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Caribbean Beaches in Europe

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!

Incredible sea in Villasimius in Sardinia, Italy
Incredible sea in Villasimius in Sardinia, Italy

1. Spiaggia di Porto Giunco – Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

Porto Giunco in Villasimius - for me the most beautiful beach in Europe
Porto Giunco in Villasimius – for me the most beautiful beach in Europe

My personal No. 1 among the Caribbean beaches in Europe. Villasimius is a dream: long, wide, extremely beautiful natural beach in a frame of dunes, beautiful rocks with a tower (that this 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.

Location

Italy, South of Sardinia, 51 km from Cagliari

Spiaggia di Porto Giunco, 09049 Villasimius, Cagliari, Italy

From Cagliari: Full-Day Villasimius Beaches Tour from 44 EUR

2. Santa Giulia, Corsica, France

Perfectly cristalline sea just like a swimming pool in Santa Giulia beach in Corsica, France
Perfectly cristalline sea just like a swimming pool in Santa Giulia beach in 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.

Location

South of Corsica, below Porto-Vecchio

Santa Giulia, 20137 Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France

Medieval Bonifacio: Full-Day Tour from Porto Vecchio

3. Olüdeniz, Fethiye, Turkey

Olüdeniz beach in Fethiye, Turkey
Olüdeniz beach in 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.

Location

South-West Turkey, Fethiye

Ölüdeniz Mahallesi, 48340 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey

Full-Day Lunch Cruise in the Gocek Gulf From Fethiye

Blue Lagoon Ölüdeniz Tandem Paragliding from Fethiye

4. Lagoa de Albufeira, Portugal

Sandy horizon of Lagoa de Albufeira, Sesimbra
Sandy horizon of Lagoa de Albufeira, Sesimbra

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.

Read more in The Best Beaches near Lisbon 

The Best Beaches Near Lisbon

Location

South from Lisbon, near a pretty town of Sesimbra.

Lagoa de Albufeira, Sesimbra, Portugal

Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

5. Gjipe Beach, Albania

View of Gjipe beach, Albania
View of 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.

Read more in What to See in Albania – Best Places To Visit 

What to See in Albania – The Best Places To Visit (2019)

Location

Albania, the town closest to Gjipe Canyon is Dhërmi.

Plazhi i Gjipesë, Albania

6. Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa, Spain

Playa de Bolonia - Tarifa, Spain - one of the best beaches in Europe
Playa de Bolonia – Tarifa, Spain – one of the best beaches in Europe

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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Location

Spain, near town of Tarifa.

Playa de Bolonia, 11391 Cadiz, Spain

The Best Beaches in 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!

Which Caribbean-looking beaches would you add to this list? Add them in the comments! And if you like this article – share it!

Author

Małgorzata Kmita

Chief Editor & Writer of euroviajar.com, a serial expat - I've lived in 7 countries, I speak 7 languages, and I travelled to 39 countries so far. I have a deep interest in understanding the culture and lifestyle of various countries and regions. I'm always looking for the authentic local habits, tastes and surprises that give a certain place its character.

2 thoughts on “Caribbean Beaches in Europe

Wow, these beaches are really inviting, I love this Villasimius in Italy, I just have to see it! Great article, superb photos, thank you!

Thank you Claire. Villasimius is one of the most paradise-looking places I’ve ever seen. You will love it, it’s truly unique. I will write more about Sardinia in the next month, so stay tuned!

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