Top Beaches — Europe

Best Beaches Europe
Gorleston-on-Sea Beach. Photo: Tripadvisor

Golden sands, rugged coastlines, clear blue waters—this year’s winning beaches are traveller faves for everything from lazy beach days to underwater adventures. Tripadvisor has named the Best of the Best Beaches for 2023 as part of its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards – with four UK beaches named in the top 25 in Europe.

Analysing the tens of millions of reviews submitted by travellers over the past year, looking at the quality and quantity of ratings for beach experiences, Tripadvisor revealed travellers’ favourite beaches of the year.

The world’s best beach, according to the Tripadvisor community, is Baia do Sancho, located on the volcanic island of Fernando de Noronha, just over 200 miles off the coast of Brazil.Eagle Beach in Aruba, was named No. 2 in the world, one of two Caribbean beaches to make it into the top 10. Jumping to the otherside of the world, Cable Beach in Western Australia made it into the top three in the world.

Just four UK beaches made the cut in Tripadvisor’s best beaches list for 2023

In Europe, Reynisfjara Beach, in Iceland, claimed the top spot with Praia da Falesia in Portugal and Spiaggia dei Conigli, on the islands of Sicily coming second and third. Four UK beaches made the European list, including Gorleston-on-Sea beach, Weymouth beach, Fistral Beach in Newquay and Bournemouth beach.

The British beaches are in good company, listed alongside Spanish, Greek and Portuguese coastlines to be crowned as some of the best in Europe. Tripadvisor features approximately 1 billion reviews and opinions on approximately 8 million establishments and locations.

Tripadvisor best beaches in Europe 2023

  1. Reynisfjara Beach – Vik, Iceland
  2. Praia da Falesia – Olhos de Agua, Portugal 
  3. Spiaggia dei Conigli- Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
  4. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
  5. Playa de Muro Beach – Playa de Muro, Spain
  6. Falassarna Beach – Falassarna, Greece
  7. Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa, Cyprus
  8. Balos Lagoon – Kissamos, Greece
  9. Sotavento Beach – Costa Calma, Spain
  10. Plage du Sillon – Saint-Malo, France
  11. Iztuzu Beach – Dalyan, Turkiye
  12. Gorleston-on-Sea Beach – Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  13. Praia dos Tres Irmaos – Alvor, Portugal
  14. Weymouth Beach – Weymouth, United Kingdom
  15. Playa de Ses Illetes – Formentera, Balearic Islands
  16. Tropea Beach – Tropea, Italy
  17. Sarakiniko Beach – Milos, Cyclades
  18. Kalamaki Beach – Kalamaki, Greece
  19. Praia Sao Rafael – Albufeira, Portugal
  20. Fig Tree Bay – Protaras, Cyprus
  21. Praia Da Rocha – Praia da Rocha, Portugal
  22. Fistral Beach – Newquay, United Kingdom
  23. Plage de Palombaggia – Porto-Vecchio, France
  24. Bournemouth Beach – Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  25. Kleopatra Beach – Alanya, Turkiye

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