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When considering an ocean-side adventure, most travellers fail to give the Middle East the credit it deserves. The truth is that this region’s incredible sand-scapes aren’t just confined to the desert, and there are a wealth of locations where the ocean meets the sand in simply stunning fashion.

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Finest Beaches in the Middle East

Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia

At a time when coral bleaching and the negative effects of mass tourism on coastal environments is top of mind, it’s heartening that places like the Farasan archipelago still exist. Comprising 176 islands, it possesses one of the world’s most unspoilt underwater wildernesses. All manner of marine life makes its way through these waters: sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and dolphins.

Dead Sea, Jordan

There is something wonderful about the waters, besides the salt that keeps swimmers so famously buoyant. It all adds up to make Jordan a true seaside wellness destination.

Ovabuku, Turkey

Turkey’s a pretty serious contender for the title of Europe’s most popular beach break destination, but its numerous lovely spots mean, it’s often tricky to pick the right one. Ovabaku, on the Datca peninsula, is an utterly mesmerising beach. The prettiest of three bays, the beach is relatively small but has the kind of countryside you read about in fairytales. Pine forests, tall oak and carob trees simply add to the sense of wonder. For those seeking an escape from Turkey’s more crowded beaches, Ovabuku is the ideal (and idyllic) solution.

Best Beaches in Europe

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain

Located on the sun-bleached southwestern coast of Menorca, the tranquil Cala Macarella is the ideal escape from the congested beaches of nearby Mallorca and Ibiza. To get there you need to take a two-mile walk along the cliffs from nearby Cala Galdana.

Durdle Door Beach, Dorset, England

With its dramatic limestone arch, craggy cliffs, and soft golden sand, Durdle Door is one of the most scenic beaches in all of Europe. But it’s not just a pretty face — the Marine Conservation Society recommends the beach for swimming and fishing, thanks to its excellent water quality. It’s also part of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile stretch of coastline studded with so many spectacular geological features and fossils that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 2001.

Sarakiniko, Milos, Greece

Milos might just be the untouched Greek island you've been searching for, with a mythological-looking landscape and the bluest water. Case in point: Sarakiniko Beach. Its large, sun-bleached rocks eroded by saltwater stretch out over the sea, giving the impression that you're standing on the moon.

Black Sand Beach (Reynisfjara), Vik, Iceland

Iceland might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of beaches, but there’s no denying that the beauty of its rugged coastline is astounding. You won’t see palms or white sand here. In Vik, the sand is as black as caviar and the beach is dotted with soaring basalt columns. This, in our opinion, makes it all the more special and beautiful.

Useful Information About Sand

What Is Sand?

Sand is mainly made up of silicon dioxide. What used to be an amalgamation of different rocks is gradually eroded over millions of years (wind, rain and freezing/thawing cycles). A grain of sand can typically have a diameter between 2mm 1/16mm.

Colour

The tan colour of most sand beaches is the result of iron oxide, which tints quartz a light brown, and feldspar, which is brown to tan in its original form. Black sand comes from eroded volcanic material such as lava, basalt rocks, and other dark-coloured rocks and minerals. It is typically found on beaches near volcanic activity. Black-sand beaches are common in Hawaii, the Canary Islands, and the Aleutians.

Whistling Sand

There are in fact places in the world where you will hear sand whistle, bark or generally make an odd sound. It’s a strange phenomenon that has baffled scientist as to what exactly causes the emission of sound. However, theories do exist and certain factors must occur for the sound to be heard. The sand grains must be between 0.1 and 0.5 mm in diameter and must contain silica. It also must be at a particular humidity.

World’s Tallest Sand Castle

The tallest sand castle in the world was created in 2015 by Ted Siebert and a team of 19 on behalf of Turkish Airlines. It was created in Miami, Florida, the USA, with the hight, eventually, measuring 13.97 metres tall (45ft 10.25 in). The mammoth effort was verified by the Guinness world records and took an enormous 1,800 tonnes of sand to construct.

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