The most popular beach holiday destinations in Europe

1. Barcelona, Spain

With beaches, mountains, history, spectacular architecture and wonderful food, a T+L reader claimed this is the best of Spain’s cities. And, according to the vote, the best beach city in Europe.

2. San Sebastian, Spain

“The beauty of the city and its location are what makes San Sebatian a wonderful tourist destination,” raved a T+L reader. “You can spend hours just strolling the streets window shopping, or walk along the various beaches for a different vibe.”

3. Istanbul, Turkey

Whether you stay in the city or head to one of the nearby islands, Istanbul’s upscale beaches are a perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day.

4. Venice, Italy

If you’ve maxed out on museums and piazzas, spend an afternoon at Lido Beach. Visitors can take a vaporetto to this seven-mile island in the Venetian Lagoon. Do it right with a negroni in hand.

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Heading to one of Lisbon’s beaches? One reader recommended the “lovely beaches” of Cascáis — a wealthy coastal town in the suburbs of Lisbon.

6. Dublin, Ireland

Yes, Dublin has beaches. Beautiful beaches. Skip crowded Sandycove and head instead to Tower Bay Beach, just 30 minutes north of Dublin City.

7. Porto, Portugal

For a quintessential, sandy beach day, head to the nearby beaches of Praia de Matosinhos or Praia do Ourigo.

8. Bruges, Belgium

Europeans have long known that Belgium’s ample coast is a beautiful — and convenient — beach destination. Bruges is only 15-minutes (by public transport) from the popular resort town of Ostend.

9. Galway, Ireland

The best way to experience County Galway’s distinctly Irish, wild coastline? Spend a weekend at the cozy Dolphin Beach House.

10. Bodrum, Turkey

“Beaches are great,” said one T+L reader. “It’s the cleanest part of the Mediterranean, and people are friendly.