From white stretches of sand to scuba-diving hot spots, these five little-known holiday destinations are beautifully unspoiled, making them worthy candidates for your ‘must-visit’ list.
Planning your next getaway? We’ve collated our favourite lesser-known holiday spots, where you won’t be fighting for a sun lounger on the beach. Whether you’re looking for unspoiled coastlines or a destination a little off-the-beaten-track, we’re sure there will be a getaway on this list that inspires wanderlust.
Visit: Meganissi – Greece
Offering pure beaches and three traditional villages, take a backseat when it comes to tourism with this wonderful Greek island. Located south of the popular island of Lefkas, Meganissi will make a serene and tranquil getaway. Rent a small sailing boat for the day and discover beautiful bays and coves on this idyllic island.
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Visit: La Maddalena archipelago– Sardinia
Known as Sardinia’s secret islands, La Maddelena archipelago is truly a set of unspoiled gems, just off the Costa Smeralda. Made up of seven large islands, the La Maddalena archipelago has some of the most serene beaches in Italy, with the clearest water. Along with its plethora of beaches, this ex smugglers’ paradise has a wonderful history to explore. The archipelago is the ideal location for swimming and sailing while exploring quiet corners – take a boat to reach the island’s untouched beaches.
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Visit: Saba – Caribbean
Known as ‘The Unspoiled Queen’ of the Caribbean, the island of Saba makes for an excellent all-year-round holiday destination – especially if you are in search of an adventure: Saba is known for its ecotourism, boasting exceptional scuba diving, hiking and climbing. For those looking for something a little more relaxing, Saba may not host the white beaches of other Caribbean destinations, but its volcanic black sand beaches are an excellent point to grab your snorkel and gaze at the beautiful aquatic creatures. What’s more, this tropical paradise was used in the original King Kong (1933) blockbuster as the backdrop for Skull Island.
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Visit: Zanzibar – Tanzania
15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, surrounded by clear, turquoise water, Zanzibar is the perfect location to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Along with its stretches of white-sand beaches, Zanzibar is known for its spice markets, a perfect way to experience the culture of the island, which has a mesmerising mix of influences from the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian Peninsula, Europe and the African mainland. The main points of tourism on the island are based in Nungwi and Kendwa, where you will find restaurants and bars among the beaches. Head to the south east of the island to spot pods of dolphins frolicking offshore. Zanzibar is a true couples’ retreat, but it also hosts many hotels which are perfect for the whole family.
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Visit: Kerala – India
With almost 600km of beautiful coast and palm-lined beaches, Kerala is more than a beach destination. With its tea, coffee, spice plantations and wildlife, it’s been coined the most serene location in South India – laid-back and separated from the frenzy of some of the other parts. As well as the plantation slopes, you will find national parks like Eravikulam and Periyar to explore the nature of the island.
Whether you’re exploring the island or lounging on the beach, be sure to pack a suitcase with pieces that will mean you’re ready for any occasion.
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