'Wonderful' UK beach ranked among the best in Europe - full list

Gorleston Beach UK

Gorleston Beach was the highest ranking UK beach

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 18/08/2023

- 10:01

The highest ranking beach has been described as "beautiful" and a "hidden gem"

Stunning beaches can be found across the world, but holidaymakers need not leave the UK to find some of the best beaches in Europe.

In a recent list, four British beaches ranked among the best on the continent.

Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice 'Best of the Beach' Beaches in Europe included some stunning UK locations.

Gorleston-on-Sea beach in Gorleston-on-Sea was the highest-ranked UK beach and came 12th across Europe.

Bournemouth beach uk

Bournemouth beach made the top 25 list


The beach has an impressive 4.5 stars out of 5 on Tripadvisor and has received thousands of positive reviews.

One reviewer stated: "A vast beautiful sandy beach with only a few other visitors, it has a lot of shops a cafe, bar, bucket and spade shop and restaurant.

"So quiet and relaxing and good to see it got rewarded for best beach."

Another agreed, stating: "Beautiful uncommercialised beach lovely golden sands and nice chip shop."

They added it was the "perfect place" to go with young children and that they would definitely revisit.

One more said: "Gorleston Beach; the hidden gem of Norfolk. The secret is out!

"Wonderful, traditional cliff-top promenade walk with great panoramic views to Lowestoft and beyond."

Weymouth beach came in at number 14, Fistral beach in Newquay ranked number 22 and Bournemouth beach came in at number 24.

Weymouth beach UK

Weymouth beach was also among the best in the UK


Best beaches in Europe 2023

1. Reynisfjara Beach - Vik, Iceland

2. Praia da Falésia - Olhos de Agua, Portugal

3. Spiaggia dei Conigli - Lampedusa, Italy

4. La Concha Beach - San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

5. Playa de Muro Beach - Majorca, Spain

6. Falassarna Beach - Crete, Greece

7. Nissi Beach - Ayia Napa, Cyprus

8. Balos Lagoon - Crete, Greece

9. Sotavento Beach - Fuerteventura, Spain

10. Plage du Sillon - Saint-Malo, France

11. Iztuzu Beach - Dalyan, Türkiye

12. Gorleston-on-Sea Beach - Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom

13. Praia dos Três Irmãos - Alvor, Portugal

14. Weymouth Beach - Weymouth, United Kingdom

15. Playa de Ses Illetes - Formentera, Spain

16. Tropea Beach - Tropea, Italy

17. Sarakiniko Beach - Milos, Greece

18. Kalamaki Beach - Zakynthos, Greece

19. Praia Sao Rafael - Albufeira, Portugal

20. Fig Tree Bay - Protaras, Cyprus

21. Praia Da Rocha - Praia da Rocha, Portugal

22. Fistral Beach - Newquay, United Kingdom

23. Plage de Palombaggia - Corsica, France

24. Bournemouth Beach - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

25. Kleopatra Beach - Alanya, Türkiye

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