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Spellbinding New Zealand Beaches

The island country of New Zealand lies in the Pacific Ocean, some 1500 km off the coast of Australia. It was first colonised by the Dutch, who named it Nova Zeelandia, after the Zeeland province of Netherlands. James Cook, the famous English sailor, gave it its modern name after anglicizing the Dutch term. The country consists of two main islands, separated by the Cook Strait, and a number of smaller isles. Its southern part is lined with the Southern Alps mountain range, with the highest point at about 3754 metres above seal level at the summit of Mount Cook. The south-eastern part of the country has flat and cultivable plains while the western region has rocky coasts. Due to its breathtaking scenic beauty, the nation has been used as a location for many motion pictures. Its 15134 km long coastline is dotted with numerous beaches, which attract a swarm of tourists from all across the globe.

Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach

The Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel Peninsula is among the most prominent holiday destinations in the country. It gets its name from the hot water springs, which reportedly bring more than 700000 visitors annually. All people have to do is visiting the site during low tides and dig the sand with shovels. Thereafter, they can lay and relax in the warm water of their own private pool thus formed. The water of these springs maintains a temperature of around 64 degree Celsius and is loaded with minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium.

Piha and Karekare

Piha and Karekare
Piha and Karekare

Piha, in western Auckland, is another popular holiday destination in New Zealand, owing to its rugged topography. Rising to an elevation of 470 metres above sea level, the Waitakere hills give tourists the opportunity to trek through its thickly forested slope on easy and tough trails. Another attraction on this isle is a 16 million years old piece of volcano rock, called Lion Rock as it looks like the beast in a sitting posture. Nature lovers may also like hiking to Kitekite Falls, which are located deeper in Piha and drop from a height of about 40 metres. Along the trekking route, tourists can see many endemic birds such as tui and kereru pigeon. Its pond is home to longfin eel and the area is used extensively for climbing, diving and rappelling. The most popular activity in the area is coming to its black, sandy beaches and going out on the waters to surf on the strong waves.

About 35 km from Auckland, near Piha, is the ocean-front of Karekare, where a lot of travellers from the city come during summers. It has a topography similar to Piha as it too boasts of the Waitakere ranges and the black sandy beaches made of volcanic deposits. Here, visitors can trek through the thickly-forested yet gentle slopes and the valleys.

Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri
Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri is situated in the South Island of the country, in the Tasman Region. Its tropical climate keeps the days bright for long durations and as the weather does not change much, it bustles with travellers all through the year. From here, tours to the Abel Tasman National Park are undertaken, but its long days and sandy beaches make it an attraction in its own right. The sand on the seafront appears, golden due to the presence of quartz in high concentrations. Tourists here like to hike through the countryside, swim in the ocean and lay on the sand under the sun. Kayaks can also be hired here to explore numerous smaller portion of the seas, known as coves or sail on lagoons.

Ocean Beach, Mount Maunganui

Ocean Beach, Mount Maunganui
Ocean Beach, Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is located in the Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. The beach near its eastern base is known for its popularity with surfers. It also has a natural harbour, where the sea is gentler, making it perfect for swimming. The census report of 2001 documented a population of 30300, but during the occasions of Christmas and New Year, more than 20000 merrymakers throng this highly sought-after holiday destination. Loads of sporting events like surfing championship, volleyball tournaments and athletics events are organised here every year.

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Nightlife of Thailand

Thailand, located in Southeast Asia, is a country that in recent years has seen an unprecedented increase in its visitor percentage. This upsurge can be attributed to the fact that the world has awaken to the fact that this nation has an abundance natural beauty and man-made wonders that are awe-inspiring. The history of this region dates back to time of 13th and 14th centuries when it was ruled by the kingdoms of Sukhothai and Lan Na. However, the following several hundred of years, it saw the dominion of the Ayutthaya kingdom. Finally, the rule of Ayutthaya was over with the invasion of Burmese invaders. The 20th century was a tumultuous period for the nation that saw transition to constitutional monarchy, which today, is head by King Bumibol Adulyadej – the Head of State. To unearth and learn about the history of this wonderful region, tourists as well as history lovers can come on a Thailand tour. Another facet of this nation that has caught the attention of globetrotters and party lovers is its nightlife.

From high-end nightclubs to stylish discos, the option for partying in this country is plenty. Partying and celebrating is a part of the culture of the local people, so it is not an uncommon site to see people enjoying drinks at bars and restaurants without any inhibition. Though, most clubs and bars get closed by 1 am and to enter a nightclub or bar, the permissible age is 20 years. The destinations in Thailand, where nightlife is at its best are Khao Lak, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Chang and Hua Hin.

A Night like Never Before

The city of Chiang Mai presents an opportunity for every party goer, dancing and drinking. One of the popular areas for youngsters is the Nimmanheimin Road, where great food and live music can be enjoyed at bars and restaurants. A popular pass time of local people is riverside drinking near Ping River and enjoying performances of live music bands.

Khao Lak is the ideal place to go out and enjoy in the night, when travelling with family. There are cafes and clubs at this place that have more of a European atmosphere than Asian. In Bangkok, the nightlife offers diverse options, starting from jazz clubs, flashy bars, live music and splendid restaurants. Some of the popular spots to visit while in the city are Khao San Road, ThreeSixty Lounge, Tapas, Saxaphone and Bed Supperclub.

Pattaya and Phuket are two other most important nightlife destinations that receive an upsurge of visitors, year on year. The Pattaya Walking Street is the main area of this place that is lined with numerous bars and clubs. While in Phuket, spots that should not be given a miss, if the idea is to have a fun-filled night, are Ratri Jazz Bar, Club Lime, Ska Bar and Sound Phuket. Great music and food offered at these places to keep tourists engaged and entertained the most. People on Thailand tours, must visit all these nightlife spots for a unique holiday experience.

Beach Expedition in Pattaya

There is something about the limpid waters and sandy beaches, fringed with palm trees, that intrigue holidaymakers from around the world. Various beach holiday destinations can be spotted within the vast expanse of Asia, the largest continent in the world. One such notable hotspot thronged by tourists from all over the world is Pattaya – a premier coastal town in Thailand. It is nestled in the south-east area of Bangkok and faces the Thai Gulf. Starting from magnificent shores and revered Buddhist shrines to the effervescent nightlife and adventurous water sports, there is plenty to explore and revel in here. The place is also known for its restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques, cocktail lounges and cabarets. With so much to delve into, a holiday in Pattaya is bound to be action-packed and unforgettable. An ideal destination for families, couples and backpackers, this destination is ranked among the some of the best  resorts along the coastline in the entire continent.

Seaside Destinations in Pattaya

The town is abound with beautiful seashores that offer great value and are ideal to grab a few moments of repose or have boundless fun. Among the many coastal destinations in this lively waterfront area, two of the most popular ones are Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Both these coasts are flocked by tourists as well as locals all through the year. There are umpteen beach activities, which can be experienced during a visit at these sites.

Jomtien

Jomtien Beach
Jomtien Beach

Jomtien, a long stretch of sandy coastline, is an ideal pick for those who enjoy tranquillity and are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is certainly more appealing and less crowded than any other coastal region in the town. This shore is a popular spot among tourists and natives, who come here to enjoy cool sea breezes and scrumptious seafood under the shade of large parasols. There is a lot more to indulge in at Jomtien Beach – aqua adventures, shopping and a vibrant nightlife.

