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:
From mountain peaks to pastoral meadows to lush river valleys, there’s no better way to experience the beauty and variety of the German landscape than a drive along the Romantic Road.