Discover 6 Top European Beach Destinations

Europe is blessed with mile-after-mile of golden beaches encompassing some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline from the UK to the Mediterranean. In no particular order we explore some of Europe’s top beaches along with some of the popular sights and attractions you could enjoy nearby.

You will also find some of the accommodation members of eXpectations Holidays could have booked either on or close by to these beautiful beaches.


Secluded coves carved by dramatic limestone cliffs attract visitors to discover Portugal’s picturesque coastlines. Boasting golden sandy beaches and award-winning facilities along with a pleasant annual climate make for the perfect destination for beach lovers.

The Algarve region in southern Portugal hosts some of Europe’s finest beaches boasting 88 Blue Flag awarded winners. The breath-taking Praia da Falésia beach lies west of the cosmopolitan town of Vilamoura.

Enjoy Falésia beach with its stunning red rock cliffs lining 10-km of wide sandy beach. The popular Praia da Rocha beach offers an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and boutiques in the pretty town of Portimao.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have explored the Algarve for 7-nights whilst staying at the stylish Four Seasons Vilamoura.


Greece has a total of 6,000 islands and 16,000 km of stunning coastlines. Wherever you visit in this gorgeous country it does not take long to reach the beautiful beaches and warm turquoise sea.

Visit Kefalonia, the picturesque island where the famous novel and movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, starring Nicholas Cage was filmed. Kefalonia boasts 39 fabulous beaches, the most popular being the regularly awarded Blue Flag Myrtos Beach for its breathtaking scenery from the steep rocks overlooking a white pebble beach and blue Ionian Sea.

The famous shipwreck on “Smuggler’s Cove” or Navagio Beach in Zakynthos Island is a wonderful day trip experience. The world’s most famous shipwreck lies on a pristine pebble beach within a magnificent bay and is secluded by vast white cliffs. The beach is ideal for swimming in crystal-clear waters and bathing until the sun sets over the horizon.

eXpectations Holidays members could have enjoyed the delights of the Greek Islands for 7-nights by sailing with TradeWinds Greece.

3Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, considered a “continent in miniature” because it has so much to offer, boasts a sub-tropical climate and fabulous beaches.

Playa de las Teresitas is a man-made beach at the prestigious Anfi Del Mar Resort in Arguineguin where a beautiful bay gives way to a private island and marina featuring excellent facilities and exciting water sports activities.

Catch the yellow submarine to explore the underwater world at the charming Puerto de Mogán, nicknamed Little Venice for its network of canals.

The beautiful curved bay of Playa de Amadores boasts 800 metres of soft golden sand and clear waters attracting visitors to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day on the beach.

As a member of eXpectations Holidays you could have visited the exciting island of Gran Canaria by checking into Anfi Beach Club.


Spain is one of southern Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, boasting a pleasant Mediterranean climate, miles of sandy beaches with traditional whitewashed villages and cosmopolitan towns dotting the magnificent coastlines.

The Costa del Sol region stretches for more than 150km along the beautiful coastline within the Malaga province. Enjoy beachfront restaurants and cafes at Playa de la Cala Mijas. Stroll along the coastal promenade and watch the sunset at Playa El Bajondillo, Torremolinos. Puerto Cabopino Beach and Marina in Marbella is a great place for fun-packed water activities, and the shallow water is great for children.

The north coast of Spain also boasts fabulous beaches too, including Asturias with emerald-green cliffs merging with remote golden coves, an idyllic place for visitors looking for tranquility in natural surroundings.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have explored the Costa del Sol with a 7-night stay at MacDonalds Dona Lola.


Discover the rich history, beautiful architecture and stunning scenery on the Maltese islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Find some of Malta’s most beautiful beaches by bathing on the long, white sands at Mellieħa Bay or visit the nearby “Popeye Village” purposely built for the film and now a popular tourist attraction. The village is set within the clay cliffs and surrounds the charming Anchor Bay.

Enjoy the rugged cliffs overlooking the secluded red sandy beach at Għajn Tuffieħa or take in the breathtaking views of Gozo and Comino islands from the cliff tops at Paradise Beach before catching the ferry over to Gozo to experience Ramla beach.

eXpectations Holidays members could have experienced the enticing island of Malta in the Mediterranean with a 7-night stay at the Fortina Spa Resort.

6United Kingdom

England’s most beautiful beaches can be found just 30-miles off the coast of Cornwall, on the island of St Martin’s.

Breathe the fresh sea air as you wander along heather-lined pathways across cliff tops overlooking white sandy bays and traditional stone cottages. St Martin’s offers a mixture of beautiful British scenery with a touch of the Caribbean.

The iconic red and white Daymark lighthouse welcomes all visitors to the 2-mile long island of St Martin’s where you can explore the island in search of crabs in the rock pools of Lawrence Bay. Along the northern shores sunbathe on the white sands of Great Bay and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience by snorkeling with inquisitive seals.

eXpectations Holidays members could have discovered the stunning Isles of Scilly by checking into the wonderful Karma St. Martin’s.