Jomtien
Jomtien

Opportunities to revel in a vast variety of exciting and adventurous water sports are available at the seafront. Tourists from far-flung areas drop by the coastal region to swim, windsurf, water ski, sail, sunbathe and snorkel. To ensure the safety of people engaging in these fun-filled activities, short certified instruction courses are designed especially for them. Barely five km from the town, there is a widely spread freshwater lake, which is used for cable ski, a sport that is witnessing a quick growth in its popularity.

The nearby Floating Market is one-of-a-kind attraction of this region, which has over 110 shops and stalls along with a number of eateries. Few kilometres drive from the market are the amazing Three Kingdoms Theme Park and the revered shrine, Wat Yansangwararam. Other attractions that are worth-a-visit in the region are Underwater World, Bottle Art Museum, Viharn Sien and Elephant Village.

Holidaymakers on Pattaya tours can enjoy all these unique experiences and explore the serenity of the entire place. This place can be visited throughout the year and the best time to arrive here are considered between September to March. Travellers can opt for airways or waterways to reach here and after de-boarding, they can choose from a variety of local means of transport to visit various places of the town.

Beautiful Beaches of Italy

Amongst the several scenic nations in this continent, Italy ranks high in the list of tourist destinations. Most of the regions in the country are sheer paradise for vacationers and when it comes to the coastline, Italy stands a class apart. Bordered by five seas – Ligurian, Mediterranean, Ionian, Tyrrhenian and Adriatic, this country boasts a sprawling coastline of more than 7000 km. Some of the most beautiful shores in the world are present in this country, which are flocked by globetrotters throughout the year. My favorite picks among the various beaches of Italy are:

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast in South Italy is considered to be one of the most beautiful shores in this country and is known for its unpredictable twists and turns. A number of picture-perfect hamlets are dotted along this seaside that offer the best ways to spend a memorable vacation. Ideal for swimming and sunbathing, this place is a perfect getaway from the busy and monotonous urban lifestyle. The view of its undulating cliffs and blooming flowers is beautiful and make for timeless clicks. The spectacular cultural landscape of Amalfi Coast has earned it honourable mention in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Isola Bella Beach 

Isola Bella Beach
Isola Bella Beach

Isola Bella Beach lies on its namesake island, which is situated towards the southern region of Italy and is known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea. Facing a small bay in the sea, this waterfront is a birdwatching destination and an integral part of a nature reserve. This rocky beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and spending a relaxing day lazing on the shore. Furthermore, entertainment activities (snorkelling) are also conducted in the emerald waters of the sea. Apart from exploring the seaside, shopping and tasting the local Italian cuisine add to the enthralling experience at this place.

Mondello Beach

Mondello Beach
Mondello Beach

Mondello Beach is situated in Palermo – the capital of Sicily and is an ideal place for spending a leisure trip. The turquoise waters, apart from being a personal choice for unwinding, offer plenty of opportunities for windsurfing. The waterfront at Mondello is situated between the two cliffs of Mount Pellegrino and Mount Gallo. This picturesque destination is also an ideal spot for sunbathing and is one of the top visited vacation spots in Italy. Originally famous for fishing activities, the coastline is also dotted with a number of restaurants, which offer visitors various seafood options and other delicacies from the Italian cuisine.

Rabbit Beach

Rabbit Beach
Rabbit Beach

Lampedusa is among the southernmost islands of the nation and apart from being my personal favourite, it is one of the most frequented beach destinations in the country. Its crystal clear turquoise waters and golden beach is ideal for sunbathing for long hours. This place ranks among the top destinations to indulge in scuba diving for those people who like to go for an adrenaline-rush activity during a vacation. The mesmerising view of the waterfront is a treat for the eyes as a result, visitors from around the world throng this coast around the year.

Numana Beach

Numana Beach
Numana Beach

The location of the Numana Beach at the base of a steep and jagged cliff adds to the general beauty of this popular tourist spot. It is situated inside the park of Mount Conero along the scenic Adriatic Coast. This destination is perfect for those people who are looking to spend some quality time along a beach dotted with lush green vegetation. The cool breeze imparts a peaceful aura to the environs, and the view is captivating from the seaside. Apart from the usual beach activities, there are also ample opportunities on offer for taking part in birdwatching and other interesting activities.

San Vito lo Capo Beach

San Vito lo Capo Beach
San Vito lo Capo Beach

Among all the coasts in this country, there is hardly any other more beautiful than San Vito lo Capo Beach. White sandy beaches along with a palm-fringed coastline attracts thousands of visitors to this part of the world. The waters are shallow and turquoise in colour, thus providing ample swimming opportunities. It is famous for its picturesque, crystal clear waters and is often termed as the Maldives of Italy by many. Furthermore, it is in proximity to the Zingaro Nature Reserve, which offers a breathtaking array of cliffs, majestic rocks, caves and grottos. This unique landscape has nurtured the growth of a variety of flora and fauna, thus enhancing the natural beauty of this place.

Marina Piccola

Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola

Among the numerous beaches in Capri, Marina Piccola, along the southern coast is most famous. The coastline is rocky and offers mesmerising views of the rock formations of faraglioni. The clear azure waters here offer a  opportunity to indulging in swimming. However, the best way to spend a memorable day here is by renting a deck chair and sunbathing on its golden sands. Bathing establishments have been built along the coastline as thousands of visitors spend their day swimming at the bay here. This place ranks as one of the most visited in Capri.

Palmarola Island

Palmarola Island
Palmarola Island

Located amidst the vast Tyrrhenian Sea along the western coasts of Italy, Palmarola Island has emerged as a popular holiday destination in the last couple of decades. This quaint isle is usually connected from the mainland of the nation by boats and is flocked by tourists during the summer season. It has also evolved as a natural reserve and is the second largest in Pontine Island. This island is an ideal getaway for those who are planning to spend a quiet retreat at a picturesque destination. The shore at this location is jagged and mostly uninhabited with an extensive covering of cliffs, bays and grottos.

Cala Goloritzè Beach

Cala Goloritzè Beach
Cala Goloritzè Beach

This destination has topped the charts quite a number of times in independent surveys as the top beach location in this nation. Apart from being one of my favourites, it is ideal for those people who want to have an entertaining time at the shore. Several water sports like deep sea diving and snorkelling are practised here with great enthusiasm. The picture-perfect environs allow for other activities like trekking, birdwatching and free climbing to be practised here. This spot is ideal to spend time with friends and families as well as engage in sunbathing. Accommodation options are offered aplenty for visitors to spend a memorable time here.

Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu
Cala Mariolu

Situated along the middle eastern coastal region of Sardinia in the Nuoro province, Cala Mariolu is one of the most favoured vacation spots in the nation. The stunning pebbled waterfront offers some of the most idyllic spots to spend a memorable weekend with friends and families. Apart from the usual sunbathing and swimming, people can also indulge in diving and snorkelling at this coast. Little islands have emerged as a result of the rocks and boulders and add to the beauty of the picturesque turquoise waters. The beauty of the Mediterranean vegetation along the coastline offers an ideal backdrop for timeless pictures.

These are some of those spots in Italy that should never be missed by those people on Italy tours mean something special. I have visited a number of these and have realised that some of the best coasts in the world are located in this country. Whether it is to engage in exciting water sports with friends or spend a quite weekend retreat with family, the country offers a plenty of options. The azure waters of the surrounding seas, the picture-perfect coastline, palm-fringed vegetation and all those things that are associated with stunning beach locations can be found here. Travellers who are planning to visit any of these seaside locations or any other can avail local transport options. Make sure to bring a still or video camera to capture all the timeless moments at the shores. Visitors can also do ample shopping at this destination and take away souvenir items with them as memories.

