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Where to go on vacation with kids: top 10 most eco-friendly beaches in the world, with seven of them in Europe

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The top 10 most environmentally friendly beaches in the world to visit in 2024 are named

More than half of Tripadvisor users say they are interested in helping the environment. As a result, the environmental friendliness of resorts is increasingly influencing travelers' choices when planning their vacations. When it comes to beaches, this means clear water and clean sand.

Every year Tripadvisor publishes a rating of the best beaches in the world. This year, European destinations topped the list. In addition, in 2024, the category of the most environmentally friendly beaches was added for the first time, Euronews writes.

Where to go on vacation with kids: top 10 most eco-friendly beaches in the world, with seven of them in Europe

Travel company BeCause reported on beaches awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, which recognizes their cleanliness and safety. The proof is positive reviews that mention such terms as "environmental friendliness," "ecotourism," and "clean water." Among the top 10 beaches, seven are in Europe.

Sandbanks Beach, UK: a great choice for families

Where to go on vacation with kids: top 10 most eco-friendly beaches in the world, with seven of them in Europe

Sandbanks Beach has been ranked number one on Tripadvisor's list of the most environmentally friendly beaches. It has retained its Blue Flag award for over 30 years, which is longer than any other beach in the country.

It was also one of the few areas in the UK that the European Commission recognized for its high standards of cleanliness even before Brexit. Visitors describe it as "clean and tidy" and "sandy and beautiful". This is not surprising as a team of volunteers regularly cleans the coast from litter.

The soft, clean golden sand is perfect for small children to build sand castles. There is even a children's playground. The beach also offers stunning views of Studland and Old Harry Rocks. On a clear day, you can even see the Isle of Wight.

Galissas Beach, Greece: a scuba diving vacation in the warm, shallow waters

Where to go on vacation with kids: top 10 most eco-friendly beaches in the world, with seven of them in Europe

Galissas Beach on the west coast of Syros, Greece, was ranked fifth on Tripadvisor. Located in a bay between high cliffs, it is a great place for scuba diving with calm shallow waters. Visitors note its clean, clear water, as well as good accessibility for people with disabilities.

After you've swum and relaxed on the beach, head into the village to explore the unique flavors in the local taverns. Take in the beautiful views from the chapel of Agia Pakou or visit the ancient ruins of Galissas.

Nissi Beach, Cyprus: a trip with a party atmosphere and white sand

Where to go on vacation with kids: top 10 most eco-friendly beaches in the world, with seven of them in Europe

Nissi Beach is a popular spot in the resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus. It got its name from the small island of Nissi, which is located nearby and can be easily reached on foot through the shallow water.

The beach is known as one of the most picturesque in Cyprus. Its eastern side is quiet and peaceful in contrast to the western side and is famous for its nightlife. The Nissi Bay beach bar is a hotbed of music and parties, creating a busy program of events during peak months.

What other European beaches are in the top 10

Seven of the 10 most environmentally friendly beaches are located in Europe, namely in the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, and Spain. The list is completed by Saundersfoot beach in Wales at number 3 and Mellieħa in Malta at number 7, followed by Myrtos beach in Greece and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Spain. Outside Europe are Radhanagar beach in India, Corniche beach in the UAE and Camps Bay beach in South Africa.

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