Beach destinations in Europe

The best beach destinations in Europe 2019

Summer is just around the corner in Europe so grab your sunscreen and sunglasses and head straight to the beach! There’s no shortage of beaches in Europe and some of them will even give the beaches in Asia a run for their money. So if you want a vacation filled with white sand beaches, turquoise water and sunshine, here is where you should go.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Besides being famous for serving as a filming location for the popular hit show ‘Game of Thrones’, Dubrovnik is a breathtakingly beautiful destination and has some of Europe’s best beaches. When you’re tired of walking around the limestone streets in the old town, head to one of many nearby beaches. You can choose between more crowded and popular beaches, or more intimate and quiet ones. For being quite a small town, Dubrovnik sure has plenty of beaches you can choose from.

Algarve, Portugal

Southern Portugal is known for its pristine beaches and makes for an excellent getaway when you want to explore some of Europe’s most stunning beaches. Some of the most popular towns in Algarve include Lagos, Faro, Albufeira and Tavira. It’s highly recommended to rent a car because all of the towns are very accessible this way and you can explore more than just one beach for example.

Himarë, Albania

Probably one of the most underrated countries in Europe, but things are about to change as people are looking for less crowded places. The Albanian Riviera can be compared to Italy’s because it is just as stunning. Unfortunately, not many people think of visiting Albania because it’s not a very known tourist destination. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches here, quite the contrary. Head down to Himarë, Albania’s laid back beach town, and eat Mediterranean food, lie on the beach and soak in the sun. You won’t be disappointed.

Gran Canaria, Spain

Gran Canaria is a classic for Europeans and has been a renowned tourist destination for many years now. The island is has almost 60 kilometres of beaches and a Biosphere reserve in the west. Here, you can go whale watching, wander around the shopping streets, visit museums, walk in the Canary pine forests, have fun at the water park or just simply relax on one of many beaches.

Mykonos, Greece

First of all, who doesn’t love Greek food? That alone is a great reason to visit Greece. But besides having one of the world’s best kitchens, there’s also promises of turquoise waters and beaches that are named “Paradise Beach” because that’s how it feels like when you’re there – paradise. Mykonos might not be the best place for families for example, since it’s quite a renowned party place, but if you’re looking for a bustling nightlife and want to combine it with beaches, you got it all here in thrilling Mykonos.

Europe for singles

The most popular destinations in Europe for solo travelers

Traveling solo has increased immensely in popularity in the past years. You don’t have to wait for your friends to join you on your vacation anymore, why not take matters into your own hands and explore the world “Eat, Pray, Love” style! It might seem a bit frightening at first, but traveling solo rarely means being solo though. You’ll always meet people, if you’re just open towards it.

If you’re heading to Europe, there are a few places that are very popular for solo travelers. Check them out!

Berlin, Germany

Cool, trendy and hip – Berlin is a sure winner! Everyone loves Berlin, not because it’s a beautiful city (it really isn’t) but because of the atmosphere and the art scene. Berlin is alternative, it’s different and it’s so much fun. If you’ve ever wanted to go to a club that’s open 24/7, you’ll find it here. Berlin is also one of the more affordable capital cities in Europe and is also a reason why it attracts so many travelers.

Paris, France

The city of love isn’t just for couples. Paris is for everyone who wants to discover one of the world’s most loved cities. There are tons of galleries, museums, boulangeries(!!!), shops, street art, cafés, and much more to see in Paris. Grab a few macarons and sit in a park, marvel at the Eiffel Tower, wander around the Louvre and sit in a café and look at all the stylish Parisians passing by. It might not be one of the cheapest cities in Europe, but it is one of the most iconic.

Budapest, Hungary

If you’re traveling on a tighter budget, Budapest could be a great option. Eastern Europe is cheaper than Western Europe and young travelers flock to these parts to enjoy cheap beer, amongst other things. But it’s not just because of the cheap prices though. Budapest is incredibly beautiful, the city is packed with things to do, great food, plenty of affordable spas and a great nightlife. Head to one of the many famous ruin bars in Budapest for a fun time.

Lisbon, Portugal

Who doesn’t love warm weather, accessibility to stunning beaches and a city that’s absolutely stunning? Well, you can get it all here in Lisbon! And the best thing? It’s one of the more affordable cities in Europe as well! Lisbon is a delight to wander around in just to look at all the tiles, architecture and cobblestoned streets. The iconic neighborhoods Alfama and Bairro Alto are a must visit when you’re in the city. If you’re tired of walking around, just hop on a train or bus to the nearby beaches. You can either cross the bridge and go to ‘Costa da Caparica’ or you can take the train to ‘Cascais’ and explore the cute beach town.