Cíes Islands, Galicia, Spain
Often considered one of the best beaches in Europe, the white sand of Cíes Islands remains beautiful because the island is protected as a national park. The number of visitors is restricted, cars are prohibited and overnight stays are restricted to camping. Many beachgoers tell stories of feeling as if they are the only ones on the island. Even though it’s on the Atlantic Ocean, the water is as calm as a lake.