Best Luxury Beach Destinations in Europe

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Luxury Hotel in Santorini - Pantelia Suites
view of hotel from top terrace with Agean sea and volcanic island

Many people know Europe for the Alps and snow but Europe is also home to some of the world’s most-beautiful seas – the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, the Aegean – with its ancient historical sites, culture, 300 days of sun, nightlife, exotic shorelines, and many more things to do for a perfect sun and beach holidays. Lie on the sunny beaches, gaze at world-famous sunsets in the world, visit ancient ruins, stroll across the colorful cultural towns, party till dawn at the funkiest beach clubs, and many more beautiful things to do at luxury beach destinations in Europe. Read some of the best luxury beach destinations in Europe.

Luxury Hotel in Santorini - Pantelia Suites
Luxury Hotel in Santorini – Pantelia Suites

Southern European beaches are world-famous for their deep turquoise waters, white sands, foodie & colorful small beach towns, and therefore they are rated among the best luxury beach destination in the world too.

MYKONOS – GREECE

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Mykonos” means the island of winds located in Greece. A typical Mediterranean climate where the sun shines for about 300 days of the year.   Mykonos is famous for its vibrant nightlife and the best beaches in the world.  The most popular island of the Aegean sea.

Little Venice in Mykonos is built right on the edge of the sea with the waves of sea kissing the balconies.  This island was once a pirate island in the 16th or 17th century.  So this place was used for quick loading and unloading of goods. Now, these buildings are turned into antique bars, cafes, and restaurants. Lunch here is preferred for pretty views and to enjoy the sound of waves and winds.

SANTORINI – GREECE

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Wine with sunset

Santorini is one of the most famous, magical, romantic, and charming Greek islands of the world.  It is a Cycladic island located in the Aegean Sea at about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece.  Santorini is an active volcanic island.  This Aegean island is a caldera with a rugged landscape formed due to a volcanic eruption in the 16th century.  Recently, the last recorded volcano that erupted was in 1950.  White-washed, irregular cuboid houses with multicolored cliffs, blue-domed churches, turquoise-colored clear waters, dramatic sunset skies, colorful natural beaches make Santorini more mysterious and a charming place. So Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love

Santorini is divided into many parts like Oia, Fira, Akrotiri, and Pyrgos according to settlements.  Oia is the northern part of Santorini which is famous for world-famous dramatic sunsets. The orange-reddish skies with their reflections over the white-washed towns are worth capturing.  In peak summer times, Oia is overcrowded. Oia is full of hotels and restaurants facing the Aegean sea and sunsets. So plan your travel to Santorini with Voyage Privé.

MALAGA (COSTA DE SOL) – SPAIN

Perfect Beach Destination Malaga

Malaga has a stunning coastline and the largest city of southern Spain’s Costa Del Sol (Coast of the SUN).  Malaga has a typical Mediterranean climate with 300 days of sun and long stretches of golden sands making it a perfect beach destination.  Being one of the world’s oldest city and also one of the southernmost large city in Europe, it has a blend of nature and culture.

IBIZA – SPAIN

Best Luxury Beach Destinations in Europe

A paradise for night-clubbers, beach parties that never end, beautiful beaches, and exotic drinks.

A Spanish island in the Mediterranean sea, off the eastern coast of Spain and, is 150 km from Valencia. Not only this island is famous for exotic beach parties, DJ’s and cocktails but also hosts the world’s famous UNESCO site too. The wall of the Renaissance and the remains of Phoenician settlements are still seen and considered as heritage site here.

SARDINIA – ITALY

Best Luxury Beach Destinations in Europe

Italy’s most famous and stunning coastline which is not only famous in Europe but it is a world-famous luxury beach destination in the world. This southern Italian island is world-famous for a luxury beach holiday with lots of sunshine and dreamy beaches. The local sights are enchanting too with many snorkeling spots, the archipelago of La Maddalena, Pink Beach, and Caprera island. A perfect romantic luxury escape for sunshine holidays.

