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Best of the Best Beaches 2024
Travellers’ Choice Awards
Travellers’ Choice Awards

Best of the Best Beaches

Europe

Golden sands, rugged coastlines, clear blue waters—this year’s winning beaches are traveller faves for everything from lazy beach days to underwater adventures.

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Praia da Falésia is known for its dramatic cliffs, golden sands, and sparkling blue waters. Sunbathe on the huge shore, go swimming or body surfing in the waves, or stroll along the scenic footpath on top of the cliffs and check out the incredible views. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag recognition for its cleanliness, plus there are restrooms, a snack bar, and it's easy to get to via public transportation.
Great for
 Wellness
 Sports
 Pets Allowed
 Free Parking
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and relaxing. Good access with wooden stairs and benches along the way but you need to have reasonable mobility and strength. There are reasonable priced loungers with umbrellas for rent at the bottom of the stairs if you don't want to carry yours down.
    Exiled_rider
    @Exiled_rider
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a beautiful summer day and the sun was shining bright. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore was soothing and relaxing. I could feel the sand between my toes as I walked along the beach, enjoying the warmth of the sun on my skin. The salty breeze blew through my hair as I sat down on the sand and watched the seagulls fly overhead. It was the perfect day to be at the beach, and I was grateful for the peaceful moments I was able to enjoy.
    Sunshine_4011w
    @Sunshine_4011w
    Reviewed April 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just amazing when seen for the first time, walk the beach or hike above it is definitely worth a trip the Praia da Falesia. Just the combination of ocean and very high hills is wonderful.
    DebraE251
    @DebraE251
    Reviewed April 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic long beach, peaceful, with lots of magnificent rocks and shells around. Good facilities. Worth it: the drive down to the parking lot is rather steep and narrow.
    wizerp2024
    @wizerp2024
    Reviewed March 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive, lots of steps down and back up but it is worth the effort. Once at the bottom the cliffs are a marvel of mother nature, and the walk of the beach at low tide is a great exercise.
    N5120WBnicolej
    @N5120WBnicolej
    Reviewed March 2024

