Four UK beaches named Europe’s top spots beating Spain and Portugal – ‘no better place!’

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The best beaches in Europe have been named by American travel guide Far & Wide. While there is no shortage of Spanish, French, Greek or Italian beaches on the list, the UK is also well-represented.

No less than four beaches made it on the list, with some surprises.

The best placed UK beach was Bournemouth.

At number five, this is no small feat, with the Dorset seaside town beating some tough competition all over Europe.

The second UK beach to make the list, Porthminster in Cornwall came tenth.

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Another Cornish beach, Perranporth, came sixteenth.

The real surprise, however, came at number 18.

Filey beach in Yorkshire made the list of heavy hitters.

Filey beat some remarkable competition, with France, Italy, Cyprus or even Turkey beaches being beaten by the unassuming Yorkshire beach.

The five miles of sand nicknamed “Smiley Filey” have been favourite with Britons, and now they are getting the recognition they deserve.

One reviewer said: “One of my favourite beaches on the eastern coast of England.”

Someone else wrote: “This is a wonderful beach with a vast reach for long walks, sea air and a feeling of emptiness in the late evening.”

And another added: “There’s no better place to be on a sunny day!”

Europe 25 Best Beaches
1. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Sicily

2. Playa de Cofete, Morro del Jable, Spain

3. Praia da Falesia, Olhas de Agua, Portugal

4. La Concha, Donastia, Spain

5. Bournemouth, England

6. Balos Lagoon, Crete

7. Elafonissi, Crete

8. Plage de Santa Giulia, France

9. Kleftiko, Cyclades, Greece

10. Porthminster, Cornwall, England

11. Fellsfjara (Diamond Beach), Jokulsarlon, Iceland

12. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

13. Sarakiniko, Cyclades, Greece

14. Reynisfjara, Vik, Iceland

15. Sotavento, Costa Calma, Spain

16. Perranporth, Cornwall, England

17. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus

18. Filey, Yorkshire, England

19. Plage du Sillon, Saint-Malo, France

20. Spiaggia di Sansone, Portoferraio, Italy

21. Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

22. Kleopatra Beach, Alanya, Turkey

23. Tropea Beach, Tropea, Italy

24. Plage de Palombaggia, Porto-Vecchio, France

25. Spiaggia La Cinta, Sao Teodoro, Italy


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