Every summer, Europeans and tourists from across the globe flock to Europe’s beaches to soak in the sun. If you’re ready to relax and discover some of the best beaches in Europe on a budget, here are 35 beaches to consider categorized by age.
#1. Tropea, Calabria, Italy
In southern Italy lies the summer resort with impressive scenery – Tropea. This part of the Italian coast stretches along the Tyrrhenian Sea, and according to many, it’s one of the best holiday destinations when with children. The beach, protected with a large hilly ˝belly˝ and abundant in large rocks, also has a beautiful center of the city located on a cliff above the sea.
#2. Çıralı, Antalya, Turkey
The rich historical and cultural heritage, along with sandy beaches and warm clear water, makes Antalya the capital of Turkish tourism. The swimming season in the southwest of Turkey lasts eight months, there’s plenty of hotels and restaurants, and the coast is pretty untouched. Show your children how turtles lay their eggs, take them on a trip to the nearby forest or enjoy the delicious food.
#3. Port d’Alcúdia, Majorca, Spain
Five minutes away from the historic town of Alcúdia in the north-eastern Majorca, there is a family resort called Port d´Alcúdia. The best time to come with children is during the autumn months – when Majorca’s hedonistic life calms; the air becomes mild, but the days are still sunny and warm. The resort also offers a few kids’ clubs to make their time more fun, and you all can enjoy fine food, beautiful nature, and warm water.
#4. Llafranc, Costa Brava, Spain
The combination of a pleasant summer climate, unusual nature, and gorgeous beaches is used for building the hotels and apartments, so tourism became the primary activity in Llafranc, Costa Brava. The sun, beaches, and bays surrounded by crystal clear water and peace will make Llafranc one of the nicest memories. Costa Brava or ˝Wild Coast˝ is also an opportunity to taste excellent seafood since it is a place with some of the best restaurants in the whole world.
#5. Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal
Carvoeiro is another Portugal jewel characterized with beautiful sandy beaches and unusual sea color. Praia de Carvoeiro is located only 5 kilometers from Lagoa, and it’s an attractive tourist destination, as well as a place for the whole family. Except for the bike rental, various excursions on land and sea will allow you to explore the area completely.
#1. Caneiros, Algarve, Portugal
In southern Portugal, there is a beautiful, intimate beach between the huge rocks – Caneiros. Along with pedal boats and kayaks rental, active teenagers can also explore caves and then dine with their families in Rei das Praias restaurant. Shallow water where the boats can’t easily anchor and the 800 feet long stairs that lead to the beach are just one of the reasons why this beach isn’t too crowded and why it is known for its privacy and comfort.
#2. Lefkada, Ionian Islands, Greece
Lefkada is an island in Ionian archipelago, located south of Corfu, and connected by a drawbridge with the continental part of Greece. If sporty, your teens can enjoy numerous water activities in the ˝Island of Colors˝, full of white rocks, pebbles and sand, and blue shades of the sea that can be compared only with the seas of distant exotic destinations.
#3. Argelès-sur–Mer, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Between a few ˝sur-Mer˝, or ˝on sea˝ places in France, Argelés is most adventurous. Along with around 50 campsites, five miles long beach and mountains made for hiking, your teenagers can spend their time in beach clubs and adventure parks, while you’re relaxing and absorbing sunlights.
#4. Vouliagmeni, Athens Riviera, Greece
We couldn’t single out just one of the many beautiful beaches that surround Athens. So logically, we decided to recommend you the entire Vouliagmeni coast. There, you and your favorites can swim in the perfectly calm sea and then refresh in one of the many restaurants along the beach. The standard offer includes water-skiing and jet-skiing, and the sunlight hits harder than ever. Try it out. You won’t be disappointed.
#5. Zlatni Rat, Bol on Brac, Central Dalmatia, Croatia
Located in Bol, on the southern side of the island, Zlatni Rat is probably the most famous beach on the Adriatic coast. Because of its exceptional beauty, it is one of the symbols of Croatian tourism. Around 1500 feet long pebble cape (Rat) is unique because it can change shape and position depending on the wind. Jet skis and banana boat rides are going to bring extreme pleasure to teens that like to fool around, and if they want even more adventure, there are also a windsurfing, kayaking and cycling activities to make a good vacation great. The surroundings of Brac also offer other beautiful islands such as Hvar, Solta, Vis … you can visit all this if you rent a private boat or book one of the interesting tours that are offered to you.
#1. Cíes Islands, Galicia, Spain
The Beautiful remote island called Islas Cies is the perfect destination for people who like a distant, secluded beach. Islas Cies, uninhabited national park, is located 40 minutes away from Bayonne, a fishing town in Galicia, has no hotels, and offers only a few camps with a perfect coast view that provide a place for you to charge your batteries and continue the vacation fresh.
#2. Viveiro, Galicia, Spain
The small town of Viviero has only 16,000 inhabitants, but in less than an hour, you can visit several beaches. This exciting area is an ideal place for family gatherings. It’s full of sand dunes and vines and also offers two hotels, several houses, and a youth hostel, and affordable.
