Beaches Europe

Top 10 of the most unusual beaches in Europe to visit

most unusual beaches in Europe
most unusual beaches in Europe

You don’t have to go very far to discover different and sensational landscapes, there are little corners of paradise just a few hours flight away.

You have discovered the most beautiful beaches in the world , the most beautiful road trips and even the most instagrammable hotels . Today, We has selected 10 of the most unusual beaches in Europe for you . This ranking lists the most surprising beaches in Europe, whether they are white, pink or black sand. A surprising top 10 to add to your bucket list!

Beaches of the Cathedrals, Spain

Unusual Beaches of the Cathedrals
Unusual Beaches of the Cathedrals

Let’s start this tour of Europe with the beach of the Cathedrals , often referred to as one of its most beautiful beaches. Located in the municipality of Ribadeo in Galicia , this beach owes its name to its 30-meter-high arches, carved into the cliffs by erosion.

Elafonissi, Crete – Pink Sand Beach

Elafonissi Crete pink sand beach
Elafonissi Crete pink sand beach

This beach, which is often ranked among the most beautiful in Greece, is not only splendid, but also unusual because its sand is pink! Its colored sand offers a surprising contrast with the turquoise blue of its crystal clear waters. The beach Elafonissi located just west of Crete , is a paradise for swimming Cretan mountains in the background.

Beaches of Vik, Iceland

Beaches of Vík Iceland black sand beach
Beaches of Vík Iceland black sand beach

Change of atmosphere, climate and color, head to Iceland for a beach of … black sand ! It is on the south coast of Iceland that you find the beaches of immense volcanic beaches which border an icy and tormented ocean. There you will see jagged rock needles rising out of the water against a misty, rainy sky. Mysterious atmosphere guaranteed!

Solheimasandur, Iceland

Sólheimasandur Iceland plain crashed beach
Solheimasandur Iceland plain crashed beach

Let’s stay in Iceland which is full of curiosities and landscapes from another world for an unusual beach where a plane crashed in the 70s is located and remains as it is. This is a fantastic playground for photo enthusiasts! The wreckage of the US Army’s DC-3 is near the beaches of Vik, the beautiful arch of Dyrholaey and below the Myrdalsjokull .

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach Zakynthos Greece beach
Navagio Beach Zakynthos Greece beach

This beach in Greece which appears in many rankings of the most beautiful beaches, and we quickly understand why, is also one of the most unusual in Europe! Also called ” castaway’s beach “, it takes its name from the wreck of a ship stranded on its white sand. It is accessible by boat and by the top of the cliff where the view of the turquoise water is breathtaking.

Saleccia beach, Corsica – unusual cow beach

Saleccia beach Corsica unusual cow beach
Saleccia beach Corsica unusual cow beach

How is it unusual? The beach of Saleccia offers an immersion in the most beautiful landscapes of the Caribbean but… in France ! However, the great peculiarity of this beach are the cows present at the water’s edge. We validate the sun bath alongside its unusual occupants!

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland beach
Giant’s Causeway Northern Ireland beach

Located on the edge of an incredible coastal road, the Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and formed by 40,000 columns from molten lava. Its intriguing name arouses curiosity but surprise and astonishment are present from the first moments that one treads the ground of this beach.

Gulpiyuri beach, Spain

Gulpiyuri unusual beach Spain
Gulpiyuri unusual beach Spain

The beach Gulpiyuri, the smallest of the world, is located inland in the middle meadow in Asturias in Spain . This sandy beach, nestled in a circus classified as a Natural Monument, combines perfectly with a short hike in the surroundings.

Slovinie Natural Park, Poland

Slovinie Natural Park Poland sand dunes
Slovinie Natural Park Poland sand dunes

Who would have imagined a desert of fine white sand in northern Poland? The Slovinie Natural Park covers 500 hectares of dunes moving 10 meters each year! Behind the largest sand desert in Europe , lies the Baltic Sea and a huge white sand beach … The Natural Park of Slovenia is easily accessible from Gdansk or Leba.

Jokulsarlon beach Iceland

Jokulsarlon beach Iceland unusual beach
Jokulsarlon beach Iceland unusual beach

Definitely, Iceland does nothing but surprise. Also in the south of the island is Jokulsarlon beach , nicknamed the “diamond beach“. These diamonds are actually translucent blocks of ice that have broken off from the Vatnajokull Glacier . Polished by the sea, they end up stranded on a black sand beach. A striking and unique landscape in the world!

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