TripAdvisor reveals the world’s best beaches – and Bournemouth is No.5 in Europe week-on-week

TRIPADVISOR has revealed the best beaches in the world for 2021 – and two in the UK have made the list for Europe.

Bournemouth beach and Porthminster beach in St Ives made the top ten, coming in at 5th and 10th, respectively.

Bournemouth is the highest rated UK beach, according to TripAdvisor


Bournemouth is the highest rated UK beach, according to TripAdvisorCredit: Alamy

This is up from sixth place in TripAdvisor’s 2019 awards.

Perranporth Beach came in 16th place while Scarborough’s Filey Beach ranked 18th.

Beaches are ranked over 12 months, factoring in reviews and ratings for each beach, as well as “saves” from TripAdvisor users, due to the lack of travel due to the pandemic.

While no UK beaches made the top 10 in the world, Spiaggia dei Conigli in Italy was in 8th place for the second year running, while being voted the best in Europe.

TripAdvisor Vice President Christine Maguire said: “Your last trip to the beach probably feels like a lifetime ago, but with vaccine programs rolling out worldwide, safely making that beach getaway a reality just might be in reach.

“Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travellers’ favourites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break.”

The best beach in the world is Whitehaven beach in Australia


The best beach in the world is Whitehaven beach in AustraliaCredit: Moment Open – Getty
For Europe, Spiaggia dei Conigli in Italy took the top spot


For Europe, Spiaggia dei Conigli in Italy took the top spotCredit: Alamy

A number of beaches in Spain and Greece ranked highly too, for any Brits wanting to visit them on their next trip abroad.

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Spanish beaches Playa de Cofete in Fuerteventura and La Concha beach in San Sebastian made the top 10.

In Greece, Balos Lagoon and Elafonissi beach – both in Crete – ranked highly too.

The title of best beach in the world has been given to Australia’s Whitehaven Beach which is only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter.

Top 10 Beaches in Europe

  1. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy
  2. Playa de Cofete – Fuerteventura, Spain
  3. Praia da Falésia – Olhos de Agua, Portugal
  4. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
  5. Bournemouth Beach – Bournemouth, UK
  6. Balos Lagoon – Kissamos, Crete, Greece
  7. Elafonissi  Beach – Elafonissi, Crete, Greece
  8. Plage de Santa Giulia – Santa Giulia, Corsica, France
  9. Kleftiko Beach – Milos, Greece
  10. Porthminster Beach – St Ives, UK

Top 10 Beaches in the World

  1. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Australia
  2. Santa Maria Beach – Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
  3. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  4. Grace Bay Beach – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  5. Saint Pete Beach – Florida, US
  6. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia
  7. Eagle Beach – Eagle Beach, Aruba
  8. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy
  9. Ka’anapali Beach – Hawaii, US
  10. Baía dos Golfinhos – Praia da Pipa, Brazil

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