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The diverse beauty of Europe’s beaches

16 OCTOBER 2012 What could be better than jetting off on holiday knowing that all that awaits you is sunny beaches, azure blue sea and a week of tasty foreign cuisine? Not much. Although summer holiday season is coming to an end it’s never too late to begin thinking about next year’s great escape. If a week or two of visiting secret coves whilst being bathed in sunshine sounds like your idea of heaven then it’s definitely worth checking out cruise deals with Telegraph Travel to see if you can grab yourself a bargain. Whilst you’re looking at cruises it might be helpful to know where some of the best beaches in Europe are hidden, so read on to learn where these sandy gems are situated...

 



Oludeniz
Oludeniz, a small resort on the Turkish Riviera, is one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It’s absolutely stunning. The soft white sand and turquoise skies are the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday. As a lagoon, the water is warm and inviting and the surrounding views are breathtaking.

La Manga del Mar Menor
Situated in Spain, Mar Menor is Europe’s largest salt water lake. There’s a 13 mile stretch of sandy beach alongside it so you won’t be fighting for personal space if you decide to make a visit. It’s the best of both worlds – you get a lagoon and the open ocean on the other side, all for the price of one! There’s perfect blue water in the lagoon, and deep ocean only a matter of metres away, so both paddlers and water sports enthusiasts alike will be in their element.

Sagres
The Algarve has miles and miles of stunning beaches, striking cliffs and soft sand and Sagres is no exception. The waves attract surfers a plenty and if that doesn’t interest you then the standing sandstone formations and vertical cliffs which protect the beaches from wind are sure to impress. If you’re after some culture then make a trip to the Fortress of Sagres to explore Portugal’s impressive history.

Spiaggia Sabbie Nere
Black Sands Beach in Sicily, Italy is truly unique. The pebbly, black volcanic sand makes a trip to Spiaggia Sabbie Nere like no other. If you’re looking for the perfect beach to unwind and chill out on, then Black Sands Beach is for you. It’s located on the far end of the island in Porto di Ponente and is well worth a trip, if only to say you’ve walked on black, volcanic sand! It’s the sheer diversity of Europe’s beaches that make them so appealing – as you can see from the guide above; each European country has its own unique selling point when it comes to beaches. Mediterranean cruises are without a doubt one of the best ways to see what this particular region of Europe has to offer – travelling by boat and visiting so many coves for yourself will allow you to decide what beach you think is the best Europe has to offer!

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