Best beaches in Greece
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 some 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.
See their photos, the peacock blue-green waters lapping volcanic rock formations, golden sand or smooth pebbles.
Come and take a dip in the best beaches in Greece!
Sarakiniko Beach, Milos
In the Northeast part of the island, you will find the most photographed Aegean landscape: Sarakiniko. This moonscape is unique. The volcanic eroded Rocks penetrate into the emerald-colored sea creating small and big caves, whereas the lack of green (vegetation), in combination with the rocks’ white color and the intense reflection of the light create a landscape similar to the moon’s surface, thus making this experience unforgettable for all of its visitors.
Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos
This is a magnificent beach with crystal clear blue water in a small, deep bay.
Half the beach is Greek-student oriented, the other half is fully gay with nude bathing permitted, and nudists often prefer the rocky paths & coves.
Super Paradise is for almost everyone who wants to have fun in the sun amidst an eclectic crowd, with or without your clothes. You can usually find a good mix of personalities and bodies worshipping the sun or enjoying the vibe of this beach. Relax early in the day, and then the music, and therefore the party, picks up in mid-afternoon and can become quite “the scene”. Whether dancing on the platforms around the pool or drinking under the shade of a group of trees, the beach takes on a club – like atmosphere.
Red Beach, Santorini
The Red Beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri.
Soaring red lava cliffs which drop right to the sandy shore and into the clear blue sea, make for a majestic setting and one to enjoy. The beach can be reached either by boat (there are several connecting Red Beach with Perissa and Akrotiri or by foot (10 minutes walk from Akrotiri, you have to reach Agios Nikolaos church in Akrotiri next to the excavations area). We suggest including Red beach into your itinerary.
Canal D’Amour Beach, Corfu
Between Sidari and Peroulades this surreal setting has to be seen to be believed: white sculpted rocks, grottoes, little beaches, blue-green water. Among the unusual formations, Canal d’Amour stands out. They say that whoever swims the narrow opening in the rock will find the love of their life on the other side.
Valtos Beach, Parga
Valtos – one of the longest beaches of Parga, the length of its coastline is about 3 km. Valtos is a well-organized beach. On the beach you will find many excellent bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, and its surroundings – a good choice of comfortable hotels and apartments.
Voidokilia Beach, Messinia
Voidokilia Beach is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but maybe also in the Mediterranean Sea. The curve of Voidokilia seems to be traced with a compass like a giant Greek omega (the name means “cow’s belly”), from the two rocky promontories that define the entrance of it. It is surrounded by a magnificent beach of light, fine sand, protected by the wind, and the crystalline beach invite someone to go swimming.
Voidokilia is hidden behind sand dunes, which seem to be protecting its secret of magic beauty.
Elafonissi Beach, Crete
Elafonissi is something like an island and a peninsula, because to reach the island you have to walk through the sea.
It is located in the southwest end of the prefecture of Chania, Crete, about 70km from the city of Chania.
Balos Beach, Crete
Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete, a very favorite subject of all tourist guides for Greece. Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and the beautiful exotic scenery. During the summer, Balos is visited by thousands of people, who arrive mostly by the ferries running from Kissamos port. If you do not like crowds, you’d better avoid to visit the beach in July and August. Also, a perfect idea is to arrive at Balos in the morning, before the boats arrive from Kissamos. These few hours of remoteness in such a heavenly place will remain etched in your memory forever.
The lagoon of Balos has white sand and exotic white, vivid blue and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow and warm, ideal for young children. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for a snorkelling.
Vroulidia Beach, Chios
Amazing, gorgeous beach!
It’s a majestic beach below a large cliff. The shore is mostly sandy, the water is clear, and large rocks make for good snorkelling opportunities.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
Navagio Beach or the Shipwreck, is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island and one of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Greece. This small and isolated, yet strikingly beautiful sandy cove is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos Island, near the Anafotiria village, quite opposite of island’s capital Zakynthos. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat, but you can see it from above if you stand on the high side of the cliffs that overlook it.
Grias to Pidima beach, Andros
Grias to Pidima beach, meaning the place where the old lady jumped in Greek, is located on the southeast coast of Andros, north from Ormos Kotrhiou.
An impressive monolith that is 15m high is a characteristic feature of the landscape. According to tradition, it owes its name to an old woman of Andros who helped the Turks invade the castle of Faneromeni, but once she realized the consequences of her actions, she jumped off a cliff into the sea and was “turned into stone”.
