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Every year, people from all over the world choose many parts of Europe for their beach destination, but typically choose the more popular beaches like the French Riviera or Cannes. While the most travelled beaches are beautiful and deserve their popularity, there are other beaches in Europe that aren’t typically on a traveler’s bucket list but should be. The following beaches are ones that are a little off the beaten path, but are completely worth visiting.

 

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Chia, Sardinia, Italy

The small Italian town of Chia on the island of Sardinia is an excellent beach to visit if you’re looking for a truly relaxing vacation. While there are many activities like snorkeling, sailing, and other water sports, the beautiful scenery is a place to recharge and relax. Close enough from this small town is the city of Cagliari, where you’ll find an abundance of history and culture if you want to take a little time away from the beach.

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Arrifana, Portugal

When people think of European beaches, they’re likely to think of sand and surf on the Mediterranean Sea, but the Atlantic Ocean is also home to some incredible beaches in Europe. One such beach is in Arrifana, where the ocean has created beautiful cliffs that serve as a backdrop to the beaches. This is a prime spot if you are a surfer looking to catch some waves or just want to get to take in the sites and seafood.

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Kelebekler Vadisi, Turkey

Kelebekler Vadisi, also known as Butterfly Valley, is somewhat difficult to get to but the views are completely worth the hassle. This strip of beach in the Turkish Riviera got it’s nickname because of the 60 species of butterflies that call this area home. Behind the beach is a narrow canyon where tourists often camp with steep cliffs extending 350-400 m high. The easiest way to get to the beach is by taking a boat taxi but you can also get there by hiking through the valley.

 

Karavostási, Greece

Another somewhat secluded beach on the list is in Karavostási, Greece, located in north west coast near Párga that overlooks the Ionian Sea. The serene natural setting of this area makes it an excellent destination for those that want to be close to forests and wildlife while also being close to the beach.