10 Amazing Beaches in Greece

10 Amazing Beaches in Greece

10 Amazing Beaches in Greece

Your travel portfolio is not completed if you haven’t visited at least one of these 10 amazing beaches in Greece. Turquoise seas, crystal clear waters, long sandy shores and stunning landscapes are guaranteed at the best Greek beaches.

So much so, that one of the main reasons to visit Greece is to swim in its incomparably beautiful sea.

It is not easy to select the 10 most amazing beaches in Greece out of thousands of islands. In this post, we dare to make an attempt by listing just some of them. So here we are! Enjoy our list of our top 10 most amazing beaches on mainland Greece and the lesser-known islands.

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 fabulous destination on its own!

Rovinia Beach, Corfu

Best Beaches in Greece

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia

Myrtos beach in Kefalonia island is definitely one the best beaches in Greece. Its amazing, crystal clear, blue waters are uniquely appealing. Myrtos Beach is situated in the region of Pylaros on Kefalonia island, which is part of the Ionian group of islands on the west side of the country. It lies between two mountains in the northwest of Kefalonia. Myrtos Beach is a multi-awarded beach that has been on the list of the best beaches in the world for more than ten consecutive years. Every year, Myrtos Beach is awarded 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 unique characteristics of Myrtos Beach is that the water gets deep just a couple of steps from the shore, making it a great spot for snorkelling.

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 after dark, as you will experience one of the best sunsets.

Voidokilia Beach, Messinia

BEST FOR FAMILIES

Voidokilia Beach, Messinia

Despite its difficult name, Voidokilia Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is located in the Peloponnese peninsula, in the Messinia region, just 3 km from Pylos town, one of the most picturesque and historic towns in Greece. 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 leading to the beach, so it’s hard to miss it. You will know you have arrived when the road ends at a long sandy park and you can see sandy dunes and a castle on the top of the hill. The waters at Voidokilia Beach are very shallow which makes this one of the best beaches in Greece for families. The fine golden sands are ideal for building sand castles and the coast is kept clear of waste, creating an inviting atmosphere for a family vacation in Greece.

On your visit, you can enjoy a long sandy beach walk all the way up to Nestor’s castle to enjoy an incredible view of the Ionian Sea! Make sure you take water with you as there is no beach bar. An umbrella, a hat and sunscreen are essentials! There are also no sunbeds.

Travel tip: Make sure you take water with you as there isn’t a beach bar and bear in mind there are no sunbeds. If you plan to spend the day at the beach stop at Petrochori village for an authentic Greek dinner. Look out for the colourful chairs outside its adorable yard! 

 

Agios Georgios Beach, Naxos

BEST FOR FAMILIES

Agios Georgios Beach, Naxos

Agios Georgios, another Blue Flag beach in Greece, often finds itself on the top of lists when it comes to the most family-friendly destinations in Greece. Naxos is renowned for its white powdery sand beaches and Agios Georgios doesn’t disappoint. Just a short walk from Naxos Town, the port and some of the best hotels on the island, it’s edged by clear, shallow blue waters that are protected from the winds. It’s ideal for families visiting Greece with small children, as they can splash around while older kids can enjoy a variety of beach activities. A water sports centre is located at the south end, and you’ll find plenty of beach clubs and tavernas too. All this together makes Agios Georgios one of the best beaches in Greece for families as there is such a wide offering of fun for all ages.

Elafonisi Beach, Crete

BEST FOR HONEYMOONERS

Elafonisi Beach, Crete

Crete is an island where culture, authenticity, natural beauty and gastronomy meet. It is also one of the best islands in Greece for beaches, with a variety of different spots for sunseekers. Elafonisi is one of them and it is an absolute must! Elafonisi Lagoon is famous for its pink sand which is a perfectly picturesque place for honeymooners visiting Greece. It is situated in the region of Chania, and 76km away from Chania town. It is one of the best beaches in Greece for couples looking for a romantic escape because the water is quiet and the bay is protected from the strong winds, no matter what time of the day you visit the beach. It is a Natura 2000 protected area, ensuring animals and their natural habitats are protected in order to preserve biodiversity. 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.

The eastern part of the lagoon can get quite busy in August, but the rest of the long sandy beach is rarely too crowded. The best time to visit Elafonisi, if you want to escape the summer crowds, is between May, June, early July, September or even October.  

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 1m so you can easily walk all the way from one side to the other of the peninsula.

 

Simos Beach, Elafonisos

BEST FOR EXPLORERS

Simos Beach, Elafonisos

If you love fine sand, golden dunes, crystal clear blue waters and magnificent landscapes, then you are in the right place. Simos Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Peloponnese and surely a destination in its own right when it comes to summer holidays in Greece.  Locals and travelers alike love this amazing beach in Greece, which is located just a short drive (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 3.55 hrs- and once you are in the area, you can either drive to the beach or arrive by a boat that you can rent at Skala village. Upon your arrival, you’ll immediately realize why this is one of the best sandy beaches in Greece. Its remote location makes it ideal for those looking to escape the crowds and the journey to get to this paradise is a delight for adventure seekers.