02.
5.0 of 5 bubbles6,512 reviews
Unbelievably blue waters and white sand set the scene at Spiaggia dei Conigli. It's a peaceful beach, perfect for relaxing, soaking up the sun, and swimming. There's lots of marine life to check out, and you might even spot some wildlife on the shore. Parking's free, and it's easy to get to via public transportation.
Great for
 Athletic Wear Recommended
 Pets Allowed
 Free Parking
 Public Transportation Nearby
03.
4.5 of 5 bubbles9,243 reviews
La Concha Beach is an iconic spot right in the city, with a huge sandy shore and clear, blue waters. The atmosphere is lively, and it's a great place for families. There's lots to do, from surfing to swimming, and more. Be sure to bring your camera: the panoramic views are next-level.
Great for
 Entertainment
 Good for cold day
 Service Animals Allowed
 Athletic Wear Recommended
04.
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,112 reviews
Reynisfjara Beach is a all drama: Powerful waves crash against mesmerising black sand, and dolomite caves are waiting to be explored. Bring your drone (they're allowed here), and capture unreal views of lava formations and basalt columns, or take a walk and check out the puffins that call the beach home.
Great for
 Adventurous
 Good for cold day
 Pets Allowed
 Free Parking
05.
4.5 of 5 bubbles8,067 reviews
Stretching 3 kilometres, Playa de Las Canteras is an accessible, family-friendly beach with dedicated areas for surfing and bodyboarding, and lots of marine life (perfect for snorkelling!). Check out the giant sand sculptures on the shore, or stroll along the lively promenade lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Be sure to stay for sunset: The views are next-level.
Great for
 Nightlife
 Food & Drink
 Credit Cards Accepted
 Entertainment
06.
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,886 reviews
Pink sand, blue waters, stunning mountains, incredible sunsets—Falassarna Beach is all about the view. Once you take it all in, go swimming, snorkelling, or relax in the soft sand, then grab a bite at a nearby bar or coffee shop. The beach is great for families, and has free amenities like restrooms and parking.
Great for
 Sports
 Pushchair Accessible
 Pets Allowed
 Free Parking
07.
4.5 of 5 bubbles7,715 reviews
Nissi Beach is a beautiful sandy cove with powdery white sand, bright blue water, and a lively party vibe. There are lots of amenities, like sun loungers, restrooms, and free parking. Children can splash around in the shallow surf, and adults can go jet-skiing or paddling. At the end of the day, grab a bite at a nearby restaurant and take in the gorgeous sunset views.
Great for
 Credit Cards Accepted
 Entertainment
 Free Parking
 Public Transportation Nearby
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08.
4.5 of 5 bubbles4,571 reviews
Surrounded by mountains, Myrtos Beach is a scenic spot, perfect for a peaceful beach day. Take a dip in the cobalt blue waters or go snorkelling, then grab a bite at a coffee shop nearby. It rarely gets crowded, so there's plenty of space to hang out and just enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Great for
 Pets Allowed
 Free Parking
 Good for Babies
 Comfortable Shoes Recommended
09.
4.5 of 5 bubbles8,720 reviews
Playa de Maspalomas is a spacious beach with striking, golden sand dunes, and crystal-clear waters. Spend the day relaxing on the peaceful shore, then check out the charming shops nearby.
Great for
 Gift Shop
 Wellness
 Sports
 Pets Allowed
10.
4.5 of 5 bubbles4,136 reviews
Distinctive black sand and a unique landscape set Black Sand Beach apart from the rest. Get your camera ready—the views are incredible so you'll want to take tons of pics. The vibe is relaxed thanks to its secluded location, but there are lots of outdoor activities you can do to keep things interesting. Bonus: There's a coffee shop nearby and parking's free.
Great for
 Good for Adrenaline Seekers
 Adventurous
 Good for cold day
 Athletic Wear Recommended
11.
4.5 of 5 bubbles4,610 reviews
Fringed by pine trees, Playa de Muro Beach is an accessible, family-friendly spot with long stretches of golden sand and turquoise-blue water. You could easily spend an entire day here: Go on a walk, sunbathe, snorkel, paddleboard, or swim in the warm sea. There are restrooms, showers, and lifeguards on duty, and parking's free or you can take public transportation.
Great for
 Activity
 Wheelchair Accessible
 Sports
 Pushchair Accessible
12.
4.5 of 5 bubbles6,989 reviews
Soft sand, blue waters, and breathtaking views are what you'll find at Anthony Quinn Bay. Go swimming or snorkelling—there's lots of marine life to see—or grab a drink at the terrace bar. There's also marked trails and plenty of other beach activities to keep you busy throughout the day.
Great for
 Hidden Gems
 Free Parking
 Comfortable Shoes Recommended
 Coffee Shop
13.
4.5 of 5 bubbles6,101 reviews
Bordered by pine trees, Plage de Palombaggia is a relaxing seaside escape. The calm water is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and there's tons of space to sunbathe on the huge, sandy shore. Take a stroll along the red rocks and at the end of the day, grab a bite at one of the beachside restaurants.
Great for
 Service Animals Allowed
 Wellness
 Pets Allowed
 Good for Babies
14.
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,339 reviews
