Escape The Heat This Summer
With summer firmly on its way, here at Omio, we wanted to find out which beaches in Europe are the best to escape the heat that doesn’t break the bank. To make the ranking, we researched the average costs for ice cream, bottled water, beer, and light lunch for 75 of Europe’s most popular beaches. We also included temperatures and public popularity, to compile a ranking of the best European beaches to escape the heat this summer. So, go grab your lilo and get to the beach!
The 75 Best Beaches To Escape The Heat
The Best European Beaches To Escape The Heat
As in previous years, it’s set to be another hot summer. And although the sun is a welcome sight, hot climes can get uncomfortable, especially in cities when temperatures go over 30 degrees. While aircon is nice to have, we think it’s better to cool down at one of Europe’s best beaches.
Our travel experts have examined 75 of the most popular beaches in different European countries. To find the best beach, we considered tourist online reviews, the average summer temperature and relevant price data for snacks. Cool drinks and ice cream are a must on the beach, and they don’t need to cost a fortune, which is what we found in this study.
Ready to find out which European beaches made our list? Let’s go!
The Best Beaches In The United Kingdom
Whenever we think of sandy beaches, we usually think of the Mediterranean but Britain’s coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches. In fact, eight beaches from the United Kingdom made it into the ranking:
- Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe
- Gorleston-on-Sea Beach, Great Yarmouth
- Barmouth Beach, Snowdonia
- Ayr Beach, Ayr
- Fistral Beach, Newquay
- West Sands Beach, St. Andrews
- Weymouth Beach, Weymouth
- Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth.
Showing that the UK offers affordable beaches just like its international counterparts.
The highest-ranking beach in the UK is Woolacombe Beach on the coast of Devon. The beach has a visitors’ ranking of 4.8 out of five. One of the UK’s most popular beaches, Woolacombe Beach, also offers affordable beer (around £1.58 per bottle) and ice cream for around £1.81.
UK beach destinations are great to escape the summer heat as most of them are blessed with cooler temperatures. Tourists can expect around 16 degrees on average at Gorleston-on-Sea Beach, Great Yarmouth, Fistral Beach, Newquay and Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth. Scottish beaches are even cooler with West Sands Beach at St. Andrews and Ayr Beach, Ayr being around 13 degrees.
The Best Beaches For Ice Cream
If you are looking for inexpensive ice cream, Turkey comes out top. The top three most affordable ice cream offers are all in Turkish destinations. The cheapest ice cream can be found on Cleopatra Beach, in Alanya at around 10p per serving, followed by Amasra Beach on the Black Sea coast at around 24p and Yahsi Beach in Bodrum at around 43p.
Ice cream for £1 or less is only available at ten of the 75 beaches researched. These beaches are:
- Primorsko Beach, Bulgaria
- Side Halk Beach, Turkey
- Plaża Jastarnia, Poland
- Golden Sands, Bulgaria
- Plage d’Agadir, Morocco
- Playa de Ses Illetes, Spain
- Durrës Beach, Albania
- Yahsi Beach, Turkey
- Amasra Plajı, Turkey
- Cleopatra Beach, Turkey
In Italy, the home of ice cream, the world-famous gelato cost between £1.75 and £3.06. Tourists can find the most affordable ice cream in Italy at Spiaggia de Ravenna in Ravenna, while ice cream costs £3 at Marina Grande di Positano, a destination on the Amalfi Coast.
Europe’s most expensive ice cream by the beach is in France. On a day at the Plages du Mourillon in Toulon, tourists have to spend £4.11 on average for a scoop of ice cream.
The Most Temperate Beaches
Hot summer temperatures are not everybody’s favourite. With this in mind, cooler beaches become attractive destinations to escape the heat. The UK beaches are perfect for escaping the summer’s hot temperatures. Scotland offers real respite from the heat with average temperatures of 13 degrees in the summer months. The most popular beaches in Scotland include Ayr Beach at Ayr and West Sands Beach just north of St Andrews.
Other rather mild tempered destinations in summer are Tylösand in Sweden, the beach at Søndervig in Denmark, and the Ellenbogen on the island of Sylt in Germany. Tourists can expect 16 degrees on average in the summer months.
The Most Popular Beaches
Quite surprisingly, the most popular beach is not near the Mediterranean Sea but on the North Sea coast—more specifically, the Wadden Sea. The Oosterstrand on the island of Schiermonnikoog in the Netherlands is the best-rated beach in our research, with an average public rating of 4.9 out of 5. No other beach in our research rated higher.
Three other beaches achieve a top tourist rating of 4.8 stars: Playa de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Woolacombe Beach in Devon, England, and Heringsdorf Beach on the island of Usedom, Germany.
Amasra Beach in Turkey and Playa Isla Canela in Seville, Spain received the lowest rating with 3.5 stars on average.