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Top Ten beaches in Europe by TripAdvisor

Porthminster beach, St Ives

We have lots of lovely beaches down here in the South West. Award-winning beaches in fact. And now TripAdvisor have published a new list of top sandy shores to visit in Europe. With all the coastlines in the Mediterranean to choose from, Devon and Cornwall both managed to feature in the top ten:

TOP 10 EUROPEAN BEACHES

1) Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy
2) Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain
3) Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
4) Playa de ses Illetes, Majorca, Spain
5) WOOLACOMBE BEACH, DEVON
6) Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece
7) Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey
8) La Pelosa Beach, Stintino, Sardinia, Italy
9) PORTHMINSTER BEACH, CORNWALL
10) St Pauls Bay, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

Woolacombe beach, Devon
To choose from those closer to home (six of which are here in the West Country) here are the

TOP 10 BRITISH BEACHES

1) Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea
2) WOOLACOMBE BEACH. WOOLACOMBE, DEVON
3) PORTHMINSTER BEACH, ST IVES, CORNWALL
4) Longsands Beach, Tynemouth
5) HENGISTBURY HEAD, BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET
6) FISTRAL BEACH, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL
7) WEYMOUTH BEACH, WEYMOUTH, DORSET
8) SANDBANKS, POOLE, DORSET
9) Filey Beach, Filey, Yorkshire
10) St Brelade's Bay Beach, Jersey

Weymouth beach cliff

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Fistral beach, Newquay

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