From blindingly white Mediterranean sand lapped by cobalt-blue waters to pounding Atlantic surf, beaches abound in Western Europe.

St-Tropez Plage de Pampelonne is studded with the French Riviera's most glamorous drinking and dining haunts.

Lefkada Cliffs drop to broad swaths of white sand and turquoise waters on this untrammelled Greek island.

Menorca Beaches are tucked away in little coves like pearls in oysters on this Spanish Balearic island.

Baleal Pumpin' Portuguese surf beach.