Lalaria Beach, Skiathos
The white pebble beach at Lalaria is one of the most famous in the Greek Islands and featured on most postcards of Skiathos. Steep sun-bleached limestone cliffs drop to a long beach of white stones and pebble that create aquamarine waters that get cameras clicking constantly. The beach is accessible only by boat, weather permitting.
Lalaria is a 10 kilometres sea trip from Skiathos Town on the northern coast and there are plenty of boat tours from Skiathos port.
Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos
Fine golden sand and shallow waters!
It is the most famous beach of Skiathos and always conquers a position in voting on the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Regarded as the most photographed spot of the island!
It is characterized by its immense golden sand. The water is shallow.
The name comes from the dense and beautiful pine forest located just behind the beach and all along the beach (about 700 meters). Landscape complements Lake Strofilia, behind the forest.
The beach is well organized becoming standard organization and offer opportunity for all water sports.
Diakofti Beach, Kythira
Anyone who visits the beach Diakofti will be confused and wonder if they are in some exotic island!
The water is shallow and turquoise and the color of the sand is white. Located on the northeast side of the island, in one of the most beautiful sites of Kythera next to the harbor, it is an ideal beach for young children because of its depth. In the taverns by the seaside you can taste fresh fish, seafood and traditional Greek cuisine. A few meters away from the harbor you can also see the shipwreck that took place a few years ago and has become one of the island’s modern exhibits.
Porto Katsiki beach, Lefkada
A unique beach with many awards!
It is situated 40 kilometers southwest of Lefkada Town, the island’s capital city.
An amazing white-sand beach hidden right below the steep slopes that comes to the visitor’s surprise as they descend the steps (347 steep steps) to reach the coast.
This is one of the most favorite beaches and it is considered to be one of the island’s major attractions.
Small boats that tour around the island’s most popular beaches always have a long stop here, so one can very well use this way of access instead of driving and descending the stairs.
Strongly recommended for young people who want to live the adventure
Kathisma Beach, Lefkada
Kathisma is one of the most amazing beaches in Europe famous for the charming colour of the water and the long sandy beach. It is also an ideal destination for several water sports, and especially sky parachute.
The beach is located 14 kilometres west of the capital city Lefkada. This vast expanse of golden sand and azure water is a continuation of Agios Nikitas beach after the interruption of the headland cliffs.
Kathisma, with its long beach with fine white sand and turquoise waters surrounded by impressive cliffs, is one of the most beautiful beaches on Lefkada.
For those who want to do more than lie on a sun bed or swim, there is a range of watersports such as paragliding. Equipment can be hired from the tavernas.
Manganari Beach, Ios
In the south part of the island and 23 km away from the center is located the Manganari’s beach. In fact, this enchanting bay is divided into five consequent beaches and gulfs with shallow, cristalline emerald waters. This place is ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
In additional, it provides watersports facilities for endless hours of fun. Along the beach there are taverns, where you can taste fresh fish and local dishes. Manganari was also used as one of the locations for the movie “The Big Blue” in 1988.
Agios Prokopios Beach, Naxos
Agios Prokopios lies right after Saint George’s beach and it is approximately 5.7 kilometres from Naxos Town, which is why many people choose to take a leisurely walk there or get there by bike. Awarded for its quality waters on both a Greek and international level, the beach of Agios Prokopios is truly magnificent.
This long beach of light coloured thick sand has bright turquoise waters and its natural beauty is such that it attracts many visitors making it the 2nd most popular beach of Naxos. Its unique colour and surroundings are what makes some people think of Agios Prokopios as a giant swimming pool.
Agios Prokopios is definitely the area to stay, eat and have fun from early till late. You can access the beach using the transportation from Chora.
During summer months there is a bus every 20 minutes starting early in the morning up to late in the evening.
Vouliagmeni Beach, Athens
The beach of Vouliagmeni is located south of Athens, on the way to Sounio. It is well organized and it gets very popular in summer. The area around the beach is cosmopolitan enough, with modern buildings, but the place still retains something of the country atmosphere it used to have in the past, thanks to the trees and the nice sand of the beach. The beach is fully organized with facilities for swimming, sunbathing (umbrellas, sun beds, showers) and sea sports and other games.
Distance from Syntagma (center of Athens): ~28 km, or 30-35 minutes by car.