Some of the Best Beaches of USA

The United States of America (USA) ranks high amongst the topmost destinations, which are recommended for spending a joyful vacation. In terms of seaside attractions, there is hardly any other country that offers such a huge variety as the US does. Visiting various beaches on US holidays can be one of the most cherished holiday experiences, be it with family, friends or that special someone. The vastness of oceans and seas that border the country has blessed it with some of the most spectacular shores of the world. Accompanied by state-of-the-art infrastructure and modern facilities, most of these have become top vacation destinations for beach lovers across the world. The beautiful waterfronts of this place never disappoint me, whenever it comes to spending a short trip on the shore.  Some of these are mentioned here:

Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California
Venice Beach, California

Those planning to indulge in some exhilarating seaside activities should surely visit the Venice Beach in California. Stretching up to 3 miles, this sandy seafront is dotted with numerous entertainment options, which keep visitors engaged throughout the sojourn. Among my personal favourites are the talented street performers, which include singers, musicians, acrobats, mimes, jugglers, fortune tellers and what not. The sheer talent of these live performers and the zeal, with which they entertain the crowd, are hit amongst visitors. This global tourist destination is known for its boardwalk, skate dancing venues and sporting arenas.

Beachwalker Park, South Carolina

 

Beachwalker Park, South Carolina
Beachwalker Park, South Carolina

This public shore is situated in the southern region of Kiawah Island and ranks high among the seaside vacation hotspots in the USA. The location of this destination on one of the most picturesque islands in the nation has contributed to the high tourist influx. Ideal for adventure enthusiasts, the water here is perfect for adrenaline-pumping activities like canoeing and kayaking. Apart from the usual seaside activities, birdwatching is common at this place. A cycling trip along the 11 miles long coast is the best way to explore the area. The boardwalk of this park is dotted with trees and plants, which add to its beauty. Several snack bars, restrooms, showers and accommodation are available along the shore for the convenience of visitors.

Palm Beach, Florida

 

Palm Beach, Florida
Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach, reputed as The Gold Coast, is among the topmost destinations for those who are looking to go on a beach holiday. Located in its namesake county in Florida, this place is flocked by thousands of tourists and fun enthusiasts all around the year. Lined with picturesque promenades, huge mansions and swanky restaurants, this waterfront showcases the stylish urban lifestyle of the US. The placid waters at this destination attract most of the tourists, who come here to experience entertaining seaside activities.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach, Florida

 Clearwater Beach, situated in the Gulf of Mexico, is acknowledged worldwide for crystal clear waters and pristine white sand shores. Several entertaining water sports and other engaging activities are organised here for visitors throughout the year. Among these, the most popular ones are parasailing, jet skiing and boat tours. At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium nearby, tourists can spot dolphins, which entertain adults and kids alike. Talented street performers display their skills along the coastline and these performances are what that attracted me the most to this place. Countless restaurants and shopping destinations are located at the promenade adjacent to the coastline, which ensure that tourists get the best of everything at a single place.

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham
Coast Guard Beach, Eastham

A local favourite for swimming and other water activities, Coast Guard Beach is a frequented site, particularly during the scorching summer season. Located in the Eastham town of Massachusetts, this seafront is a famous holiday destination in the United States. The sea waves here are consistent, due to which thrill seekers can often be sighted enjoying body surfing – a popular adventure sport. However, the best way to explore the sand here is by cycling along the sprawling coastline. Groups of people can be spotted going for long walks and excursion trails, when the weather is favourable. The deep coloured waters and the persistent sound of waves keep visitors engrossed at this beach during a vacation.

Coronado Beach, California

Coronado Beach, California
Coronado Beach, California

This shore, besides being my personal favourite, has been voted several times as the best seaside location in the country by travel experts worldwide. Due to the extensive presence of mica in the sand, the coastline glistens beautifully with the touch of the bright rays of the sun. The foamy waves that caress the coast are gentle in nature and make a walk at this shore simply memorable. Whether looking for a romantic getaway, an exciting family vacation, an adrenaline-pumping trip or a solo tour, this shore fits every category with perfection. People can indulge in surfing, paddle/boogie boarding, sunbathing and a plethora of other entertainment activities at this place.

Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach, New York
Rockaway Beach, New York

Situated in the New York City (NYC), Rockaway Beach is popular as the largest urban seafront in the United States. Lying in a prime location accessible from all the major neighbourhoods of NYC, this beach gets immensely crowded during weekends as a large number of locals flock it for short day trips. Facing the expansive blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this place is a scenic destination tucked away from the crowded locales of the city. Similar to other beaches of the country, tourists get to see several street performers, who showcase their various talents. Relax on the soft sand, gazing at the azure waters of the ocean and forget about the worries of life. A number of entertaining water sports are organised here that are a major point of attraction for tourists.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Facing the expanse of the enormous Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is one of the most happening seaside locations in the nation. Regarded as the longest pleasure beach by the Guinness Book of World Records, this city is the ultimate holiday destination to be. Most of the business associated with the coastline includes a plethora of hotels, restaurants, motels and other shopping outlets. People coming here can be seen engaged in adventure sports and seaside activities like swimming and volleyball.

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, Florida

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, Florida
Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, Florida

One of the most enchanting and oldest places of tourist interest in the United States is Hollywood, perched between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. With a mesmerising waterfront along the azure water body, it has been an immensely loved tourist spot since almost a century. The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is one of the most famous promenades across the world and extends to about 2.5 miles along the Atlantic coastline. Walkers, joggers and roller blading fanatics can be spotted at this destination. The turquoise waters of the ocean make an immensely pleasant backdrop for beautiful clicks, which is why this place is amongst my favourites in the USA.

Miami Beach, Florida

 

Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach ranks amongst the best holiday destinations across the globe and lies in the ever-charming city of Florida. It has always been a premier tourist destinations, not only for locals, but also for people from all around the world. This place holds the reputation of being the most ideal location for entertaining activities, culture, arts and nightlife. It offers almost everything that is expected from a seaside spot, be it adventure sports or a live music concert. Exclusive accommodation options are offered here and several swanky restaurants are lined along the coast.

 

Travelling to the United States of America is incomplete if its shores are not explored. The beauty of these waterfronts and the plethora of entertainment options together form an unmissable combination for holidaymakers. Several of these hotspots have found mentions in various lists of leading holiday destinations across the globe. There are well-organised modes of transport, so that people coming to this place can easily commute to these popular destinations. The accommodation and dining options near these beaches are also plenty in number, thus ensuring a comfortable and convenient vacation. A number of shopping arcades and entertainment centres have been established at these shores. As a result, people visiting these coastal areas can go on a shopping spree or indulge in several entertainment activities. Make sure to take a still or video camera for capturing the memorable moments spent at the seaside while on a vacation with family or friends. Go on a trip to this vibrant country and explore the unique coasts and plethora of seaside delights.

Beaches of UK

Holidays with family and friends on a shore is considered to be the best way to getaway from the mundane life by many. Be it crystal clear waters, golden sands or the palm-fringed vegetation, a seaside vacation undoubtedly beats all other options. Serenity and tranquility best define a beach location, where I spend a lot of vacation time. Whenever I felt tired of the monotony of modern lifestyle, I make it a point for such trips and have never been disappointed. A weekend or more of desolate freedom amidst the calming sea breeze and whoosh; all the tiredness and fatigue goes away. Perhaps, this is the sole reason, which has made me visit numerous shores around the globe time and again.

