Can’t decide where you want to go on holiday next? The good news is, you don’t have to worry, because we’ve got the inside scoop on four of the best beaches in Europe to help ease your decision making. Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet, endless amounts of watersports, or hidden gems that nobody knows about, our four top picks have got it covered. Keep scrolling to find out about the best beaches in Europe…
Mogren Beach, Budva, Montenegro
Best for: Escaping the crowds
It goes without saying that Montenegro is home to some of the best beaches in Europe, but Mogren Beach really takes things up a notch (or ten). This Blue Flag accredited stretch of sand is made up of two separate beaches, called Mogren I and II. You’ll find them around five minutes’ drive from Budva Town, backed by perfectly-chiselled cliffs and bright-green forest, so they’re the perfect place to get back to nature. Plus, the two strips of sand are joined by a small cave-like tunnel, meaning you can easily swap between the two, because, why not?
FYI: This place is currently a bit of a secret, so we suggest paying a visit before the bucket and spade brigade do…
Levante Beach, Benidorm, Costa Brava, Spain
Best for: Family-friendly holidays
Award-winning Levante Beach is the ideal choice for family-friendly getaways. You’ll find it nestled in the much-loved resort of Benidorm (AKA the Dubai of the Mediterranean) on Spain’s glorious Costa Brava. Here, the whole brood will have access to adrenaline-inducing watersports, like banana boats, windsurfing, and water skiing, to name a few, so you’ll never be bored. Fancy something more relaxing? No problem. You can pick from pedalos, paddleboarding, and kayaking if you want to take things down a notch. And for when it’s time to wine and dine, the beach is lined by plenty of traditional tapas bars and international restaurants.
FYI: Recognise this beach? That’s because it was famously used as a film set for the television series, Benidorm.
Zlatni Rat Beach, Brac Island, Croatia
Best for: Watersports lovers
At first glance, you may think that Zlatni Rat Beach is nothing but Instagram goals. Okay, we have to admit it is a bit of a stunner. But, this Croatian belt of sand is actually a hub for water babies, too. The white sands spear out into the sea, doubling as a launch pad for watersports, including scuba diving, banana boats and jet-skiing. And if you want a bird’s eye view of the arrow-shaped beach, we recommend trying your hand at parasailing – the views are unbeatable.
FYI: Zlatni Rat Beach is within easy reach of the town of Bol. Just take a 20-minute stroll along the tree-fringed promenade to get there fast.
Best for: Instagram fans
Did you know that Smugglers’ Cove is Greece’s most photographed beach? We’re not surprised – those white sands and turquoise-tinted waters speak for themselves. You’ll find this beach nestled on the south-east coast of Zante. The most famous attraction here is a shipwrecked boat which an alleged smuggler ran ashore in 1982, so don’t forget your camera. And for when you’re not busy snapping those all-important selfies, you can snorkel the bath-warm waters and stretch out on the powder-soft sand. Bliss.
FYI: You can spend half a day exploring this place on our Smugglers’ Cove excursion.