If you dream of the Caribbean sea, but you don’t feel like spending 12 hours on a plane, you’re lucky: there are certain Caribbean beaches in Europe that will take your breath away!
All along the European shores, especially the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, there are perfect postcard-like beaches with fine sand, turquoise water and amazing natural beauty waiting for you.
As a great beach lover, I never stop travelling to new sea destinations, so let me share with you some secret best beaches in Europe that I loved most!
1. Spiaggia di Porto Giunco – Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
My personal No. 1 among the Caribbean beaches in Europe. Villasimius (on the cover photo) is a dream. It is a long, wide, extremely beautiful natural beach in a frame of dunes, beautiful rocks and a tower (that the cover photo was captured from), and a lagoon with… pink flamingoes! Paradise.
It has absolutely nothing to envy the Caribbean, as it’s also so vast that it always feels quite empty, wild and just gorgeous. White and extremely fine sand, perfectly turquoise warm and calm sea, some refined, elegant beach bars, variety of water sports options make it perfection from every point of view. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. You have to see it to believe it.
Italy, South of Sardinia, 51 km from Cagliari
Spiaggia di Porto Giunco, 09049 Villasimius, Cagliari, Italy
2. Santa Giulia, Corsica, France
Corsica is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Europe – and on Earth. Everything about is enchanting: nature, sea, mountains and amazing architecture. Corsica has a lot of fantastic beaches, and for me the best one is Santa Giulia in the south of the island. It’s a secluded bay with water so calm and tranquil that it seems an enormous swimming pool. It’s beauty is uncomparable – it’s one of those places that stay in your heart.
South of Corsica, below Porto-Vecchio
Santa Giulia, 20137 Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France
3. Olüdeniz, Fethiye, Turkey
Turkey may be considered a European country or not, depending on the criteria, but I include it for it has some of the best Caribbean beaches in Europe.
Olüdeniz is incredible! It’s one of the most spectacular beaches I’ve ever seen. A cape of golden sand surrounded by high green mountains, colourful flowers and butterflies, the feeling of being at the end of the world. An unforgettable experience. It’s an extremely beautiful and romantic spot which awakens the senses.
South-West Turkey, Fethiye
Ölüdeniz Mahallesi, 48340 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
4. Lagoa de Albufeira, Portugal
The vastness of this spectacular beach is mind-blowing. It’s like a desert of delicate white sand, with a lovely turquoise shallow lagoon shimmering in the ever-lasting sun, and the very long beaches spreading endlessly along beautiful dunes. Paradise.
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South from Lisbon, near a pretty town of Sesimbra.
Lagoa de Albufeira, Sesimbra, Portugal
5. Gjipe Beach, Albania
The beach of Gjipe Canyon is hidden behind high mountains and not easy to reach, but its spectacular beauty is making up for the effort! And the path leading to it, with wonderful sea views is a pure pleasure. The beach is natural, with white sand and perfect water.
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Albania, the town closest to Gjipe Canyon is Dhërmi.
Plazhi i Gjipesë, Albania
6. Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa, Spain
One of the finest beaches in Spain! Playa de Bolonia is an impressively vast area of splendid high dunes and endless fields of fine sand. This wonderful spot is located in the south of Spain near Tarifa in the province of beautiful Cadiz.
Read more in Best Beaches in Spain
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Spain, near town of Tarifa.
Playa de Bolonia, 11391 Cadiz, Spain
Best Beaches in Europe
We are preparing an extensive article on the best beaches in Europe in variety of different countries, and a series of guides of the best beaches in each country, so stay tuned!
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