Europe, the smallest continent in the world, is a mesmerizing place to visit due to immense climatic variance, stunning natural and man-made architectural wonders and varied topography. However, the fact that it has a plethora of exquisite beach locations, which are frequented by vacationers is a known fact. Most of its countries are bordered by a number of small and large water bodies, thus paving the path for scenic shores. Among these places, United Kingdom is one of those nations that never disappoints an eager beach side visitor. Some of my favorite coastal regions are situated in this country, which I have visited time and again over the years.

Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Viking Bay, Broadstairs
Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Viking Bay is the most famous spot in Broadstairs and is a horse-shoe shaped beach side. It is the main bay at this location amongst the other six and is patrolled by lifeguards. Ideal for family holidays, this spot is frequented by tourists all around the year. Apart from the usual swimming and sunbathing activities, this coast side is also popular as a fishing destination. Several stalls, restaurants and other attractions are dotted along the coast that make the visit to this place a refreshing one. Its extensive sandy bay, broad walk and the cliff-top promenade make this destination worthwhile to visit with family and friends.

Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton

Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton
Saunton Sands Beach, Braunton

Saunton Sands Beach is located on the coastal region of North Devon in Braunton and is most popular as a surfing location. It is also an ideal place to visit by families during a vacation. The clear waters are apt for swimming, and the long beach provides ample space for a quiet sunbathing experience. This waterfront is regarded ideal for surfers, be it beginners or experts; the waves offer some of the best surfing experiences. The seaside promenade is lined with a number of food outlets, restaurants and other shops that make a visit to this destination all the more exciting.

Durham Heritage Coast

Durham Heritage Coast
Durham Heritage Coast

The mesmerising Durham Heritage Coast has a plethora of beaches together with vivid landscapes and monstrous cliffs. This coastal region has received many accolades, the most noteworthy among these being UK Landscape Award in the year 2010. This region has a variety of flora and fauna, grasslands and several other places of historical and natural interest. The stunning views along the beaches is splendid and give tourists an opportunity to admire the beauty of nature. The entire length of the coastline offers some of the best views of the countryside of Britain.

Sandbanks Poole

Sandbanks Poole
Sandbanks Poole

Sometimes, Sandbanks Beach is stated as the best beach side location in the United Kingdom. It is, essentially, a small peninsula at the opening of the Poole Harbour on the coast of English Channel near Dorset. The beauty of this place is so surreal that it has earned the fourth largest land value across the globe. Having a shallow bay, the beach is extremely clear and the azure water here allows people to engage in swimming. Tourists can also walk into the waters for quite some distance due to its shallowness. It is regarded as one of the safest coastal regions in the continent of Europe. Ample recreation opportunities are offered along the coastline for the entertainment of visitors.

Nairn Beach

Nairn Beach Map
Nairn Beach Map
Nairn Beach
Nairn Beach

One of the best locations to spend a quiet retreat, Nairn ranks high among my favourite place for a quiet weekend. It is mostly visited during the summer season by families and large groups for vacations. Located in the Highland council region in Scotland, the shore at Nairn also has a promenade of grassy area and low sand dunes. The region from Black Isles to Moray Firth offers a stunning view of the nearby region and is an ideal spot to click pictures. Enthusiasts can also spot dolphins, which are a major source of attraction here. Nairn is also home to some of the most popular golf courses in the world, attracting pioneers of the game from around the globe.

Filey Beach

Filey Beach
Filey Beach

The small town of Filey is home to a stunning beach located towards the northern area of Yorkshire in England. It has a stunning stretch of approximately five miles of golden sandy coastline. Dotted with a historical promenade and chalets with a Sculpture Trail, this location is a favourite among explorers and adventure seekers. Apart from the usual seaside activities, pony rides and sailing courses are offered here, which attract youth and old people, alike. Lifeguards patrol the shores for the safety of tourists. Filey Beach remains open all around the year, thus emerging as one of the most popular vacation spots in the country.

Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly are a one-stop destination for those people who want to make the best of a seaside vacations. It is an archipelago located away from the south-western region of the peninsula of Cornish of Great Britain. Sometimes, this place is regarded as the best in England due to its unspoilt and clean nature. A place, which I visit again and again, offers some of the best views of turquoise waters and silvery sands. A lot of entertainment activities are offered here that visitors can take part in for their merriment. People can spend an entire day simply by relaxing on the beach and gazing into the azure horizon.

Weymouth Beach

Weymouth Beach
Weymouth Beach

Weymouth Beach is located close to the town of Weymouth in Dorset, England. People who are looking to spend their vacation by sea can pay a visit here. This shore is quite long and has a gentle slope, thus allowing swimming and bathing quite easy. Most visitors who come to this place spend their time by indulging in games and sunbathing. The small waves and crystal clear waters are quite friendly even for amateur swimmers. Spending a refreshing weekend on this serene beach can be a memorable experience for many.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach
Fistral Beach

Situated at the northern coastal region of Cornwall in England, Fistral Beach has been one of the most visited shores since decades. The waterfront facing the Atlantic is backed by undulating sand dunes, which are a major attraction at this destination. The best activity to indulge in at this place is surfing, and people from around the globe come here for it. With consistent waves, its western part provides ample surfing opportunities. Several international surfing events are organised along the coastline every year. Visiting this beach and enjoying azure waters of the Atlantic is considered a delight by globetrotters and locals, alike.

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth
Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

Hengistbury Head is regarded as top seaside destinations in the United Kingdom. Supporting various natural habitats, it is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The shore is south facing and is dotted with pebbles and clay cliffs. Apart from being a major tourist hotspot, it is also noteworthy as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The extensive sandy beaches are frequented by families that make up for a relaxing and memorable vacation. Popular among locals, this place is frequently visited by people who are planning to trip a seaside location on excursions and picnics.

The United Kingdom is one of the most visited places, not only in the continent of Europe, but also in the world. Since it has become home to a cosmopolitan population, tourists to get a homely feeling while touring this place. A sojourn to any of its mesmerizing coastal regions can be a memorable experience for any. Transport options are available in plenty at this place, which a relief for travelers, who wish to travel from one location to another with minimum hassles. Most of the seaside destinations are dotted with accommodation options, shopping arcades and food outlets, which take care of all requirements of visitors. UK holidays, with a visit to any of its coastal spots, is not only an exciting experience, but one that remains in memory for a lifetime.

Sunny Beaches of Singapore

A holiday for some means an escape from the usual lifestyle, whereas for others it is just a way of indulging in limitless fun. When it comes to both endless entertainment and complete rejuvenation of the mind, no destination fulfils the criteria better than a beach. Globetrotters are always in search of exotic coastal regions with azure waters and sprawling stretches of shining sands. Even I am fascinated by the stunning landscapes of beaches and always prefer them above mountains and other places of tourist interests.

The best thing I like about sea shores is that you can indulge in a plethora of enthralling activities of your choice at these places. Whether you play a game of beach volleyball with your buddies or take a romantic walk on the shore with your loved one, every single thing gives a memory to cherish. As I have always been into adventure and water sports, there is a soft spot for sea side locations in my heart. Things get even better when you carry a camera and get a chance to capture the mesmerising vistas during different hours of the day.

