The most beautiful beaches in Europe

Already thinking about your next holiday? Perhaps you’re thinking of a beach holiday with your family, but do you still have no idea where to find the best beaches in Europe? To help you choose, we’ve put together a list of the five most beautiful beaches in Europe for you.

The beaches we’ve chosen are not just beautiful, they’re also child-friendly, so little ones can swim here too.

Cala Brandinchi (Sardinia)

The Sardinian beaches are breathtakingly beautiful. Fine white sand, swaying palm trees and clear blue water will make you feel as though you’re in the Caribbean. That’s why people often refer to Sardinia as the ‘Caribbean of Europe’.

Cala Brandinchi in San Teodoro is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. Once you sink your toes into the white sand, and see the clear, turquoise water, you’ll understand perfectly why this beach is nicknamed ‘Little Tahiti’. You’ll feel as if you’re in paradise here.

The clear, shallow water is perfect for families with small children. Here, you can walk far into the sea before it starts to get deep. So, it’s perfect for your children to play in the shallow water, or splash about on a pool float. The crystal-clear water is also popular with snorkelers.

Cala Brandinchi Strand

The beach has good facilities, including toilets and showers. You can hire sunbeds and parasols and just enjoy relaxing on the beach. Want some more action? Then hire a kayak, canoe, or pedal boat.
In case you’re hungry after all that splashing about, there’s a bar where you can enjoy a delicious lunch and a cool drink.

The bay belongs to the Area Marina Protetta di Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo, a protected nature reserve. The beach is surrounded by lush vegetation and fragrant pine trees. The beautiful countryside also attracts nature lovers and birdwatchers who come here to spot rare birds. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a pink flamingo.

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S’Agaro (Spain)

The beautiful beaches along the Spanish coast, as well as the wonderful Mediterranean climate make Spain a perfect destination for a beach holiday. On the popular coast of the Costa Brava there are plenty of beautiful beaches and bays. The beach at S’Agaró is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Brava.

S'agaro Strand

S’Agaró is a small, chic village with a beautiful fine sandy beach in a sheltered bay. The beach isn’t too big or busy, and therefore ideal for families with young children. The water’s shallow too, so little ones can swim safely here.

Sporty tourists can practise various water sports here, including diving. There are regular diving excursions to beautiful dive sites from S’Agaró.

The beach is on a small, attractive boulevard with pretty villas and lively restaurants where you can have a delicious lunch or dinner.

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Cala Violina (Tuscany, Italy)

Tuscany is known for its wonderful culture, but the beaches are also worth checking out.
The beach at Cala Violina is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany. The beach has fine white sand, and lies in a pretty bay with shimmering deep blue water. The water is warm, crystal-clear, and the sea gets deeper very gradually, making it ideal for young children.

When it’s very quiet, and you walk on the fine sand, you’ll hear a creaking sound. The sound will remind you of the sound of soft violin music, which is why it’s called the ‘Cala Violina’ (bay of the violin). If the violin music isn’t romantic enough, just wait for the sunset. It doesn’t get more romantic than this!

Cala Violina

You’ll find this pristine beach on the Gulf of Follonica. On this beach, you won’t find sunbeds, restaurants and beach tents, but you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet as well as the breathtaking view, and the beautiful unspoiled natural surroundings. The coast is surrounded by a green forest, with lush Mediterranean bushes. The forest offers a chance to cool down during the heat of the day. Relax under a shady pine tree, and enjoy a delicious picnic with your family.

The beach is hidden in a bay and is only accessible by boat or on foot. After a walk on a pretty path through the forest, this hidden gem is waiting for you!

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Rondinara Beach (Corsica)

Corsica is a French island north of the Italian island of Sardinia, and really lives up to its nickname L’Île de Beauté (The Island of Beauty). Corsica is also known for its beautiful sandy beaches. Rondinara beach in the south east of Corsica is a great example of this. The beach at Rondinara has been voted the most beautiful beach in France, and even in Europe, several times.

Rondinara is also known as the most tropical beach in Corsica. This peaceful beach lies in a small shell-shaped bay. The beach is a children’s paradise, with shallow sea green water, and fine white sand to build sandcastles with.

Rondinara Beach

The turquoise water glitters brightly against the reddish rocks that are luxuriant with lush bushes. Rondinara beach is a little further away from the larger Corsican towns, making it quieter than many other famous beaches.

The clear water invites you to take a refreshing dip. As well as swimming, you can also just relax on a sun lounger, or go kayaking in the bay. Finish up your wonderful day at the beach in one of the nearby restaurants where you can enjoy delicious paninis or crêpes.

Dassia (Corfu, Greece)

Corfu has many beautiful beaches and picturesque bays. On Corfu’s east coast, you’ll find the popular and luxurious resort of Dassia, with its romantic bay. The beach at Dassia is a tourist attraction with many facilities, but it’s managed to retain some of its charm.

The long, narrow, pebble beach at Dassia is far from the road, and you reach it through narrow streets. The noise of the passing traffic is dampened by the olive groves. The name Dassia comes from the word ‘dasos’ that means ‘forest’, and it gets its name from the many forests nearby. The beautiful green cypress forests are a wonderful contrast with the clear blue sea, and make for a lovely picture.

Dassia Strand | Mooiste stranden in Europa

The calm water has a nice temperature in summer, and gets deeper very gradually, so little ones can swim here safely too. As well as swimming, you can do several water sports here, including snorkelling, water skiing, and pedal boating.

Dassia beach has received a Blue Flag award. This international quality mark is awarded to beaches that have been found to be clean and safe. So, you can feel safe bringing your children to this beautiful beach. A great Greek campsite nearby is Karda Beach campsite

Ronella van der Burgt
  • Auteur: Ronella van der Burgt
  • Ronella loves to discover new towns and cities by taking city trips. Her favourite holiday is one that has a little beach, a little culture, a little architecture and a little gastronomy and she considers Spain and Italy her favourite destinations. She's never afraid to share tips when she finds a great restaurant, beautiful beach or campsite close to a nice town or city.

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