12 Secret Beaches in Europe you should add to your bucket list

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If you were to ask anyone where you’ll find the best secret beaches in Europe, you’ll always get a different answer. The Italians will tell you they’ve got the best beaches, the Greek will tell you theirs are the best and the absolute best secret beaches remain off the beaten path for you to discover as you wander on your own accord. But we’ve managed to find twelve absolutely stunning secret beaches in Europe that you probably haven’t heard about and as is always the case with the best secrets… they won’t stay secret for long! Get ready to escape this summer to these twelve top picks:


Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

Also referred to as the golden horn, the name itself commands your attention. This gorgeous piece of coastline can be found in South of Croatia in the Dalmatia region. Stay in nearby Bol for the closest access.


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Isola Bella Beach, Italy

The Italians sure do have their fair share of spectacular coastline but with so many locals and visitors flocking to the beaches in summer, it can often be hard to find a little slice of tranquility of your own. Isola Bella beach in Sicily is just that.

Los Canos de Meca


Los Canos de Meca, Spain

This little seaside village is an absolute gem in southern Spain, so close to Morocco that you could almost swim across (not really, but you can catch a ferry). Do as the locals do in summer… that is, not much of anything really!



Virgin Island’s Creek

Although it isn’t easy to access, this only makes Virgin Island’s Creek (also known as Île Vierge or Point of Saint Hernot) in Brittany all the more appealing.

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Scopello Beach, Sicily

Sicily has an array of soft sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters to enjoy. If you’re looking for somewhere to really escape those summer crowds, then a trip to the south of Italy would be entirely worth your while.


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Porto Santo Beach, Madeira, Portugal

Portugal is full of beautiful beaches but none more secluded than those in Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal made up of four islands. If there could be just one place to escape to complete seclusion, this would be it.


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Ploumanac’h, Brittany, Northern France

While the rest of France is busy making their way to the South of France, the answer seems obvious: head North. Brittany is full of beautiful beaches that are much less crowded than the South of France and Ploumanac’h is one of Brittany’s best.



Es Trenc, Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca is another hidden paradise for beach lovers, especially if you’re headed south to the 10km stretch known as Es Trenc.

Corsica Pinarellu Beach


Pinarello Beach, Corsica

Another gorgeous (and more importantly hidden) beach in the Mediterranean  is Pinarello beach in Corsica, a French island filled with mountains, steep cliff faces and absolute seclusion!


Saharun, Croatia

If you’re looking for a secret beach in Croatia, it has been found: Saharun beach is one of Croatia’s most stunning and somehow still little known beaches.

Cala Gonone Sardinia


Cala Gonone, Sardinia

This small town in Sardinia, Italy has some fantastic beaches to explore and often you can enjoy them almost entirely to yourself. With the crystal clear waters and that hot Italian sun, there’s hardly any reason not to come!

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Cíes Islands, Spain

And finally the Cíes Islands, an archipelago in Spain are another great area for complete calm in Spain. They’re such a paradise that you can let your mind wander and go hunt for treasure or just do as the locals do: sun, tan, sea.

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    January 27, 2016 at 4:01 am

    To Melina, Angela, Marco and the other that are sad that Greece was not in this beach list: “Let’s get together and make a list of Greece’s best unknown beaches!”

    January 24, 2016 at 11:11 am

    It is a CRIME that you didn’t post any Greek beaches! There are so many hidden and less frequented ones, even on the touristy islands! And there are beautiful beaches on the mainland as well, as in Chalkidiki in Northern Greece.

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    Lisa Davidson
    January 24, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Thanks for the photos. BTW, you have a typo at the end, in your description? “Now in it’s (sic) third year…” Keep on going!

    January 23, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    A list without the beaches in Montenegro and Albania.. Disappointing

    January 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    What a stunning selection. Thanks for sharing
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    January 23, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Zlatni Rat is actually on Bol, not near to it. It’s USP is that it’s shape changes with the winds and tides.

    January 23, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I agree with Nina. No Greek beaches? That can’t be. Look at Crete, so many. Elafonisi & Agios Pavlos, just to name 2. My husband & I couldn’t even find Agios Pavlos, that’s how off the beaten track it is! And there are many more in Greece. Agreed that Europe, or rather Mediterranean Europe, has some off the best beaches in the world.

    January 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    So pretty! I love all the beaches! 🙂

    January 21, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Great selection! As a proud Greek though, I was a bit disappointed not to find any of the amazing and quite secret (we have sooo many under-the -radar islands) beaches of Greece! Why are they left out? 🙁

    January 21, 2016 at 4:26 am

    These beaches look amazing!!

