Oct 19, 2010

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7 Stunning Beach Spits from Around the World

Dave HolcroftCheck out this amazing collection of the some of the world’s most spectacular sand spit beaches. From Lithuania to Australia, this list should add to your wanderlust…

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1. Zlatni Rat, Bol, Brac Island, Croatia

The Golden Horn (or Zlatni Rat if you can decipher Croatian),  is a superb stretch of  fine shingle beach that juts out into the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea off the picturesque coast of Brac Island, Croatia.  Although my Geography ‘A’ level is now a distant fog, I do remember that the shape of beaches are affected by the the man in the moon and tides (I’m not expanding), hence why Zlatni Rat’s size can differ over time but for approximation purposes, take 628.32m as the exact length!

Golden Horn or Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol, Brac Island, Croatia

Golden Horn or Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol, Brac Island, Croatia

2. Olu Deniz, Turkey

A favourite for package holiday brochure front covers, the idyllic beach at Olu Deniz in Turkey looks amazing from above (actually it doesnt look too ugly at sea-level either) and well worth succumbing to one of the paragliding touts to take a trip over the area – don’t forget to take not drop your camera!

For full appreciation go paragliding over Olu Deniz!

For full appreciation go paragliding over Olu Deniz!

3. Farewell Spit, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Farewell Spit is a whopping 16 miles in length and  the reason this photo is a satellite image. It’s quite a remote place  home to a nature reserve and a protected gannet colony at the spit’s end next to the lighthouse, built in 1869 to warn ships of the lengthy sand bar.  Over 100 years earlier Captain Cook didn’t seem to have a problem, naming New Zealand’s biggest sand bar ‘Farewell Spit’ as it was the last land mass the sailors saw before embarking on their mammoth journey back to blighty.


Farewell Spit, New Zealand - a whopping 16 miles long.


4. Curonian Beach Spit, Lithuania

UNESCO designated the Curonian Spit a world Heritage site back in 2000, and whilst it’s commonly referred to as Lithuanian, the spit also belongs to Russia’s Kaliningrad region. The highlight is arguably Nida Beach which is a local favourite each summer – you wouldn’t really want to sunbathe in the Lithuanian winter.  You can still see architectural and cultural traces of the old Kursiai tribe who used to live on the ‘Neringa’ Spit (local name) and have added to Lithuanian fairy tales and mysticism over the centuries.


Steeped in Kursiai tribal history, World Heritage listed Curonian Spit, Lithuania


5. Voidolkilia Beach, Peloponnese Peninsula, Greece

Whilst not technically a spit, Voidolkilia Beach is a thin slither of land shaped in a smooth semi circle. In fact, Voidolkilia means ‘Cow’s Belly’ and it’s easy to see how it earned its name. According to an old legend, the ancient King of Pilos used to keep his cows in a cave near the beach!

Voidokilia Bay in Greece - where King Pilos kept his cows.

Voidokilia Bay in Greece – where King Pilos kept his cows.

6. Islas Cies, north west Spain

A real hidden gem where European beaches are concerned. Just of the coast of Galicia, northern Spain,  Islas Cies is only open to sun worshippers in the summer months and spends the rest of the year uninhabited and protected as a protected national park. With cheap flights from Ryanair heading straight into nearby Santiago de Compostela and a quick 40 minute ferry from the small town of Baiona this island paradise is not as isolated as you might think. There are no hotels though so take a tent and head for the Islas Cies campsite.


Islas Cies - turquoise seas and thankfully protected from mass tourism!


7. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Possibly saving the most strikingly beautiful until last, Whitehaven Beach despite not being a ‘spit’ does have the Hill Inlet nearby which is simply out of this world. I once sailed to this beach from the Australian mainland on the 1983 America’s Cup winning yacht and spent most of my time feeding the fish – if you catch my sea swelling drift!

The mesmeric sandy swirls of Hill Inlet in the Whitsunday Islands!

No it's not a spit but it's close! Whitehaven Beach - you wouldn't mind missing the boat back.


  1. Beaches are the favorite destination spot among the people. From the list of beaches you have specified, my personal favorite is the Whitehaven beach in Australia. The exotic beauty and the natural surroundings make it even more beautiful.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow. We went to Whitehaven in winter 2012.the view from hill inlet is the most breathtakingly beautiful beach scene we have ever seen
      If an artist had painted it you would comment that he had over exaggerated the starkness the colours, but the photo,s tell the truth. Stunning!

  2. It’s Really beautiful…

    Nice Pictures!

  3. Croatia and the whole Adriatic coast is like a fairytale dream…my most favorite place in the world when it comes to beaches

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