These are the 10 best beaches in Europe

Are you planning your next trip? (Photo: Getty)

If you are looking for a beach to go to on your next trip, you can do a lot worse than the ones on this list.

tripadvisor ranks the best beaches in the world as part of the Traveller’s Choice Awards 2022, and of the top 10 beaches in Europe, two are in the UK – practically on our doorstep.

The basics are the same – sea, sand – but each beach offers its own characteristics.

Kleftiko Beach, for example, is a great place for snorkeling and boat trips.

Bamburgh Beach offers castle views as well as all the nautical activities.

Whether you’re looking for a place to stay or want to venture a little further, here’s their list of stunning coastlines for you to choose from.

View Of Spiaggia Dei Conigli Beach On The Southern Italian Island Of Pelagia Lampedusa On May 15, 2021.  (Photo By Alberto Pizzoli/Afp) (Photo By Alberto Pizzoli/Afp Via Getty Images)
Number one on the list (Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via Getty Images)

Spiaggia dei Conigli

Lampedusa, islands of Sicily

The best spot in Europe goes to this stunning Italian beach in Sicily, which one reviewer called “one of the wonders of the world.”

Photo Taken In Praia Da Falesia, Portugal.
Pretty cool (Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm)

Praia da Falesia

Olhos de Agua, Portugal

This beach in the Algarve is almost 6 km long and is surrounded by impressive red and white cliffs.

Sandy Beach With Tourists In Playa De Muro, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Mediterranean Sea, Spain, Europe
Number three on the list (Photo: Getty Images/Westend61)

Playa de Muro beach

Playa de Muro, Mallorca, Spain

Reviews say that this Spanish beach is very family friendly given the shallow waters.

Water Equipment Rental Station For Outdoor Activities On Nissi Beach In Ayia Napa
Very picturesque (Photo: Danil Shamkin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nissi Beach

Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Reviews say that the clear water at Nissi Beach is shallow enough for people to walk across the road to the island.

Panoramic View Of Balos Beach, An Incredible Lagoon With Exotic Turquoise And Tropical Waters Of The Mediterranean Sea, Located In The Chania Region Of Crete.  Balos Is One Of The Most Visited Beaches In Crete And Is Popular With Visitors From All Over The World.  Crystal Clear Waters, A Lagoon, Rocky Steep Mountains, A Beach Bar With Umbrellas And Shade For Drinks, And A Pirate Island Are Located In The Same Area, Which Can Be Reached In 20 Minutes On Foot Or By Boat.  Greece Is Trying To Increase Its Tourism And Give Privileges To Foreign Tourists And Locals Vaccinated Against The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, As The Country Is Heavily Dependent On The Tourism Industry.  In July 2021, Greece Is Considering The Return Of Security Measures Against The Spread Of The Delta Variant Mutation Of The Virus, As There Is A Surge In Cases.  Balos, Chania, Greece, June 13, 2021 (Photo By Nicholas Economou/Nurphoto Via Getty Images)
There’s something about the word “lagoon” (Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Balos Lagoon

Kissamos, Crete, Greece

Fifth place goes to Balos Lagoon, which is a bit off the beaten track, and reviews say it can be difficult to drive your regular rental car on rough roads, but well worth it.

Kleftiko Bay Is An Old Pirate Hideout.  Milos, Greece.
Kleftiko Bay, an old pirate hideout. (Picture Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Kleftiko beach

Milos, Greece

You can only get to Kleftiko by boat, but there are plenty of day trip snorkelling and boat trips to choose from to get there.

Luskentyre Beach On The Isles Of Harris In The Outer Hebrides In Scotland
Not exactly tropical, but still beautiful (Photo: Tom McShane/Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)


Isle of Harris, Scotland

Coming in at number seven, and number one among UK beaches, is Luskentyre, Scotland, described in one review as “one of the most magical beaches in the world.”

Bamburgh Castle And Beach, Northumberland, England
There is a castle very close to the shore (Photo: Getty Images)

Bamburgh Beach

Bamburgh, Northumberland, UK

The second British beach to make the list is Bamburgh Beach in England, which overlooks a picturesque castle steps from the sand.

Playa De Sotavento.  Fuerteventura.  Canary Islands
Recognized as the best beach in Fuerteventura (Photo: Giulio Andreini/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Sotavento beach

Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Spain

Reviewers, unsurprisingly, love this beach, praising its fine white sand, inviting water, and quiet and uncrowded shore.

Many Boats Are Moored At Cala Rossa, One Of The Beaches Of Favignana.  Clear Turquoise Water.
Tenth place (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Spiaggia di Cala Rossa

Isola di Favignana, Italy

The second Italian beach on the list, Spiaggia di Cala Rossa, requires a bit of a walk, but its crystal clear waters and gorgeous scenery still make it very popular.

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