With more than 8,000 miles of coastline, it's no surprise that Greece has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The country's islands and mainland draws scores of travelers each year. But which Greek beaches make our list of the best? Here are the 30 best beaches in Greece to note down for your visit to our beautiful, sun-drenched country.
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One of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and the Greek islands is the beautiful beach of Elafonissi in Crete. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Europe and around the world. Elafonissi is located at a distance of about 75 km southwest of the city of Chania. It is an excellent beach with turquoise waters and a soft sandy beach. There is a small island in front of the beach of the same name.
It is a quiet place full of colors and light. You could go there on foot, as the distance is less than 100 meters. The white sand, the sandy hills, and the various colors will compensate you for your effort. There is also a small café on the beach with fast food and refreshments.
It is a place of special natural beauty and a Natura 2000 protected area. Elafonisi, together with the surrounding reefs, Prasonisi and Plakoulithra, belongs to the ancient island cluster of islands that went by the name ‘Mousagorai Islands.’ In antiquity, there lay a sanctuary of the god Apollo.
Elafonissi is known to sailors for having the biggest waves in the Mediterranean when strong southwesterly winds blow. The name Elafonisi comes from the words ‘elafi,’ which translates to ‘deer’ in Greek, and ‘nisi,’ which translates to ‘island.’ Elafonissi was, at times, a stronghold of pirates.
Mylopotas Beach, Ios
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Mylopotas beach in Ios is probably one of the best sandy beaches you will find on the whole island and the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea in general. If not the best beach -there are some good competitors there-, it is definitely the most organized. Mylopotas is just 4 km from Ios Town and is easily accessible by road. Full of cafes, bars, and restaurants, on the beach of Mylopotas you will find yourself entertained from morning through night.
Due to its beauty, comforts, and nearby camping facilities Mylopotas is extremely popular. From July to early September, the golden beach tends to get packed, with young crowds dominating the region. Therefore, if you’re looking to enjoy a quieter type of vacation, the best time to swim on Mylopotas beach is in May, June, or after the first 10 days of September. During those months, you will get to enjoy the beach and its tourist accommodation services, food and drink at very affordable prices and without a massive number of wild tourists at your feet.
In Mylopotas beach during the day and in Chora at night, the heart of Ios beats with unique energy and vitality. The striking landscape, golden sand, and crystal clear blue waters will enchant you.
Ornos Beach, Mykonos
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Ornos Beach is one of the very few windless sandy beaches on the island of Mykonos, one of the most popular Greek islands in the world that is a gem on the Aegean Sea. It is located in the south of Korfos, and it is easily accessible by road wither with a private vehicle or public transport.
The beach of Ornos is organized, while the surrounding region has a significant number of hotels, restaurants, and cafe bars that offer services from morning until late at night. Among them, you will also find a diving school that will upgrade your holidays to a whole new level, especially if you’re a lover of the sea and the underwater world.
The general area of Ornos is a small fishing port and an ideal berth for yachts, which has developed into a significant tourist settlement. At the same time, the beach of Ornos is the first of the southern beaches you will come upon. It is one of the busiest and family-friendly beaches on the island, due to its chill vibe, tourist infrastructure, and calm waters.
Porto Katsiki, Lefkada
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Porto Katsiki is probably the most famous beach on the island of Lefkada. It is located on the southwest side of the island, about 40 km from the city of Lefkada, and is ranked among the top sandy beaches in the Mediterranean.
In Porto Katsiki you will find a landscape of wild beauty, with heavenly waters that invite you for a refreshing dive! The difficulty of access to the beach is the only disadvantage of the famous beach. In order to reach it, you either need to take one of the tourist boats departing from Vasiliki, Nidri, the port of Lefkada, and Kefalonia Island, or drive up to a point and then go down on foot 90 steps. The spectacle, however, will surely reward you, with the vastness of the blue and the enchanting Ionian sunset creating a scene that resembles a romantic Hollywood movie.
