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Top 8 European beaches to visit in 2016

By HarryTuesday 29th December 2015

Enjoy some of Europe’s best beaches in 2016. Enjoy some of Europe’s best beaches in 2016.

2016 is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to start planning next year’s holiday. Will you explore the Caribbean, discover the Far East, or make your way around the Mediterranean? To help you make up your mind, we’ve chosen eight of our favourite European beaches to visit in 2016.

1. Marinella Beach, Corsica

Beautiful beaches can be found all over Corsica, but Marinella stands out. Its picture-perfect shoreline – think turquoise waters and white sands – and views of the mountainous landscape beyond, make it the ideal place to spend a warm summer’s day. Colourful parasols and comfortable sun loungers are dotted along the shore, and can be hired for a small fee.

2. Red Beach, Santorini

In contrast to the island’s pristine white and blue houses, Santorini’s Red Beach is a rugged landscape made up of volcanic rock formations and red and black sand. Enclosed by sheer cliffs, this small beach is one of Santorini’s most popular, so it’s best to get there early to grab a good spot. Like most of Santorini’s beaches, you can hire a sun lounger if you so choose. Red cliffs and sand in Santorini. Red cliffs and sand in Santorini.

3. Banje Beach, Croatia

Just a stone’s throw away from Dubrovnik’s Old Town is Banje Beach, undoubtedly one of Croatia’s best beaches. Beautiful blue waters lap at the shoreline – made up of small pebbles and sand – as people relax under sun umbrellas, explore the Adriatic on jet skis or cool off in the shallows. There’s plenty to keep you busy at this centrally-located beach.

4. Cala Pi Beach, Mallorca

Located on Mallorca’s south coast, Cala Pi Beach is a secluded paradise, offering golden sands and turquoise waters sandwiched between two cliffs and surrounded by pine trees. There’s also a small beach bar, where you can hire parasols and buy drinks and ice-creams. Access to the beach is via 147 stone steps, but it’s more than worth it.

5. Chia Beach, Sardinia

Amazing beaches can be found all along the Sardinian coastline, from Spiaggia Rosa in the north to Su Giudeu in the south, but Chia Beach is a must. White sands stretch far into the distance, bordered by beautiful juniper trees, and there’s a chance you might spot dolphins swimming along the shoreline. Dubrovnik’s Banje Beach. Dubrovnik’s Banje Beach.

6. Ágios Geórgios Págon,  Corfu

Ágios Geórgios Págon boasts 2 kilometres of beautiful shoreline in Corfu’s north west. Visitors can enjoy a whole range of activities, including windsurfing and scuba diving, while the calm waters at either end of the beach are great for young children. When hunger strikes, head to nearby Akrogiali for some fresh fish – delicious!

7. Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

Located to the east of the Rock of Gibraltar – a giant limestone rock – Catalan Bay is a sandy beach, overlooked by pastel-coloured buildings. These pretty buildings house restaurants, bars and hotels, perfect for when you need a break from the hot sun. As the second largest beach in Gibraltar, Catalan Bay can become very busy during summer, so arrive early.

8. Anfi del Mar Beach, Gran Canaria

There’s never a dull moment at Anfi del Mar Beach, as there’s so much to do. Take a boat ride, rent a jet ski or simply relax on the beautiful white sands and take in the spectacular view. When you’re done at the beach, make your way to one of the beachside stalls for a bite to eat and a refreshing drink. Catalan Bay is overlooked by The Rock of Gibraltar.  Catalan Bay is overlooked by The Rock of Gibraltar.

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