By Becky Mahan, Editor When one envisions “the beach,” images of white sand, waving palm trees and crystal clear azure waters probably come to mind, along with a sweet tropical drink (probably garnished with fruit), and maybe even a hot cabana boy. But beaches come in all shapes and sizes, my friends. Europe’s beaches are known more for their rocky shores, rent-a-cabanas, and even, gasp!, nude-friendly environments. Here are the best ones, according to Trip.com users: #1: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve – United Kingdom Photo: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve by: treehouse1977 flickr – Courtesy: Trip.com This nationally protected reserve is filled with miles of safe, golden beaches, sand dunes, cafes and equipment rentals for a fun family outing at the shore. You can also take the ferry across the water to Sandbanks to see the rich and famous — and their luxurious homes. Beautiful beach and coastline with a great beach café to stop and have a drink and a bite to eat. – Lisa C. #2:
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As destinations on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain and Portugal are together known for centuries-old culture, tapas and petiscos, avant-garde art and architecture, and much, much more in their shared 223,939 square miles. From island paradises to semi-remote stretches of sand in nature reserves, these are the countries’ best beaches.