Best Beaches in Europe for a Vacation in Summer 2020

Discover out favorite beaches in Europe

Summer 2020 has finally arrived, and the borders in the EU are now open for tourism again. While travel in and around the European Union is possible again, there are still rules and restrictions in place for everyone’s safety, so it is important to regularly check who is and isn’t affected by the EU travel restrictions in place since all those decisions are subject to change. Despite that, we can all start to think about planning summer vacations, visiting some of the best beaches for some sun, sea, and relaxation. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite European destinations to enjoy the very best of beaches in Europe for the perfect family summer vacations in 2020. From a stay in a luxury beach house to a beach holiday in a unique glamping dome, we have the best beach destinations in Europe just waiting to be discovered.

visit the most beautiful beaches in Europe

Spend summer 2020 exploring the best beaches in Spain

Spanish beaches, especially in the south, are perfect for family summer vacations. With miles of open, golden beaches to explore, it’s almost impossible to rank the best beaches in Spain. If you head to Barcelona, Valencia, or Cadiz, beach vacations abound. Similarly, you can enjoy the blue waters of the Mediterranean with a trip to the Balearic Islands, to Tenerife, or Lanzarote. For the perfect beach vacation, book a stay in one of our unique beach rentals, and make the most of one of the best beach destinations in Europe for the perfect trip in summer 2020.

Peñiscola in Valencia is one of our favorite beaches in Europe

Places to visit in Greece for a romantic getaway on one of the best beaches in Europe

There is no denying that on any list of the best beaches in Europe, Greece is going to boast several stunning coastal spots. From the beaches on mainland Greece to beach vacations in the Greek islands, there are so many options for you. For the perfect getaway in summer 2020, why not treat that special someone to a stay in one of these romantic beach rentals and enjoy a stay somewhere secluded, beautiful, and most importantly, close to some of the best beaches in Greece. A visit to Greece could see you enjoying the island life in Santorini, Corfu, or Crete with its stunning Elafonisi Beach, or you can book a rental on the mainland and visit the beaches along the Ionian Sea.

Visit Greece and some of the best beaches in Europe

Escape to an island in Croatia for a secluded beach vacation in summer 2020

For a secluded vacation, this amazing oceanfront beach house is the perfect place for you and your family. With the clear waters of the Adriatic practically on your doorstep, summer 2020 can be spent enjoying kayaking, swimming, and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and making the most of some quality, post-lockdown family time. Vacations in Croatia already promise adventure, and a trip to Dubrovnik will give you the chance to explore the streets of Game of Thrones’ own Kings Landing.

Plan family summer vacations in Croatia in summer 2020

Stay near Zlatni Rat on Brač Island, one of the best beaches in Croatia

Another island offering, Brač, Croatia, boasts one of the best beaches in Croatia for a beach vacation. Zlatni Rat, also known as the “Golden Horn” or “Golden Cape,” is in a protected natural area. This idyllic spot is ideal for a relaxing vacation in the sun, or for windsurfers. To make your stay on Brač Island even more memorable, stay in this safari tent, the definition of a luxury vacation rental by the sea.

A view over Brac Island, Croatia

Visit Portugal; holidays on the most beautiful beaches in Europe

With arguably some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, a holiday in Portugal is basically a no brainer. With the surfing beaches along the Costa Vicentina, along with the beaches in the south near Lagos and Faro, you will have your pick of incredible coastal rentals to choose from while visiting this incredible country. Famed for their fresh fish dishes, you’ll eat well, enjoy some fantastic beers, and I can guarantee that you’ll be back online planning your next escape to Portugal. Holidays don’t get much better than this!

Plan a beach holiday in Portugal

Stay close to Praia do Amado, one of the best beaches in Portugal

When looking for the best beach in the Algarve, Praia do Amado has to be a part of that conversation. Easily one of the best beaches in Portugal, this stunning spot on the Atlantic coast will give you the opportunity to enjoy stunning scenery, as well as some epic waves. With a stay in this eco-friendly vacation rental, you’ll be just a short way from this stunning beach, as well as Praia da Bordeira.

Surfers on the beach at Praia do Amado, Portugal

Go glamping in Italy in summer 2020

When it comes to beaches in Italy, you can’t get much better than the stunning Amalfi Coast. Close to the historic city of Naples, these luxury beach camping rentals are perfect to enjoy this stunning region of Italy with the family. Plan a vacation of relaxing by the sea, swimming in the stunning blue waters, and of course, indulging in some incredible food and wines for the ultimate post-lockdown vacation in summer 2020. With a plethora of stunning beaches to choose from, from Arco Magno to the Pontine Archipelago, you’ll be hard pushed to decide which are the best beaches in Italy.

The Amalfi Coast has some of the best beaches in Italy

Kynance Cove; one of the best beaches in Europe in the UK

Believe it or not, but England also benefits from the sunshine during July and August. This is the best time of year to visit Cornwall which doesn’t just boast some of the best beaches in England, but also some of the best beaches in Europe. Kynance Cove is one such beach, and offers visitors a taste of adventure, with caves to explore, rocky coves to scramble over, and in general, some incredible, Cornish scenery. Set on the Lizard Peninsula, this is a great opportunity to go glamping in Cornwall in summer 2020.

A view over Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Photo by Stewart Williams

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