It is no coincidence that Porto Katsiki stands out among the best beaches not only in Lefkada or Greece but also in the Mediterranean. The rock formations cause awe to all visitors of Porto Katsiki. The beach has fine white pebbles and amazing waters.
The sunset in Porto Katsiki is equally impressive as the sun sets and paints the sky and the sea with mesmerizing warm colors. Of course, if you choose to visit the beach during this time, be aware that you will experience great tourist traffic. Be prepared to meet a lot of people who have the same idea as you. Great minds think alike!
Plaka Beach, Naxos
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The island of Naxos is famous for its incredibly beautiful sandy beaches. One of them is Plaka, known for its stunning crystal clear waters and golden sand. The beach of Plaka is the natural continuation of the coast of Agia Anna and that of Agios Prokopios, both of which are also very famous beaches located in the center of the west coast of the island. At a distance of about 10 km south of Chora, the beach offers views of Paros and Glaronissia, while in the ‘70s, it was a reference point for the hippies who were on the island.
The length of the golden, sandy beach reaches 4 km. However, what makes it particularly special is the fact that at the back it boasts impressive dunes. Its shallow, turquoise waters, combined with its great length and protection from the north winds, make Plaka an ideal choice for families who choose Naxos for their summer holidays on the Greek islands.
This beach of Naxos is organized with beach bars, umbrellas, and sunbeds, while there is also the possibility for sea sports. In the long list of Plaka’s assets, you can add the unobstructed view of the magical sunset with the background of Paros.
Platys Gialos, Mykonos
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Platys Gialos is a magical beach on the island of Mykonos, which also happens to be one of the most popular sandy beaches. This is the first fully organized beach located in the southern part of the island, and it is located around 5 km away from Mykonos Town. There, you will find a large collection of shops, mini markets, and many hotels.
The allure of Platys Gialos lies in the fact that its bay is surrounded by mountains. The waters are shallow and are preferred by families with children. The boats that lead to the southern beaches of Paradise, Elia, and Agrari depart from Platys Gialos.
Of course, we cannot mention the best beaches in Greece without at least giving a shoutout to Paradise Beach in Mykonos. Paradise beach is known for its immaculate waters and day and night long parties, so if you want to live up your party fantasy on one of the beaches in Greece, Paradise beach is the one for you!
Koukounaries is the most famous beach on the Greek island Skiathos and one of the most famous sandy beaches in Europe. It is also known as ‘Xrysi Akti’ which translates to ‘Golden Sand’ in Greek since its sand is very fine and shines gold under the summer sun. Apart from its deep blue waters, this beach offers a unique opportunity for relaxation and repose, due to the fact that the famous forest of Koukounaria stops a few meters from the sea.
The forest - as well as the Strofilia lagoon located in it - is a rare wetland, which has been declared an area protected by the Municipality of Skiathos. In Koukounaries there are many hotels, hostels, campsites as well as many taverns, restaurants, bars, and cafes.
There, you will have the opportunity to do any water sport you want or even rent a boat. The beach of Koukounaries is located at the southwestern end of Skiathos and offers a magnificent sunset which you should not miss. The wooden benches, the shade areas, but also the shallow sea make the beach ideal for children.
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Sarakiniko beach is arguably one of the most unique sights you’ll experience in a lifetime. It is an unreal, but beautiful place reminiscent of a lunar landscape, in the Cyclades. Due to the volcanic origin of its soil, Milos has an impressive morphology and variety of beaches.
You will find fine golden sand beaches, as well as bays with pebbles surrounded by white, red, yellow, or even black rocks. You will also find unique colors and depths in the sea and have the choice between spending your time in either a crowded or a more secluded part of the beach that will bring you closer to nature.
The beach of Sarakiniko took its name from the Saracen pirates who used it as a base. If you look around you may see some bollards from their ships. It is located around 5 kilometers from the island's capital, Plaka, while it overlooks the islands of Sifnos and Kimolos.
Sarakiniko is probably the ideal beach for diving and for endless hours of sunbathing on the all-white smooth rocks. It is worth having the right equipment with you in order to observe the seabed.
