Two Irish beaches named among 40 of the best in Europe 2 months ago

Two Irish beaches named among 40 of the best in Europe

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The Guardian has published an article naming 40 of the best beaches in Europe and two Irish locations have made the cut.

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These were Ballybunion in Kerry and Glassilaun (pictured above) in Galway, with both earning praise for their scenery, as well as their nearby restaurant options.

The Guardian, in particular, singled out Ballybunion's "stunning cliff walk" and "deserted Nuns beach".

"Coffee and homemade waffles are served at Seaside Ballybunion as a reward for completing the glorious two-mile walk along the Long Strand or a lesson at the local surf school," the outlet wrote.

"A soak at Collins Seaweed Baths is a must, followed by a dip in the bracing Atlantic.

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"The Marine Hotel serves great fish and chips on its outdoor benches."

Ballybunion in Kerry

As for Glassilaun, the Guardian said Connemara has "dozens of white-sand beaches that could rival those of the Caribbean".

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It recommended the "spectacular" beach for overlooking the mouth of Killary harbour, one of Ireland’s few fjords, describing the view as "extraordinary".

"Cows graze by the beach and sea life can be spotted by the tiny island at the end of the peninsula", the Guardian added.

"The Misunderstood Heron beach shack nearby has become famous for its Connemara lamb samosas and Killary mussels.

"Ard na Mara Beach Cottage is moments from the sand."

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As for the rest of the best beaches chosen by the outlet, Greece and France have the most locations on the list with seven each.

Spain also takes six places, followed by Italy and Portugal which both have five.

You can read the list in full over at The Guardian here.