Cala Salada, Spain

Located in the ever so popular party islands of Ibiza, the Cala Salada Beach is a popular amongst local residents, private boat owners, and tourists. White soft sand, rocky cliffs, and the clearest waters possible make it a vision of paradise. While the beach itself isn’t too big, especially when the tides are high, swimming in the turquoise waters is pretty hard to resist. Here, you can bask the day away, go cliff jumping, or simply just enjoy cooling off in its shallow waters.

Playa de las Catedrales, Spain

When the tide is low, it’s easy to see why this beach is so popular. Named as the “Beach of Cathedrals”, Playa de las Catedrales boasts on natural rock formations which are similar to the gothic arches found in churches. Located along the Galician Coast of Spain, this place has a mile-long beach which you can walk along and enjoy. As soon as the tides go down, you can stand back and look at the natural arches, sea caves, and cliffside views that one can only dream about. While most beaches are most definitely enjoyed during the hot summer months, seeing this place during Winter has its charms as well due to the fewer number of visitors.

Zakynthos Island, Greece

Naturally, there wouldn’t be any best beaches in Europe list without featuring one of Greece’s many coastal islands. One of my top picks, Zakynthos. Not only is this beach pretty out of this world, it is also pretty iconic with its cerulean colored waters and stunning cliffside. Surrounded by the Ionian Sea, a place was originally called Fioro di Levante due to the number of flowers that could be found on the island. Today, tourists flock to Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Cove and it’s easy to see why. Otherwise, there are also heaps of other things to see and do around the island.