MILES of golden sand and stunning scenery has seen Woolacombe named the second best beach in the country by TripAdvisor.
The accolade came as part of the group’s 2014 Traveller’s Choice Beaches Awards, which also named the site as the seventh best in Europe.
It is the second year in a row that the beach has narrowly missed out on the title, losing to Swansea’s Rhossili Bay in both 2013 and 2014.
The results, which were announced on Tuesday, are based on the quantity and quality of user reviews left on the travel website over a 12 month period.
James Kay, spokesman for TripAdvisor, said: “These awards recognise the best beaches in the UK and worldwide, according to the travellers that have visited and given them the highest levels of praise.
“To have a North Devon beach named among the best in Europe just goes to show how lucky we are in the UK to have such stunning scenery right on our doorstep.”
Also included in the top 25 was Saunton Sands, which managed to squeeze into the list in 24th.
In Europe, Woolacombe fought off competition from other tourist hotspots including Iztuzu Beach in Turkey and La Concha Beach in Spain.
For the complete 2014 Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards winners, visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice-Beaches.
Top 10 Beaches in UK:
1. Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales
2. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon
3. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
4. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset
5. Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall
6. Longsands Beach, Tynemouth, North Tyneside
7. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset
8. Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
9. Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset
10. Nairn Beach, Nairn, Scotland
Top 10 Beaches in Europe:
1. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
2. Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
3. Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales
4. Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain
5. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece
6. Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy
7. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, United Kingdom
8. Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey
9. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, United Kingdom
10. La Concha Beach, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain