Europe and in particular the Mediterranean have some stunningly beautiful beaches but with those comes the hordes of tourists - think St Tropez. Here’s 10 spectacular beaches in Europe that you’ll want to put on your bucket list now! The serenity is just a boat ride away for many of these beach locations and are more likely to be frequented by the locals. If your a tourist and are willing to venture a little further afield then you may just find a small beach to yourself.
Cala Mariolu, Sardinia
There is no disputing that Sardinia has some incredible beaches and Cala Mariolu is no exception. A beautiful 60 metre stretch of beach that is accessed best by boat but if you are fit enough hiking the 6km’s to the beach is well worth it for the sight of the beach is stunning. The Cala Mariolu beach has divine crystal blue waters, whilst the beach itself is covered in smooth little pebbles. The little cove is embraced by limestone cliffs making have a protected feel.
- Rabbit Beach, Sicily
No the name Rabbit Beach doesn’t refer to being overrun with rabbits, it’s named after the island itself. In fact the island is called Isola de Conigli but is just known as the rabbit beach. You are far more likely to find turtles in this location than rabbits! Rabbit Island is a remote island south of Sicily. The beach itself boasts soft sand, crystal clear waters and with prettiest aquamarine hues. This beach was voted the best beach in the world in 2013 by trip advisor.
- Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
Zlatni Rat Beach is located about 2 km away from the town of Bol on the island of Brac. The spit extends out into the sea with beaches either side. Locals flock to this beach for the crystal clear water and to work on the tan away from regular tourist beaches. It’s also set beside a pine grove, so those looking for a bit of shade, can find refuge under the pine trees.
- Calo Des Moro, Spain
Calo Des Moro beach is located in the South east part of Mallorca. The beach itself is a mere 20 meters wide and 30 meters long and is not easy to find and thus is mainly frequented by locals. The beach has those beautiful crystal blue waters and is protected by high cliffs either side.
- Nissi Beach, Cyprus (photo attached)
Nissi Beach also boasts beautiful clean waters and a nice sandy beach. Nissi was in fact awarded the blue flag beach designation for excellence. Nissi beach is part of the resort of Ayia Napa. It can get quite busy in summer with DJ’s and entertainment on the beach, but if you visit during the off season, you might have this paradise almost to yourself.
- Navagio Beach, Zakynthas, Greece
One of the most photographed beaches within the Cyclades is Navagio Beach. The setting is magical, with beautiful iridescent blue waters, a pristine sandy beach, a shipwreck on the shore and the impossible white walled cliffs enveloping the little cove. Tourists come in for the day via boats to explore and relax on the beach. If you aren’t on a tight schedule then this is one place to put on the itinerary on a visit to the Greek Islands.
- Notre Dame Beach, Porquerolles, France
France’s beaches are overrun with hordes of people all jostling for a bit of sand on the beach. Steal yourself away from the crazy crowds along the French Riviera with a 20 minute boat ride to the secluded island of Porquerolles. It has beautiful petite beaches that is unspoilt by urbanisation. Porquerolles is protected from development due to it’s national park status. The Notre dame beach is peaceful and serene.
- Ksamil Beach, Albania
Having the same coastline as it’s popular neighbours, Montenegro and Croatia, you will find Ksamil in Albania a welcome retreat. With beautiful calm turquoise waters and yet to be overrun with tourists. It’s not about finding a spot on the sand, you’ll have your own secluded slice of paradise. Well that is until the rest of the world catches on here.
- Kaputas Beach, Turkey
Kaputas is located about 20 km from Kas and is accessed from a long steep set of stairs from the highway. Yet to be spoilt by mass tourism, this little gorge with a small sandy beach is as simple as it gets. There are no facilities so come prepared with everything you need for this little gem.
Article by: Wendy Kerby is a writer and blogger at Travel Drink Dine. A self confessed foodie and solo traveller who frequently travels all over the world in search of great places to eat and drink, along with travel tips and advice. To follow her culinary journey around the world head to www.traveldrinkdine.com