As if there isn’t already enough to inspire you to visit Europe, its beaches are incredible and as varied as its cultures. As we cover this region of beach locations, we’ll travel from cold oceanic climates like Scandinavia and Iceland, to sub-tropical locales like Sicily and Mallorca. And when you think Europe, be that from north to south or east to west, think cuisine; here is the hotbed of almost every dish we eat and adore.

There is little like the romance of Europe. Even some tropical beaches that draw us don’t have the romantic sensibility of the south of France or the Adriatic coast of Italy. Europe is where you can easily combine a beach vacation with a city-culture one, and not have to do more than walk a few minutes from your hotel.

Here we have the warm, sun-drenched waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Ionian Sea, Aegean Sea and Adriatic Sea, the cool Atlantic Ocean, the frigid North Sea, Baltic Sea and Norwegian Sea, in addition to lakes, large and small, and great rivers like the Danube and Rhine, where there are a few beaches.

In this section of our website, you’ll find “continental” beaches in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and Yugoslavia.

Touring the nations and beaches of Europe is like visiting a few dozen planets. Now that Europe has become the European Union, borders have become largely invisible, but differences abound and somehow this unification has not spoiled the unique cultures of each nation.

The beaches of Europe vary as much as the countries that formed this cooperative relationship. Iceland has the amazing Vik Beach, population 300, on its south coast, black and stony, in stark contrast to Saint-Tropez in the south of France with white sand and topless sunbathing among the multi-million-dollar yachts. Beaches here are made from coral and lava, and sport thick, soft sand or pebbles and rocks. They are remote and wild, cold and solitary; they are warm and busy, part of major cities and attract millions of visitors. If there is anywhere in the world you can find one particular type of beach, it’s Europe. The trouble will be deciding on what beach experience suits you best.

Yes, there’s a beach for everyone and at we think that the greatest pleasure is in not being able to decide which beach we all think belongs to us, or we belong to, and so we just have to keep trying new ones; some of our favorite beaches are in Europe.

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