Your favourite European (non-UK) beaches include a Dutch island and the Faroes, as well as plenty of azure seas and glorious sunshine in the Med

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Texel – an island in North Holland province – amazed us with its varied, rugged-to-manicured feel. It has about 20 miles of beaches on its western coast, many with activities and all safe for swimming, and there are cosy restaurants and cafes set against the extensive dune landscape. Behind the beaches there’s also a protected nature reserve, marshes and rock pools, a historic lighthouse with fabulous views, well-formed little towns and extensive cycle paths/hiking routes alongside very usable public transport. Texel is the largest of the West Frisian Islands in the Wadden sea and is reached by an hourly short and comfortable ferry ride (with car) from Den Helder on the mainland.
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Source: The Guardian

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