To select the best beaches of a country like Greece that has the eleventh longest coastline in the world and a mere 380 winners of the international Blue Flag for eco-quality is no easy task.
We’ve picked ten of the best beaches throughout Greece, but you should know that there are countless other superb, exotic, gorgeous beaches – whether on the mainland or on a beautiful Greek island – that will blow your mind at just about any seaside destination you choose for your holidays in Greece. Discover 10 of the best beaches in Greece right here.
10. Agios Prokopios
The Naxos Island beach of Agios Prokopios is a haven for beachgoers who wish to lounge all day on the white sand. Travelers can see the beach dotted with rented umbrellas much of the year, though strong winds in the summer months make the water more appropriate for wind surfing than sunbathing. The vista at Agios Prokopios is one of the best in Greece. Visitors will see outcroppings of rock to the north and large, shade-giving trees to the south. This beach is popular with families that enjoy the shallow shoreline and easy access to markets and cafes.
Located on the island of Skiathos, Koukounaries is popular with travelers from home and abroad. The water is clear, the sand is soft, and the stone pine forest creates a cozy atmosphere that is unique to this part of the world. Tourists can be spotted swimming, boating, and skiing in the water or horseback riding on land. There are dining options on the beach for casual meals and many resorts nearby for a more elegant approach.
8. Paradise Beach
The island of Mykonos is truly home to Paradise. This is particularly true for those tourists wishing to party the night away near the sand and the sea. Paradise Beach is open to partiers, naturists, and anyone wanting an exciting beach experience from dusk through dawn. Even if a visitor is not interested in the party, the water is warm and the beach is sandy and soft. Plenty of food and drink options round out the trip to Paradise, just be sure to leave the kids at home.
7. Balos Lagoon
One of Crete’s most beautiful beaches, Balos Lagoon is located near the town of Kissamos. Sandwiched between the small island of Imeri Gramvousa and Crete itself, the beach is accessible by boat or car. At Balos Lagoon, visitors are greeted with a stunning vista created by an outcropping of rock that is surrounded by pink sand and blue and turquoise water. This is arguably the most photographed natural wonder in all of Greece, which causes tourists to visit in massive numbers. The months of July and August are the busiest. When arriving at Balos Lagoon, it is important for visitors to bring their own refreshments. A small cafe is available on the beach, but the selections can be limited.
6. Lindos Beach
Rhodes is home to Lindos Beach, also referred to as Pallas Beach, which is an area that marries the sea with the history of the Grecian isles. Travelers can relax on the beach while gazing at a 4th century temple, which is only a short hike away. Visitors can also relax in the water, renting a canoe or paddle boat for a lazy afternoon in the calm of the sea. The nearby village of Lindos, a beautiful hillside settlement made up of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, is a must visit. Taste the local cuisine and buy souvenirs in safety as the streets are made for pedestrians.
5. Elafonisi Beach
The beach of Elafonisi is truly outstanding. Located on the island of Elafonsi in southwest Crete. The exotic, pink and white sand gives way to azure water that is perfect for swimmers of all ages. Lifeguards make sure everyone stays safe, and umbrella rentals keep all tourists cool even in the hot Grecian summers. For a break from the beach, visitors can easily tour the nearby Chrysoskalitissa monastery or the Agia Irini lighthouse.
4. Simos Beach
The small island of Elafonisos hosts Simos Beach, often hailed by locals as the best beach in the country. The combination of turquoise waters, sand dunes, and unique flora create an atmosphere that is appreciated by all. Indeed, visitors will often find more locals than tourists at Simos Beach, which is known for its calm waters and lively party atmosphere. The entire family can enjoy Simos Beach during the day. Children can swim and splash in clear, shallow water with a sandy floor. In the evening, the beach comes alive with music, dancing, and drinks thanks to the many bars in the area.
3. Porto Katsiki
The Lefkadha beach of Porto Katsiki is regularly ranked as one of the best beaches in Europe. Once a visitor reaches the bottom of the stairwell leading to the seashore, they do not have to wonder why so many covet this location. The turquoise blue water and the long expanse of beach beneath a grassy cliff is breathtaking. Though throngs of visitors ascend upon this beach, there is plenty of room for everyone. However, tourists will need to bring any sporting supplies as the only items for rent on the beach are umbrellas and sunbeds. Porto Katsiki can also be reached via taxi boat for those who prefer to avoid the long climb.
2. Navagio Beach
Secluded and stunning, Navagio Beach is the highlight to a vacation on Zakynthos, the third largest of the Ionian Islands. The beach is poised between the limestone cliffs of the island and is only accessible by boat. Once a visitor arrives, they will see the ruins of a shipwreck, perfectly clear waters, and tourists trying their hands at BASE jumping from the cliffs above. There are no amenities on this beach, though the boats that carry tourists to and from sometimes offer drinks or even lunch.
1. Myrtos Beach
Kefalonia’s Myrtos Beach is as surprising as it is stunning. The bright white of the pebbles jut sharply into the deep blue of the sea. The steep mountains and tall cliffs behind Myrtos beach only add to its beauty. For all these reasons Myrtos has previously been voted 12 times as the best beach in Greece. Those who enjoy Myrtos Beach come for sun, sun, and more sun. There is little to no shade and the only water sport available is swimming. However, sunbeds and umbrellas can be rented for a small fee. Most visitors suggest wearing sandshoes to Myrtos Beach. What looks like sand is actually rock, which can be difficult on the soles until one reaches the sandy seabed.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore Greece page.