#3. Île de Porquerolles, Côte d’Azur
The Island of Porquerolles is reminiscent of the French Riviera appearance before the ˝rush˝ of tourists. The place full of cliffs and creeks offers local wines, olives and the feel of whole nature. Furthest from the village there is a beach Notre Dame, which is even in August rather quiet. The sand is white and goldish, surrounded by scented eucalyptus, pine trees, and colorful vegetation.
#4. Palagruza, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
From the deep blue Adriatic sea rose the island of Palagruza. Rich in Mediterranean vegetation, beautiful views and lighthouses, Palagruza offers nothing but peace. The hidden coves of Stara Vlaka and Velo Zalo provide a peaceful view of the clear and calm sea. This is maybe the most hidden beach of all on the list.
#5. Koufonissia, Cyclades, Greece
Long forgotten Greece from the sixties is located on the island of Koufonisi. The central groups of Cyclades islands, Naxos and Amorgos, hid the two islands separated by sea channel – Ano (Upper) Koufonisi and Kato (Lower) Koufonisi. Locals earn a living by fishing, and some would even argue that there are more ships than population. A view of the vast sea and colorful trees are going to make you forget all the everyday ˝wrong˝ things from the real world.
#6. Stiniva, Vis, Croatia
Among the famous beaches of Croatia, the island of Vis, a military complex until 1989, offers one of the most beautiful hidden bays in Europe. Stiniva is surrounded by a gorgeous Mediterranean forest and makes a perfect spot for absorbing the sunlight and enjoying the long conversations with a friends and love partners. If you’re lucky, you can even take a swim with dolphins.
#7. Cale Pregonda, Menorca
On the northern side of Menorca, there is a beach with black ‘n’ goldish sand and pink rocks – Pregonda. The small islands in front of the bay protect it from waves, so the water is calm and crystal clear. There is no restaurant on the beach so make sure you bring everything you need or hop to the nearby beach Binimel-lá, where you will already park a car at arrival. Also, you’ll need to walk between 20 and 30 minutes so bring the sneakers and good will.
#8. Chia, Sardinia
If you want to see pink flamingos, head for the village of Chia, an hour of drive from the capital city – Cagliari. The village is blessed with a long beach, apricot-colored sand and it’s adored by the locals and foreign surfers. It is also suitable for families with children; offers a renting of beach chairs and umbrellas and a plenty of parking space.
#9. Conches des Baleines, Ile de Re, La Rochelle
The furthest beach on the French island of Ile de Ré is a godsend wild beach with clear, blue waters and pine trees, where the fishing boats are more common than yachts. For a great view, climb the nearby lighthouse and make a perfect photo. In the summer, this place is pretty popular, as it can be reached with bikes and cars. Check it out if you already haven’t.
#10. Capparrina di Mare, Foce del Belice, Sicily
If you’re a fan of wine and turtles, you’re going to love Foce del Belice, one of the few remaining untouched parts of the Sicilian coast. Along with Le Solette beach that is located western of Porto Palo, there is an even more hidden cove in Sic – Capparina di Mare. In this well-guarded secret paradise, you’ll find colonies of sea turtles that are going to make your day.
#1. Gerakas Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
It has been known for a long time that Zakynthos island is one of the top spots to take your family on vacation, but the one place on the island is a bit more interesting than the others. Gerakas beach has it all: an amazing shoreline, smooth sand, and most importantly – the peace. Rent a beach chair, give your youngest ones a little freedom to build a castle in the sand and enjoy the moment.
#2. Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain
At least once in life go to Spain. The province of Asturias maybe is the closest to the Bay of Biscay – the sailors’ most feared sea, but there is nothing to be afraid of. This quiet sun-roasted beach similar to the one in Brac, Croatia, but surrounded by rocky cliffs, is going to make your kids love you even more.
#3. Es Grau, Menorca, Spain
The Balearic island of Menorca is already known for its sandy beaches. Only 10 kilometers from the capital city there is a beach ideal for toddlers – Es Grau. It looks like a huge semicircle pool of turquoise color. There is a nearby village too, so you can easily find accommodation near the beach and enjoy the lazy afternoons in the hotel if you like.
#4. Ugento, Puglia, Italy
In the lower part of the Italian ˝boot˝, geographically speaking, there is Ugento, the place rich in tradition with a few great hotels, including the Iberotel Apulia – an all-inclusive resort with a beautiful beach, surrounded by pine trees. It offers separate pools for babies, children and adults, and animators that are going to entertain your toddlers while you’re taking a golf lesson or playing tennis.
#5. Praia do Barril, Algarve, Portugal
Praia do Barril is located on the eastern side of Algarve and makes a perfect spot for holidays with toddlers. Along with the mini train that drives you to the beach, you’ll enjoy the purity of sea and a broad range of activities for the whole day on the beach. Enjoy the warm ocean, and seafood delights with your favorite ones, fool around, laugh.
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