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Four best beaches in Europe Located in the UK according to Tripadvisor

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The summer holidays are just around the corner and the sun is just about making an appearance, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to head to the beach. Yes, the sandy shores of both the UK and abroad are gearing up for thousands, if not millions, of people to flock to them, but which ones are the best?

Tripadvisor has released the annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, detailing all the best things to do, places to eat, and beaches to sunbathe on. Covering both across the globe and Europe, the list of 25 beaches in each category show off the best of what’s on offer, with the UK making an appearance four times on the ‘Best Beaches in Europe’ list.

Coming in seventh was Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, followed immediately by Bamburgh Beach in eighth, Porthminster Beach in St Ives (11th), and Weymouth Beach landing in 19th. While this was a triumphant effort from our tiny island, the UK failed to snag any spots on the world’s best list.

 

Bamburgh Beach also landed in Europe’s top ten beaches
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The pinnacle of beaches went to Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, with Varadero Beach, Cuba, and Turquoise Bay in Exmouth, Australia, making up the top three. And in Europe? Well, Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa (Islands of Sicily) came first, with one previous visitor saying: “One of the marvels of the world. White sand beach, turquoise water, cooling sea breeze. Prepare for a 20-minute walk to get to the beach, but once you are there you feel like you’re not on Earth.”

Making up the top three in Europe’s included Praia da Falesia in Olhos de Agua, Portugal, and Playa de Muro Beach in Playa de Muro, Spain. The UK fought hard, but it looks like our sandy shores were no match for the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Oh well, maybe next year.

Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, is officially the best beach in the world
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Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa (one of the Islands of Sicily) was awarded Europe’s best beach
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In the meantime, here’s the rest of the best…

Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the Europe:

  1. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
  2. Praia da Falesia – Olhos de Agua, Portugal
  3. Playa de Muro Beach – Playa de Muro, Spain
  4. Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa, Cyprus
  5. Balos Lagoon – Kissamos, Greece
  6. Kleftiko Beach – Milos, Cyclades
  7. Luskentyre – Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides
  8. Bamburgh Beach – Bamburgh, United Kingdom
  9. Sotavento Beach – Costa Calma, Spain
  10. Spiaggia di Cala Rossa – Isola di Favignana, Aegadian Islands
  11. Porthminster Beach – St Ives, United Kingdom
  12. Playa de Ses Illetes – Formentera, Balearic Islands
  13. Reynisfjara Beach – Vik, Iceland
  14. Praia Da Rocha – Praia da Rocha, Portugal
  15. Playa de Las Canteras – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  16. Sarakiniko Beach – Milos, Cyclades
  17. Plage du Sillon – Saint-Malo, France
  18. Lu Impostu Beach – San Teodoro, Italy
  19. Weymouth Beach – Weymouth, United Kingdom
  20. Kaputas Beach – Kas, Turkey
  21. Falassarna Beach – Falassarna, Greece
  22. Fig Tree Bay – Protaras, Cyprus
  23. Tropea Beach – Tropea, Italy
  24. Plage de Palombaggia – Porto-Vecchio, France
  25. Kleopatra Beach – Alanya, Turkey

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Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the World:

  1. Grace Bay Beach – Grace Bay, Providenciales
  2. Varadero Beach – Varadero, Cuba
  3. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia
  4. Quarta Praia – Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  5. Eagle Beach – Palm, Eagle Beach, Aruba
  6. Radhanagar Beach – Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  7. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  8. Trunk Bay Beach – Virgin Islands National Park, St John
  9. Baia dos Golfinhos – Praia da Pipa, Brazil
  10. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
  11. Cable Beach – Broome, Australia
  12. Praia da Falesia – Olhos de Agua, Portugal
  13. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area – Puako, Hawaii
  14. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida
  15. Maho Bay Beach – Cruz Bay, St John
  16. Poipu Beach Park – Poipu, Hawaii
  17. Playa de Muro Beach – Playa de Muro, Spain
  18. Playa Manuel Antonio – Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  19. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres
  20. Nungwi Beach, Nungwi, Tanzania
  21. Magens Bay – Magens Bay, St Thomas
  22. Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa, Cyprus
  23. Bavaro Beach – Bavaro, Dominican Republic
  24. Balos Lagoon – Kissamos, Greece
  25. Yonaha Maehama Beach – Miyakojima, Japan

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