A BEACH in Spain has been awarded the top spot in the TripAdvisor 2019 Traveler’s Choice awards for the best beach in Europe.
La Concha beach in San Sebastian headed the list above stiff competition from sandy shores Italy, Portugal and Greece.
One reviewer, TravelFan, gushed: “Magnificent! This is a gorgeous stretch of beach with the background of mountains and a lovely promenade beside it! We enjoyed looking down on the sand art from the promenade. An incredible view of the beach is from the top of the funicular on Monte Igueldo. This was the prettiest sight of our entire trip to Northern Spain.”
Another Bernadine, from the UK added: “Stunning! We’ve just returned from a 2 night break in San Sebastián and Concha beach was one of our highlights! This beach is stunning, extremely clean, toilets available at different points and not an over flowing bin in sight! It’s not to be missed.
A Cypriot, Arkejik, confessed: “I’m used to beautiful beaches but seeing this amazing beach and the ocean (even in winter season) is an unforgettable experience. Take your shoes off and walk along. ✌️”
Also highly placed was in fourth spot was Playa de Ses Illetes on Formentera in the Balearic Islands.
The highest placed beach in the UK was Bournemouth Beach that was in sixth spot.
Spain’s Playa de Muro and Playa de Cofete also took tenth and eleven places in the Top 25 list.
- 1 La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain. “Beautiful beach” Best time to go: June – September
- 2 Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily. Best time to go: May – September
- 3 Falesia Beach – Olhos de Agua, Portugal. “Most stunning beach in Algarve!!” Best time to go: April – October
- 4 Playa de Ses Illetes – Formentera, Balearic Islands – “Endless sea, fine sand, spectacular views, yachts, fancy stalls, Ibiza on the horizon.” Best time to go: Year-round
- 5 Balos Lagoon – Kissamos, Greece. “Amazing place. Breathtaking !!!” Best time to go: May – October
- 6 Bournemouth Beach – Bournemouth, United Kingdom. “Taking advantage of record temperatures.” Best time to go: July – September
- 7 Elafonissi Beach – Elafonissi, Greece. “The sea was calm and beautiful. The colors are intense—light blue water, pink sand. Paradise.”
- 8 Fig Tree Bay – Protaras, Cyprus. “Fig tree bay takes your breath away.” Best time to go: May – October
- 9 Spiaggia di Cala Rossa – Isola di Favignana, Aegadian Islands, Islands of Sicily. “Best water I have ever seen!!” Best time to go: March – October
- 10 Playa de Muro Beach – Playa de Muro, Spain. “Great family beach.” Best time to go: March – October
- 11 Playa de Cofete – Morro del Jable, Spain. “Beautiful unspoilt beaches, white powdery sand.”
- 12 Luskentyre – Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides “Our 2nd most favourite beach in the Western Isles!” Best time to go: July – September
- 13 Kleftiko Beach – Milos, Cyclades. “Breathtaking!” Best time to go: May – October
- 14 Kleopatra Beach – Alanya, Turkey. “Beautiful.” Best time to go: April – November
- 15 Iztuzu Beach – Dalyan, Turkey. “This long, golden, sandy beach surrounded by pine-covered hills is a nesting place for turtles.” Best time to go: April – October
- 16 Simos Beach – Elafonisos, Laconia Region. “Best beach.” Best time to go: May – October
- 17 Praia Da Rocha – Praia da Rocha, Portugal. “Beautiful beach, boardwalk and rock formations.” Best time to go: April – November
- 18 Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
- 19 Tropea Beach – Tropea, Italy. “The most beautiful water and beach.” Best time to go: May – September
- 20 Konnos Bay – Ayia Napa, Cyprus. “Love this bay- just about warm enough to still swim in late Dec!” Best time to go: May – October
- 21 Icmeler Beach – Icmeler, Turkey. “Lovely view.” Best time to go: May – September
- 22 Praia do Camilo – Lagos, Portugal. “Breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline.”
- 23 Plage de Palombaggia – Porto-Vecchio, France. “Sublime water – my favourite beach in Corsica. Shallow, iridescent, warm sea and fine, powdery white sand.” Best time to go:
- 24 Cala Mariolu – Baunei, Italy. “Stunning nature and turquoise water. The moment you get in, scores of curious fish surround you. Real bliss!” Best time to go: May –
- 25 Kaputas Beach – Kas, Turkey