During the middle of summer, schedule your visit to the beach of Sarakiniko during hours when the sun doesn’t shine as bright, as due to the striking white rocks, the heat can be unbearable, especially during the ascend for your return back home. However, be sure it is worth it. It is a paradise beach you shouldn't miss!
Shipwreck Beach (or Navagio Beach), Zakynthos
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This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, in which nature and the human hand, contributed to creating a magical image. It is none other than the Shipwreck Beach of Zakynthos.
White sand, crystal clear waters, impressive cliffs, and the half-submerged ship compose the fantastic scenery of the long sandy beach Shipwreck Beach in the Greek island Zakynthos. One of the most famous and beautiful sandy beaches in the world, Shipwreck Beach is accessible only by the sea.
The only story that hides the attraction of Shipwreck Beach, the famous shipwreck, begins on September 30, 1982, when a maritime accident of the merchant ship Panagiotis took place on the beach of Zakynthos.
The ship had duty-free cigarettes and rescuing both the crew and the merchandise took a big effort. As it turned out, this shipwreck was, in fact, a "gift" for Zakynthos’ locals that was to become one of the biggest attractions in the world.
Voidokilia Beach, Messinia
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Departing completely from Shipwreck Beach and the Greek islands, Voidokilia Beach in Messinia is a natural bay of unique beauty, with white fine sand spreading over a large area, from one end of the beach to the other. It is hands down one of the best sandy beaches in mainland Greece.
Its waters are turquoise, the sand is white with thousands of shells and the contrast with the low vegetation and the rocky landscape makes the region an exotic sight.
Despite its great tourist traffic, Voidokilia remains authentic with priceless natural beauty. It is in the Natura 2000 protected area and you will not find any organized activity there, while free camping is prohibited in the area, which boasts significant biodiversity.
On the left of the beach, you will find Paleokastro, the ruins of a Medieval castle built by the Venetians in the 13th century, at the base of which the cave of Nestor is located. To your right, at the other end of Voidokilia on the hill, there is a vaulted tomb that is attributed -without yet being confirmed- to Thrasymides, son of Nestor.
Voidokilia is 10 km away from Pylos. The beach can be reached by a dirt road that crosses the perimeter of the lagoon of Gialova, by a dirt road from the village of Petrochori, and by a path from Divari beach.
Xi Beach, Kefalonia
Myrtos may be the most famous, and the most advertised beach in Kefalonia. However, there is another beach on the island, less known to the general public. Xi beach, as it is called, has a name that surprises and a landscape that impresses its visitors.
It is located in the southern part of Kefalonia, around 8 kilometers from Lixouri. Its name is a result of its geographical morphology, as it lies in a bay that if you look at it from above, looks like the letter "Xi".
The beach has a deep tile color, completely different from the color of the sand on all the other beaches on the island, but also in the country. In fact, in combination with the clay that exists at the bottom of the sea, it creates a colorful feast that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
This, of course, is not the only element that makes this beach stand out among the others on the Greek islands. Unlike the deep waters of the rest, in Xi beach the waters are shallow and the access is very easy. Also, due to the clay composition of the sand, one can enjoy a natural and free spa treatment, as this sand helps to cleanse and tighten the skin.
Red Beach, Santorini
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Red Beach on the Greek island of Santorini is without a doubt a sight to behold. The red, vertical, volcanic rocks and the thin, reddish, pebbles create a unique image and contrast with the umbrellas and colorful figures of people who come here to admire the wild landscape and swim.
Red Beach is located just a few steps from the archeological site of Akrotiri. There, you will see a wonderful volcanic palette with the colors white, red, and black dominating the scene. It is one of the beaches of Santorini that you will rarely enjoy without massive crowds of people since it is very famous.
This beach of Santorini is one of those rare landscapes of the island that changes from year to year as it is shaped by wind, water, or erosion. This makes it even more impressive and justifies why it is an attraction for hundreds of tourists every year.
You can reach the beach with a 10-minute walk from Akrotiri or with one of the boats that you will find in Akrotiri, Kamari, and Perissa. It is an organized beach and features umbrellas, sun loungers, and a convenient canteen.
