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Dreaming of the French Riviera or the Greek Islands?

Europe may surprise you with the scale of its beach scene. Even countries you may not usually consider to be traditionally 'beachy' (think Poland or the United Kingdom) stake their claim as sand-and-sea-inclusive holiday destinations. With seascapes that leave lasting impressions on holidaymakers, Cote d'Azur (the French Riviera) is best known for the glamorous St Tropez, harbour-bound Monaco and the illustrious Cannes Film Festival. Historically leading the charge for resort towns, Cote d'Azur constantly earns a place among the best beaches in Europe (and the world!) with its winning combination of deep blue waters and traditional charm.

Europe: French RivieraViva la French Riviera! | by Flight Centre's Olivia Mair

If you're dreaming of a little beachside heaven you can't go past the home of the Gods. With an iconic architectural palette of blue and white, Greece is made up of clusters of islands scattered throughout the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas. These include Crete, which mixes palatial ruins with lush greenery inching toward stunning beaches, and the ever-stylish Mykonos which still keeps a few hidden gems up its sleeve amid booming beach tourism. Stretch your European holiday to Spain and party from dawn to dusk in Ibiza, or to the far west coast of Great Britain to see the dramatic coastline of Cornwall.

Europe: Cornwall, UKThe dramatic coastline of Cornwall in England | by Flight Centre's Olivia Mair

If you are planning a trip to the Middle East, Turkey is your best bet for coastal enjoyment, from the sun-drenched Kusadasi to Antalya, where Turkish tradition meets modern comfort. Continuing on the never-ending list of beautiful European beach towns, Croatia invites you to indulge in classic Mediterranean lifestyle with plenty of secret hideaways throughout the islands that surround. Whether you are dreaming of exploring Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast or an island adventure off the coast of Italy, let Flight Centre arrange your tours, hotels, and travel insurance to create the perfect European beach holiday.

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