Could there be anything more tempting than an island beach? We think not. Come summer, many will be flocking to mainland beaches for their dose of sunshine, but for somewhere extra special why not stay on one of Europe’s most beautiful islands instead? From the clearest waters to fresh seafood on demand, Europe’s islands offer the most incredible experiences. To help you plot out your island visit, below is a list of Europe’s most stunning island beaches.
1 Sardinia, Italy
Italy’s much-loved island never seems to disappoint. Situated at the heart of the Mediterranean, it is difficult not to get swept up by the island’s golden beaches, crystal clear waters and chilled lifestyle. Treat yourself to a stay along the Costa Semeralda or to the lesser-known areas of Cagliari, Sassari and Alghero.
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2 Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca (or Majorca, as some spell it) is a large island with many popular resorts and secret coves to discover. From the Cala Llombards area to the Blue Flag Playa de Muro, there are plenty of beach options. Local favourite Cala Torta will tempt you with its white-sanded beach and clear waters. There is also its cute beach bar for grilled fish and a welcome sun-downer come evening.
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3 Ibiza, Spain
Although typically known as a party island, Ibiza definitely has a lot to offer beach-loving travellers too. From the quieter pebbled stretch of beach at Cala Jondal, San Jose to the white sanded coves of Formentera, Ibiza offers guaranteed relaxation and chilled-out beach time. If you’re looking for a livelier stretch of sand then Playa d’en Bossa is a beautiful beach flanked by trees, with a few party bars in close proximity.
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4 Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos’s turquoise waters, whitewashed houses and sandy white beaches are hard to beat. July and August are particularly busy months for the Bohemian island, so you might prefer to go outside of these months for a more laid-back experience.
In addition to its stunning beaches, many archaeological and historical treasures can be found on the island. This includes Gyzi Castle, just a short distance from Mýkonos village, and the nearby island of Delos, a UNESCO world heritage archaeological site.
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A great beach holiday destination, Malta’s Golden Bay, Blue Lagoon and Ghar Lapsi are just some of the incredible beaches to enjoy whilst on the island. Look forward to soft sand, clear waters and a little bit of paradise for a few days. Go snorkelling or take a trek along the island’s great trails. For foodies, try our six best places to eat and drink in Malta.
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6 Vis, Croatia
Vis has become a popular spot for island hoppers and those looking for somewhere a bit different. The charming island has peaceful coves where visitors can soak up the sun and easily dip into turquoise waters to cool off. The island is also well-known for its great seafood that can be washed down with the island’s own distinct Vugava wine.
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7 Lanzarote, Spain
An island that has seen much revival in recent years is the Canary Island’s Lanzarote. Once a popular destination for party-goers, the island is now a go-to place for outdoors activities mixed with laid-back vibes. Stretched out along the island are plenty of beaches providing a quiet and relaxing retreat after a long day of activities.
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