Singapore – the scenic island country in the southeast of Asia – is an ultimate beach destination for those, who wish to explore something new in terms of holiday spots. Although the archipelago is not immensely famous for its shorelines, it still manages to offer a unique experience to travellers. Bounded by waters of the Singapore Strait and the Straits of Johor, this place has quite a few beautiful natural and man-made waterfronts, which succeed in impressing tourists from the world over. I have extensively travelled the country and can easily name some of the best seafronts one must visit while being here:

Beach on East Coast Park

East Coast Park
East Coast Park

Lying on the south-eastern coast of the country, the East Coast Park earns fame for its multitude of entertainment options. I was fascinated to see the beautiful man-made wonder along the bounds of the park that has been protected by constructing breakwaters. The mesmerising coastline of this park spreads up to 15 km and is dotted with trails of coconut palms, which sway with the touch of the gentle breeze of the sea. Whether you are an avid adventure enthusiast or a food connoisseur, it promises to keep you enthralled and engaged with its plethora of options. The popularity of this park can be understood by the fact that it is frequented by almost seven million travellers on an annual basis.

Beach on Sembawang Park

Sembawang Park Beach
Sembawang Park Beach

Situated ashore the Johor Straits in the north of Singapore, Sembawang Park is a peaceful place to be. The park is named after an endemic tree species and is almost secluded in comparison to other crowded places of the region. What stands as the highlight of this sea-facing park is its beach, which is amongst the few natural waterfronts that have survived amidst the rapid commercialisation in Singapore. I was happy to see the natural coconut plantations on this sandy shore that show how it has managed to stay away from the extensive land reclamation and urbanisation. Historic structures like Sembawang Jetty, Seletar Pier, Boat Slipway and Beaulieu House lend an old-world charm to this place.

Beach on West Coast Park

West Coast Park
West Coast Park Beach

Themed as Play Centre in the West, the West Coast Park is another beach attraction in the island nation. Similar to its counterparts, this park has been built on a piece of reclaimed land and is located opposite the West Coast Highway. The beach of this beautiful park is more of a breakwater and offers views of neighbouring islands and industrial ports. What I loved the most of all about this park is its Adventure Play Area, which is for people of all ages and is bifurcated into different zones. Not only this, but the park features barbecue pits, camping spaces, sand play zones and event venues, which altogether ensure a wonderful time for visitors. Tourists can also enjoy fishing in the crystal clear waters that bound this western beach of Singapore.

Beach on Pasir Ris Park

Pasir Ris Park Beach
Pasir Ris Park Beach

Pasir Ris Park is one of the few places in Singapore, which showcase a perfect amalgam of nature and man-made efforts. The name of this park literally means beach bolt-rope, which is suggestive of a narrow coastline. Having a sprawling mangrove forest within its geographical bounds, the park serves as home to several bird species. I spent a good amount of time  birdwatching and clicking pictures from the watching tower, especially built for this purpose. The park offers proper provisions for recreational activities like skating, bicycling, kayaking as well as several water sports. Food lovers can enjoy a variety of palatable delights, ranging from local seafood to international delicacies at this place.

Changi Beach Park

Changi Beach Park Map
Changi Beach Park Map

Counted amongst the oldest coastal parks in Singapore, Changi Beach Park is a frequented hangout spot for locals as well as tourists. This beach and park are situated at the north-eastern tip of the mainland and are historically associated with the Second World War. The sprawling shoreline at Changi is carpeted with sparkling white sand and dotted with coconut palms. Boasting an old-world charm, the seafront is a nostalgic reminder of the sixties and seventies. In present times, the park has barbecue pits, benches, shacks and playgrounds, which cater to varied demands of travellers. For the young and adventurous at heart, facilities for water sports, kayaking and bicycling are available out here.

Palawan Beach, Sentosa

Palawan Beach, Sentosa
Palawan Beach, Sentosa

While being in Sentosa – the idyllic island resort in Singapore, one place that fascinated me to the core was Palawan Beach. This man-made wonder lies in the heart of the southern coastline of the island and is considered a perfect picnic spot for families and groups. What drew my attention while being at this destination was the suspension bridge, linking it to a small islet, which is regarded as the closest point to the line of Equator in Asia. The coastline has an abundance of bars and shacks, where tourists can relish seafood, beverages and several other dietary delights. The kids club present at this location makes sure that your little ones are thoroughly engaged while you spend some romantic time together.

Siloso Beach, Sentosa

 

Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Siloso Beach, Sentosa

For the playful souls and fun-loving travellers, it is the perfect place to explore while being in Singapore. A part of the Sentosa Island, this seafront lies towards the west of its southern coast. This place is synonymous with beach volleyball and is frequented by sporty spirits throughout the year. Fun does not end at this sport as the there are facilities for other thrilling activities like skimboarding, kayaking, cycling and rollerblading at this place. If that does not excite you enough, then the themed bars and restaurants are sure to keep you enthralled. As the sun sets, the area gets alive with a vibrant nightlife, which managed to keep me awake throughout the night. Colourful, bustling and full of fun, Siloso is the ultimate destination for the young at heart.

Tanjong Beach, Sentosa

Tanjong Beach, Sentosa
Tanjong Beach, Sentosa

Amidst the three beautiful seafronts in Sentosa, Tanjong Beach is the one that has an aura of tranquility. It is shaped like the beautiful crescent moon and is lined with swaying coconut palms all over. The vast expanse of the sea looks mesmerising from this location, especially during the time of sunrise and sunset. I had a wonderful time in clicking photographs of the landscape of this scenic waterfront. As the sun sets, it looks stunning with the twinkling ship lights in the backdrop.

Punggol Beach

Punggol Beach
Punggol Beach

Situated ashore the Johor Straits, Punggol is an impressive waterfront, which is characterized by stretches of white sand and rocky formations. While the sandy portion of this shore is flocked by tourists for sunbathing and frolicking, the other part is frequented by those who love fishing. Photography lovers are sure to get delighted on visiting this place as it is famous for its beautiful vistas of sunrise and sunset.

Noordin Beach

 

Noordin Beach
Noordin Beach

Noordin Beach is a quiet and sandy seashore that is situated in the Pulau Ubin Island of Singapore. Covered with shining white sands and coconut palms, this seafront overlooks the vast expanse of the Johor Straits. One thing that attracts tourists towards this place is the excellent camping facility present here, which enables them to stay overnight and experience its glory after the sunset.

 

Travelers coming on Singapore holidays are sure to have memorable moments at its beaches. While adventure seekers can indulge in thrilling water sports, food lovers can taste a variety of authentic dishes on the seaside shacks. When I went to Singapore, the experience of visiting these beaches was simply marvellous. The nightlife at these sea side destinations was fascinating and kept me awake till dawn. Equally amazing were the scenic vistas, which were worth capturing in the camera. To be true, the archipelago nation of Singapore is a delight for all those who are in search of some new waterfronts to explore.

Beaches of Thailand

Though I have been a beach lover all my life, I still have a longing to explore more of such locations. These destinations are spread all across the world and for a globetrotter like me, they are never sufficient. Lately my visit included the beach destinations of Australia, Spain, Greece, and the highlight of this long excursion was the shores of Thailand. This beautiful nation lies in the southeast region of Asia and is flanked by the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. In recent years, this land has transformed into a tourist hotspot owing to the variety of attractions a tourist can explore here.