Vouliagmeni Beach, near Athens
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On the most popular beach of the Athenian Riviera is Vouliagmeni, with its lusciously vegetated coast, golden sand, clear waters, and Blue Flag award!
There, you can enjoy refreshing moments with comfort and safety and get to experience the Greek capital in a way you’ve never thought of before. If you water sports, rackets, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and beach volley, in Vouliagmeni Beach you will find all that you’re looking for. It has free parking and a wide range of amenities, including locker rooms, lifeguards, personal belongings, and free wifi, among others.
It is the most cosmopolitan beach on the Athenian Riviera, and it caters to those who crave luxury. You will find the beach of Vouliagmeni at a distance of 25 km from the center of Athens, surrounded by pine trees and stretched across a bay of 300 meters.
Christina Onassis, Joan Collins, and Brigitte Bardot are just some of the celebrities who have visited this verdant bay through the years. You can access the paradise beach of Vouliagmeni by public transport, and in specific, by taking the 114, 116, 340, and E22 bus lines.
Mytros Beach, Kefalonia
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Standing out for its otherworldly beauty, Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia island stars every year and every season, on the lists of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. And not unjustly, since Myrtos Beach manages to enchant the visitors before they even reach it, gazing from above the sublime contrast of the endless white sand with the dazzling blue shades of the water.
Vertical and very high cliffs with green peaks, fine sand, all-white pebbles, waters that deepen sharply, and a sunset that competes with that of Santorini, compose the unique scene in Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia island.
The famous Myrtos Beach of Kefalonia is located in the northern part of the island, north of Argostoli. It is about 800 meters long, while at the edge of the beach there is a small cave.
Myrtos Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag and has gained worldwide recognition for being one of the best and most famous beaches in Greece. Despite its raw, wild beauty, it is an organized beach, with a canteen, umbrellas, sunbeds, and a lifeguard. Along with Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, it is the most popular beach in the Ionian Sea.
Despite its allure, the sandy beach is not kid-friendly. Myrtos Beach is in fact considered quite dangerous because as an open bay, big waves are a common occurrence. Regardless, its turquoise waters, with or without waves, will make your swimming endeavors unforgettable. Do not leave unless you first see the sunset which will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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The popular area of Paleokastritsa has 6 wonderful beaches, surrounded by olive trees and impressive vegetation. Pebbled or sandy, the crystal clear but slightly icy waters of the coast of Corfu attract large tourist crowds year after year.
If you want to explore the hidden beaches and rocky coves of the area, rent one of the pedal boats and enjoy the sun and the sea away from the masses. On the beach, in the bay of Paleokastritsa, there are many hotels and restaurants.
Scholars claim that Paleokastritsa was the capital of the Phaeacians and that Nafsika found Odysseus in it. However, no archeological sites have been found in this area to support this belief.
The beaches of Paleokastritsa are famous for their cold waters caused by cold currents. The main beach is located below the monastery and offers many tourist infrastructures as it is the largest. Another beach is located near the port, where many yachts dock during the summer. The rest can only be reached by sea by renting boats or using the taxi boat service.
You can rent umbrellas and sunbeds on most of the beaches in Greece, and Paleokastritsa is no exception to the rule. There is also a diving and boating center on-site.
St Paul’s Bay, Rhodes
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Just outside Rhodes Town, 56 km away, you will find the well-hidden secret of the Greek islands, the closed bay of Agios Pavlos, one of the most striking Rhodes beaches. There, you will come upon a natural opening of the rocks, with a small beach with sand, pebbles, and rocks, which has shallow crystal waters and wonderful views of the Acropolis of Lindos.
The right part of the sandy beach offers sunbeds, food, and music, while the left part offers relaxing moments of seclusion. At one end of the bay, there is a small church, which is a reminder of the visit of the Apostle Paul to Lindos, while also being an attraction for many couples who choose this place every year to have their wedding.
And for devoted movie lovers around the world, the boatmen anchoring in the area can take them to Laki, where some scenes from the movie "The Guns of Navarone" were filmed!
