1. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia: Zlatni rat beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean and thanks to its particular shape it is also one of the most exceptional beaches in the world. Many world famous business and travel magazines like the New York Times, National Geographic, the Insider Travel listed it many times in their articles as one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Zlatni rat’s elegance and appeal have made it the symbol of both the town of Bol and Croatia and it is protected by the government of Croatia as a geo-morphological monument. But it is not just its shape that makes it so beautiful and unique. It is surrounded by the crystal clear sea that goes from turquoise blue to dark blue in just 10 to 20 meters and it is bordered by decades-old pine trees, planted by the locals to create some natural shade.The beach is situated less than 2 km from the town of Bol, connected with a lovely promenade under the pine trees shade, along which you can find many other small beaches. This fascinating 500 meters long pebble beach has a unique shape, like a small peninsula that stretches into the sea that in both sides together has almost 900 meters of beach sea line. The area of the beach is over 20.000 square meters and can comfortably accommodate over 10.000 people. The curiosity about this beach is that it changes its shape and position, depending on the wind, tide and the current and sometimes, the tip of the beach rotates so significantly that it forms a small pool. Usually, the mornings are windless and the wind blows every afternoon, but one side of the beach has always calm water and offers perfect conditions for families with small children.
  2. Isola Bella Beach, Italy: The Isola Bella is without doubt Taormina’s most beautiful beach. It is a pebble beach, set at the foot of the town, fronting the islet of the same name clothed in lush vegetation. The islet is linked to the mainland by a narrow strip of beach which is covered by water at high tide. Isola Bella, known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, is considered the most charming and gorgeous beach of the district of Messina. Placed close at the foot of the town, the bay has a pebbled beach, but the most important attraction is the islet of the same name located in front of the beach characterised by a lush vegetation.The islet is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of beach which is covered by water at high tide. Water is blue and clear, full of spectacular marine flora and a fascinating seabed.Protected by the bay and the mountains bathing season is longer here than elsewhere. The fantastic nature, the numerous sun-tanned people, the crystal-clear sea and the headland leading to Isola Bella make your bathing holidays in Taormina simply unrivalled.Ferdinand I of Bourbon, King of the Two Sicilies, donated it to the town of Taormina. In 1890, the island was purchased by a rich English aristocrat, Lady Florence Trevelyan. She was exiled to Sicily by the Queen Victoria after a dalliance with the future King Edward VII. Then she married the Professor Salvatore Cacciola. She built a small house on the Island and planted exotic plants.
  3. The beach near Barbate, on Spain’s Costa de la Luz, is known as Los Caños de Meca and is popular with watersport enthusiasts as well as those just looking to relax.For the dramatic 100ft sheer backdrop of white cliffs, topped with a pine forest. There are several stretches of beach, divided by rocks, all with golden sand and clear water. Walking a mile or so east brings you to Las Cortinas bay, where fresh-water springs trickle down the cliff.The ‘El Pirata’ restaurant overlooks the beach and offers excellent seafood dishes especially at lunch time. Opposite La Cabana specializes in Moroccan fare, well worth a visit. After the evening meal many visitors descend to the cliff steps to the beach bars (El Pirata recommended) which become discos on hot summer nights. The music stops when the last person leaves or just falls asleep on the beach.To the north west of the town, is the famous Cape Trafalgar, which protects the town’s beaches. The lighthouse protects shipping. This is probably one of the worlds most famous yet unknown places because it was off this point that The Battle of Trafalgar was fought in 1805. when Admiral Nelson, although greatly outnumbered, attacked and destroyed the combined Frenach and Spanish fleet.
  4. Virgin Island’s Creek, Brittany, France: This little bay is hidden on an island off the coast of Finistère, to the west of Brittany and is nestled between two cliffs, which is why it’s called a ‘creek’; the French term is actually ‘Ile Vierge’. Not many venture out here, and those who do are offered total seclusion.How to get there: Brittany has a few regional airports but the most convenient for the beach is probably Brest. It’s around an 80 minute journey to Perros on the north coast, from where you can take a boat to Virgin Island’s Creek.Get amongst the surf culture in Finistere with a stay at the Inter-Hotel Armen Le Triton. Wake up to waves, fresh croissants and coffee before exploring the secret beaches
  5. Scopello Beach, Sicily: The small bay of the faraglioni (sea stacks) is the best known area of Scopello. The small beach framed by rocky walls is fronted by the imposing stacks rising out of the sea. It is also graced by the old tuna fishery complex, a fascinating reminder of the strong link with the sea of the nearby fishermen’s village.Scopello is a tiny village on the coast between the fishing and resort town of Castellammare del Golfo and the Zingaro nature reserve. This part of the Sicilian coastline, though dotted with villas and a few seaside developments, is nevertheless unusually well-conserved by the standards of this construction-happy island. There are attractive stretches of rocky coastline and green hillside nearby, and Sicilians from as far away as Palermo come to the Scopello area to enjoy the landscape and the sea bathing.Scopello itself is on a plateau some way above sea-level, though within walking distance of the shore below. The settlement consists of a historic baglio, the Baglio Isonzo, and a couple of attractive little lanes only a few yards long. A baglio was the headquarters of an agricultural estate, rather like a masseria in Puglia. The Scopello baglio is now the heart of the village, its large courtyard offering some shade and respite from the hot sun. There are cafe tables, a ceramics/souvenir shop, and a choice of places to buy food, drink and ice creams.Outside the Baglio Isonzo is a picturesque water fountain with a trough, and around the corner are a couple of pretty little lanes, where you’ll also find a hotel and a couple more restaurants. That’s just about all there is to the village of Scopello; sightseeing here takes a matter of minutes. This is a place for a slow-paced holiday.
