Four of Greece’s most popular beaches, located on the islands of Crete and Milos, are included on the lists of the Top 25 Beaches in the World and in Europe for 2021, which were recently released by travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor.
Crete’s Balos Lagoon ranks 21st on the Top 25 Beaches – World list and 6th on the Top 25 Beaches – Europe list.
Elafonissi beach, also on Crete, ranks 24th in the world and 7th in Europe.
TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches in Europe list also includes two beaches located on the island of Milos in the Cyclades.
The Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travelers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period.
New for 2021, the Best of the Best – Beaches also takes into account the volume of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the position that many travelers were in for much of 2020 — unable to travel, desperate to explore, lusting after the beaches they wished they could visit.
For 2021, Australia’s Whitehaven Beach takes the top spot amongst global travelers.
In addition, Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, Sicily was announced best in Europe.
- Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Australia
- Santa Maria Beach – Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
- Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
- Grace Bay Beach – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- Saint Pete Beach – Florida, United States
- Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia
- Eagle Beach – Eagle Beach, Aruba
- Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy
- Ka’anapali Beach – Hawaii, United States
- Baía dos Golfinhos – Praia da Pipa, Brazil
- Playa de Cofete, Morro del Jable, Spain
- Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba
- Praia da Falesia Olhos de Agua, Portugal
- Maho Bay Beach, Cruz Bay, St. John
- Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
- La Concha Beach, San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
- Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres
- Seven Mile Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
- Bavaro Beach, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
- Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
- Balos Lagoon, Kissamos, Greece
- Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
- Nungwi Beach, Nungwi, Tanzania
- Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece
- Plage de Santa Giulia,Santa Giulia, France