Bordeira beach, located in the Algarve region, in southern Portugal. The Algarve is popular with tourists due to its amazing beaches, but Bordeira beach is one of the most remote and wild beaches in the region.
Located at the western tip of southern Portugal, this long and impressive beach is a popular destination for adventurous surfers.
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3. Amio Beach (Spain)
Another Spanish beach that enters the list of the best beaches in Europe is Amio Beach. This is not your typical Spanish beach destination.
Amio Beach is located in Cantabria, a highly underrated region of northern Spain. Far from the overdeveloped tourist hotspots of southern and eastern Spain, this hidden beach paradise is only accessible at low tide.
4. La Pelosa Beach (Italy)
Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, is known for being home to many stunning beaches. But the most beautiful has to be the Playa de La Pelosa.
Like many beaches in Sardinia, La Pelosa beach has suffered from over-tourism. New protocols in place They include limiting the number of visitors to 1,500 per day (and charging a €3.50 entry fee) and banning towels because they displace sand from the beach.
5. Beach of the Cathedrals (Spain)
Another Spanish beach on this list is the As Catedrais beach in Galicia. This spectacular beach is not a major tourist spot due to its more remote location.
However, visitors who make the off-the-beaten-path trip to this beach will be rewarded with spectacular rocky scenery and arches, most of which are only accessible at low tide.
6. Cala Granadella (Spain)
Spain clearly dominates this ranking of the best beaches in Europe, and there is one more Spanish entry among the seven best beaches. Cala Granadella, located on Spain’s popular Costa Blanca, is known for its idyllic beauty.
A white sand beach and crystal clear turquoise waters make this Mediterranean beach one of the best destinations in Europe.
7. Valley of the Butterflies Beach (Türkiye)
Butterfly Valley Beach, better known as Kelebekler Vadisi Beach, is another of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Located in Turkey, this beach gets its name from its location in the Valley of Butterflies.
Depending on the time of year, you might see fluttering butterflies while visiting this beach, which is a true hidden gem in Turkey.
Most beautiful beaches in Europe
These are the seven best beaches in Europe according to the ranking of Europe’s Best Destinations.
Here are the rest of the best beaches in Europe for 2023 that didn’t make the cut:
- Nova Beach (Portugal)
- Cala Moraig (Spain)
- Cala Tonnarella dell’Uzzo (Italy)
- Sykia beach (Greece)
- Kriaristi Beach (Greece)
- Monterosso al Mare (Italy)
- Ostrichoni Beach (France)
- Pink Beach (Italy)
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