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Most Beautiful Beaches to Visit in Europe

Anne March 26th, 2024
Most Beautiful Beaches to Visit in Europe



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Whether you're seeking adventure or want to bask in nature's beauty, Europe’s beaches have something for everyone. From the golden cliffs of Portugal to the beautiful pink sands of Greece, there is no shortage of sights and experiences for visitors. 

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Keep reading to discover some hidden gem beaches to visit while vacationing in Europe. 

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1. Spiaggia dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach) in Lampedusa, Italy


Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, the captivated island of Lampedusa is a must-visit destination in Italy. Voted the world’s best beach by TripAdvisor in 2013, its golden sand and crystal-clear blue waters make it a paradise for beach lovers.

Spiaggia dei Conigli, also known as Rabbit Beach, got its name because wild rabbits also reside on the island. These adorable creatures surround the beach so, when you visit Rabbit Beach, keep an eye out for these furry residents hopping about!  

The average for round-trip flights for April 2024: $1,434 - $1,882

Travel Tip: You can explore this island in 2 days or fewer. This can be a great weekend trip while in Europe. You can arrive in Lampedusa via plane from Mainland Italy, Sicily, Milan, or Rome. You can also choose to take the overnight ferry from Agrigento or Porto Empedocle, Sicily.


2. Platja de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Spain

Platja Illetes in Formentera, Spain

Platja Illetes is not only an enchanting beauty, it also has an array of fresh seafood restaurants. Imagine dining with your toes in the sand, savoring the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea.

Here are some top restaurants to visit:

El Marino
Baia Del Sol
Ristorante Costa House

These restaurants offer amazing seafood options while you enjoy the beautiful scenery. Whether you’re sunbathing, swimming, or enjoying a delicious meal by the shore, Platja Illetes promises an unforgettable beach experience.  

The average for round-trip flights for April 2024: $499 - $906

Travel Tip: One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to get around this island is by cycling. It's a great way to experience the island and there are lots of trails to explore. You can arrive on the island via a ferry ride from Ibiza, Spain. The ride takes you from Ibiza Town to La Savina and takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour. 


3. Elafonisi Beach in Crete, Greece


Elafonissi Beach is known for its unique pink sand, which is caused by crushed seashells. This natural wonder draws visitors from around the world. There's also a small lagoon, perfect for families visiting. The best time to visit is during sunset. The colors of the sky, in contrast with the pink sand, make it a magical atmosphere.

Elafonissi isn’t just about the beach, consider visiting nearby attractions:

Kedrodasos Beach
Agia Sofia Cave
Chrysoskalitissas Monastery

The average for round-trip flights for April 2024: from $465

Travel Tip: Renting a car is the best way to get around Crete. It allows you the freedom and flexibility to explore. On average, you can find a rental car for $20-30/day, even during peak season. 


4. Praia da Marinha in Algarve, Portugal

 Praia da Marinha in Algarve-Portugal

Praia da Marinha is one of the most picturesque beaches in Europe. Surrounded by steep limestone cliffs, be sure to take a picture near the famous rock structure resembling the letter “M”. The best time to spot this area is during low tide. You can walk along the beach to the right to admire this rock. In addition to the cliff sighting, other things to discover here are the sea caves, and hiking the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail. This trial leads to another beach, Praia de Vale Centeanes. 

The average for round-trip flights for April 2024: $459 - $807

Travel Tip: Although tipping is not expected, here are the customary tipping percentages in Portugal:
Restaurants: 10%
Taxi cabs: 5-10%


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