Italian beach named Europe's best
20 February 2015 11:11
Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa
Europe's top 10 beaches have been named by the people who should know best - the holidaymakers themselves.
Lampedusa's Rabbit Beach topped the ratings, with fellow Italian sun and sand destination Cala Rossa in Favignana also scoring highly.
Spain also supplied two entrants in TripAdvisor's chart, with Formentera's Playa de Ses Illetes in second place and Tarifa's Playa de Bolonia in 10th.
Greece appeared twice, with Elafonissi Beach third and Lefkada's Eggremni ninth.
Turkey held fifth place, thanks to Dalyan's Iztuzu Beach, while Fig Tree Bay's sandy delights in Protaras captured sixth position for Cyprus.
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The world's best beaches
On a worldwide scale, Brazil's Baia do Sancho Beach was voted above any other, located in Fernando de Noronha's chain of islands.
The Caribbean provided second spot in the shape of Grace Bay (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos), and Rabbit Beach came third.
The UK's best beaches
On the domestic front, the West Country featured strongly in the UK top 10.
Devon's Woolacombe Beach led the way in Britain and secured 13th spot in the world and fourth position in Europe, with Cornwall and Dorset supplying three entries each.
Porthminster, St Ives (fifth), Perranporth (sixth), and Fistral, Newquay (seventh) were Cornwall's representatives.
Weymouth (second, and eighth in Europe), Bournemouth's Hengistbury Head (ninth), and Poole's Sandbanks (10th) flew the flag for Dorset.
Swansea's Rhossili Bay finished third in the domestic and 11th in the European rankings.
Jersey's St Brelade's Bay came fourth in the UK and 14th Europe-wide.
The Isle of Harris's Luskentyre in Scotland completed the British top 10. UK beaches comprised five of the top 20 European placings.