From Caribbean-style golden sands and turquoise waters, to storm-sculpted cliffs surrounding crashing waves, Europe certainly has a huge variety of beaches. Whether you are looking to get in some surf time, or simply relax on the sand with a refreshing cocktail, here are OROGOLD’s picks of Europe’s best beaches.
Cap Ferret, France
Just a one hour drive from Bordeaux, Cap Ferret is an extremely long stretch of sand, dotted with pine trees and traditional oyster villages. There are two sides to Cap Ferret; the wild Atlantic side with powdery, squeaky sand, and the Bassin d’Arcachon, with much calmer waters. The Bassin d’Arcachon also faces the looming Dune du Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe. In addition to taking in the gorgeous landscape, there are plenty of tidal pools to splash around in, as well as salt marshes where local children go hunting for crabs. Chic cafes and boutiques line the beach, making it a quintessential French seaside destination.
Voutoumi, Antipaxos, Greece
The smallest of the Greek Ionian Islands, Antipaxos, just south of Corfu, measures just 4 x 3 km, and has a tiny population of 20. However, with the beach’s backdrop of olive groves, carpets of wildflowers and citrus orchards, it is absolutely breathtaking, and likely to be one of the most scenic beaches you will have ever laid eyes on. The beach itself is a magnificent arc of white sand, with turquoise waters lapping at the shore. Just 200 steps up a small hill will have you at a quaint taverna, where you can enjoy local delicacies with ocean views. This is also where visitors are able to rent sunbeds and umbrellas, something that OROGOLD would strongly recommend as there is not much shade on the beach itself.
Curonian Spit, Lithuania
Separating the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon, the Curonian Spit features 98 km of white sand, shifting dunes, lush pine forests and plenty of wildlife, making it no surprise that the area is known to be a birdwatcher’s paradise. It is an area of natural beauty, as well as of a rich history, with human habitation of the peninsula dating way back to prehistoric times. The long summer days, when the sun is still high in the sky at 9pm, make the waters warm enough to swim in, while a short hike up to the top of the Parnidis Dune, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will give you a spectacular view of the sunset. Local eateries and boutiques are easy to find, making the Curonian Spit an unexpected, yet extremely enjoyable, beach destination.
From a white sandy beach on a tiny Greek island, to a seemingly never-ending stretch of sand in Lithuania, these are some of OROGOLD’s favorite European beaches. However, as gorgeous as the beaches may seem in photos, OROGOLD reminds you that many parts of Europe experience unpredictable weather, making the summer months the best time to visit for those who want warm seas to swim in.