Matala Beach is a Blue Flag-certified spot, known for its cliffside caves and unique geological landscape. The scenic bay is perfect for snorkelling, swimming, and cliff jumping. Parking's easy (there's tons and it's free), plus there are sunbeds and clean facilities. Explore the beach's historical significance through ground and wall paintings, or stroll to the nearby town and check out a variety of shops and boardwalks that dot the area.
Great for
 History
 Gift Shop
 Service Animals Allowed
 Cultural spot
15.
4.5 of 5 bubbles5,101 reviews
Fig Tree Bay is a family-friendly beach with golden sand and crystal-clear water. Walk along the miles-long scenic coastal path, or go snorkelling in the warm, shallow ocean. There are plenty of showers, accessible sunbeds, plus easy parking. Hungry? Pop into one of the many nearby restaurants or shops.
Great for
 Cultural spot
 Wheelchair Accessible
 Sports
 Pushchair Accessible
16.
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,859 reviews
Iztuzu Beach has it all: A stunning, sun-kissed shoreline, crystal-clear waters, and even wildlife. It's nestled between the sea and a freshwater lake, and the beach itself is divided into sections, with a shallow bathing area perfect for swimming. Hop on a boat ride and take in the fantastic views, or check out the outdoor activities and conservation efforts within the area. There are public restrooms, showers, and parking, too.
Great for
 Hidden Gems
 Athletic Wear Recommended
 Cultural spot
 Public Transportation Nearby
17.
5.0 of 5 bubbles2,040 reviews
With its blend of white pebbles and pink-cream sand, Cala Mariolu is truly a one-of-a-kind beach. The turquoise sea is home to lots of fish, making it a great spot for swimming and snorkelling. Want to take things up a notch? Go scuba diving or jump from the limestone rocks. A small bar offers snacks, and the beach rarely gets crowded so the atmosphere is pretty relaxed.
Great for
 Hidden Gems
 Athletic Wear Recommended
 Comfortable Shoes Recommended
 Must see
18.
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,759 reviews
Golden shores, warm waters, breathtaking scenery—Makronissos Beach has it all. Sunbathe on the soft sand or grab a sunbed under a parasol and relax in the shade. It's a great place for families with children, and there are plenty of activities you can do, from swimming to snorkelling (the crystal-clear water is perfect for it), and more.
Great for
 Free Wi-Fi
 Pushchair Accessible
 Free Parking
 Public Transportation Nearby
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4.5 of 5 bubbles6,004 reviews
Weymouth Beach is a family-friendly beach with golden sand, gentle waves, and beautiful scenery. It's easy to get to and even has colourful changing huts. Try some water sports (it's a great place for children to swim) or go crabbing during the day, then check out the promenade or stop for a bite at a nearby cafe or restaurant.
Great for
 Good for cold day
 Gift Shop
 Service Animals Allowed
 Cultural spot
20.
4.5 of 5 bubbles8,954 reviews
Bournemouth Beach is a lively beach where you can do it all: Rent a bike or surfboard, splash around in the shallow water, or go on a leisurely stroll (bonus: there are dog-friendly areas, too). There's also a pier and gardens nearby, adding to its charm.
Great for
 Good for cold day
 Gift Shop
 Service Animals Allowed
 Cultural spot
21.
4.0 of 5 bubbles1,274 reviews
Konyaalti Beach is a family-friendly beach, easily reachable by public transportation. Stroll the long coastline and take in the fantastic views, then hit the walking path and grab a bite at a cafe. There are showers, restrooms, and beach clubs, plus a charming park right next door.
Great for
 Entertainment
 Athletic Wear Recommended
 Wellness
 Sports
22.
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,492 reviews
Praia da Nazare is a sandy beach known for its great surf and stunning sunsets. Take a walk along the shore or on the boardwalk lined with cafes and bars serving good food and cheap drinks. A historic hilltop village with fishing boats dotting the water below add to its picture-perfect charm.
Great for
 Good for Adrenaline Seekers
 Entertainment
 Gift Shop
 Service Animals Allowed
23.
4.5 of 5 bubbles536 reviews
Lido Marakaibbo is a favourite hangout for both locals and in-the-know visitors. Comfortable lounge chairs and food and drinks served beachside make it a perfect spot to kick back and relax. The beach club features a large menu (think: fresh seafood, salads, and paninis) and in the evening, live music. Bonus: You can bring your dog, too.
Great for
 Beach & Pool Clubs
 Seasonal Closures
 Free Wi-Fi
 Credit Cards Accepted
24.
5.0 of 5 bubbles718 reviews
Praia dos Três Irmãos is a small bay with white sand, calm waves, and easy parking. Its turquoise waters, rock formations, and golden coves make it a picture-perfect spot. There's lot to do: Go snorkelling, explore caves, or take a walk along the cliffs. The beach is family-friendly, with safe waters for swimming and sunbeds for relaxing.
Great for
 Wellness
 Free Parking
 Comfortable Shoes Recommended
 Restaurant
25.
4.0 of 5 bubbles3,579 reviews
With its warm, shallow waters and golden sands, Mellieha Beach is a great beach for families with children (bonus: there are lifeguards on duty, too). The calm, clear water is perfect for snorkelling or water sports, and there are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas if you want to just relax and soak up the sun. Ample parking and a good selection of food and drink options mean you won't need to stress about a thing at this charming, quiet beach.
Great for
 Wheelchair Accessible
 Pushchair Accessible
 Pets Allowed
 Free Parking
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