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From the remote beauty of Rhossili Bay to the fine sands of the Swedish Riviera; Europe's most spectacular beaches

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

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