When it comes to going on vacation, there are those who swear by the mountains, and those for whom a trip is never complete if there is not a stop on a heavenly beach at the key.
Summer holidays are often associated with the sea and swimming, and even if it means taking a dip, you might as well do it in a dream location!
Here are the five best places to enjoy the beach in the best conditions in Europe.
Note that there are many others in many countries, but you had to make a choice!
La Cala Macarella in Menorca (Spain)
Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands, and it is on this that we find one of the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago: Cala Macarella!
It is located in the south of the island.
Rocks protect it from the wind, which helps to make it a most welcoming place.
Its transparent water has something to dream about!
However, you will surely not be the only one attracted to this dream beach, as it is very crowded in summer.
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Voutoumi beach in Antipaxos (Greece)
Antipaxos is a small Greek island accessible by boat from the island of Paxos: getting there requires a bit of motivation, as you may have to take several boats depending on where you are staying.
But it's worth it: indeed, there are no permanent inhabitants here, and only the bravest tourists can enjoy the beautiful beach of Voutoumi, which offers an idyllic dive into the Ionian Sea.
This is one of the must-see spots in our selection.
Praia da Marinha (Portugal)
Located on the side of cliffs, the Praia da Marinha is one of the most spectacular beaches in Portugal.
It is located in the center of the Algarve, near the town of Lagoa.
Here too, the water is transparent and the sea is relatively calm, tamed by the numerous rock formations.
It's popular with locals and tourists alike, but it's usually quite easy to lay down your towel there, making it a must-see spot if you're in the area.
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Zlatni Rat beach (Croatia)
Croatia is not necessarily a country you immediately think of when it comes to swimming and yet Zlatni Rat beach is one of the most beautiful to be found in the Adriatic.
It is located not far from Bol, and welcomes many tourists every year who want to swim in a clear sea.
Surfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts also love it, because it is not uncommon for the wind to invite itself there.
Be careful, it is an essential place in the region, so it is very popular during the summer holidays.
Palombaggia beach in Corsica (France)
France also has very beautiful beaches and one of them is in Corsica, precisely in Porto-Vecchio: it is Palombaggia beach.
Its blue water and lush vegetation contribute to giving it a wild side, which however tends to fade into the background in summer, when tourists flock.
Still, it's a great place to cool off after hiking in the area.
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