Trip Advisor’s Users Have Named This Small Island Beach The Best In Europe
Ibiza’s cool crowd head to Playa de Ses Illetes Beach when it gets too hot in town, and it’s now been awarded the best in Europe, by Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. The island of Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic’s, but one of the busiest in summer, when crowds of music-lovers and yacht owners descend on the white sand for a dip in the transparent water.
You can get to the port of La Savina via a 30 minute ferry ride from Ibiza, then catch a bus, taxi or ride a bike to the beach. As it’s sheltered by sand dunes and the water is shallow, it’s also a prime spot for family picnics, as it’s safe for the little ones.
When it’s time to eat, there are gorgeous restaurants close by, including the trendy celebrity haunt, Juan y Andrea. So, you can fill up before you head back for snorkelling and watching the sun go down.
If you’d rather stay on Formentera than Ibiza, to enjoy its low-key vibe, the island that’s famous for celebrity sojourns offers funky beach bars, fantastic restaurants and accommodation in hotels and villas. All you’ll need to do once there, is kick off your shoes, jump on your bike and peddle to whichever stunning beach takes your fancy.
And, if you’re still trying to decide on your European beach holiday for this year, check out some of the other hotspots that ranked in the top 25 beaches.
Porto Limnionas Beach, Zante, Greece
If you like adventure with a splash of wild, untamed nature, Porto Limnionas Beach is the place for you. It’s a small cove tucked away from the world, with deep, cool waters that switch between emerald and aqua. There’s no beach, as such, as you walk down steep steps into the rocks to plunge into the crystal-clear depths. You need a car to get there and it’s close to the village of Agios Leon.
Fig Tree Bay, Cyprus
Fig Tree Bay is located on the eastern tip of southern Cyprus, in Protaras. It’s close to the vibrant tourist hub of Ayia Napa, but with a quieter vibe for maximum relaxation. The water is sublimely clean, with gentle waves that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Balos Beach and Lagoon, Crete, Greece
One of the most photographed beaches in Greece, Balos is a pristine paradise of glistening turquoise water. You can get there by ferry from Kissamos port to enjoy the warm, shallow seas, snorkelling out in the depths and rare flora and fauna in the greater area.
Kleopatra Beach, Alanya, Turkey
According to mythology, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra swam in the bay here, hence the illustrious name. The sandy beach is a scenic spot that’s a favourite of photographers, with the Damlatas Cave as a backdrop to the clear waters. The surrounding area is a tourist mecca, with hotels, resorts, restaurants and attraction.