Thursday, April 12, 2012

Top 10 beautiful beaches in the world pictures

. Thursday, April 12, 2012

Top 10 popular Beaches 2012

There are 100’s of beaches around the world its really hard to say which is the best or which are Top 10 . I have tried to pick some beaches which people have forgotton but they are still the best beaches. Here are’s list of Top 5 beaches.

At number one is Las Islas Cies Galicia Spain which is a beautiful beach . Enjoy the read
1.Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain

When we talk about Spanish beaches and most people instinctively think of the Mediterranean. Yet the wilder, stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia, just north of Portugal, has far more dramatic praias – with far fewer people on them. One of the jewels of this coast is on Las Islas Cíes, a 40-minute boat trip from the pretty town of Baiona. Once a pirates’ haunt, Cíes is now an uninhabited and pristine national park, open to the public only in summer. Galegos come here to spend long, lazy summer days on the Praia das Rodas, a perfect crescent of soft, pale sand backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea.
Locals call this their “Caribbean beach”, and the water is turquoise enough, the sand white enough to believe the comparison … until you dip your toe in the water. Then it feels more like Skegness. You can sleep in an idyllic campsite, shaded by tall pine trees, with a view over the ocean. And, this being Spain, there’s even a proper restaurant serving great seafood.

2.Porto de Barra Salvador Brazil
Salvador is Brazil’s oldest city and Porto da Barra is well know beach. Where people go for an early morning swim or a cold beer in the late afternoon. The location is stunning, at the entrance of the magnificent Bahia de Todos os Santos, with a small, white colonial fort at one end and a whitewashed church sitting up on a hill at the other. There’s always something going on here: small fishing boats unloading their catch, young lads diving into the sea off the old stone harbour walls, older boys eyeing up girls, beach volleyball, football and tennis. As the beach is in a bay the water is calm and also (given that it is right in the heart of Brazil’s third-largest city) incredibly clean and clear, so it’s perfect for swimming. And in a country with over 7,000km of east-facing coastline, the Porto is one of the few facing west, so you can watch some fabulous sunsets.
3.Casablanca Beaches

The best of the many beaches within easy reach of the city centre is Aïn Diab, on the edge of the chic suburb of Anfa, which has a thoroughly urban vibe: the cafes and beach clubs lining the seafront boulevard de la Corniche are the haunt of young trendsetters and local celebrities. While some locals swim in the ocean here, it’s often breezy and rough; the pools at the beach clubs and seafront hotels are a better, and smarter, bet. The clubs offer day membership for visitors and some of the hotels will allow entry to non-residents for a fee.
4. Shell Beach, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

This probably isn´t the most beautiful beach in the UK, but it´s my favourite. There’s something about getting on the old chain ferry at the brash millionaires’ playground of Sandbanks and jumping off, just three minutes later, directly on to the sand of a completely unspoilt beach (thank you the National Trust). Although the Isle is actually a peninsula, there is a real feeling you have left the mainland.
For me Purbeck marks the point when the scenery gets really wild and interesting heading south or west out of London. There is a huge expanse of sand backed by miles of dunes. In summer I can happily spend the whole day here watching the boats – everything from small yachts to mega ferries heading to France – sailing in and out of Poole harbour. Near the entrance to the chain ferry the Shell Bay Bar and Restaurant has a lovely view of the harbour. It’s the perfect spot for a late afternoon beer or, if you´re pushing the boat out, great seafood in the restaurant right on the water.
5.Arambol, Goa, India

For some it is the holy grail of hippy hedonism for others it represents the worst excesses of modern travel. Arambol, the state’s northernmost beach has its share of ageing hippies and seasonal expats, but the spectacular, sweeping stretch of sand is so beautiful it wins over even the most jaded and cynical of travellers. It is so vast that it´s easy to find your own private corner of sand. Around the rocky headland there is another beach where you can walk for miles without coming across a soul, or hang out at the freshwater lake backed by a small jungle.


