15 Best Beaches To Visit in Greece
Greece is home to the most expansive Mediterranean coastline with more than 8,000 miles. This means that this nation has many extraordinarily diverse beaches on its many islands and the mainland.
It all comes down to what you are after. For a family vacation, the Cyclades Islands is known for its sweeping, golden bits of beaches, clear water, and facilities like lounge chairs and umbrellas and numerous water sports. While for those seeking a romantic getaway, Milos Island and its Sarakiniko’s blunt silvery volcanic rock formation that resembles the surface of the Moon will do the trick for you. Here’s our 15 of The Best Beaches in Greece:
1. Navagio – Zakynthos Island
Also known as Shipwreck Beach, Navagio is located on Zakynthos Island. If you are a social media person (Instagram particularly), you might have seen a bird’s eye view of this beach on people’s posts online.
Touted by many as the most beautiful beach in the world, stepping your foot at the golden sands of Navagio will immediately make you have the same opinion about it.
Framed by imposing rock formations, the beach is known for its partly-submerged shipwreck and the teal waters that splash up to the soaring rocks’ base.
2. Mylopotas Beach – Ios Island
Lying within the Cycladic Islands in Greece and Santorini and Mykonos, Ios Island is known for being the party island of all the islands in the country.
The island is one of the hot spots for the Med party circuit, so it is almost always full. Nevertheless, you can still find a space to stretch or lounge at the Mylopotas beach, located just a few minutes away from the island’s largest city, Hora.
3. Glyfada Beach – Corfu Island
Corfu is an island located off the northwest coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. It is usually punctuated by rugged mountains as well as the resort-filled coastline. Its culture and vibe reflect the island’s many years under the Venetians, British, and French rule.
Situated on the island’s western shoreline is the Glyfada Beach, one of Greece’s most loved and vibrant beaches. It features umbrellas and sunbeds along with numerous water sports. It is also a hotbed of lively parties.
4. Elafonisi Beach – Crete Island
Known for its pink shoreline due to the numerous tiny seashells, the beach of Elafonisi is one of the most popular in Crete.
Lying in Chania’s southwest seaside town, the beach was created by an island separated by a sandbar and shallow lagoon from the mainland. Shuttle tours stop by at the beach, which means that it is one of Greece’s most crowded beaches.
5. Porto Katsiki – Lefkada Island
Porto Katsiki means goat port, and it got its name because a long time ago, it was only goats that could reach it by clambering down its steep cliffs.
However, today, a stair runs down from the cliff’s summit to the port. Visitors can also take boats to the beach from Nidri town.
6. Koukounaries Beach – Skiathos Island
Skiathos’s island is known for its wide range of stunning beaches with silver sands and odorous of pine forest, which inspired the area’s name.
The whole island is a protected reserve; thus, its beaches are pristine in the entire Mediterranean. Koukounaries Beach is the best on the island and features a lagoon with deep waters, ideal for swimming.
7. St. Paul’s Bay – Rhodes Island
The beach at St. Paul’s Bay is believed to be the spot where Apostle Paul anchored when he was caught in a heavy storm, and there is even a church on the hill to remember that incident.
Aside from the biblical relevance, St. Paul’s Bay is an ideal destination for swimming and enjoying the beautiful landscape around the bay.
8. Myrtos Beach – Kefalonia Island
Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands, is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, the Myrtos Beach.
This stretch of sand has also been featured in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. For amazing views of the bay, climb up the cape to the north of the beach; it is an easy trek.
9. Lalaria Beach – Skiathos
If you are looking for privacy, Lalaria Beach in Skiathos Island is one of the most secluded in Greece and can only be reached by a boat from Skiathos’s town.
Unfortunately for those who might be attracted by this beach, it is also prone to the northerly winds, and therefore, you can only visit when the tides are low. Nevertheless, this beach is stunning, thanks to its soaring cliffs and silver sand.
10. Sarakiniko – Milos Island
Located on the popular Milos Island, Sarakiniko Beach features a succession of bays carved from volcanic rocks, which has been shaped by the sea and wind into something of an otherworldly shape.
Its white surface will make you think you are walking on the moon! There is barely any vegetation near the beach; thus, the white rocks and blue sea waters create amazing contrast you can only find in novels.
11. Voidokilia Beach – Messina Island
Voidokilia Beach is located in mainland Greece. With its semicircular shape that forms the letter Omega, this strip is also a reserved bird sanctuary.
For this reason, the beach is also one of the most unspoiled in the entire country. The beach is one of the oldest, having been around since 4000 BC.
12. Matala Beach – Crete Island
Another beach on Crete Island, Matala, is located in a historically rich area that has accommodated the ancient Gortynias, Minoans, and the Romans, among many other civilizations.
Lining its edge is a series of Neolithic caves that used to be hippies shelters in the 1960s.
13. Diamandi Beach – Skiathos Island
Also located in Skiathos Island, Diamandi beach is Greece’s most peaceful beaches thanks to its isolated location.
For this reason, if you want a place to swim, this is probably it.
14. Mylopotamos Beach – Pelion, Thessaly
This beautiful silver beach is located in the Pelion peninsula in Thessaly, central Greece. The beach is divided by many pebbles and twisting paths.
A tunnel runs through the rocks and connects one side of the beach to another. Lining the shorelines are numerous bars and restaurants.
15. Balos Beach – Crete Island
Last but not least, we have Balos Beach on the island of Crete. It has an impressive silvery sand beach and clear water and is considered one of Greece’s best beaches!