Two UK beaches named among the best in Europe for 2021

Lisa Walden
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Photo credit: John Harper - Getty Images

From Country Living

The best European beaches to have on your radar after lockdown have been revealed in new research — and the UK made the list twice.

As part of TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Awards, the team unveiled the best beaches – both globally and in Europe — to inspire our future travel plans. While Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece unsurprisingly dominated the list, wanderlusts will be pleased to know that there were some top-ranking beaches a little closer to home, too.

In fact, Bournemouth Beach in Dorset took the fifth spot thanks to its seven-mile long stretch of soft sand, while the beautiful Porthminster Beach in St Ives came in 10th place. Famed for its palm-tree fringed crescent-shaped beach, it has a glorious stretch of golden sand and tranquil views.

Earlier this year, St Ives also made TripAdvisor's Emerging Destinations list 2021. The beautiful seaside town is home to an array of top seaside hotels, which make for a wonderful staycation by the sea, including Boskerris Hotel, Carbis Bay and Spa Hotel, St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa, and Tragenna Castle Resort. Add these to our must-visit list...


Christine Maguire, vice president at TripAdvisor, explained that a " recent TripAdvisor survey revealed that 60% of travellers are very likely to take a beach trip in 2021". She said told The Metro: "This list of travellers' favourites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break."

Planning a future trip? Take a look at the full findings below...

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

  9. France Kleftiko Beach, Milos, Greece

  10. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, United Kingdom

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Photo credit: ianwool - Getty Images

Top 10 beaches in the world

  1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

  2. Santa Maria Beach, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

  3. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

  4. Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

  5. Saint Pete Beach, Florida

  6. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia

  7. Eagle Beach, Aruba

  8. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Italy

  9. Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

  10. Baía dos Golfinhos, Brazil

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