Kamares Beach, Sifnos
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Kamares beach is the first that one encounters when visiting Sifnos. Although it is opposite the port, it is spotless and its waters compete with the best sandy beaches in Greece and the world. A testimony of that is that it has been awarded the Blue Flag, which only a few of the best beaches in Greece have succeeded in earning.
It is sandy with shallow waters ideal for families and young people, as it is organized with sunbeds and a beach bar. The tamarisk trees reach the sand and the beach bars give a cheerful note to the already elevated summer mood.
Matala Beach, Crete
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Matala is a small seaside village and a famous beach in southern Crete in the prefecture of Heraklion. Its location is on the west coast of Pyrgiotissa province. The beach of Matala has been inhabited since antiquity, and the then inhabitants carved a set of caves in the soft rock of the mountain.
The caves remained empty for thousands of years until some wandering hippies discovered them and inhabited them. Several others followed them, with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Kat Stevens only being some of the names that compose the list.
A few meters from the caves, the sandy beach of Matala still attracts thousands of visitors every year with its shimmering waters and unmatched vibe. A definite must-visit for everyone with a taste for beauty, history, and culture that want to experience the beaches in Greece to their full potential.
Vai Beach, Crete
The beautiful beach of Vai, also known as ‘Finikodasos’ or ‘palm forest’ in Greek, is located 25 km east of Sitia and 94 km east of the city of Agios Nikolaos in majestic Crete. Vai has the largest known palm forest in all of Europe, in an area of 250 square kilometers consisting of 5,000 palm trees. The first references to this forest date back to the Classical period. Its existence is due to the Phoenician merchants, who threw in the area the stones from the dates they ate. In front of this unique forest, there are kilometers of clean and soft golden sand and a deep blue sea.
The magic and the tropical landscape of the beach attract thousands of visitors, especially during the high-season summer months. In order to truly take in its magnificence, you can follow the path that exists in the southern part of the beach, from where you will be able to enjoy a unique view from above. the beach is organized and on it, you will find, in addition to umbrellas and showers, canteens and a tavern that will make your visit to the beach a pleasurable and comfortable experience. There are also opportunities for water sports.
Due to the palm forest, the area is protected. For this reason, both construction and free camping are prohibited. Vai, apart from its special and exotic beauty, is also interesting in terms of biodiversity, as many migratory birds stop in the area on their journey to and from Africa.
Stafylo Beach, Skopelos
Those who choose the Sporades islands for their holidays know of their special beauty and unique atmosphere. In Stafylo Beach, the greenery, which reaches where the wave breaks, is combined with emerald waters and a magical sandy coast.
Stafylos Beach, being one of the most beautiful -if not the most beautiful- beaches in Greece, possesses good tourist infrastructure. Regardless, it maintains a more secluded character, as does the whole island, which is visited by fewer people than the cosmopolitan Skiathos. The low profile of the islands, however, contributes to the preservation of Skopelos’ identity and traditional character, offering an authentic Greek island experience to the lucky few.
Potami Beach, Samos
With its trademark the church of Agios Nikolaos, above the beach, Potami is one of the most famous beaches in Greece, Karlovasi, and all of Samos.
It is located on the northeast coast of Samos, after the port of Karlovasi, and is accessible both by car and on foot. The pebbles outside and the deep, clear water inside create the simple yet wondrous combination that makes Potami stand out.
On its disadvantages, one can count the north winds, which raise big waves on the beach, however, this is a small price to pay in order to enjoy its charm and also the watersports this beach is perfect for. Potami stretches across 800 meters.
In the area of Potami, you will also find a river with dreamy waterfalls, which form small lakes and become a pole of attraction for every traveler. The waterfalls are easily accessible, as it takes only 15-minutes-walk in the forest of the area to reach it, while they are suitable for swimming and ideal for taking wonderful photos.
Agali Beach, Folegandros
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The most beautiful sandy beach on the island of Folegandros is located in Agali. There, you will have the opportunity to enjoy countless hours of swimming in crystal clear waters.