ALGARVE – PORTUGAL

Best Luxury Beach Destinations in Europe

Portuguese beaches too are world-famous and due to the well-developed coastline in Portugal, there was always movement of Portuguese sailors to all world since the 15th century to discover different cultures, trade, and people. Algarve is blessed with pristine sandy stretches for miles and miles, golden cliffs, secluded islands, rocky beaches, with blue and calm waters. A complete warm atmosphere here invites you for long swims and lots of water sports too.  

Not only this but Algarve has lovely mountains and unique culture with a blend of Arabs & Lagos from the time of discoveries.

HVAR – CROATIA

Best Luxury Beach Destinations in Europe

Croatia is not only famous for its historic town Dubvronik but also for its tropical beach at Hvar. This island town which is warmer even in winter and also received a good amount of sun rays has amazing history too with a hilltop fortress and Renaissance-era cathedral.  So soak yourself into tropical-looking secluded beaches, wander across the historical town on this sunny islandy of Croatia.

MARSEILLE – FRANCE

Best Luxury Beach Destinations in Europe

A famous historic city of southern France is blessed with 300 days of sunshine. Being a famous port since ancient times, this French city has wonderful beaches, beachside restaurants, sandy beach, 2600 years old history.

There are many more luxury beach destinations in Europe with perfect sunshine, calming blue waters, luxury beach resorts, laidback colorful towns, and cultural vibes. I would love to know your favorite luxury beach destination in Europe too.

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10 Comments

  1. I dream of the day that I can get back to a European beach, and this article has really inspired my wanderlust. You’ve captured some of my absolute favourites here from Mykonos to Hvar. And Santorini’s black sand beaches are some of my favourite beaches in the world. Thanks for sharing these fantastical destinations and provide me a bit of escapism in the cold and dreary autumnal weather in the UK!

  2. Beaches are my favorite and every trip that we make to Europe I try and ensure that there is a beach desination. If no beaches at least a river. Hvar & Algarve are the ones that we have visited. Greece was in our plans for this year but now hofefully next year.Would love to be in Ibiza and Sardinia. Both look beautiful.

  3. Such a shame that I have not been to any of these beaches in Europe. I was supposed to go to Croatia last year which unfortunately I couldnt make it for some reason. I would love to visit each one of these, especially in Italy and France which I will be planning once we are out of the pandemic.

  4. Its getting really cold in Europe right now and dreaming of a beach holiday for next year is what I have been doing. Algarve in Portugal and Sardinia are on my list to visit. I would love to revisit Malaga and Hvar – such beautiful places!

  5. Santorini is definitely on top my list whenever we talk about beaches in Europe. The sunset is just beautiful.

    Ibiza is also equally beautiful and we would love to visit sometime in the the future. Thank you for sharing these beautiful beach destination. We will definitely consider them on our future trips.

  6. Such a great list of the most beautiful and luxurious beaches in Europe. For sure, each of the places mentioned by you is worth seeing. I love the beaches in Spain and Portugal. On my bucket list are the beaches of Santorini and Sardinia.

  7. I’ve always wanted to visit Santorini, but now with too many people been there and shared their pictures all over social media, the urge to visit the island is not as high as it used to be. It still is a very beautiful island though. Sardinia looks pretty cool, as well as Algarve. The color of the ocean is magical!

  8. Out of all the amazing destinations that you’ve listed, the one that tops for me is definitely Santorini for the beautiful Instagrammable setting and the views followed by Algrave for the gorgeous beaches. I can literally picture myself sipping wine and seeing the day pass by, sitting by the pool, overlooking the vast expanse of the Mediterranean Sea.

  9. Out of all the places you listed here, I’ve only been to Santorini. Unbelievably beautiful place, just like the pictures. I would love to visit all these other places, but since I haven’t been to Croatia yet, maybe Hvar would be the first one on my list.

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