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10 secret beaches in Europe

The island of Sylt (Germany)

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The island of Sylt, the northernmost in Germany, is affectionately nicknamed the “Queen of the North Sea”. Its 40 kilometres of fine sand beaches, its spas and restaurants, as well as its golf course with views of the sea make it a popular spot with the jet set. It is also classified as a UNESCO heritage site, for the beauty of its landscapes and the richness of its natural reserves.

Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Bay (Greece)

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Considered the most beautiful beach in all of Greece, Navagio Beach is an isolated sandy cove on the island of Zakynthos. Formerly a crossing point for contraband, the island is also called Shipwreck Bay, in reference to the ship “Panagiotis”, which ran aground there. It has striking beauty, with its steep limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and turquoise blue water.

Praia da Marinha (Portugal)

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Located on the Atlantic coast, Praia da Marinha is one of the most beautiful and iconic beaches in Portugal. Famous for its magnificent cliffs and the exceptional quality of its water, the Praia da Marinha regularly serves as the setting for international commercials.

Saint Guirec Beach (France)

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Known for its pink granite rocks characteristic of the Côte d’Armor, Saint Guirec Beach is a beautiful site. Its scenic charm makes it worthy of a true fairy tale. It is located just opposite the island of Costaeres, where the castle of the same name is located.

Calanque d’En Vau (France)

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Located between Cassis and Marseille, its beauty is breathtaking. However, you’ll have to do a little work in order to discover Calanque d’En Vau. It lies nestled between two cliffs and is rather difficult to access on foot. It is a little piece of heaven on Earth: the water there is an incredible green tint that contrasts with the white cliffs and the beach.

Cala Luna (Italy)

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A gorgeous place! This beach is shaped like a crescent of white sand backed by high limestone cliffs. It offers stunning views of the Gulf of Orosei. Considered the most beautiful beach in Sardinia, the azure colour of its water is splendid.

Isola Bella (Italy)

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A charming beach. Located in a beautiful green setting on the east coast of Sicily, Isola Bella shines light as a scintillating strip of rock attached to the sea. The area was declared a natural reserve and attracts many divers because of the variety of colourful fish that live there.

Kynance Cove (United Kingdom)

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The colours found at Kynance Cove, the unspoilt beach hidden at the foot of some cliffs, are fantastic. The contrast between the white of the sand and the green of the serpentine rock is most striking. Similarly, the blue turquoise colour of the water offers an unforgettable spectacle to anyone who gets the chance to go there.

Playa de Gulpiyuri (Spain)

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Both beautiful and intriguing, this beach is a rather exceptional natural geological phenomenon. It would seem that the ocean has crossed its mysterious underground tunnels. Invisible from the coast and only 40 metres long, this jewel of nature is not easy to find.

Playa de los Genoveses (Spain)

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This cove in the Cabo de Gata natural park is characterised by its golden dunes of fine sand. Completely wild and natural, no buildings, restaurants or even any roads or power lines can be seen on the horizon. This beach provides a true change of scenery.

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