2 Greek beaches among the best in the world for 2016
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2 Greek beaches among the best in the world for 2016

Guardian‘s readers choose their favorite beaches in the world, peaceful, fun, busy, hot. Everyone loves the seaside, whether it’s just along the coast from Swansea or sweltering under a tropical sky! 2 Greek beaches are featured and both are a tourist favorite for swimming and photographs.

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1.Punta Uva, Costa Rica

Punta Uva, Costa Rica

2.Boulders Beach, South Africa

Boulders Beach, South Africa

3.Patara beach, Turkey

Patara beach, Turkey

4.Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

5.Falasarna, western Crete


Forget the brochure fodder of Agia Marina and the gaudy sands of Malia; Crete’s real coastal wonder is on its western haunch. Found curving its way along the base of the mighty, wild Gramvousa peninsula, Phalasarna is formed by sporadic stretches of sloping yellow sand that’s broken by the occasional rocky finger poking into the Med. It’s backed by fields of tomatoes, olive groves and jagged coastal mountains topped with cloud. A smattering of tavernas serve gritty Greek coffees next to the ruins of an ancient acropolis closer to the shore.

6.Otres, Cambodia

Otres, Cambodia

7.Spirits Bay, New Zealand

Spirits Bay, New Zealand

8.Praia dos Três Irmãos, Algarve

Praia dos Três Irmãos, Algarve

9.Muggy Muggy Beach, Dunk Island, Australia

Muggy Muggy Beach, Dunk Island, Australia

10.Barleycove, Ireland

Barleycove, Ireland

11.Rhossili Bay, south Wales

Rhossili Bay, south Wales

12.Maitland Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Maitland Bay, New South Wales, Australia

13.Playa de Famara, Lanzarote

Playa de Famara, Lanzarote

14.Voidokilia beach, Messinia, Greece


A perfect crescent of pinkish sand, backed by sand dunes and a lagoon rich in bird life. About 35 miles west of Kalamata there are no shops, water sports or amusements, but should you tire of swimming, sunbathing or admiring the scenery, you can take a walk by the lagoon to see the kingfishers and other bird life, stroll up the headland at one end of the beach to visit the 3,400-year-old tomb on top. If you fancy it you can climb up to the cave halfway up the cliff at the other end or even, and if feeling really energetic, up to the ruined Venetian castle at the summit with fantastic views along the Peloponnese coast. Take cheese pies, peaches and drinks for a perfect day on the beach.