TripAdvisor names two British beaches among the best in Europe

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: Getty Images

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TripAdvisor has revealed the best beaches fo 2021 and two British hotspots have made it onto the top 10 list for Europe.

Our very own Bournemouth beach has beaten three beaches in Greece and one in Corsica to rank fifth in the list, while Cornwall's Porthminster Beach in St Ives is in at number ten.

In the top 25 Best beaches in Europe, Cornwall's Porthminster Beach and Perranporth Beach came in tenth and 16th place respectively. Scarborough’s Filey Beach ranks 18th.

Photo credit: ianwool - Getty Images
Photo credit: ianwool - Getty Images

Meanwhile, Europe's number one goes to Spiaggia dei Conigli on the island of Lampedusa in Italy, followed by Playa de Cofete on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura.

"Your last trip to the beach probably feels like a lifetime ago, but with vaccine programs rolling out worldwide, safely making that beach getaway a reality just might be in reach!

In fact, a recent TripAdvisor survey revealed that 60% of travellers are very likely to take a beach trip in 2021," Christine Maguire, vice president and general manager, global media business at TripAdvisor said.

"Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travellers' favourites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break."

Top 10 Beaches in Europe

  1. Spiaggia dei Conigli - Lampedusa, Italy

  2. Playa de Cofete - Fuerteventura, Spain

  3. Praia da Falésia - Olhos de Agua, Portugal

  4. La Concha Beach - San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

  5. Bournemouth Beach - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

  6. Balos Lagoon - Kissamos, Crete, Greece

  7. Elafonissi Beach - Elafonissi, Crete, Greece

  8. Plage de Santa Giulia - Santa Giulia, Corsica, France

  9. Kleftiko Beach - Milos, Greece

  10. Porthminster Beach - St Ives, United Kingdom

The awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period. New for 2021, the Best of the Best Beaches also takes into account the volume of "saves" for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the position that many travellers were in for much of 2020 — unable to travel, desperate to travel, lusting after the beaches they wished they could visit.

When it comes to the best in the world, Australia's Whitehaven Beach takes the top spot. The remote Australian beach is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and can only be accessed by boat, seaplane or helicopter. It's lauded by travellers for its soft white sand and postcard perfect turquoise water. In second place is Santa Maria Beach located on the island of Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba.

Roll on the summer holidays...

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