Agali is one of the most tourist-favorite beaches in Greece. It is located on the south side of the island and can be accessed by road or by tourist boats from Karavostasi. In the area of Agali, you will find taverns and rooms for rent. Nearby beaches with a distance of only 10 minutes, are Fira and Galifos, the latter of which is located on the way to Agios Nikolaos.
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On the north side of Plastira bay in Paros, you can find the beach of Kolimbithres, with a unique look of particular interest. The coast got its name from the boiler-like hollows that resemble swimming pools and are located between the granite rocks.
When granite rocks were found on the surface, the effect of disintegration, wind erosion, and wave erosion created cushion-shaped and elliptical shapes.
Kolymbithres consists of three small beaches of incomparable beauty with rocks that look like sculptures and stunning views of Naoussa. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Paros and is fully organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.
The popularity of the beach has not affected its raw beauty and authentic character. Kolymbithres’ waters are cool and crystal clear, while its unmatched setting creates the backdrop to all of your holiday photos that depict the beaches in Greece.
At the southern tip of Laconia, between the Peloponnese and Kythira, is a small island that is the tropical paradise of Greece. Elafonisos, as it is called, is the number one destination for camping in the summer.
A paradise on earth or the emerald of the Mediterranean as some call it. Turquoise waters, fine off-white sand, and endless blue in a landscape that fascinates and makes you admire it, even if it is only through photos.
Elafonisos owes its name to the abundance of red deer that existed in the area. The region is famous for its exotic beaches with turquoise waters and white sand, a landscape reminiscent of the Caribbean. The most beautiful sandy beach on the island, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, is the emblematic Simos.
According to local tradition, the beach of Simos got its name either from a Kalymnos sponge diver or from a hermit named Simos. The sandy beach is divided into two parts, creating in essence two bays, the bay of Sarakiniko and the bay of Frangos.
The endless beach of Simos has fine golden sand and dunes inside, while a forest with the sea cedars spreads over a large area and unites the two beaches. The beach of Simos has been awarded many times as it is considered one of the best beaches in Greece but also in Europe. The ultimate exotic landscape is a mere 4 hours from Athens.
Canal D' Amour Beach
It is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches of Corfu, known throughout Europe, but also worldwide, as it is the beach visited by couples who want to stay together forever or those who are looking for true love.
Canal d 'amour beach, or ‘Agapi beach’ in Greek, is located in northern Corfu, in Sidari, at the western end of the northern coast of Corfu, at a distance of 32 km from the city.
Its trademark and source of unique beauty are the grooved, white sculpted clay rocks, which rise into the sea creating a unique canal, where the legend wants the couples who swim in it to remain in love forever or those who manage and swim to the last edge to find the love of their lives.
Apart from its love benefits, Canal d'Amour is also widely known for its detoxifying, beneficial, perhaps healing properties attributed to the large reserves of clay in the sea. There are many who sit on the sculpted rocks and with a piece of clay smear their body and hair. It is honored with the Blue Flag every year, while it is suitable for diving and various water sports.
A beach that will impress you because of its great length and the gorgeous landscape that is surrounded by hills overgrown with olive and pine trees, and boasts crystal clear waters. It is located 16 kilometers from Corfu Town to the West.
The beach of Glyfada is another one of the best beaches in Greece that has been awarded a blue flag. It is a fully organized beach, with sunbeds, umbrellas, and water sports. It is a pole of attraction for many tourists and especially young people as there are cafes and bars that keep them entertained day and night.
If you choose this Ionian island for your vacation, do not omit Glyfada beach from your itinerary. It will be one of the most memorable beach experiences of your lives!
Golden Beach, Paros
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Golden Beach, or ‘Chrisi Akti’ in Greek, is the largest, and for many, the most beautiful of the beaches of Paros. It is famous for its huge, pale sandy beach, deep blue shallow waters, and the currents that make it ideal for windsurfing on the Greek islands.
Golden beach is fully organized with restaurants and bars flooding the area behind the tamarisk trees, and umbrellas and sunbeds along its entire length. You can also choose the greater region as the basis of your stay in Paros as there is a plethora of accommodation, hotels, and rooms to let, ready to accommodate you in order to be just a breath away from the amazing beach.
