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Madeira Named Best Beach Destination in Europe

Cornwall’s Surf Shop, Ann’s Cottage has analysed 50 beach destinations from all over Europe in terms of quality, temperature, and price to reveal the best destinations.

And their analysis reveals that Madeira is at the top of the leader board for Best European Beach Destination. 

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Madeira, Portugal
  2. Valencia, Spain
  3. Cannes, France
  4. Volos, Greece
  5. Ayia Napa, Cyprus
  6. Sliema, Malta
  7. Antibes, France
  8. Chania, Greece
  9. Saint-Tropez, France
  10. Porto, Portugal

In terms of cleanliness, Madeira occupies the top of the ranking with 17 blue flag beaches.  Ayia Napa in Cyprus was awarded best temperature while Saint-Tropez won the most restaurants award with 547 restaurants for every 10,000 people.

However,  France came out on top with the most number of recommended beaches, while Portugal is ranked second with two top 10 destinations (Porto and Madeira).

The comments section regarding this article were rather amusing, as some asked if the judges were smoking something at the time of their evaluations, while others rightly pointed out that the accompanying photographs were of Porto Santo beach and not Madeira.  That said, with the collapse of Thomas Cook and other airlines such as Adria Airways, any good publicity is welcome.

Samantha Gannon

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