12 Best Greek Beaches

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 Porto Katsiki beach

Porto Katsiki is the most famous beach on Lefkada island, located on the southwestern side of the island. The name of this beach means “the port of the goats”. Above the impressive bay, there is a car park and a couple of beach bars to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Ionian Sea. Visitors have to go down a few steps to reach this white pebbled coast with the exotic deep waters.

Voidokilia beach

Situated at an idyllic location in Messinia, a few kilometers away from Pylos, Voidokilia is one of the most impressive beaches to visit in Greece. The bay of Voidokilia is covered with silky sand and it has an unusually symmetrical shape. This area houses numerous wildlife species and since it is a designated “Natura 2000” site, no facilities have been allowed. At the same time, some archeological sites are also located there.

Balos beach

Balos in Crete island is the Carribean aspect of Greece. Apart from amazing seawater, Balos also has an impressive landscape. Located on the northwestern side of Crete, Balos can be reached by boat from Chania Town and Kissamos or by car through a dirt road. This is one of the most amazing secluded beaches with soft sand and exotic water. Right next to the beach of Balos is the secluded, uninhabited island of Gramvoussa with a Medieval Castle on top.

Elafonisi beach

Elafonisi (or Elafonissos) is a small islet connected to the rest of Crete by a shallow reef that can be crossed when the sea is calm. This islet lies 82 km northwest of Chania town and can be reached by boat from Paleohora or by car from the village of Vathi, until a point and then cross the reef.

Agios Prokopios beach

Located only 5 km south of Naxos Town, Agios Prokopios in Naxos island is a long beach with amazing light blue waters. It is considered one of the best beaches in Greece. The coast has soft, golden sand. The beach gets very popular but due to its large size, it never gets packed. Part of the beach is lined up with taverns, cafeterias, and studios. Many sports centers also have their base in Agios Prokopios or near, including centers for windsurfing, kite surfing, and diving.

Myrtos beach

This is the most photographed of all beaches and it is located in Kefalonia island. The view from the cliff above is breathtaking, but the beach itself is also a marvel. You will love the exotic deep waters and the view of the open sea. Myrtos is located on the northern side of the island, close to the picturesque village of Assos. It is frequently featured in travel magazines as one of the best beaches in the world.

Navagio beach

The Shipwreck Bay (Navagio in Greek) is the most famous beach of Zante island. It took its name when a ship carrying illegal cigarettes wrecked there in 1983. The rusted ship can be seen today ashore. Visited only by boat, Navagio has wonderful crystal water and soft white sand. Before reaching Navagio, the tour boat makes a stop in the famous Blue Caves, with equally amazing water.

Vai beach

The beautiful Vai beach, known as Palm Forest, is a beach with 5000 palm trees which make it the largest known palm tree forest throughout Europe. This forest was first mentioned during the Classical period and its existence is attributed to Phoenician merchants who threw away the seeds of the dates they were eating.

Kolymbithres beach

The beach of Kolimbithres is one of the most famous beaches of Paros and is located in the huge bay of Naoussa, or Plastira Bay. This beach is particularly impressive because of the huge blocks of granite boarding it, sculpted into strange smooth shapes by the sea and the wind over the centuries.

Sarakiniko beach

This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Milos and surely the most particular one. It is located along the coastal road east of Adamas, north-east of Milos. It is the most photographed spot of the island.

Lalaria beach

Only reachable by boat from the port of the capital, Lalaria is situated on the north-eastern tip of the island and is a dream-like place of an incredible beauty with huge white cliffs rising out of the clear deep blue sea.

Red beach

The red beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located in the area of Akrotiri and only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach.