Porto Katsiki—Lefkada, Greece
Porto Katsiki Beach (which was formerly said to only be accessible by goats, hence its Greek translation of “Goat Port”) is located on an island called Lefkada in the Ionian Sea. It can only be reached by taking narrow roads, which are usually congested with traffic, followed by walking down a small, winding staircase alongside a cliff. Taxi-boats are perhaps the least complex way to reach this secluded paradise. But rest assured, the journey is worthwhile. In fact, it is considered to be one of the 10 best beaches in the Mediterranean.
Fulhadhoo is an island located in the middle of the alluring Indian Ocean. This island is ideal for those who truly want to see life through a native islander’s eyes. Located two hours away by speedboat from the Maldivian mainland, with no tourist attractions and only one hotel, its clear water beaches are a true tropical getaway. With that in mind, travelers must abide by the natives’ rules, which include no bikinis allowed outside of the west beach and the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Surrounded by palm trees, coral reefs, colorful fish, and other marine life, you’ll be finding every reason keep exploring the Maldives. For more natural marvels, plan a trip to one of these 12 stunning black sand beaches you didn’t know existed.