  6. Porto Santo Beach, Madeira, Portugal: Porto Santo is a small island in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. It’s known for its warm waters, dive sites and the long, sandy Porto Santo Beach. The 9 kilometre beach, with an extensive and continuous shoreline of fine golden sands, has given the island the popular name of “Golden Island”, becoming its trademark and main icon, together with its uniquely crystal-clear, turquoise-blue warm waters, make it a unique legacy in our country and one that is rare all over the world.It was voted the best “sand dune beach” in the competition “7 Maravilhas – Praias de Portugal” (“7 Wonders – Beaches of Portugal”).Discover an oasis of rest and relaxation in Porto Santo, surrounded by well-being and health, by enjoying a perfect beach for the perfect holidays, allowing yourself be lulled by the sound of the waves and caressed by a sand that fights all the ailments of modern living.
  7. Ploumanac’h, Brittany, Northern France: The Pink Granite Coast, so-called because of the colour of its rocks, is one of the most beautiful stretches of Brittany’s coastline. The area is renowned for its unusual rock formations, the best of which can be found on the coastal path between Perros-Guirec and the port of Ploumanac’h.For its entire length, the shoreline of Brittany is extravagantly indented, with each successive little inlet concealing another wooded cove or sandy beach. It’s at its most spectacular halfway along the northern coast, in the section known as the Côte de Granit Rose, or “Pink Granite Coast”.The village of Ploumanac’h is the pick of several delightful seaside resorts that lie in this surreal rockscape of glistening rose-tinted crags, cliffs and misshapen boulders. Arrive when the tide is high, and you’re faced with an exquisite little crescent beach, overlooked by a couple of hotels, and facing west across an estuary that’s scattered with tiny islets. As the sea withdraws, the sands stretch farther and farther out, solitary outcrops emerge to stand as sturdy monoliths, and the islets become islands. The centrepiece of this tableau is the small chateau that pokes from the chaos of jumbled rock atop the largest. Strangely, this was where Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz wrote Quo Vadis, a saga of ancient Rome that won him the Nobel Prize. It’s now the property of a German comedian, and not open to visitors.
  8. Es Trenc, Mallorca, Spain: Es Trenc is located in the southern part of Mallorca between the very small town Ses Covetes and the larger holiday resort Colonia Sant Jordi.Es Trenc is the most famous beach in Mallorca and the last large natural beach, which is not spoiled by big hotels and dozens of restaurants.The beach is now located in a national park, so hopefully no hotels or the like will be built close to the beach in the future.Es Trenc is more than two kilometres long and covered with fine-grained, bright sand. In the back of the beach, there are some lovely dunes, but it is not allowed to stay there.The water is shallow along all of Es Trenc and the unique, turquoise shades give the beach an almost tropical look. This is one of the most beautiful spots in Mallorca.In the water, there are often sailboats, catamarans and yachts of all sizes at anchor. They are calmly rocking on the waves and, luckily, the beach is not plagued by noisy water sports activities.Es Trenc is the most popular naturist beach in Mallorca, and there are several marked sections for naturists. The majority of the visitors do, however, wear swimsuits.There are several parking lots with payment, which can be reached by following the signs to Es Trenc. It is worth noting that the beach usually has many visitors in July/August.
  9. Pinarello Beach, Corsica: Pinarello beach is a picturesque long stretch of white sand, with pine trees right up to the beach.Located in the attractive seaside hamlet of Pinarellu , with a pretty little port and plenty of opportunities for refreshments and water sports, this is a popular family-friendly beach destination.Situated in the gulf of Pinarellu, Pinarello beach is one of the many beautiful beaches to the north of Porto-Vecchio. The sea is azure blue, and the 1.2 km long, narrow sweeping beach has soft white sand, is backed by dramatic mountains and overlooked by a Genoese watchtower. The sea is warm and shallow, so safe for young children to swim in.Pinarello beach is certainly idyllic however its beauty can sometimes be slightly marred by the large amounts of sea grass that can wash up all along the vast expanse of beach.To the far (southern) end of the Golfe de Pinarellu, nestled among the pine forest and lagoons, is a good quality campsite (Camping le California), which has access to an exclusive secluded cove (shared with a nearby nudist camp).
  10. Sakarun is one of the most famous beaches in Zadar County, located on the northwest coast of the island.Near the beach are the places Veli Rat, Veruni, Soline and Božava. The beach gained its reputation with the whiteness of the sand and clean sea, surrounded by pine trees that provide a welcome shade in the summer. It is about 800 meters long and at some 250 meters from the shore it is 3.5 meters deep, which means that the bathing area is extremely large and shallow and suitable even for young children. On the beach are two catering facilities that offer refreshment from the summer heat and light snacks. Transport is organized from Božava to Sakarun with a tourist train, which departs every two hours.If you arriving by a car, or planning to rent one, the best idea is to drive around the villages that dot the three peninsulas making up the northern end of the island: Soline is the closest village to Sakarun. If you dont have private transport, you can take the local bus, then hire a mountain bike in Bozava – cycling is made easier by trails sign-posted in red. Local bus line is scheduled to correspond to ferry arrivals and departures, but not to the catamaran lines.


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