5 Amazing Beaches in Greece

Your travel portfolio is not completed, if you haven’t visited at least one of these 5 amazing beaches in Greece. Turquoise sea, crystal clear waters, long sandy shores, stunning landscapes.

One of the main reasons to visit Greece is to swim in its incomparable beautiful sea.

It is not easy to select the 5 most amazing beaches in Greece out of thousands of islands. In this post, we dare to make a try by listing just some of them. So here we are! Enjoy our list with our top 5 most amazing beaches on lesser known islands and mainland of the country.

Whether you want to relax on the beach sunbathing, or explore the shore doing water sports or other activities, one thing is certain: each one of them is a destination on its own!

Best for nature enthousiasts

Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia
Mirtos Beach, Ionian islands

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia Island

It is known that Greece boasts a wealth of scenic coastline and landscapes. Myrtos beach in Kefalonia island is definitely one the most impressive beaches in Greece. Its amazing, crystal clear waters in light and deep blue are of unique beauty.

Myrtos beach is situated in the region of Pylaros in Kefalonia island, which is part of the Ionian group of islands in the west side of the country. It lies between two mountains in the north west side of the island. Myrtos beach is a multi awarded beach that  has been in the list of the best beaches in the world for more than ten consecutive years.

Every year Myrtos beach is awarded with the Blue Flag, one of the world’s most recognisable eco labels awarded to beaches and marinas that meet and maintain the highest environmental, sustainability and safety criteria. One of the characteristics of Myrtos beach is that the water gets deep just a couple of steps from the shore.

Travel Tip: If Kefalonia island is on your bucket list, Myrtos beach should be on your must visit list, because it is one of the top attractions on the island. Make sure you stay until sunset, as you will experience one of the best sunsets of all your travels!

Best for Families

Voidokilia beach in Messinia
Voidokoilia beach

Voidokilia Beach, Messinia

Despite its difficult name, Voidokilia beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Greece. It is located in Peloponesse peninsula, in Messinia region, just about 3 km from Pylos town, one of the most picturesque and historic towns inGreece.

You will get here after an easy drive from the main road following the signs that lead you to a narrow road along wonderful olive groves. After all, this region is one of the most famous when it comes to olive oil and olives not only in Greece, but also in the rest of the world.  There is only one road that gets here so it is hard to miss it. You know you arrived, when the road ends to a long sandy park where you can only see sandy dunes and a castle on the top of the hill.

Voidokilia is a stunning lagoon with a unique shape. Thanks to its round form, the beach is protected from winds and waves. The water is shallow which makes it perfect even for small kids to swim easily. Enjoy a long sandy beach, and take a walk all the way up to the Nestor’s castle to enjoy a blow mind sea view to the Ionian Sea!

Make sure you take water with you as there is no beach bar or even sunbeds. An umbrella, a hat and a sunscreen are essentials!

Travel tip: If you plan to spend the day on the beach and you get hungry, stop at Petrochori village on your way to the main road. You will experience an authentic Greek dinner at the one and only family tavern with the colourful chairs outside its adorable yard! Don’t miss it!

 

Best for Honeymooners

Elafonisi beach in Crete
Elafonisi Beach in Crete

Elafonisi beach, Crete

Crete, the island where culture, authenticity, natural beauty and gastronomy meets. Some of the most amazing beaches in Greece are located on Crete island. Elafonisi is one of them and it is an absolute must!

Elafonisi lagoon is famous for its pink sand, which at many parts of is is actually crushed shells,that makes it exotic and wonderful. It is situated in the region of Chania, and 76km away from Chania town. It is ideal for all levels of swimmers because the water is quite shallow and safe and the bay is protected by strong winds or big waves, no matter what time of the day you visit the beach. It is a Natura 2000 protected area.

You will enjoy swimming, relaxing in the sun with a nice cocktail in hands, but you will also find time and space to avoid the crowds. The eastern part of the lagoon can get quite busy in August, bit the rest of the long sandy beach is rarely too crowdy. The best time to visit Elfaonisi,  if you want to escape the summer crowds, could be anytime between May, June, early July, September or even October.

The road to the beach is adventurous as there are some turns and it is quite narrow, but you will never forget the beauty of the landscape.

Travel tip: As the lagoon is a shelter for various sea turtles, plants and animals, it is forbidden to remove any plants, animals or shells from the beach. At many points, the water is up to 1 meter so you can easily walk all the way from the one side to the other of the peninsula.

Best for explorers

Simos Beach in Elafonissos
Elafonisos Beach, Simos

Simos beach, Elafonisos

If you love the fine sand, the golden sand dunes, the crystal clear, transparent waters and magnificent landscapes, you are at the right place: Simos beach is one of the most famous beaches in Peloponnese and surely a destination on its own when it comes to summer holidays in Greece. Locals and travellers love this amazing  beach, which is located just a short drive- only 3 km -away from the main village of Elafonisos, Skala. You can reach this wonderful beach by car from Athens – it will take you about 3 ,5 hrs- and once you are in the area, you can either drive to the beach or come here by a boat that you can rent at Skala village.

A truly unique experience is the nights with full moon; although a beach is where we spend our summer days, it is worth staying until late in the evening to see the moon rises and the games of light that appear as reflections on the water. Especially the full moon of August is a must if you are lucky enough to be here.

The swimming conditions are ideal for all type of swimmers and for small kids. You will find part of the beach being organised with sunbeds and umbrellas, and the rest of it free so you can make your find  your own place in the sun.

Travel tip: If you visit Elafonisos, make sure you, also, visit the castle town of Monemvasia which is just an hour drive away. Monemvasia is a unique medieval town built on a rock in the sea. It is definitely one of the most romantic escapes in Europe, especially if you are on your honeymoon trip to Greece!

 

Best for active travellers

Best Beaches in Greece
Porto Katsiki, Lefkada

Porto Katsiki, Lefkada

Porto Katsiki means Porto Goat in Greek, maybe because it takes some more active steps to walk down to this long sandy beach on Lefkada island. Despite its funny name, it surely is one of the most amazing beache in Greece. The colours of the waters are incomparable! Turquoise waters, soft and white sand, dramatic scenery. A love at first sight, this beach will make it to your top and most favourite places in the world once you see it. No question why every year you find Porto Katsiki on the list of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

Porto Katsiki is about 40 Km away from the main town of Lefkada and you can come here by car or if you are lucky, by  boat. The Ionian Sea offers perfect sailing conditions even in August, and if you are on a sailing boat you will have the opportunity to see shores that are not accessible by car. Lefkada island has the most impressive waters and shores in Greece and it is worth visiting the island anytime between early May to late September or even early October.

Travel tip: If you want to skip the steps down to the beach, you may as well hire a taxi boat from Nydri or Vassiliki villages. Also be aware that most afternoons, the waves can be quite large which make the swimming conditions not ideal for small kids.

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