Best Sandy Beaches in Europe

If you are going away with family or friends, our guide to some of the best sandy beaches in Europe will detail some of the finest holiday destinations the continent has to offer. So pack your buckets and spades and get ready for a holiday to remember, all with information provided by our European Breakdown Cover and direction from the RAC Route Planner.

Argeles sur Mer - South of France

Thanks to its east-facing coastline (the only one in France) Argeles sur Mer is blessed with sandy, sun-drenched beaches. In fact, the area has three beaches: Plage Nord, Plage des Pins and Le Racou. The first two destinations are classic picturesque beaches whilst the latter is a beautiful blue-water bay with mountain views aplenty. If the natural beauty on offer is not enough for you, rest assured there is an abundance of hotels, bars and restaurants in the area all geared up for the 300,000 holiday makers Argeles sur Mer receives each year.

Find directions from Calais to Argeles sur Mer with RAC Route Planner – 10 hours 19 minutes.

Praia do Guincho, Portugal

If you are looking for a bit of glamour to accompany your sandy beach holiday, then look no further than Praia do Guincho; this is the very beach used in the opening scene of the James Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Thanks to being housed in a nature reserve, this famous beach has been perfectly preserved since 1969, and is now surrounded by a host of restaurants. It is also a great location for surfing and often hosts the World Windsurfing Championships.

Find directions from Calais to Praia do Guincho with RAC Route Planner – 18 hours 12 minutes.

Puglia, Italy

If you are looking for that classic Italian holiday of beautiful beaches and historic towns all topped off with delicious food and wine, then you will not find a better location than Puglia. The white sandy beaches are pristine and located south of the two historic towns of Avetrana and Manduria, with the latter famous for its Primitivo wine. Not only blessed with a stunning beach, Punta Prosciutto also offers holiday-makers crystal-clear waters, beach shacks and sun loungers. With the Porto Cesareo nearby, hotels and other facilities are never too far away.

Find directions from Calais to Puglia with RAC Route Planner – 18 hours 31 minutes.

Playa El Alicate, Spain

Whether you are on a relaxing family holiday or on an adrenaline-packed holiday with friends, the beach in Playa El Alicate offers something for everyone. Found along the Costa del Sol, this medium-size beach is hardly ever crowded (even at peak seasons) and is actually home to the film actor Antonio Banderas. Regularly cleaned, Playa El Alicate offers a number of beach bars, restaurants and a beach club – as well as facilities such as showers, toilets and sun loungers. Parking is also available near the Los Sardinales restaurant - with a capacity of approximately 100 parking spaces.

Find directions from Playa El Alicate to Gibraltar with RAC Route Planner – 19 hours 10 minutes.

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