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In your opinion, what is the BEST beach in Europe?

In your opinion, what is the BEST beach in Europe?

Oct 2nd, 2002, 11:30 AM
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The beaches in Formentera.

Formentera is one of the Balearic islands.

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Feb 22nd, 2004, 03:51 AM
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In defense of the beaches of the Algarve, if you go off season they are magnificent. We went in early May and had most of them to ourselves. Also, stay west. If you go near Albufeira, it is incredibly tacky. The beaches were reddish sand and had some of the most amazing rock formations.

We also enjoyed the beaches in Sardinia. Again, off season. The water was clean and light blue and so gentle.

I wouldn't ever visit either of these areas in high season though.

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Feb 22nd, 2004, 04:00 AM
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I agree with Diane, it depends on what you want from a beach...sunbathing on the sand, a gorgeous sunset view, beach combing or whatever.
Nonetheless, La Baule in Brittany routinely bills itself as having "la plus belle plage", or the most beautiful beach, in France if not in Europe. I haven't been to all the beaches of Europe but I did spend a few weeks at La Baule and it is a pretty, sandy beach with some very picturesque villages nearby. La Baule is an upmarket resort town that caters mostly to French, as opposed to international, vacationers.
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Feb 22nd, 2004, 05:31 AM
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This isn't my personal opinion, but I've heard (from Italians) that beaches in Calabria are wonderful The rumor is that beaches in Sardinia are also very good.

I have swum off beaches (or off rocks) in Crete, Rhodes, Samos, Sicily, and the Veneto, and I've walked, but not gone swimming, on beaches in Normandy, Cornwall and the Costa del Sol. Of these, the one or two recreational beaches I walked on in Normandy, to me, looked interesting, but somehow forbidding, and I don't think I'd like to swim there. They seemed to be mainly for riding horses and just right for that purpose. The beaches in southern Spain that I happened to see more than 30 years ago were very ordinary and unappealing. The beach in the Veneto was nice enough for a brief swim in the hot summer more than 30 years ago, but too crowded for my taste and nothing special. There was a nice beach near Siracusa in Sicily, with wonderful water, but that was more than 30 years ago, and I have no idea what it would be like now. It was also fun taking a dip in the sea below Taormina with the great views and seeing bits of volcanic rock floating in the water. I didn't like the beach in Volcano, because the whole place stank of sulphur, but I've heard that there are some good beaches in other parts of the Aeolian islands and also in other parts of Sicily (I've seen some, from a distance, or off season, and they looked nice).

My favorite beaches by far were the ones in Greece, but I wouldn't really call them great beaches. I just enjoyed them because I loved the water and the sky and the scenery, and being in the sea just felt so perfect at the time. I loved swimming off rocks (no beach) at various points in western Crete a few years ago when I was on a walking/hiking tour. I had a good time swimming off the beach in Lindos, Rhodes about 30 years ago, when it was totally uncrowded. My favorite scenic beach was in Samos. It was reachable by a short walk first up and then down a hill covered with wild shrubs. The beach itself was a awesomely beautiful and totally empty except for my friend and me.

In general, I wouldn't go out of my way to go to beaches in Europe, except, from waht I've heard, maybe I would in Calabria and Sardinia. I'm usually more interested in towns, cultural things, and other attractions than in spending too much time on beaches, though I do love water. When I was in my 20s and could travel to Europe only in the summer becaseu I was a teacher, I used to spend a few hours at beaches whenever I could, because it was so hot.

My favorite beaches anywhere, so far, have been those in St. John, U.S. V.I. When I'm at real "beach places," I generally spend almost all my time IN the water, not on the beach.
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