The beach is one of the best places to appreciate nature, with its crashing waves and sandy textures. In the summer everyone flocks to the popular beaches which can often spoil a peaceful day by the ocean. But don’t follow the crowds – if you travel off the beaten track, you will find many beautiful beaches that aren’t tainted by tourism. Here are ten unspoilt and idyllic shores to inspire you.

Zanzibar’s East Coast

Located in the Indian Ocean and 25 miles from the Tanzanian Coast, Zanzibar is an archipelago with a reputation for its untouched beaches. The Stone Town is the only functioning ancient town in East Africa, when you do want to explore past the paradisiacal beaches.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand

A gem of the North Island of New Zealand, Cathedral Cove is truly magical. The caves,  surrounding white cliffs and rock formations within the sea are what set this beach apart from the rest. If you ever make the trip down to this beautiful country, Cathedral Cove of the Coromandel Peninsula is a must-see.

Barleycove Beach, Cork, Ireland

Barleycove is reputable among locals and travellers, with its long white sandy shores and clear blue water. The temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean are crisp and refreshing, as would be expected in this part of the world, but it won’t take away from a brilliant day at this unspoilt beach.

Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep Islands, India

Bangaram Beach is uninhabited, with occasional visitors from the nearest island Agatti. Enjoy the beautiful scenes of palm trees and white sand while you soak up the rays, or take part in one of the many water activities on offer. This beach radiates relaxation due to its quiet tranquility.

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is a highlight of the Philippines, particularly for nature lovers and adventure seekers, with its world class diving, snorkelling and jungle trekking. Sitting in the Sulu sea from the Mindoro Strait to the top of Borneo, it is easy to get a ferry or flight to Palawan from Luzon.

Oxwich Bay, Gower, Wales

Head to the Eastern side for the serene Nicholstan Burrows, which is worth the extra effort to get there. Stretching for 2.5 miles, Oxwich Bay is lined with fascinating rock formations and sandy dunes. Head to Oxwich Point for unbeatable views of the coastline.

Lopes Mendez, Ilha Grande, Brazil

Reached by either a hike through the surrounding jungle or a boat ride from another part of the island, the journey adds to the charm of this idyllic beach because it can only mean one thing: it is far from the hustle and bustle of Ilha Grande Island. Once you arrive you can relax with full assurance you won’t be disturbed.

Isle of Harris, Scotland

Sitting at the very top corner of the United Kingdom, Isle of Harris is known for its breathtaking landscapes and serene beaches.

Playa de Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Spain

Unlike the rest of Spain in summer, the south east coast of Almeria isn’t flooded with tourists. Surrounded by volcanic terrain and rugged cliffs is Playa de Cabo de Gata, where you may get to enjoy this beach alone!

Noirmoutier Island, France

The west coast of this pretty island is lined with sandy white beaches that face the Atlantic Ocean. Located 3 miles from mainland France, the island can be accessed via the Passage du Gois, which is a road that is completely submerged at high tide. So pick your timing!


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