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Europe’s best beach revealed

Saturday 22nd Jun 2024 |

The best beaches across popular European holiday destinations have been revealed, with Nissi Beach in Cyprus ranking in first position.

Travel insurance experts at have created the 2024 European Beach Index to help travellers find their ideal beach holiday destination.

The index ranks ten popular European beaches based on factors such as the sea and air temperature, 5-star reviews, average daily costs and the height of the waves.

Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa, Cyprus has been named the best beach in Europe, known for its sparkling turquoise waters, golden sands, warm sea and air temperatures.

This ultimate beach destination has been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness and offers a budget-friendly daily cost of 103€, which includes all you’d need for a day trip such as meals, transport, and even overnight accommodation.

Malta’s Mellieha Bay Beach is second on the list, offering crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling and swimming.

Portoroz Beach in Slovenia is a hidden gem in Europe. This destination made the top three due to its combination of low costs, warm sea temperatures, and gentle waves, making it a safer beach for young children.

The Greek Islands are incredibly popular with tourists, and amongst the vast selection of beautiful beaches, Elafonissi Beach in Crete is one of the most popular in Greece, ranking fourth on the list.

A beach in Corsica, France came last in the ranking, largely due to its expensive food, hotel and transport expenses, costing travellers more than double compared to the cheapest destination, Slovenia.

England is not a typical beach destination, however many Brits still plan charming seaside staycations and Bournemouth beach is a popular choice for holidaymakers in the UK.

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While Bournemouth beach offers beautiful seaside views and a pier full of attractions for the whole family, due to England’s cold sea and air temperatures, the beach has been ranked second to last in the list.

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