The best beaches to relax on a holiday are the ones that have the softest sand and the warmest water.
Trying to find the best beach can be tricky, especially during the busy summer months.
Some of the most beautiful sandy breaks can be found in Europe, with hotel search engine Hotelscan.com finding the best ones to choose this summer.
With Croatia, Spain and even the UK making the list, the perfect spot to spend time with the family during this summer holiday can be found.
Playa de las Catedrales, Spain
Translating as “Beach of Cathedrals” thanks to the natural rock formations, the beach is popular during both the summer and winter.
While it is best explored in the warmer weather, it empties out during the winter giving an empty beach to walk down.
Cala Mondrago, Mallorca, Spain
When visiting Mallorca, many head to the Mondrago National Park in the south-east corner of Mallorca which is where the beach is found.
Surrounding by pine trees and coves it makes it a much more secluded choice when trying to avoid the crowds.
It is even one of the best-rated beaches on TripAdvisor with travellers awarding it 4.5.
Noordwijk Beach, The Netherlands
Many people choose to come to one of the best beaches in the Netherlands for beach sports and paddling, as well as being wheelchair accessible with specially made wheelchair jeeps.
There are also two nudist beaches in Noordwijk so it is worth checking before travelling with the family.
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The UK has a surprising number of beautiful beaches
Watergate Bay Beach, Newquay, UK
The UK has a surprising number of beautiful beaches, despite the weather not being as reliably warm as abroad.
The relaxing Watergate Bay beach is one for adventure sports lovers as surfing is popular with the National Surfing Championships even being held there .
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland
One of the most striking beaches is also one of the most unique thanks to the black sand created by volcanic minerals and fragments.
Found just next to the fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal, the breathtaking piece of land is one to be seen to be believed.
While it isn’t the only black sand beach in the world, it is one of the few in Europe due to the volcanic structure – many are found in Hawaii.
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Playa de Amadores, Gran Canaria
Whilst Spain boasts a number of stunning beach vistas, this man-made beach is nestled between Puerto Rico and Puerto Mogan.
With sand from the Sahara as well as a number of bars and restaurants, families can easily spend an entire day on the beach.
Shipwreck (Navagio) Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Adventure seekers should head to the famous Shipwreck Beach which can only be accessed by boat.
Also known as Smugglers Cove, it gained its name due to the Panagiotis shipwreck which washed up in 1980 and was believed to be a smugglers boat.
Anyone wanting to spend the day should make sure to take provisions – there are no shops or food stands on the hidden section of Greece.
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Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
Found on the island of Bol, the tip of the tongue-shaped beach often changes shape and direction thanks to wind and sea.
The white beach is popular with adventure seekers who windsurf and boat in the region, so watersports fans can easily spend the day.
Elafonissi beach, Crete
When the white sandy beaches get too much, Crete offers a unique pink sand beach to be explored.
Created by the shells and pigmented microorganisms washed up by the water, the pale pink sand is certainly something to behold.
Banje Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia
As the closest beach to the old town, it is a popular choice for people staying in Dubrovnik.
While often very busy, it is a welcome escape from the built-up streets for the day.