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This is the very best beach in Europe. And here's why...

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Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands. Photo: Ismail Mia/Flickr
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What makes Spain's Playa de Ses Illetes the best beach in Europe?

It's official: Spain is home to the best beach in Europe. 

Playa de Ses Illetes on the smallest Balearic Island of Formentera has been crowned the best beach on the continent by review website TripAdvisor

The slip of white sand on the picturesque island, which lies close to Ibiza, has wowed visitors from all over the world, but what makes it the very best beach in Europe?

Here's what TripAdvisor commenters had to say... 

Beautiful
 
"Beautiful colours, the water is so clear that it looks like the boats are floating on air. It is just like the Caribbean, tranquil and full of beautiful nature."


Photo: Ollie O/TripAdvisor

Impressive
 
"With the islands on the horizon and its waters looking like they came straight out of a movie, this beach is unique. This is one of the best beaches in the world."
 

Photo: globalirene/TripAdvisor
 
Pretty
 
"Very white, soft sand. The beach is almost identical to those of the Caribbean!"
 
The treasure of the Baleric Islands
 
"It's a natural park of great value. Formed of white, soft sand, you can walk down a marvellous isle with the most beautiful sea on both sides."
 

Photo: Paula_MIA
 
Paradise
 
"Paradise right on your doorstep. White sand, calm and clear seas and not very far away from the best bars and restaurants on the island."
 
The beach is located on the northern tip of land of the smallest Balearic Island, Formentera. 
 
Magnificent sunsets
 

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"A fantasic place to visit... you find yourself surrounded by the sea. The sun set is simply magnificent."
 

Photo: Candypants_10/TripAdvisor
 
Paradise
 
"There is no need to go to the Caribbean... You don't even have to worry about the sharks... All the different colours of blues imaginable and white sands... It's paradise!"
 
By Olivia Mathieson
 

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