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11 places in Europe you must visit if you love the sea

Azure waters and beautiful beaches that can easily rival the Caribbean; warm springs in the middle of the Atlantic; cliffs rising steeply from the sea; huge ice diamonds on a black sandy beach and the northernmost surfing paradise in the world - in Europe there are an incredible number of wonderful and extraordinary holiday destinations by the sea. Whether in the middle of the Atlantic on the Azores, Iceland and in the very north of Norway or in the Mediterranean between the Balearic islands such as Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera to the countless Greek islands: Here are 11 places that you have to visit if you are love the sea as much as we do. Incidentally, this list could have had at least 111 points and the choice was really not easy for us.

© Charlott Tornow Swim in the Blue Lagoon off Malta

Who needs The Beach in Thailand when they have the Blue Lagoon in Malta. The Blue Lagoon is really as breathtakingly beautiful as it looks in photos. It is formed by the islands of Comino and Cominotto and lies between the main island of Malta and the neighboring island of Gozo. The water is crystal clear and has a beautiful shade of blue. In summer, small boats from Malta and Gozo go here every day, if you want to swim all day, you should come early to secure the best spot on the very small beach. If you are already here, you should definitely stroll through Comino and explore the untouched island.

© Mela Hipp Snorkel in the crystal clear St. Paul’s Bay

The St. Paul's Bay is without a doubt one of the most beautiful bays in Rhodes. There is a small beach on both the north and south sides, which is almost completely protected by rocks from the direct influx of the sea. There are hardly any waves here, which makes the bay a true snorkeling paradise thanks to its crystal clear water. Because there is a great underwater world along the rocks. Incidentally, St. Paul's Bay is named after the white chapel of the same name on the edge of the bay.

© Mela Mörtenbäck Walk among diamonds on the black beach

Diamonds on the beach and that in abundance? There is also that in Iceland on the so-called Diamond Beach in the south. The beach section owes its name to the countless, crystal-clear blocks of ice that drift from the glacier lagoon into the sea and are washed onto the black beach. A walk along the beach is a very impressive spectacle, especially in the sunlight, as the clear blocks of ice always glitter in different ways. In any case, Diamond Beach looks different every time of the day and every season. A long walk is always worthwhile.

© Mela Mörtenbäck Take a boat tour off the coast of Montenegro

The small town of Petrovac na moru is still an insider tip for travelers. But with a beautifully landscaped beach promenade lined with small hotels and restaurants, Petrovac na moru is probably one of the most charming coastal towns in Montenegro. After extensive sunbathing on the fine sandy beach, a boat tour is worthwhile. On request, locals offer a one-hour tour in the small fishing port. This is how you first control the island Sveta Neđelja on which an impressive small church sits enthroned on a rock. Then it goes to the bays and caves along the coast before returning to the port.

© Mela Mörtenbäck Swim in the 28 degree warm Ponta da Ferraria natural pool in the Atlantic

There are several natural swimming pools that were once formed by lava in the Azores. A very special one is the Ponta da Ferraria natural swimming pool on the north-western coast of São Miguel. A volcanic spring gushes directly under the sea surface, which mixes the cool water of the Atlantic with hot water and thus ensures a water temperature of up to 28 ° C when the water is low. Although the basin is protected by rocks, the surf should not be underestimated when the sea is rough.

© Visit Norway, Press Surf in the world's northernmost surf paradise

Unstad Beach on the island of Vestvågøy is considered the northernmost surfing paradise in the world and is internationally known and loved. Since the sea is almost half a kilometer deep here in front of the village of Unstad, the waves can build up unhindered. In summer the waves are calmer and more suitable for beginners, in winter the professionals ride the perfect wave here. Anyone who wants to learn the art of surfing is with Unstad Arctic Surf correct. In addition to the mere rental of surfboards, courses are offered by the hour or by the day. Those who stay longer can move into one of the lovely apartments.

© Sabine Spethling Go swimming on the Caribbean beach of Ses Illetes

If you search for “Formentera” on the Internet, long, white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea appear immediately. Usually the beach that is shown there is the Platja de Ses Illetes. Its unique look is reminiscent of the Caribbean, as it protrudes as a white, narrow, shallow sandy beach for meters into the crystal clear sea. This is one of the reasons why it has already been named Europe's most beautiful beach several times.

© michael75 | Unsplash Watch the sun set over Skellig Island from the Kerry Cliffs

The Kerry Cliffs rise 300 meters from the sea and offer unforgettable views of a wind- and wave-lashed cliff, Puffin Island and of course the Skellig Islands, known from the last "Star Wars" films. Up here, almost within spitting distance of the Ring of Kerry, the number of visitors is kept within pleasant limits and, especially at the often spectacular sunset, you have the Kerry Cliffs almost to yourself. If you like, you can even camp right on the cliffs, count the stars and sip your morning coffee on a windswept cliff.

© Milena Magerl Snorkel through the azure blue water of the picturesque bay of Ficaghjola

Clear water, white sand and the bewitching scent of the pine trees - what normally sounds like a trite advertising slogan becomes reality at the small Plage de Ficaghjola. When you descend the sandy rocky path to the bay, from above it actually looks as if the small sailing and motor boats that have gathered here are floating above the seabed. The sunbathing area on the sand is not too big, but you can also have a picnic on the surrounding rocks and sizzle in the sun. But you will want to spend most of the time here in the sea anyway, because the calm water is not only ideal for swimming, but above all for snorkeling. Around the reef and along the steep rock walls that tower up into the sky, you can spot small and large colorful fish everywhere.

© Marit Blossey Swim on the beautiful beach of Brela and watch the sunset

Brela is another coastal town in the Makarska region, which attracts numerous holidaymakers every year with its incredibly beautiful stretches of beach. Fortunately, it's not that crowded here, and in the off-season you have the beaches almost to yourself. The water is incredibly clear and pleasant, and the sunsets are absolutely amazing. If you would like to stay here longer, you can treat yourself to an overnight stay at the BlueSun Hotel Berulia - including an infinity pool, wellness area and a view of the sea from your room.

© Charlott Tornow Hike through the Gargano National Park to the Spiaggia di Vignanotica beach

The Gargano National Park is home to one of the few remaining large forest areas in Italy and is therefore particularly protected. On some hiking trails you can immerse yourself in the nature of deciduous forests, olive groves and pine trees and soak up the scent of wild rosemary. One of the most beautiful paths leads high above the coast, which shimmers in baby blue tones, to the beautiful Spiaggia di Vignanotica beach, which is located in a bay between the towering limestone cliffs. There is even a small café on the beach with delicious sandwiches, bruschetta and olives.

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