Greece Beaches

Greece Beaches that you have to visit is Elafonisi Beach on Crete. The best beach for families is St. Georges Beach on Naxos. The best beach for partying is Paradise Beach on Mykonos. The best beach for a honeymoon is Mylopotas Beach in Ios. The best beach for quiet and solitude is Plaka Beach on Naxos.

Greece is famous all over the world for its fabulous Greece beaches with crystal water. Millions of tourists come to Greece every year to enjoy the sea, sand and fresh air in the beachside. This section gives information on the best beaches in Greece and the Greek islands.

These Greece beaches are frequently rated among the top beaches in Europe or in the world. Sandy or pebbled, secluded or organized, beaches charm visitors with their authentic beauty and also for their cleanness. Almost every year Greece is ranked by the Blue Flag Programme among the top three countries with best quality Greece beaches and coasts.

Many of the unorganized and hidden bays are also ideal for naturism. Our guide proposes the best 20 Greece Beaches. These beaches are presented with detailed information and photos. Also discover beaches in other regions around Greece and the Greek islands. After discovering the best Greece beaches, you can also discover the best villages.

Greece Beaches

Top 20 Greece Beaches

1. Elafonisi, Crete

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The best beach in Greece: Elafonisi beach on the south coast of Crete. There isn’t much else nearby besides a few small hotels so most people do a day trip from Chania. Recommended Hotels: Elafonisi Resort by Kalomirakis Family • The wonderful town of Paleochora is a one hour boat ride away. Recommended Crete Hotels: Caravella Luxury Apartments (moderate) • Aris Hotel (budget)

2. Mylopotas Beach, Ios

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Wonderful sand and a quick drop-off for people who like to swim in Ios. Stay at either Mylopotas Beach or in the fun main town (Chora) up on the hill. Recommended Ios Hotels: Ios Palace Hotel & Spa (moderate) • Kolitsani ViewLiostasi Hotel & Suites

3. Plaka Beach, Naxos

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Naxos has many great beaches and if you’re looking for an island with a large variety of beaches it should be at the top of your list. Naxos Town is wonderfully charming and St George beach (a short walk away) is a great town beach. But down the southwest coast there are many others that are even better: Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Mikri Vigla, Pyrgaki – and perhaps the best of the lot, Plaka beach. I recommend staying in Naxos Town and taking the frequent buses to the beaches down the coast. Recommended Naxos Hotels: Nissaki Beach Hotel (luxury) • Naxos Resort Beach Hotel (moderate) • Xenia Hotel (budget)

4. Platys Gialos, Mykonos

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The best beach on Mykonos and backed by hotels and restaurants. A fun mellow vibe through the day becomes a romantic/trendy vibe at night. Recommended Mykonos Hotels: Petasos Beach Resort & Spa (luxury) • Myconian Ambassador (luxury) • Petinos Beach Hotel (moderate)

5. Ornos Beach, Mykonos

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The most family friendly beach on Mykonos. Great sand and calm relaxing water with a shallow slope. It’s 10 minutes by bus from Mykonos Town. Recommended Mykonos Hotels: Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel (luxury – great for honeymoons) • Vencia Boutique Hotel (luxury – great for families) • Mykonos View Hotel (moderate, in Mykonos Town)

6. Mytros Beach, Kefalonia

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Myrtos beach on Kefalonia. Recommended Kefalonia Hotels: Odyssey Villas (moderate – great place but you do need a rental car)

7. Paleokastritsa, Corfu

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Paleokastritsa bay on Corfu, Greece

Paleokastritsa is a series of bays on beautiful Corfu. Recommended Corfu Hotels: Zefiros Traditional Hotel (moderate)

8. Stafylo Beach, Skopelos

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Stafylo Beach on Skopelos. Stafylo is one of the many great beaches on Skopelos. Recommended Skopelos Hotels: Skopelos Village (moderate) • Denise Hotel (budget)

9. Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos

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Koukounaries Beach on Skiathos. Absolutely beautiful. Recommended Skiathos Hotels: Skiathos Palace Hotel (moderate) • Golden Beach (budget) • Meltemi Hotel (budget – in Skiathos Town)

10. St Paul’s Bay, Rhodes

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A great little swimming spot near the castle at Lindos. The east coast of Rhodes is loaded with great beaches (including Faliraki and Lindos), but anything west of Rhodes Town will be very windy. I love staying in beautiful Rhodes Town and busing to the beaches through the day. Recommended RhodesHotels: Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort And Villas (luxury – near Lindos) • Spirit Of The Knights Boutique Hotel (luxury – Rhodes Old Town) •

11. Faraga Beach, Paros

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Paros has many great beaches – some of them like Golden Beach, Pounda, and Piso Livadi are a bit too popular. Faraga is located in the south (protected from the meltemi winds) and away from the main towns. I recommend staying in Parikia and making a day trip to the beaches on the east and south coast. Recommended Paros Hotels in Parikia: Argonauta Hotel (moderate) • Captain Manolis (budget)

12. Sarakiniko, Mylos

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Is this a beach? Who knows, who cares. Mylos has many great little coves for swimming and sunning. Sarakiniko is one of the best spots to swim and relax. Recommended Mylos Hotels: Giannis Hotel Apartments (budget) • Santa Maria Village (budget)

13. Kamares Beach, Sifnos

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Sifnos – a quiet island in the western Cyclades – is loaded with great beaches and Kamares is on of the best. The water is shallow and perfect for kids and there are many tavernas and hotels nearby. Recommended Sifnos Hotels: Kamares Villas (moderate) • Morpheas Pension Rooms & Apartments (budget)

14. Matala Beach, Crete

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A great little town. The cliff at the end of the beach is filled with caves that you can explore. Recommended Crete Hotels: Matala View (budget)

15. Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos

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Accessible by boat on a day trip. Take one of the smaller operators out to the beach and you’ll be able to explore some caves. The beach is always busy but the magical setting makes it all worthwhile. Recommended Zakynthos Hotels in Laganas: Castelli Hotel (moderate)

16. Vai Beach, Crete

Vai Beach and Palm Forest, Crete

The best beach in eastern Crete and backed by a unique palm forest (the only one in Europe). Vai is a good day trip from Sitia. Recommended Crete Hotels: Petras Beach (budget)

17. Perissa Beach, Santorini

Santorini Perissa Beach

The nicest beach and sand on Santorini. Nearby Kamari beach is almost as good but has more restaurants and nightlife. A boat connects the two beaches (the trip takes 10 minutes and is quite fun). Recommend Hotels in Perissa: Anastasia Princess (moderate) • Recommended Santorini Hotels in Kamari: Santorini Kastelli Resort (luxury) • Tamarix Del Mar Suites (luxury) • Aegean Plaza Hotel (moderate)

18. Red Beach, Santorini

Santorini Red Beach

Santorini has some of the most unique beaches in Greece. They aren’t of the soft white sand variety. Most are composed of volcanic sand and are red, black, or grey. Nearby Akrotiri has hotels for all budgets but it’s better to stay in Fira and make a day trip by bus. Recommended Santorini Hotels in Akrotiri: Astarte Suites (luxury) • Apanemo (moderate)

19. Vouliagmeni Beach, near Athens

Vouliagmeni Beach, near Athens

The best beach near Athens and about an hour’s trip by bus from the city center. Recommended Athens Hotels on the Coast: The Westin Athens, Astir Palace Beach Resort • Recommended Hotels in Athens: Electra Palace Hotel Athens

20. Alyki Beach,Thassos

Thassos Alyki Beach

This beach lies 31 km south of Limenas Thassos (on the south eastern coast), in front of the popular resort of Alyki. It is small and picturesque, coiled up in a verdant bay. Its white sand, its clear waters and its beach facilities attract a lot of visitors. Recommended Santorini Hotels in Alyki: Vaso Studios • Gorgona Rooms