Greece is famous the world over for its picture-perfect, idyllic sandy beaches. In fact, many Greek beaches are regularly rated as the best beaches in the world. Whether you are looking for a secluded cove or a party paradise, Greek beaches are remarkably diverse. Therefore, you are sure to find a sandy stretch to suit your mood. Ready to sink your toes into soft sand, swim in warm waters and soak up the sun? Well then, grab your sunglasses and slap on the sunscreen as these are some of the best beaches in Greece.
7 of the Best Beaches in Greece
1. Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) – Zakynthos
Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach on the island of Zakynthos is one of the most iconic Greek beaches, and one of the most photographed too. This secluded cove is protected by vertical cliffs and sunk in the perfect white sand is the shipwreck of the Freightliner MV Panagiotis. Navagio Beach is only accessible on boat trips and the waters around the beach during high-season are brimming with boats and bathers. However, if you want to view the beach from above, there is a lookout platform off the road between Anafonitria and Volimes.
2. Koukounaries Beach – Skiathos
This incredibly popular beach is usually packed with sun worshipers during the high-season, but come during the quieter times, and it is truly breathtaking. This long sweep of golden sand is fringed by verdant pine trees, which seem to match the colour of the shallow water. The beach has a great vibe thanks to the lively beach bars and the water-skiers that buzz by. The pine forest is a protected nature reserve and there is a pretty bridge at the eastern end of the beach connecting the banks of a small river. Here’s you’ll see children feeding the ducks and swans and fishing.
3. Possidi Cape – Kassandra Peninsula
The charming old whitewashed lighthouse of Possidi was built in 1864. It stands towards the beginning of the Cape of Possidi or Miti of Possidi. This beach is actually a sandy peninsula that creates a point that goes into the sea. The shape of the peninsula changes depending on the sea current. When you reach the tip, the sea surrounds you on both sides. There is no shade or umbrellas on the beach, so you must bring your own. It’s a tranquil beach to visit during the cooler morning time but also makes for a splendid evening stroll as the sun sets late here and the lighthouse is in operation.
4. Myrtos Beach – Kefallonia
Located in Kefalonia island, Myrtos Beach is one of the most famous in Greece and often considered one of the best beaches in the world. Deep, vibrant blue water laps the semi-circular beach. White rocky cliffs give dramatic protection. From above, the view is spectacular. From afar, it looks like the beach is covered in brilliant white sand but these are actually smooth white pebbles. Parts of the beach have umbrellas and sun loungers, but some parts aren’t organised and you can be a bit more isolated and removed from the crowds. In the evening, head to the western coast of Myrtos for stunning, colourful sunsets.
5. Egremni (Egremnoi) – Lefkada
A bridge connects the Ionian island of Lefkada to the mainland. The island is famous for its beautiful white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. One of its most striking is Egremni or Egremnoi, a remote beach located on its south-western coast. Milky-blue, pristine water laps the white sands and the beach is framed by high limestone cliffs. It is a dramatic setting. To get to this knock-out beach you can take a small boat from the villages of Nydri and Vasiliki or descend a long staircase built into the cliffside.
6. Balos – Crete
Balos is a protected Natura 2000 zone and a popular day trip destination. With its broad sweep of swirling pale pink sands and shallow azure lagoon waters, this beach has an otherworldly landscape. It really is quite striking, no wonder so many people come here during tourist season. There is a small shallow bay, perfect for children to play, as well as the lagoon. To reach Balos beach you can take a boat from Chania Town and Kissamos or by car along a dirt road. There are a small bar and umbrellas and sun loungers, but people usually book these up early.
7. Simos – Elafonisos
A striking double-sided beach, Simos has turquoise water and soft golden sand. The beaches are Megalos (Large) Simos and Mikros (Small) Simos. One side is a naturist beach and the other side is a popular camping spot. One of the best things about this beach is that no public transport stops here. You need private transport to reach the beach. Therefore it is not as crowded as some more easily accessible beaches.