Apr 07, 2014

18 Best Beaches in Europe That Will Make Your Jaw Drop. 3 of Them are Nudist. [Pics]

B is for beaches! With summer fast approaching, I’m getting...

best beaches in europe

B is for beaches! With summer fast approaching, I’m getting more emails asking which places in Europe is the best for getting some Vitamin Sea! I think now is the right time we talk about the best beaches in Europe to get your golden brown tan. Listed below are seriously some of the most breathtaking destinations to get it. And if your jaw won’t drop, I don’t know what will make it. Share the post to your friends!

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1. Cala Macarelleta Beach in Menorca, Spain

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? That stunning shades of impeccably clear turquoise water and white sandy beaches. It’s surrounded by cliffs covered by pine trees and holm oaks. The best absolute views can be seen from the elevated cliffs in between the two coves. So don’t be lazy and hike up!

2. Egremni Beach in Lefkada Island, Greece

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? It’s the longest beach in Lefkada at 2.5 kilometers long. This means that it’s never really that crowded even when it’s peak season.

3. Calanque d’En Vau in Cassis, France

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? V-shaped beach nestled between two cliffs and when it’s sunny the seabed gives the sea an extraordinary shade of green colour.

4. Oludeniz Beach in Oludeniz, Turkey

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What makes it extra jaw-dropping? Oludeniz is also a great location for paragliding afforded by its breathtaking views of the landscape of rolling mountains close to the beach.

5. Playa de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Spain (nudist)

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? For decades this has been Formentera’s fashion beach where party animals go for day trips from Ibiza after a long night of rocking it out at the clubs. And oh, most of Formentera’s beaches are unofficially nudists by the way.

6. Cala Mariolu in Sardinia, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The cove is characterized by small smooth pebbles and when you walk on stones it’s as if you are walking on a soft carpet. It’s also great for diving.

7. Falsterbo Beach in Skåne, Sweden

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The beautiful and buffed Scandinavians lounging by the beach. ‘Nuff said.

8. Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? It’s one of the few places in the Mediterranean where loggerhead sea turtles go to lay their eggs. Um, they should just change the name to Loggerhead Beach instead?

9. Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Greece

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? It’s history. Navagio derives the name “Shipwreck” from a boat named Panagiotis that wrecked in 1983 in the cove while transporting cigarettes. I wouldn’t mind being shipwrecked in this place. Who’s with me?

10. Praia da Marinha in Algarve, Portugal

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Those beautiful cliffs have been quite ubiquitous on Portugal’s tourism campaigns and for good reason. Apparently it’s also considered by the Michelin Guide as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe. Michelin guide for beaches or countries? I didn’t know they also publish such guides! Did you?

11. La Pelosa Beach in Stintino, Sardinia, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The beach is one of the most beautiful in the island. It is surrounded by wind-swept dunes full of colourful flowers that face a sea of diverse tones of blue. It is a small natural oasis is rich with fishes which makes it great for snorkeling too.

12. Playa de las Catedrales in Galicia, Spain

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? These extraordinary natural rock formation that resemble the soaring arches of a cathedral.

13. Zlatni rat Beach in Bol, Croatia (nudist)

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Zlatni rat beach stretches almost vertically into the sea, changing its shape and location depending on the winds, as if it were made of liquid gold. The westernmost edge of the beach is traditionally clothing-optional.

14. Sylt island in Sylt, Germany (nudist)

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Besides its 40 kilometers of sandy beaches, the island also offers water sports, vibrant spa resorts and gourmet restaurants. It’s also clothing-optional. Don’t mind those weird German sun chairs.

15. Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, Greece

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Myrtos has been described as “one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece”, with its “mile-and-a-half long arc of dazzling white pebbles.”

16. Sveti Stefan Beach in Budva, Montenegro

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? How many of your friends have been to Montenegro? I rest my case.

17. Viareggio in Versilia, Italy

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? Renowned for its Italian Art Nouveau architecture, the Tuscan beach town of Viareggio is again in vogue. There is 15-kilometer-long beach that goes from Forte dei Marmi in the north to Viareggio in the south. I fell in love with the Tuscan Riviera when I went here last summer. The photo is taken at Bagno Arizona in Viareggio.

18. Elafonissi Beach in Crete, Greece

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What makes it extra-jaw-dropping? The sand of Elafonissi Beach is white, but in many places it is pinkish due to the thousands of broken seashells it contains.

Have you been to any of these beaches?

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