Are you planning a summer European vacation? Whether it’s sightseeing, water sports or sunbathing, European beaches have something for everyone. Grab your sunscreen, and get ready to explore the best beaches in Europe.
1. Greek Islands
From quaint, beach-side villages to historical sites to all-night dance parties, the Cycladic Islands of Greece boast some of the best beaches in Europe. Get away from it all at Apantima in Antiparos, a secluded beach village frequented by movie star, Tom Hanks. Legendary locales from Greek literature and mythology await you at Voidokoilia beach in Messinia. Party animals can join the throngs of electronic music fans and celebrities that flock to the clubs on Paradise Beach in Mykonos.
2. Spain’s Galacian Caribbean
The three islands of Spain’s Illas Cies make ideal locations for summer beach vacations. With its pristine, white sand and crystal-blue waters, Rodas Beach is a must-see among European beaches.
3. Medieval Croatia
Croatian beaches offer medieval architecture and stunning, natural scenery. Check out filming locations for Game of Thrones, or sunbathe au natural at clothing-optional Zlatni Rat Beach. 18 miles of beaches await you at Kamenjak National Park where visitors enjoy exploring caves and jumping off of cliffs.
4. Italian Classics
From the cliffside villages of the Amari coast to posh beaches of Capri, Italy remains a favorite for summer beach vacations. Budget-minded travelers will love Castiglione della Pescaia in Tuscany at the south of the Italian Riviera.
5. Paradise in Portugal
Stunning views, water sports and luxury resorts await visitors to Portugal’s beaches. Huge waves lure surfers to Nazare Beach. Pamper yourself at one of Praia da Rocha’s resorts.
For fun in the sun, a summer European vacation can’t be beat.