    January 20, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Great list of beaches. I am heading to Europe this summer and hope to visit some of them. Thanks for sharing.

    January 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

    All places I would love to go.

    Alot of the islands of Scotland have some incredible beaches, just have to be lucky to get some of the weather in the pictures of this post though lol!

    Anna @ The Weekend Jetsetter
    January 20, 2016 at 5:57 am

    These all look amazing. I’ve never really thought of Europe as a beach destination before as I typically visit cities there, but these photos have me dreaming!

    Pippi Hepburn
    January 20, 2016 at 4:57 am

    What a great list and beautiful pictures! I will get to one in Italy or Spain this year. As a New Yorker, I have no problem with crowds, but to be by the beach in quiet, is just ahhhh!!

    January 20, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I’ve only recently heard about the wonderful beaches of Croatia, but all of these look truly amazing. A trip to the Mediterranean is in order.

    January 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Great post! I’ve never been to a beach in Europe, but I’ll be exploring it more this summer and will be saving this post for some inspiration!

    January 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I just got back from a 6 month trip around Europe & America and this makes me want to go back already! Such beautiful places! This is an awesome post xo

    January 19, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Wonderful pictures ! One new list to follow and places to visit …
    Brittany has a lot of nice places, though the water is too cold for me.
    Just a detail, it’s not exactly in the north of France (there you find Lille, Calais, etc) but in the west of France. Our far west !

    January 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Omg this was such a great list! definitely saving this to my favorites so i can plan a trip with my girlfriends hahaha :p All those beaches look gorgeous!!

    Xoxo Jessy

    January 19, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Great list!

    January 19, 2016 at 10:11 am

    So glad Es Trenc in Mallorca made the cut. One of my all time favourites.

    January 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Madeira looks gorgeous and has never come close to my bucket list before! Wow!

    January 19, 2016 at 8:23 am

    They all look stunning. Corsica is on my bucket list for sure!
    I absolutely love quiet beaches with beautiful white sand <3

    January 19, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Beautiful beaches! My husband and I have been known to wander off the beaten path and stumble across some gorgeous secret beaches in Mexico. What a life 🙂

    January 19, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Great list! Love the one in Sardinia

    January 18, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    They all look beautiful! I cant wait to travel all of that (:

    the travelogue
    January 18, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Well, we have to admit that we live in Europe but have only seen one (!) of these beaches. That was Es Trenc and without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve been to! Totally recommended.
    But Mykonos, Greece has also some suuuper nice beaches to offer – you should check them out 😉
    Love, Anna & Vanessa

    January 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    That pic of Zlatni Rat drew me in! I went to Croatia last year sailing and it was such a gorgeous country. I’ll have to go back to see that beach another time.

    January 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    These all look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to travel this summer to visit so many of these beautiful places!

    January 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    So glad to see the beautiful Porto Santo on this list! Loved strolling along this beach last September

    January 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I love finding beaches along my travels! I have always wanted to go to Croatia, the beaches there just look absolutely stunning! What a great list xo

    Tim Hirtle
    January 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I love finding a nice quiet beach town when I’m traveling. The tourist amenities may not always be plentiful but who cares when you have a little privacy to enjoy paradise.

    January 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Have done quiet some traveling but not that much within Europe though I am German. looking at those pics really makes me wanna change it 🙂

    January 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Nice list! I would like to nominate Balos too, in Crete, Greece. I guess it’s not really such a secret, but it’s so hard to reach without the boats that if you go there outside their time windows it’s pretty much deserted. Watching the sunset from there is… Well, there are few experiences like that, really 🙂

      One World Just Go
      January 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Omg YES Balos Lagoon is without a doubt the best water I have ever seen! You’d be surprised at how few people have actually heard of it though, but that’s a good thing.

    January 18, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Scopello Beach is not in Malta; it’s in Sicilly, probably.

    January 18, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Mmmmm. The picture you posted for Sardinia is not that of Cala Gonone, which is the main port of access to it together with Santa Maria Navarrese. That beach is Cala Mariolu and it can only be reached by boat of via a strenuous hike that also includes some rock climbing.

    January 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

    ALL Portugal beaches are so so wonderful. I would love to make Croatia and Spain my next two stops! Their beaches look so lovely. Thanks for this list! It’s on point.

    Rachel Oliver
    January 18, 2016 at 8:15 am

    these beaches are stunning! definitely need to save this and add them all to my bucket list!

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    January 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Isola Bella Beach in Italy looks gorgeous!! I’ve been to the ones in Croatia and they are a dream!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    January 18, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Loved Croatia and the Zlatni Rat beach! I’m accustomed to sand beaches, but this stone beach is definitely worth seeing.