There is a multitude of breathtaking islands, which are scattered all over Thailand. They include a variety of sheltered bays and coves that are flocked by travelers from all parts of the world. The shores of this region cater to the interest of honeymooners, romance seekers, family vacationers, solitude searchers and backpackers. Furthermore, numerous daredevil sports activities like water skiing, snorkelling, windsurfing, parasailing, canoeing, kayaking and banana boat riding can also be enjoyed at these place. Few of the locations are also ideal for ardent photographers as their landscape is rare to be seen anywhere in the world. Among a number of shores of this land, the ones I desire to visit again are:

 

Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach is located on the southern part of Phuket and is among the most tranquil seashores of Thailand. It is enclosed within dense green hills and still seems to be untouched by any human being. This coastline is spotless and comprises golden coloured sand and azure water, which is suitable for swimming. During my visit, I saw many tourists from the nearby regions anchoring their boats and yachts and enjoying sunbathing at the seaside. There are also a few restaurants built near this destination that serve mouth-watering local cuisine and are famous for their seafood. I even enjoyed getting massaged by the locals masseuses.

Patong Beach

Patong Beach
Patong Beach

Patong Beach is undoubtedly the most exuberant and lively shore of Thailand, and is even mentioned as one of the most sought-after beaches of the world. It is almost impossible to get bored at this shore owing to a number of activities offered here. During the night time, the entire atmosphere of the coastline transforms to groovy and happening. Local DJs play foot-tapping music and the boisterous crowd revels with endless manoeuvres, thus, creating a vibrant ambience. In the daytime, several vacationers can be seen lazing on the silken sand and enjoying sunbathing, while other active souls indulge in swimming in the cool water. The seashore is surrounded by a number of hotels, discotheques, pubs and massage parlours, all of which provide a suitable environment to wellness seekers. Shopaholics like me specially get delighted after visiting this place.

Railay Beach

Railay Beach
Railay Beach

 Railay Beach on the southern coast of Thailand is an incredibly beautiful shore, which is surrounded by dense forest zone and massive limestone cliffs. It is located between the cities of Ao Nang and Krabi, and can only be accessed by a boat. It is flanked by the warm Andaman Sea that offers numerous recreational activities for tourists to indulge in. The adventurous sports of snorkelling, kayaking, white water rafting and diving can be enjoyed here. Along with these sports, several other daring acts, such as rock climbing, jungle trekking, quad biking and Elephant safari are also organised at and near the beach. During peak seasons, travellers from all over the world gather here to take part in all these events and enjoy their holidays.

Maya Bay

Maya Bay
Maya Bay

During my tour to this country, one place that instantly caught my attention was the Maya Bay. This serene bay is located in the Kh Phi Phi Ley Island and is overlooked by lofty limestone cliffs. Inside, there are a few seaside locations, out of which the main one is packed with tourists throughout the year owing to its white velvety sand and translucent water. I was in elation after exploring this unfathomed piece of Phi Phi archipelago and witness its underwater corals and exotic fishes. The tall cliffs also provided me the opportunity to experience the fearsome act of diving from a greater altitude straight into the azure coloured aqua. Later, I also came to know that scenes of the famous Hollywood blockbuster flick called The Beach – starring Leonardo Di Caprio, were shot here.

Kata Beach

Kata Beach
Kata Beach

Kata Beach is situated just a few km away from the Patong Beach and unlike the latter shore, this one is known for its state of quietude. The shore is dotted with leafy palm trees and comprises serene white sand and clear water. Dense green hills overlook this one mile long coastline, thus, providing a sense of calmness to its atmosphere. Tourists generally visit this place to repose under the glazing sun and swim into the cool aqua. The shore has gradually turned into a growing family vacation spot owing to a number of dining and shopping options in its vicinity. It is also considered ideal for clicking pictures as its landscape offers various opportunities to avid photographers.

White Sand Beach

White Sand Beach
White Sand Beach

The White Sand Beach, located in Koh Chang, is an exclusive seaside destination in the entire Thailand. After visiting this shore, I was touched by its serenity and wanted to behold it for long. The layer of white sand particles on the seashore suffice the name and offer a unique spectacle to onlookers. The two and a half km long stretch is crowded with tourists throughout the day who largely flock to admire it and swim in its turquoise water. Sitting ideally on the shore, I did not come to know when the sunset arrived as its hard to remove eyes from the vast white sand-sheet. This time of the evening marks the arrival of numerous locals and leisure strollers, and the atmosphere turns lively with the screeches of children and adults playing football and volleyball.

Sunrise Beach

Sunrise Beach, Thailand
Sunrise Beach, Thailand

The locals call it Hat Chao Ley, and it is considered among the best locations in Thailand to engage in the activity of snorkeling. It has a two km long stretch of white silken sand and sapphire colored aqua. This mesmerising shore has an abundance of exotic marine life that attracts several tourists. This seashore is a prominent attraction of the Koh Lipe Island and gets its name from the breathtaking sunrise view it offers. During high season, the cool wind constantly gushes at the shore and invokes a soothing sense among people indulged in sunbathing. Being a sports adventurer myself, I highly enjoyed the act of snorkeling at the shore and was appeased to witness the vibrant coral and unique water species.

Haad Rin

 

Haad Rin
Haad Rin

Although I experienced the nightlife of Patong Beach, there was still one shore that intrigued me to witness the same again. Haad Rin, a peninsular beach in the Island of Koh Pha Ngan, is acknowledged for its Full Moon Parties.

Full Moon Parties
Full Moon Parties

I had heard locals and tourists boasting about this shore and its wild atmosphere at night, and becoming a part of these groovy parties clarified all my misconceptions. During the day, the soft golden sand and the limpid aqua catches sight of a nature admirer, but the nights are all about revelling. Apart from having an effervescent environment, Haad Rin is also ideal for swimming and admiring the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Just north to the Pantong Beach and on the west coast on Phuket Island lies the serene Kamala Beach. Unlike the other bustling shores of Thailand, this coastline is ideal for solitude seekers and people wanting some respite from the mundane city life. This shore is overlooks dense forests and is acknowledged for its uncluttered golden sands and pellucid water. After reaching this place, all I could do was gaze at the sapphire hues of the aqua and feel myself getting slowly lost into its beauty. Phuket holidays  to this place are also suitable for those who prefer the calmness of the atmosphere rather than the clamour of crowds.

Freedom Beach

 

Freedom Beach
Freedom Beach

My last visit during the  Thailand tour was the Freedom Beach and its spellbinding beauty still lingers in my mind. Located in the Phuket Island, this shore can only be reached either by a boat or a trek through a dense forest area. The white sand along with the indigo-blue water tempted me to keep beholding them and not remove my sight for once. It is an exotic hideaway situated amidst thick jungles and groves of tall trees. At the southern end of this seashore, I also engaged in snorkelling and felt delighted to explore the underwater flora and fauna.

 

Most of these coastlines are crowded with travellers throughout the day and the only way possible to reach them is by a boat. Given the opportunity, I would certainly want to visit these seaside locations once again and be a part of the natural beauty of Thailand.

Oodles of Fun and Frolic at Beaches of Greece

A vacation at a seafront always delights those who love to relax on dazzling sand beholding gushing waves hitting the shores and admiring the beautiful sunrise and sunset. There are numerous such locations around the world for travellers to visit and one among them is the country of Greece. This southernmost European nation is bestowed with several beautiful beaches and my experience at these places will always be a part of my nostalgia. After an excursion to these locations, all I am left with is the enchanting memories of turquoise aqua and white hues of shores. These thoughts keep lingering in my mind and all I want to do is go back to those spots to behold them once more.

