These are the 15 most attractive beaches in Europe

Every year, Tripadvisor presents the Travelers’ Choice Awards, which highlight the best restaurants, hotels and attractions. You can vote for your favorite beach this year and these European destinations won prizes.

Whether you want a stretch of coastline that goes on forever, soft sand between your toes, or clear blue waters, you’re sure to find something to your liking in this list of coastal gems. From beaches perfect for lazing around and soaking up the sun to undiscovered places perfect for exploring. These are the fifteen best beaches in Europe according to the Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Reynisfjara Beach – Vik, Iceland

It might not be the sunniest or most obvious choice, but this beautiful beach in Iceland is number one! With its magnificent cliffs and jet-black beaches, it looks like you’ve ended up in something out of a fantasy movie.

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Praia da Falesia – Olhos de Agua, Portugal

As you climb over these beautiful red sand cliffs, you will arrive at a small, secluded beach. Cut off from the hustle and bustle by impressive cliffs, you can relax completely. For a long walk or much needed Time for me catch

Praia da Falesia Portugal beach
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Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Sicily

It takes a while before you actually get to the beach, but the view is worth the walk. The beach is a real gem, with clear blue water and peaceful nature around it. It is perfect for tourists, but the beach is so long that you can walk a little further and find a quieter spot.

Spiaggia dei Conigli Sicily Beach
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La Concha Beach – San Sebastian, Spain

A fan of the city, but you also need to chill out every now and then? Then La Concha Beach in San Sebastián is a great destination. A stone’s throw away from the bustling city.

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La Concha - San Sebastian Spain Coast
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Playa de Muro Beach – Majorca, Spain

Playa de Muro Beach is a water lover’s dream beach. There is a wide wooden pier on the sea which gives you the feeling that you are actually walking on the sea. If you want to go snorkeling or diving, the cruise is ideal for sailing. Here too, the green hills in the distance are pleasing to the eye, creating an instant sense of calm.

Playa de Muro Beach - Mallorca Beach
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Falasarna Beach – Crete, Greece

Greece lovers may already be wondering when one of the amazing Greek islands will be featured. Greece is known for its many and extensive beaches and you can find one at Falasarna in Crete. Looking for total peace and a place where you can spend hours? Then this beach is perfect.

Falasarna Beach is a beach in Greece
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Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Cyprus is known for its beautiful and often hidden beaches. Nissi Beach is one of them. Because of the shape of the beach and the many small rocks in the water, you feel that the beach is very secluded and private. In front of the beach is a small, green island. If the water is shallow, you can go there, but good swimmers can also go there. At Nissi Beach you will find an oasis of calm, flat in nature.

Nissi Beach - Cyprus Beach
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Palos Lagoon – Crete, Greece

The Greek island of Crete crowns the top ten with a second beach: Palos Lagoon, located in the village of Kissamos. This is where you go when you really want to be alone and enjoy nature. The beach has not only golden white sand, but also many small rocks that provide you with shallow areas. You can go by boat or you can choose to go to the beach. Both options give you a beautiful view of the surroundings.

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Sodavento Beach – Costa Calma, Spain

Not a fan of the typical busy Spanish beaches? Then this beach pearl is for you. Sodavento beach stretches for a long time and offers you an oasis of calm. So the long beach offers a very beautiful view. The bright blue sea looks even bluer because of the snow white beaches. Great place for kite surfing, hiking or just relaxing.

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Plage du Sillon – Saint-Malo, France

This year’s celebrated beaches seem to have a similar theme: an island off the coast. Same with Saint-Malo. At Plage du Sillon you get a beautiful view of the National Fort and when the tide is low, you can go there and walk around completely. A beautiful beach for culture sniffers.

Plage du Sillon Saint Malo beach

Istusu Beach – Dalian Turkey

We can hear what you’re thinking: Turkey is too busy for me. But we sometimes forget how beautiful Turkish nature is. No doubt this beach will change your mind. Due to the rocky surroundings and many small roads, you will soon find a place that is completely peaceful and quiet. Take a walk on the sandy beach or choose to sunbathe in the afternoon, relaxation guaranteed.

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Gorleston-on-Sea Beach – United Kingdom

Well, I agree: when we think of the beach, we don’t immediately think of the United Kingdom. However, we understand why Corleston-on-Sea Beach finished in the top fifteen. Apart from the busy life that goes on in the cities of the United Kingdom, the beach still feels like going on vacation. The beach is perfect for long walks and makes you feel like you’ve ended up in some British detective series.

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Praia dos Tres Irmaos – Alvor, Portugal

This Portuguese coast is a real attraction for explorers. Behind every rock or corner you will find a new beauty that the Portuguese coast has to offer. Put on your hiking boots and go on an adventure or just surprise yourself somewhere quiet in nature.

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Weymouth Beach – United Kingdom

Another British beach on the list! It takes a while to get to Weymouth Beach, but it’s well worth the trip. This beach is great if you’re traveling with kids: there’s plenty to do. From kayaking to donkey rides, the fun is non-stop! And the view is very relaxing.

Weymouth Beach - England coast
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Playa de Ses Illets – Formentera, Spain

On Formentera, a small island near sunny Ibiza, you’ll find the next beach on the list. Admit it: Beaches on an island are always the best. Everywhere you look there is clear blue water, it seems like the ocean is endless. If you look closely, you can even see Ibiza looming on the horizon, so it’s the perfect beach if you want to escape the party hustle and bustle.

Playa de Ses Illets Beach Spain
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