Ranking 2020: The most popular beaches in Europe for holidaymakers

Europe Travellers’ Choice

These ten European beaches are most loved by vacationers

Hidden bays, great diving conditions, white sand: a travel portal has identified the most popular beaches in Europe for vacationers. One country even made it into the ranking of the ten most beautiful beaches three times.

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TTurquoise blue water, snow-white sand and lots of sun – the Spiaggia dei Conigli in southern Italy is a dream for sun worshipers and bathers. The beach is located on Isola dei Conigli off the south coast of Lampedusa. Translated, Spiaggia dei Conigli means Rabbit Beach. Long-ears don’t hop over the sand here, but visitors can expect Caribbean flair without having to fly halfway around the world.

So it is hardly surprising that the Spiaggia dei Conigli is at the top of the Tripadvisor ranking of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. For the ranking “Travelers’ Choice Awards 2020” the travel portal has reviews from travelers Tripadvisor evaluated over a period of one year. Both the quality and the quantity of reviews from travelers played a role.

Kleftiko Beach on Milos Island came in second. It is located in Greece, which is represented three times in the top ten. The beach on the south coast of the small island of Elafonissi ranks seventh and the bay of Balos on Crete came ninth.

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Not only in southern Europe, beaches make the hearts of many holidaymakers beat faster, as shown by Luskentyre Bay on the island of Lewis and Harris, which made it to third place. In view of the water temperatures, bathing can be a real challenge here, but the landscape is all the more enchanting. And surfers also get their money’s worth, because there is plenty of space and wind.

Spain should of course not be missing in such a ranking and is represented in fifth place with Platja de Ses Illetes on the Balearic island of Formentera (fourth place) and Playa de La Concha, the beach in the Basque city of San Sebastián. Right behind is Woolacombe Beach in Devon, a county in the south-west of England, eighth place went to Italy with Cala Mariolu in Sardinia, and tenth place went to Black Sand Beach in Iceland:

Platz 1: Rabbit Beach (Rabbit Island, Italien)

Rabbit Beach (der Kaninchenstrand) on the Rabbit Island vor Lampedusa, Italien

Off the south coast of Lampedusa, on a small island, lies the Spiaggia dei Conigli, the Rabbit Beach. There are no rabbits here, but fantastic conditions for bathing

Quelle: Getty Images/Maremagnum

Rank 2: Kleftiko Beach (Milos, Cyclades, Greece)

Kleftiko beach on the Cyclades island of Milos in Greece

Rock gates and protective rock ledges – Kleftiko Beach is one of the most spectacular places on the Greek Cyclades island of Milos

Which: Getty Images / Manuel Breva Colmeiro

3rd place: Luskentyre (Outer Hebrides, Scotland)

Luskentyre - Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Luskentyre Bay is on Lewis and Harris Island. The beaches in the Hebrides are an insider tip in the surfing scene because there is space here and there is always wind

Quelle: Getty Images/Paul Carroll and Mhairi Carroll

Platz 4: Ses Illetes Beach (Formentera, Spain)

Ses Illetes Beach, Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

It doesn’t always have to be Mallorca: the dream beach of Platja de Ses Illetes is located in a nature reserve on the Balearic island of Formentera

Quelle: Getty Images/David Navarro Azurmendi

Platz 5: La Concha Beach (San Sebastián, Spain)

Fifth place in the ranking shows that city beaches can also inspire enthusiasm: La Concha beach in the Basque town of San Sebastián (Spain) is 1.5 kilometers long

Fifth place in the ranking shows that city beaches can also inspire enthusiasm: La Concha beach in the Basque town of San Sebastián is 1.5 kilometers long

Quelle: Getty Images/www.christophefaugere.com

Platz 6: Woolacombe Beach (Devon, England)

It can be stormy in Devon, a county in the south-west of England.  But that doesn't detract from the beauty of Woolacombe Bay

It can be stormy in Devon, a county in the south-west of England. But that doesn’t detract from the beauty of Woolacombe Bay

Quelle: Getty Images/Sandra Clegg

Rank 7: Elafonissi beach (Crete, Greece)

Greece: This wonderful beach is located on the south coast of the small island Elafonissi, which is located in the southwest of Crete.  A nature trail leads through the nature reserve of the island

This wonderful beach is located on the south coast of the small Greek island of Elafonissi in the southwest of Crete. A nature trail leads through the nature reserve of the island

Quelle: Getty Images/David C Tomlinson

Rank 8: Cala Mariolu (Sardinia, Italy)

Italy: Cala Mariolu is a small hidden cove on the Sardinian coast that is difficult to reach by land.  Here it is not only worthwhile to be in the sun to all but also to dive or snorkel

Not only nice for sunbathing, but also for diving: Cala Mariolu is a small hidden bay on the coast of Sardinia that is difficult to reach by land

Quelle: Universal Images Group via Getty Images/REDA&CO

Rank 9: beach of Balos (Crete, Greece)

And once again Crete: The bay of Balos with the lagoon of Gramvousa is one of the highlights in the west of the island, alongside Elafonisi and the Samaria Gorge.  The lagoon beach consists of fine white shell and coral sand

And once again Crete: The bay of Balos with the lagoon Gramvousa is one of the highlights in the west of the island, alongside Elafonisi and the Samaria Gorge

Quelle: Getty Images/maydays

Place 10: Black Sand Beach (Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland)

Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland proves that there are spectacular beaches not only in southern Europe.  The beach consists of black lava, basalt columns and rock formations make this place unique

Reynisfjara in Iceland is a magical place. Basalt columns line the black lava beach, and bizarre rock formations rise off the coast

Source: Getty Images / Suttipong Sutiratanachai

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