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Dreaming of a trip away? Top of my list is usually a sandy beach where I can bask in the sunshine. Here is my pick of the best white-sand beaches in the Europe where you can relax on golden sands and dip your toes in crystal clear blue waters.

1. Best White Sand Beaches In the Algarve

For Europeans, the Algarve offers some of the best beaches within a short flight, particularly when compared to the rather brown or even black sand you find in and around destinations like Marbella and the Canary Islands. A wonderful hotel which has a rather Cornish setting – except that it offers guaranteed sunshine – is the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel.

2. Best White Sand Beaches In Cornwall

Perhaps Cornwall is not a standard choice for a top 10 list of beaches, but on a sunny day, the beaches in Cornwall match the beauty of any other white sand beach in the world. For luxury accomodation above a secluded pirate style cove, remote Cornish retreats do not come much better than Bay House or Trevalsa Court Hotel.

3. Best White Sand Beaches In Croatia

You have to pick your resort or island carefully if you want to get a good beach in Croatia, there are many picture perfect islands but the beaches themselves can be small and rocky. A great option here is to hop on a yacht and to sail around the coastline. Then you have your pick of the bays and beaches in this region.

4. Best White Sand Beaches In Crete

There are many white sand beaches in Crete if you know where to look. All offer glorious golden sands, clear blue waters and the perfect place to kick back and relax. Váï is probably the most beautiful beach on Crete. Mars chocolate filmed their exotic Caribbean “taste of paradise” Bounty bar advert here in the 1970s and this Palm encrusted beach enjoys golden sands backed by Caribbean style palm trees. This oasis is fed by a stream which has stood there for more than 3,000 years. In the height of the season, the beach tends to attract northern European tour groups from nearby resorts, in lower season, this beach offers the same beauty but with more seclusion and is therefore far more magical. Hire a sunbed and a pretty straw umbrella and paddle or snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

5. Best White Sand Beaches In France

The best sandy beaches in France tend to be on the Western, Atlantic coastline rather than the glamorous Cote D’Azur. My top pick is the sandy shores of the tranquil Arcachon Bay. Villa La Tosca sits between the sea and beautiful pine forests on this beautiful bay and is less than an hour’s drive from the world-famous vineyards of Bordeaux. This is a stunning 5-star, fully serviced Boutique Villa Hotel with eight luxurious bedrooms-suites set in an amazing mansion house; an ecological swimming pool, beautiful sun terrace and gardens, and exquisite gourmet dining. All the suites either offer a view looking across the beautiful gardens or out to sea.

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