In Golden Beach, there is an equipped surf club, which offers lessons for beginners and guard boats. It also has rescue boats, while experienced lifeguards sweep the beach all day from their tower, ready to intervene when needed.
Kathisma Beach, Lefkada
The Ionian Islands have their own beauties, with which they worthily compete with the famous Cyclades. One of their main assets, which attracts many tourists, is the combination of luscious greenery with the sea. A bright example of that is located on the west side of Lefkada and at a distance of about 15 km from the city, and it is Kathisma Beach.
It is a huge shore with white sand and pebbles and of course, the trademark turquoise waters beaches in Greece are known for. It is fully organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, restaurants, and beach bars.
Its cosmopolitan atmosphere has made it one of the most popular in Lefkada. Those who have the opportunity to visit Lefkada will enjoy their swim, combined with entertainment and organized facilities, in one of its most beautiful areas. However, please know the bathers need to be especially careful when the waves are big, as the wind is often the one that dominates the impressive beach.
The largest beach on the island of Koufonisia is the one of Pori, and is the complete antithesis of Paradise Beach in Mykonos, with peace and quiet being its two most precious elements. It is not organized, but that only adds to its allure. Despite not being organized, there you will find a restaurant for your food, coffee, and ice cream, and plenty of space to spread your towel.
Pori is at a distance of 3 km from Chora, a magical and large beach with golden sand at the base of a large, natural bay that ensures calm waters. The blue-green color of the waters captivates the eye with their wonderful, crystalline clarity. Few tamarisk trees offer their soothing shade to those who come here early in the morning, so consider waking up a bot early in order to catch the beach of Pori to its full potential.
What are the best beaches in Greece for kids?
Because the answer to that question might be a bit subjective, our choices are based on which beaches have the easiest access, the most shallow waters, don’t have sharp stones but rather soft sand, and a beach bar nearby for the necessary supplies. Our top options include the beaches of Elafonissi in Crete, Simos in Elafonisos, and Gerakas in Zakynthos. We also need to tell you which beaches are not for kids, and these definitely include Super Paradise and Paradise Beach in Mykonos, as their wild party was are not kid-friendly.
What are the best beaches in Greece close to Athens?
There are a number of options when it comes to striking beaches, even far away from the Greek islands and in the capital city of Greece. Among the excellent choices, however, one stands out and that is Vouliagmeni Beach, the queen of the Athenian Riviera. Located in the region of Laimos, it is definitely worth visiting if you find yourself in Athens.
Which island has the best beaches in Greece?
Of course, this depends on personal preference and the type of beauty that speaks to you. However, the Ionian Sea is known for its incredible beaches. In specific, the island of Kefalonia, with the world-famous Myrtos Beach and Xi Beach, is a personal favorite and a strong recommendation to everyone who loves the beach. Additionally, Zakynthos, and Shipwreck Beach, in specific, deserve a shoutout as it combines stunning beauty with an essence of mystique.
Which beaches in Greece have the clearest water?
Greece is lucky enough to boast some of the most striking and clean beaches in the world. No matter where you choose to swim, whether it is on the Greek islands, the mainland, or even the capital, the clarity of the waters you will come across on the beaches in Greece is sure to leave you in awe. As mentioned above, the Ionian Sea is famed for its crystal clear but cold waters, with Shipwreck beach earning the heart of visitors over the years. Of course, the beaches of the Aegean Sea are in no way inferior, but we have to narrow it down somehow.
There is no doubt that the list could go on and on. However, except for the fact that we don’t want to bore you to death, this is a good sample of the most magical beaches in Greece across most of its noteworthy regions.
Don’t wait any longer to have the sun warm your skin and the shimmering waters refresh you while you sip cocktails from the stunning Greek beach bars. Book your next trip to Greece -and especially your trip to Greece- and combine as many of the beaches above as you can! We promise you’ll soon understand that no words can truly describe the feeling!