If you’ve never been to a European beach, you’re surely in for a wonderful treat. And if you are a frequent goer of them, there’s always something new to explore. Whether you’re heading to these European beach cities for the nighttime party life or would like some quiet seclusion, these beautiful beach cities are perfect for any traveler.
10 Breathtakingly Beautiful Beach Cities In Europe
Though it’s hardly a city, the small town of Normandy, France is rich in World War II history and full of stunning beaches. Guests can stay a few miles inland, along the countryside and then commute a few minutes to the beach when in search of the sun. You’ll love this retreat to a small village!
A bustling city on the coast of the United Kingdom, Brighton, England is the ideal beach location for writers and other folks looking to truly get away from it all. Go shopping on the iconic boardwalk after lounging in colorful beach chairs getting lost in a book. I guarantee you’ll never want to come home.
San Sebastian, Spain
A tiny resort town on the Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian is one of the hottest beachside locations in all of Spain. Not only can you get a killer tan while lounging on the beaches, but tourists can indulge in the local fare while taking in the grand architecture to truly get a sense of the Spanish culture. You’ll never forget this vacation destination.
There’s something special about places along the Mediterranean and Kas is no different. With a population of just 54,000 people, this small town could hardly be considered bustling, but it’s so beautiful that you won’t even miss it. Kas has a unique history, as it’s landscape was so gorgeous that both the Greeks and the Romans fought over it. And it’s easy to see why. Adventure seeking visitors should check out the sunken city, Simena, pictured below.
There’s just about anything to do in Barcelona, but because of its size, it can be difficult to find a good spot on the beach. While here, make sure to try out the local tapas bars. The club/bar scene is really terrific as well, making this a great beach destination for younger couples.
Now, I wasn’t going to forget about Greece! Crete is the name of Greece’s largest, most populous island but you won’t even notice it when you get a look at the beach views. Crete is the place to immerse yourself in history while eating killer food and frolicking in the sand.
Located on the French Riviera, there’s a whole lot that’s nice about Nice (I couldn’t resist). This large city will feel instantly homey the moment you take a look at the bright, colorful homes lining the streets. The city also sits on the foot of the Alps, for extra adventure.
Another tiny, can’t miss town, Furore is simply romantic. Take a look at this post of mine for more information on traveling to the area.
Like that of Spain’s, Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon sits right on the coast, making it the perfect destination for those looking for big city amenities. Head to Portinho da Arrábida beach for some quiet seclusion outside of the bustling city.
Known for its gorgeous beaches, the town of Split is thousands of years old and full of rich, fascinating history. Visit Beach Bene and then check out the town’s unique fortress-like center!