Amazing Beach Destinations in Europe
Fårö Island, Sweden
Fårö Island is a popular summer destination for Swedes—and we can easily see why. Reached by ferry from Gotland's northernmost point, the island is another world—think of it as untamed Tasmania to Gotland's Australia. Even in a country with unique landscapes at every turn, Fårö stands out: The entire island is made of limestone and is eerily picturesque with its many rock formations.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Also known as Shipwreck Beach due to the ancient freighter buried at its center, Navagio is easily the most beautiful stretch of sand in Greece. It’s sheltered by sheer limestone cliffs and is so isolated that you can only access it by boat. While you could easily spend all day sunning on its powdery sands, its beauty is best appreciated from the viewing platform in the cliffs above—just follow the signs to the Agios Gergio Kremnao monastery.
Rügen Island, Germany
Once the playground of East Germany’s elite, Rügen is one of the country's most beloved islands—and a stark reminder of the country's history. The island (Germany's largest) has 357 miles of coastline made up of white sand beaches and dramatic chalk cliffs, but if you need to narrow it down, head to the iconic Sellin Pier (Seebrücke) on the island's southeastern quadrant. The pier, restaurant, and surrounding beach are well-worth devoting an afternoon to.