Greece
Greece

Greece is flanked by the Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, each of these contributing to the extensive coastline of the nation that exceeds up to 16000 km. Half of the Greek coasts are dotted with majestic islands and isles, which are largely in the Aegean Sea. Visitors from all over the globe flock to this destination to explore its shorelines, which provide them with the opportunity to relax and engage in a variety of exciting water sports. The magnificence of Greek beaches can be determined by the fact that almost all have been rewarded with the Blue Flag grant year after year. This survey is conducted to examine the quality of water and the associated environment of the beaches located across over 40 European nations. During my journey to this country, I witnessed the serenity of these shores and was completely mesmerized by their beauty. Some of the beaches of Greece that I have been to and desire to go again are:

Myrtos Beach

Myrtos Beach
Myrtos Beach

Located on the Kefalonia Island in the Ionian Sea, Myrtos Beach is undoubtedly among the most exotic ones of the country. It is situated amidst the Kalon Oros and Agia Dynati mountains, and is dotted with white cliffs of limestone. This one-mile stretch of coast seems to be adorned with white pebbles of various size. Although, adventurous activities are not organised here, the place is still famed for enjoying sunbathe and taking a dip into the cool blue water. Locals consider this place as one of the most dramatic spots of Greece and I cannot agree more. The sunset at the shore is breathtaking and invokes a feeling of euphoria as the huge fireball slowly disappears into the Ionian Sea, providing a great spectacle to onlookers.

Elafonissi

Elafonissi
Elafonissi

Elafonissi is an island  situated in the southwest region of Crete and serves as a protected nature reserve for a variety of floral and faunal species. The region comprises immaculate beaches on its either side that are known for their pellucid water and white sands, which transform into a hue of pink at few places.

Chrissoskalitissa Monastery.
Chrissoskalitissa Monastery.

The water at these beaches is generally shallow and suitable for both adults and children to swim without any risks. There are a few tavernas nearby and rooms for rent. A prominent attraction located in proximity to this place is the Chrissoskalitissa Monastery.

Voutoumi Beach

Anti Paxos Island
Anti Paxos Island

This shore is located at the northern end of Anti Paxos Island, inside a large cove that is surrounded by cliffs. It is entirely dotted with fine shingles along with a variety of vegetation, thus, creating a breathtaking landscape. The moment I stepped on this beach, I was pleased to sense the velvety pearl-coloured sand and my eyes were just focussed on the lucid water shimmered by the sunrays. The indigo coloured water at this location is suitable for swimming and indulging in other fun-filled activities like snorkelling and diving. The favourable condition of this location attracts numerous tourists from the nearby isles during the summer season.

Navagio Beach

Navagio Beach
Navagio Beach
Navagio Beach Cove/Cliff
Navagio Beach Cove/Cliff

Also called as the Shipwreck Beach, this shore is actually a cove in the Zakynthos Island. The name shipwreck has been given to the beach as it comprises the wreck of a ship of smugglers known as Panagiotis. The entire region is wrapped in limestone cliffs and is renowned for its pristine water and white sand. I was advised to carry my camera along as the beach has been described as a paradise for an avid photographer. This place can only be reached by a boat, which can be easily availed from Port Vromi.

Koukounaries Beach

 

Koukounaries Beach
Koukounaries Beach

Koukounaries Beach is situated on the Island of Skiathos and is most popular among family vacationers and sports enthusiasts. The name of this destination means Pine Cones and is sufficed by the dense coniferous forest in its surroundings. It stretches up to a mile and is speckled with golden sand and tall pine trees. This seashore has also been given the grant of Blue Flag for it is uncluttered and has translucent water. Being a daredevil, I was exalted after participating in the variety of sports activity organised at this shore, such as banana boat ride, peddle boating, sailing and water skiing. There are also a couple of tavernas out here that serve delicacies of the native land as well as other regions.

Porto Katsiki

 

Porto_Katsiki
Porto_Katsiki
Porto Katsiki Cliff
Porto Katsiki Cliff

During my sojourn to Greece, one beach that made a huge impression on my mind was Porto Katsiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porto_Katsiki) . Located on the Lefkada Island, this seashore is among the foremost to be visited in entire Europe. It is overlooked by a steep arc-shaped cliff that seems to be protruding from the limpid water. There is a series of steps created on the cliff for a convenient descent to the shore. After climbing them down, I was left amazed after stepping onto the golden sand and discovering other sightseers like me, enjoying sunbathing. At this shore, a variety of water sports can be enjoyed, such as swimming, sailing and surfing.

Sarakiniko Beach

Sarakiniko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach

Sarakiniko Beach is situated at the northern part of the Milos Island and is a prominent attraction of the region. The highlight about this shore is its landscape, which includes hollowed rocks sitting horizontally. This seashore is also known as Moonscape Beach due to the bone-white color of rocks, which have been eroded by the saline water. Standing at one end of the shore, I was overwhelmed by the picturesque scenery created by the indigo blue aqua touching the surface of white volcanic sediments. This coastline provides an ideal outing experience, and people can also enjoy taking a dip in the cool water.

Egremni Beach

Egremni Beach
Egremni Beach

Another fantastic such place to visit in Greece is the Egremni Beach situated at the southwest region of the Island of Lefkada. This shore is a famed destination of the country as well as the entire Europe owing to its sapphire-coloured water and views of sunrise and sunset. I had to climb down almost 340 steps, which are aligned on the cliff overlooking this beach. The shore stretches to more than one and a half mile and is generally not that crowded, thus, making it an ideal spot for solitude seekers. Since there no lifeguards on duty at this place, it is advised to be careful while indulging in water sports, especially if it involves kids as sometimes the waves can be quite strong.

Triades Beach

 

Triades Beach
Triades Beach

If travellers want to escape from the paradigm of crowded shores, then Triades Beach serves as an ideal spot for them. This secluded seashore is located on the western part of the Island of Milos and in actuality is a group of three beaches having similar characteristics. The shore is defined by its azure water and golden sand that are idyllic for spending leisure time. It is not much organised as compared to the other coastlines of the nation, but offers a sense of tranquillity to visitors. I arrived here during the evening time and was welcomed by strong gushes of cool breeze.

Valto Beach

 

Valto Beach
Valto Beach

Valto Beach is located at a shorter distance from the town of Parga and is hugely famous for its spectacular scenery. It is dotted with shingles of various shapes and sizes, and includes a Venetian Castle of Parga in the backdrop. Its crystal clear water and silken sand had a soothing impact on my mind and for a moment I was completely lost in its natural beauty. Apart from being a picturesque site, this shore also offers numerous recreational activities, such as water skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing and paragliding. I also had a chance to rent a canoe and begin my small expedition in the vast Ionian Sea.

Greece is a year-round destination and is flocked by millions, and a major chunk of this population heads to its serene beaches. Family vacationers, romance seekers and backpackers can be seen swarming to these locations in search of peace and tranquillity to relax and unwind. As for me, I went to these locations to feel close to nature and again desire to do so for the happiness and joy I experienced. Even though, it might seem obvious but my advice to people planning to visit Greece is to carry their cameras along with them to capture the beauty of these beaches.

Scenic Beaches of Spain

The moment we think of holidays, the first thing that comes to our mind is a beach, at least it is true for me. I have travelled around the world and witnessed mountains, plateaus and deserts, but nothing excites me more than beaches. The sheer landscape, combining the beauty of crystal clear water and sand, is absolutely mesmerising. It is one of the reasons that compels me to opt for beach holidays every year. People from all over the world, especially ones living in cold countries, visit coastal areas in search of a welcome change in climatic conditions.

