There's nothing like the prospect of a beautiful beach to make our hearts beat that little bit faster.
And you don't have to spend thousands on a long-haul flight to lay claim to your own particular corner of paradise. Some of the world's finest seaside havens are right here on our doorstep.
Take Elafonisi lagoon in south-west Crete, where pink coral sands and hazy white sandbars create a Caribbean-style ambiance. Or trendy Sylt island - the Hamptons of Germany - where great beach-side bistros and no less than 11 Michelin-star restaurants lure in sun-seekers and food-lovers in equal measure.
From the remote beauty of Wales' Rhossili Bay to the fine powdery sands of the Swedish Riviera, come marvel at ten of Europe's most breath-taking beaches:
Words: Anna Brech, Photos: Getty Images and Rex Features