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This hidden beach has been named one of the best in the world - and it's in the UK

Mirror logo Mirror 13/01/2017 Heledd Pritchard
Barafundle Bay in Wales has been named one of the best beaches in the world (Photo: Getty Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Barafundle Bay in Wales has been named one of the best beaches in the world (Photo: Getty Images)

If the thought of being on one of the world's most beautiful beaches is enough to make you want to pack your bags - look away now.

One of the best beaches on the planet has been selected - and it's in Wales.

With its stunning deep blue sea and smooth white sand, the stretch of coastline looks as though it belongs much closer to the Med.

But in fact you can find it an hour from the M4 in Pembrokeshire.

In a list of the top 25 beaches across the globe, published by Passport Magazine, is the remote Barafundle Bay, Wales Online reported.

Surrounded by the rugged coastline and dunes, Barafundle Bay is hidden away and is only accessible by walking half a mile from the nearest car park and with no cafe or facilities, it offers nothing but its natural beauty.

Passport Magazine described it as a "visual overdose of beauty".

The post on the magazine's website states: "Barafundle Bay, part of southwest Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, is a revelation—all the more so for the process of arriving there.

"As you approach by car, rolling countryside turns more dramatic, sheer and craggy cliffs dropping precipitously to the sea."

It goes on to explain how the drive to the car park takes you through a National Trust site and part of the Wales Coastal Path before having to walk over the dunes to reach the beach.

It continues: "Set off on a long dirt track through this now-deserted estate, perhaps noticing a couple behind you carried along swiftly by their excited dog and a pair of elderly walkers leaning on canes and walking sticks.

"Let them get far ahead as you stand admiring the deeply-striped cliffs on the cove to your left, the bright emerald fields surrounding you.

"Ascending, the dirt track disappears and you’re in open green fields, the pastures backed by rolling hills and the shimmering bay below, ringed by rocky cliffs.

"A few more minutes and you’re standing above Barafundle Bay. A fairly steep flight of steps brings you down to the sand.

"The long stretch of cliff known as Stackpole Head sticks straight into the sea like an arm. A little boulder sits jauntily offshore. The waves crash against the smooth sand.

"Your company here? Twelve people, four dogs, and a visual overdose of beauty."

The other places on their list of 25 best beaches in the world are

Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire, England

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This beauty is based in a small fishing village within the North York Moors National Park, five miles south of Whitby.

Yorkshire's tourist board describe it as 'coastline at it's most raw and elemental'.

Gordon Beach and the Tayelet seaside promenade in Tel Aviv, Israel

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This beach is named after the street that leads from and is adorned by hotels which look out onto the Red Sea.

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro

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The lively beach at Ipanema is known for its elegant development and its social life.

Karekare Beach on Auckland's West Coast

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Described as one of Auckland's best beaches, Karekare beach is located on the west coast between Piha in the north and Whatipu.

It is a 50 minutes drive from Auckland and is a part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

The local tourism board says it is a perfect place for surfing, walking and picnicking.

Buzios, Brazil

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Brazil has a couple of entries in the the list - including this stunning resort set on an ocean ocean peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro.

It is known locally as an upscale vacation destination with crystal clear water and a wide, horse-shoe shaped cove.

Bocas Del Toro Island

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The tropical scenes of Bocas del Toro offer a different change in pace to other beaches on the list.

Bocas del Toro's unique geographical location offers tourists the chance to experience its rich vegetation, biodiversity, its ancients customs.

Fans of the beach describe it online as 'atmospheric, seductive, primitive and unforgettable'.

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