Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach?
Whether you’re with your family, friends, partner or simply soaking up some sun solo, nothing is sweeter than finding the perfect place to lay your sun lounger.
And while we all love a picture-postcard view, the world is filled with many weird and wonderful beaches that are worth checking out too.
From classically beautiful sunny spots destined for your bucket list, to exquisite natural oddities tucked away in the corners of the world, these three beaches are sure to take your breath away!
Beach Prainha, Alvor, Portugal
The Portuguese coast is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, recognisable for their stretches of limestone cliffs, crystalline waters and warm golden sand. You’re never far from a beach in Portugal, and they are the perfect places for a romantic walk or day out with the kids.
Prainha beach is located in Alvor, a small fishing village in the Algarve region of Portugal. The area is a favourite with tourists, and whilst this entry looks more traditional than some of the others on this list, it has a few hidden secrets, including Canico bar and restaurant.
Famously tucked away into the surrounding cliffs, there are two entrances to Canico, one of which can only be accessed when the tide is out. When it’s not, visitors are treated to breath-taking views of the sea, as well as a delicious menu of fish, fresh veg and fabulous drinks.
In Portugal you’re never far from the coast – perfect for those who dream of living by the seaside.
In fact, those looking to live the fantasy can find their dream home with Property Lisbon, and Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme welcomes investors from as little as €350,000.
Xi Beach, Kefalonia
Beautiful and unique, the Xi Beach in Kefalonia takes its name from the local ‘X’ shaped cove, and is distinctive for its reddish-orange sand.
Its clear, shallow waters and warm climate make it the perfect day trip for families, and the local area is home to a number of local taverns, cafes and restaurants for convenience.
Amongst these is Baywatch Beach Bar & Watersports. As its name suggests, it’s located right by the beach and is the perfect spots for enjoying water sports. They also offer a range of fabulous cocktails and delicious food for those who would rather sit back and watch.
Located in the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisfjara is one of the world’s most stunning non-tropical beaches, recognisable for its stretches of black sand.
The rocky stacks off its shoreline are known to locals as Reynisdrangar. The legend goes that these three stacks were once trolls, turned to stone by the sunlight at dawn.
Any hardcore Game of Thrones fan will recognise this site as the of Eastwatch-by-the-sea – Reynisfjara is one of many Iceland-based filming locations from the series. In fact, there are so many that a number of tours are run specifically for fans of the show!
These three stunning beaches are a little out of the ordinary and wholly unique.
Which one would you like to visit? Let us know in the comments below.