Apart from relaxing, what delights me more about beaches is that most of the times they are buzzing with people, yet they have a tranquil environs. Besides relaxation, these places are ideal spots to indulge in recreational activities. Being a sports lover, I am always up for a game of volleyball or football at the shore. If anyone happens to visit one of these places during the peak season, then they can take part in several other exciting activities, such as snorkelling, yachting and jet skiing.

Europe is one of the most visited continents in the world as far as tourism is concerned. Spain, located on the Iberian Peninsula, is a personal favorite as I find the beauty of this country unparalleled. It is among the three countries that boast of both coastlines, namely Mediterranean and Atlantic. A region with a rich history and strong culture, Spain has slowly developed into a premier centre for tourism in Europe. Owing its vast coastline, Spain is home to innumerable, stunning beaches, which are flocked by tourists from across the globe. Some of its regions that are dotted with beautiful beaches are Canary Islands, Ibiza, Andalucia, Catalonia, Valencia and Galicia. Since I have travelled to almost all parts of this country quite extensively, it would be only fair to list down names of the top seashore destinations of Spain.

 La Concha Beach, San Sebastian

La Concha Beach, San Sebastian
La Concha Beach, San Sebastian

Lying in the Basque country, La Concha is popular across Europe for its mesmerising beauty and is also a personal favourite. Since it lies in the capital of the Gipuzkoa province, a great deal of development has been done in order to make it a popular tourist spot. Considered to be a top urban beach, its setting in the Santa Clara Island makes this place a site worth visiting for anyone who loves the seaside. I was really impressed with the way authorities have maintained it despite constant tourist influx something that can take the charm away from the beauty of a place. Its location is a big advantage for tourists as they can easily reach other major tourist attractions from here. I have always loved the climb to the top of Mount Igueldo, which lies at the west end of La Concha.

Cala Llenya, Ibiza

Ibiza
Ibiza

Visiting Spain and not going to Ibiza is a crime that no beach lover would want to commit. Ibiza is a hot tourist destination and is a part of popular culture due to its effervescent nightlife and connection with music. In fact, whenever I want to have a good time, I plan a trip to Ibiza, mostly when a famous rock band is scheduled to perform here. However, Cala Llenya is a place that is ideal for families, unlike most others in this region. A quiet and serene place meant for just spending some good quality time lazing around, swimming or sunbathing. This beach is a favourite among locals, who spend weekends here, grilling meat, enjoying drinks and chatting. Anyone willing to mingle with locals, known as Ibicencos, can come here on weekends. The highlight of this location is that irrespective of the number of people visiting this place, it never seems crowded. Cala Llenya is a beach that is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

 Es Trenc, Mallorca 

Es Trenc, Mallorca
Es Trenc, Mallorca

Characterised by clear waters and golden sand, Es Trenc in Mallorca, or Majorca, is a well-known shore of this region. The thing that struck me the most about this beach was its tranquillity, which is quite unlike any other. When I reached here for the first time, I was taken aback by its sheer beauty. Stretched across an area of over 2 km, Es Trenc is often compared to the ones that people would usually find in the Caribbean. People can enjoy a swim in the shallow waters, something that makes it ideal for families with children. In addition, the fact that it is slightly isolated works in favour of people like me, who prefer less crowded places. While I was in Mallorca for a few days, all the free time was spent here reading and listening to slow music on my sun deck.

Playa De Illetes, Formentera

Playa De Illetes, Formentera
Playa De Illetes, Formentera

Albeit not that big a region, Formentera is among the best in Spain when it comes to seashores. A part of the Balearic Islands, this area is home to Playa De Illetes. As many would term it, Formentera is Ibiza without all the extravagant nightlife and crowd. Be it the picture-perfect setting or the serene surroundings, there is no match for the sheer peace tourists experience while here. Not crowded with restaurants and bars like beaches in Ibiza, Playa De Illetes is a great place to just spend some quite time, much like the Es Trenc in Mallorca. It is said that several Spaniards, after partying hard in Ibiza, head to this beach to finally come to their senses. Even though options are limited, there are a couple of restaurants that serve amazing seafood dishes.

Playa De Bolonia, Tarifa

Playa De Bolonia, Tarifa
Playa De Bolonia, Tarifa 

The problem with a number of beaches in Spain is that due their splendid beauty, authorities have gone ahead and developed them extensively. Though it does not diminish the beauty, they do start going further away from their original state. However, there are a few that are still unspoilt and really natural, such as Playa De Bolonia in Tarifa. I have visited this place only once, but it was enough for me to be intrigued by its natural state. Despite that, tourists can find amenities like showers, beach umbrellas and restrooms over here, thereby making it easier for them to spend a day here. The best part about this place is that it is not really explored by a lot of people as they prefer going to areas with crowd. Anyone who loves nature will find Playa De Bolonia quite amazing. 

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura
El Cotillo, Fuerteventura

Besides crowded beaches, there are some secluded ones in this nation, like the one I visited El Cotillo, which lies in the Canary Islands. It would be hard to express in words how well I connected with the laziness of this fishing village. The laziness of the entire environment is quite infectious and tourists feel like doing nothing but taking a long walk by themselves.

La Barrosa, Cadiz

La Barrosa, Cadiz
La Barrosa, Cadiz

Beauty and cleanliness is all that tourists can find at La Barrosa in Cadiz. With a bit of history attached to it, this beach, in recent times, has earned a lot of recognition and accolades. In fact, according to surveys and polls, La Barrosa has been voted as the best in Spain. It has also earned the European Union Blue Flag, something that the locals are quite proud of. This esplanade along this shore caters to needs of people from all age groups. While youngsters can visit the artificial promenade, elderly people can relax on the other end, which is peaceful and quiet.

Playa De Mazagon, Huelva

Playa De Mazagon, Huelva
Playa De Mazagon, Huelva

Anyone looking to get tan can head to Playa De Mazagon in Huelva, which experiences close to 3000 hours of sunshine in a year. Calm, serene and looking glorious under the sun, this beach lies between Huelva and Matalascanas. Dotted with pine trees and cliffs, Playa De Mazagon is the ideal destination for people who love sunshine and sunbathing.

Benicassim, Costa Azahar

 Benicassim, Costa Azahar

Benicassim, Costa Azahar

Benicassim in Costa Azahar is seafront that was once controlled by pirates. Thankfully, there is no chance of being attacked by the pirates now as it has turned into a popular tourist destination. It is often referred to as the Music Beach and hosts Festival Internacional de Benicassim, commonly known as FIB. People throng in numbers to be a part of this festival and at the same time spend fun-filled moments near the seashore.

Playa Victoria, Cadiz

Playa Victoria, Cadiz
Playa Victoria, Cadiz

The history of Cadiz combined with magnificence of Playa Victoria makes the latter an often-frequented beach in Andalusia, Spain. It is a paradise for water sport lovers and people who want to have a good time. Lively atmosphere, full of people and yet well maintained, Playa Victoria assures an excellent time. I had visited this location once during my trips to the country, and can honestly say, I had an amazing time chilling at one of the beach bars, locally known as chiringuitos.

The sound of waves hitting the shore and the cool breeze, and ample sunshine make these splendid destinations a favorite among globetrotters, including myself.