The French Beaches Most Beautiful in Europe 2012


When most of us think of a French Beach we think of the beaches of the French Riviera. Indeed French Riviera beaches are chic, warm and beautiful but did you know your beach holiday in France can be far from the Riviera, even far from the South of France and be just as fabulous?
You can find a wonderful French beach on the Atlantic, the English Channel, or the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean beaches are generally warmer, the Atlantic a bit cooler and the Channel cooler still yet stunning and quieter.

The Mediterranean Beaches
Let’s start with the French Riviera Beaches

On the Mediterranean, the French Riviera is France’s top attraction for beaches and chic resorts:

French Riviera beaches dot the coast from east to west with the big traditional resorts of Menton, Monaco, Nice and Cannes with smaller, quieter and chic Cap Ferret, Antibes, and Juan Les Pins nestled in between.
There is lots to see and do when you’re not enjoying a dip in the sea or a lie on the beach.
Continuing westward are the smaller resorts of St-Tropez and Cassis. This French beach, French Riviera beach area lies on beautiful coves and bays. Included here are St. Raphael , Hyeres, Toulon (where my cousin recently got married. He’s in the French Navy and this is his home port), and La Ciotat.

Mediterranean Beaches - French Beaches West of the Rhône
French beaches west of the Riviera are warm, beautiful and less crowded Mediterranean beaches.
The Camargue


The Camarque at sunrise

At the mouth of the Rhône is the Camargue Reserve, one of the largest wetlands reserves in Europe. It is a great place for bird watching and learning about the flora and fauna of the area. This is a French beach for watching wildlife not becoming one of them. (ie swimming and watersports)
Back to a beach for us, west of the reserve is Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer with the white sandy beaches of the dunes of the Camargue. Besides sunning and swimming activity there is Horse back riding. The area is famous for its horses! 4 mi east is a naturist beach if you like to beach au natural.
West of the Rhône are the sandy beaches of Languedoc-Roussillon with modern resorts like la Grande Mote and tourist inspired replicas of fishing villages. Lots of opportunity for all sorts of sporting activities like golf and tennis.

The Atlantic French Beaches

Olonne sur Mer
©Florian Pepellin Creative Commons
France beaches on the Atlantic are long stretches of fine sand and less crowds making this a top choice for vacationers. South Near Spain
Biarritz – 3 good France beaches, and the best surfing in Europe.
Saint–Jean-de Luz - south of Biarritz and the last major town before you get to Spain – the safest place to swim on this stretch of coast because its natural harbor protects the shoreline. North - Beaches in Brittany
Le Baule – a sandy France beach, 8 miles long, the longest in Europe
On the Gulf du Moriban – Carnac plage.
Brittany France is one of my favorite places to visit because it’s off the tourist track.

English Channel
The Beaches in France on the English Channel are stunning.

Beaches in Brittany:
The Pink Granite Coast beaches –beautiful pink rocky coast The Emerald Coast beaches – water is a beautiful emerald green, hence the name.
Beaches in Normandy:
D day beaches – history, sightseeing and swimming vacation beaches.
Beaches in Normandy D Day beaches pack a wallop of history and chic vacation beaches further east make this a great holiday location.

source: french-culture-adventures 

Navagio Beach, world's most beautiful Greek beach


Navagio Beach or the Shipwreck, is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island and one of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Greece. Navagio Beach is often referred to as the Shipwreck Beach or just simply “The Shipwreck” because it is home to the wreck of a ship called Panagiotis that is believed to have been a smugglers ship. The presence of alleged smugglers ship gave Navagio Beach yet another nick name – Smugglers Cove. 

This small and isolated, yet strikingly beautiful sandy cove is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos Island, near the Anafotiria village, quite opposite of island’s capital Zakynthos. The area is defined by its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attract thousands of tourists yearly. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat, but you can see it from above if you stand on the high side of the cliffs that overlook it.

Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. Then sometime in 1981, the Greek authorities were tipped that a freightliner in the waters around Zakynthos Island is smuggling contraband which included cigarettes, wine and women, and a chase began. Stormy weather and bad visibility resulted in the ship running aground right on Navagio Beach. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in white sandy dunes of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.











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