12 Best Beaches in Europe to Visit
With summer just around the corner, what better way to get away than to take a campervan and visit some of the best beaches in Europe? Hire a colourful roadsurfer campervan and wake up to the sound of the ocean this summer! Enjoy the salty-fresh breeze of the Baltic Sea, dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and discover the Caribbean beaches in Europe. And the best part? With the roadsurfer spots App, you can book a dreamy beach campsite, on the road or in advance.
1. Ksamil, Albanian Riviera
If you’re in the mood for sun, then you should visit the Albanian Riviera, where 300 days of sunshine a year await you. The beach in Ksamil is particularly beautiful, straight out of a coffee table picture book.
The Ionian Sea is turquoise blue, clear and up to 25 degrees Celsius in summer, and the sand is icing sugar white. The beach has no infrastructure, but you can fill up your cooler box in the nearby village.
2. Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal
If beautiful were a beach, this would be it! Zambujeira do Mar is a sandy beach located in the Odemira municipality. It offers a highly unique landscape and is known as a fishing village. It Is composed of various clifftops and coves, leaving its visitors with an unforgettable memory of the landscape. Get in your roadsurfer and experience the tasty traditional food nearby, the various hiking trails, and much more!
3. Playa A Vouga, Muros, Spain
Playa A Vouga is a camper’s paradise! This lovely beach is in Muros, with camping pitches directly on the beach; what more can one ask for? Nearby there are several local restaurants. There is a variety of attractions such as Castro de Barona (Ancient ruins), Faro de Louro (Lighthouse), Horreo de Carnota (Historic monuments), and more. The campsites here are considered some of the best in Europe! Start your roadsurfer’s engine and surf down to Playa A Vouga.
4. Plage des Grandes Dalles, France
This beach is breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful. Experience the ultimate relaxation here alone or with family and friends. The beach has a unique landscape as it is located between cliffs. The town of Les Grandes Dalles is a sight to see, composed of beautiful landscapes and imagery, making it a memorable experience for anyone. The area also consists of hiking trails.
5. Zlatni Rat, Brac, Croatia
Croatia is home to some of the most unique beaches in Europe, one of the favourites and most notable being Zlatni Rat, also known as the golden horn. You have probably heard of or seen its beautiful aerial view. It owes its name to a phenomenon that is best seen from above: A sandy headland juts pointedly into the water and changes depending on the current. The beach is a great destination, especially for active people, as there is good wind for surfers and kiters!
6. Balos, Crete
Crete is a paradise for bathing beauties and perfect for a road trip. There are great beaches all along the coast, but none as beautiful as Balos in the northwest. The lagoon is turquoise and shallow and the sand is almost pink.
To avoid the tourist crowds, you can avoid a boat trip and pack your sturdy shoes. A short hike will take you to the beach and if you arrive early enough, you can enjoy the Cretan beauty all by yourself for a while.
7. Es Trenc, Mallorca
Es Trenc is one of the reasons why Mallorca is still so popular. On the south coast of the island you’ll find 11 kilometres of idyllic beach. White sand, shallow turquoise water and – believe it or not – peace and quiet!
Es Trenc is part of a nature reserve, which is why you won’t find any hotels or water sports facilities here. Even in high season, you can still find a quiet spot and the perfect contrast to the busy side of Mallorca.
8. Mont‑Saint‑Michel, France
The Bay of Mont Saint Michel is not just a beach in the regular sense, but a real highlight for nature and history lovers. Here you’ll find the strongest tides in Europe, which regularly turn the famous monastery mountain into an island.
It’s considered one of France’s must-see sights, and a footbridge takes you right to it. If you prefer to walk barefoot, we recommend a mudflat walk against the backdrop of the beautiful abbey.
9. Bolata Beach, Bulgaria
Bolata Beach is a real insider’s tip in Bulgaria and still fairly unknown to tourists. It is located in the Kaliakra nature reserve and is wonderfully unspoilt. Apart from a restaurant and a car park, there is not much here – which is a good thing! Surrounded by terracotta mountains, you can bask in the sun on the golden beach and go swimming in the warm water.
If you’re in the mood for a little more entertainment, take a boat tour and, if you’re lucky, you might see seals and dolphins.
10. Sopot Beach, Poland
The Polish Baltic Sea coast has been a popular holiday destination for decades, and the beach in Sopot quickly reveals why. The town has long been known as a health resort and boasts a beautiful sandy beach.
In addition, there are shallow waters, picturesque jetties and marinas and a great range of water sports on offer. Ornithologists can also rejoice, as the beach is known for its flocks of white swans.
11. Cala Goloritzé, Sardinia
Sardinia is without question home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and a great destination for winter camping.
One of the best beaches is Cala Goloritzé in the Province of Ogliastra. It is made of tiny white stones and the water is incredibly clear because it’s fed by karst springs.
If you’re too bored to lie lazily on the beach, the surrounding limestone rocks are a real climber’s paradise.
12. Praia de Marinha, Algarve
It takes a bit of effort to get to Praia de Marinha, but the effort of climbing the stairs is worth it – the beach is one of the most beautiful in the Algarve.
In addition to golden sand and crystal-clear water, it’s especially known for its backdrop of eroded limestone cliffs.
Hiking enthusiasts can set off from here on the “Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos”, a great coastal hiking trail in the Algarve.