Lit­tle Beach Book

For­get wak­ing up at the crack of dawn to bag a sun­lounger and don’t worry about Brex­iters abroad harsh­ing your mel­low. These are the six best beaches for gas­tronomes, cast­aways and sybarites all, as cho­sen by MH’S team of in­trepid sun­bathers. There’s a st


The Al­garve, on the south­west­ern tip of the Ibe­rian penin­sula, has long ce­mented its place among the planet’s top surf des­ti­na­tions, with breaks that eas­ily ri­val the best Aus­tralian or Hawai­ian spots. Cas­cade Re­sort, close to Meia Praia – the town of La­gos’s 5km-long golden sand beach – is the ideal base for rook­ies look­ing to catch their first waves, or hire body­boards and roll around in the surf.

More ex­pe­ri­enced surfers, how­ever, should make the half-hour pil­grim­age away from the yoga re­treats, juice bars and or­ganic ev­ery­things of surf-bum mecca La­gos and head west­wards to Zavial. Here you’ll find a hol­low right-hand beach break of bucket list-tick­ing qual­ity, sit­u­ated in an area of un­spoilt beauty. The Res­tau­rante Zavial is the only con­ces­sion to the surf-tourism trade. Over­look­ing the wa­ters, it’s the perfect place to re­live your ex­ploits over a cold one. Flights to Faro from £80 with Easy­jet, vis­i­tal­, cas­cadere­sor­tal­

With­out a sin­gle per­ma­nent struc­ture – let alone hu­man pop­u­la­tion – to speak of, plus a beach ac­ces­si­ble dur­ing only mid- and high-tides, this quiet cove on the eastern edge of the Whit­sun­day ar­chi­pel­ago isn’t just off the beaten track, it’s pos­i­tively iso­lated. But this is rather the point. Any in­trepid ex­plorer who hires his own boat (thus avoid­ing the gap year booze-cruis­ers who con­gre­gate on neigh­bour­ing Whit­sun­day Is­land) and moors up on Bor­der Is­land will be re­warded with bliss­ful seclu­sion. Swap your deck shoes for train­ers and hike up to the is­land’s cen­tral ridge for breath­tak­ing views of the sur­round­ing isles and out over the Great Bar­rier Reef be­yond. Then cool off with a leisurely snorkel over the sur­round­ing co­ral reef, the teem­ing sub­aquatic ma­rine life – in­clud­ing clown­fish and placid white-tipped reef sharks – your only com­pany. Flights to Brisbane from £ 1000 with Emi­rates In­ter­nal flight to Proser­pine £ 103 with Vir­gin Aus­tralia Char­ter a boat at air­

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