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    World's Best Secret Beaches

    With the weather warming up in the Northern Hemisphere, it's about that time of year when people start emerging from inside their homes and embracing the glorious outdoors. Summer is fast approaching, and what best way to enjoy it than by lying on the white sands of some beach, listening to the lullaby of the crashing waves. The most popular beaches in Europe tend to remain the same year after year, and with good reason.

    Hopping on a car hire in Malaga and touring the Costa del Sol or heading for the French Riviera or the sunny Algarve are time-tested holiday choices. But sometimes we want something a bit more secluded, some place that gives us the illusion of being alone in the world, just us and the sun and the sea. For those moments, here are some of the world's most amazing secret beaches.

    Beady Pool, Italy - Sicily is no stranger to tourists, and every year tourists make the most of the wonderful weather, the deep blue Mediterranean and the amazing Sicilian food. However, finding a bit of solitude in these islands is not impossible, even if it requires a bit of ingenuity. Located in the Island of St. Agnes, Beady Pool is still quite untouched by tourism, and travellers can relax undisturbed. The beach takes its name from the ceramic beads that can be found on the sand, due to the wreck of a Venetian Ship in the 17th century.

    Ibo Island, Mozambique - Back when ships filled with riches travelled the seas, Ibo Island was a commercial outpost used by Indians, Arabs and Portuguese. Nowadays, the lovely coral islands of the archipelago are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are a great spot for snorkeling and deep-sea diving.

    Smuggler's Cove, Greece - Accessible only by boat, this charming little beach in Zakynthos feels both intimate and paradisaical. The beach is surrounded by high cliffs and opens up to gorgeous green crystal-clear waters. Smuggler's Cove is the site of the wreck of the smuggler ship Panagiotis (a Scottish vessel), hence the name.

    Paradise Bay, Malta - Warmer than its namesake in West Antarctica, Malta's Paradise Bay lives up to its name, presenting travellers with a beautiful secluded natural cove, bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean. The beach is fairly isolated, which doesn't stop it being a popular spot for snorkeling.

    Lord Howe Island, Australia - This World Heritage Site is one of the best-kept secrets of Australian tourism. The small island (only about 10km long and 2km wide) has a volcanic origin and nowadays is known for the uniqueness of its ecosystem, which includes species found nowhere else in the world. Tourists are capped at 400 and there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, including fishing, yachting, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and much more.

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