A truly unique experience is the full moon nights. It’s worth staying until the evening to see the moon rise and the games of light that appear as reflections on the water. Especially the August full moon. The swimming conditions are ideal for all types of swimmers, especially small children. You will find part of the beach organised with sunbeds and umbrellas, and the rest of it is free so you can find your own place in the sun.

Travel tip: If you visit Elafonisos, make sure you visit the castle town of Monemvasia which is just an hour’s drive away. Monemvasia is a unique mediaeval 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!

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos

BEST FOR EXPLORERS

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos

Looking as if it should be on another planet with its lunar-like landscape, Sarakiniko is located on the north shore of Milos. It’s surrounded by seas ranging in hues from pale blue and sapphire to emerald green. You’ll want to capture photos of the bizarre rocks that were sculpted over time by the wind and the water, and perhaps soak up the sun on the smooth, white volcanic rocks in between refreshing dips. Avid explorers will be overjoyed by a visit to Sarakiniko Beach. Dotted along the astonishing formations are a handful of coves and caves that can be ventured into. Likewise, there are numerous hiking trails surrounding the beach that will lead you to elevated vantage points where you can take in panoramic vistas of the immaculate coastline.

Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos

BEST FOR PARTY

Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos

Super Paradise can easily be reached from Platis Gialos in Mykonos Town by taxi, water taxi or bus. Renowned for its upscale beach bars and clubs like Jackie O’, Super Paradise Beach is the heart of the island’s famous party scene. Visitors can enjoy soaking up the sun in between dips in the turquoise waters as well as a wide range of water sports activities. If that’s not your style, you can sink into deep relaxation on Super Paradise Beach’s velvety soft sands with plenty of umbrellas and sunbeds to choose from. In the summer months, by mid-afternoon, things get lively with the volume of the music starting to rise. As the day goes by, you’ll find fellow sunseekers claiming their spot for a spectacular sunset with a cocktail in hand. In short, the experience is pure bliss.

Balos Beach, Crete

BEST SECLUDED BEACH

Balos Beach, Crete

One of the most stunning and most photographed beaches in all of Crete, Balos is wonderfully secluded, accessible only by boat or driving a bumpy road to the trailhead, followed by a 20-minute hike. Arrive early to enjoy swimming in the translucent turquoise waters that frame pristine white sands with stretches of pink with no one else around. It is one of the prettiest places in Greece and is unspoiled by tourist infrastructure. Protected from the wind, swimming at Balos Beach is like taking a dip in a big, warm natural pool. Balos is one of the best beaches in Crete and has even attracted the likes of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana. If you want to hang out for the day, umbrellas, loungers, and refreshments are available. The seclusion at Balos Beach makes it one of the most romantic places for couples in Greece, ideal for those looking for an intimate setting to spend time with their partner.

Porto Katsiki, Lefkada

BEST FOR ACTIVE TRAVELLERS

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 unusual name, it is one of the most amazing beaches in Greece. The colours of the Aegean Sea are incomparable to any other destination! With breathtaking waters, soft, white sand, and dramatic scenery, this beach will make it to your top and most favourite places in the world once you see it. There is 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 you can charter a cruise to reach it. 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 on most afternoons, the waves can be quite large which makes the swimming conditions too harsh for smaller kids.

Papafragas Beach, Milos

BEST FOR ACTIVE TRAVELLERS

Papafragas Beach, Milos

Another unique beach at the northern end of Milos is Papafragas. Just a 5-minute drive from Pollonia, Papafragas is not easy to reach but it’s worth making the effort as it’s one of the nicest beaches in Greece. Walk down the narrow path and down a set of precarious-looking steps carved into the cliffside where you’ll discover an idyllic cove surrounded by towering cliffs and natural caves. These intriguing formations combined with the rocky shoreline make this one of the best beaches in Greece for active travelers looking to explore. From the top of the rock, it looks just like a sparkling, aquamarine-hued swimming pool and if you’re particularly daring, you may even try your hand at cliff diving. If you can get here just before dawn, you’ll be able to enjoy a spectacular sunrise and most likely, the entire beach to yourself. The crowds usually don’t start to arrive until 9 a.m., giving you plenty of time to enjoy this remote wonder.

Rovinia Beach, Corfu

TRAVEL EXPERT NATALIE'S PICK

Rovinia Beach, Corfu

“My favourite Greek beach is Rovinia beach in Corfu. It’s reachable only by boat or through a hiking path from Liapades making it quite secluded. It’s easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Best beach in Corfu. We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again, Greece’s beaches are destinations in themselves and Corfu Rovinia Beach is no exception.”

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