Blackpool Sands (Devon) Ranked Cleanest Beach In Europe, Using Trip Advisor Reviews

Avatar Charles Dawes
July 12, 2024

Have you ever wondered what the cleanest beaches in Europe are? With the summer holidays on the horizon, holidaymakers will be finalising their plans to visit their go-to destinations.

Here at, we sourced the cleanest beaches across the continent using keywords such as: clean, spotless, perfect and pristine. 

Furthermore, we also used Trip Advisor to determine the top 15 beaches that had at least 500 reviews on-site. 

Naturally, Europe boasts some of the finest and cleanest beaches in the world. Nations such as Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and Spain feature across the top 15 beaches we found to be the cleanest.. 

England’s Blackpool Sands Named Europe’s Cleanest Beach

Perhaps surprisingly, Blackpool Sands beach came out on top as the cleanest beach in Europe via Trip Advisor. 

Recording an overall score of 26.02%, the Devonshire beach had one in four reviewers comment on how clean and tidy it is. 

This was similar for another English destination, Fistral Beach. One in five people on Trip Advisor also mentioned the high standards of cleanliness. 

England Claims the Top 2 Spots for Cleanest Beaches in Europe

Looking at the top fifteen cleanest beaches in Europe, five of the fifteen spots belong to the United Kingdom

The cleanest beach is Blackpool Sands with a score of 26.02%. Of the 1,157 reviews that were left, 301 described how happy they were with its cleanliness. 

Ranking in second spot is Fistral Beach in Newquay, scoring 21.3%. A total of 4,516 reviews were left with 962 talking about how clean it is. 

In eighth spot is Welsh destination West Shore Beach, located in Llandudno which scored 13.18%. Of the 736 reviews, 97 talked directly about how clean and tidy it is. 

Just making the cut is Scotland’s Luskentyre, slotting in at fifteenth. The popular tourist hotspot scored 10.1%. 

1,139 took the time to review the beach on TripAdvisor, with 115 quoting how clean and tidy it is. 


A spokesperson at said: “It’s a credit to England to be able to occupy the top two spots. Having three entries demonstrates that tourists’ perspectives about England aren’t always right. 

“Even more so when considering the weather is often not summer-friendly at this time of year, the beaches remain clean and tidy.”  


We analysed the best beaches in Europe from lists curated by TripAdvisor & World50beaches.

By scraping over 96,000 reviews of each beach listed, we analysed each review for clean keywords ‘clean, spotless, immaculate, well-kept, unpolluted,’ including key phrases ‘no rubbish, garbage, litter, waste, junk, trash, plastics” .

A % of ‘clean reviews’ was then attributed to each European beach listed. Which was then cut into a top 15 cleanest European beaches ranking.


Author Charles Dawes