A Guide To The Best Beaches In The Cyclades In Greece
Plaka Beach, Naxos | Random_fotos/Flickr
Choosing the best beaches in the Cyclades is quite a difficult assignment. Everyone has different criteria and the plethora of options in this Greek archipelago doesn’t help either. That being said, we decided to take on the Herculean task and came up with eight islands – and the beaches on each one – that are worth visiting. Read on and take some notes for your next trip to the islands.
Definitely a unique stop on your Greek travels, Sarakiniko Beach is located on the north-east of Milos. It is also, unsurprisingly, the island’s most popular site. There is an actual beach nestled in among the surrounding limestone rock, but visitors often to choose to lay out anywhere on the reflective white surface absorbing the sun’s rays.
Sarakiniko Beach | © Line Lasserre / WikiCommons
Naxos has magnificent beaches, but since we had to pick one, we chose Plaka Beach. With its beautiful white sand and clear waters, it is a quiet and peaceful beach that doesn’t get too crowded even in high season. The beach is somewhat organized with umbrellas and sunbeds available. So just pack your swimsuit and get ready for a serious sunbathing session.
Plaka Beach, Naxos | Random_fotos/Flickr
Underrated Andros is an island of lush vegetation, tranquility and stunning scenery. It also has a few beaches worth mentioning, such as Apothikes. This hidden beach, accessible via a dirt road, is mainly known by locals. Well protected from the wind, it boasts clear waters and tranquility. There is a small bar where you can buy water and snacks, and if you’re lucky, you may score some barbecued calamari freshly caught by the owner.
Dubbed the Little Lady of the Cyclades, Sikinos is home to many beautiful beaches. A few of them are organized and offer sunbeds and umbrellas, but for the most part, they are secluded and rather unorganized. This is the exact reason why Malta beach has made it to our list. This small cove, located on the northern part of the island, is perfect for those looking for tranquility and privacy. So grab your snack, water and lots of sunscreen and get ready to recreate some scenes from Cast Away.
Agrari beach, Mykonos
If you think that all the beaches in Mykonos are party zones, you are mistaken. Agrari beach is a small beach about 8 kilometers south of Mykonos town at the end of a long winding road. This is probably why it escaped the massive exploitation other neighboring beaches endure. Though rather secluded, it still has a friendly vibe, with cafeterias, restaurants and sunbeds.
You will surely hear a lot about Tinos. This promising island is home to marvelous beaches, such a Livada. This beach, with crystal clear waters, is an idyllic environment with wild beauty. Surrounded by impressive-looking rocks, the beach and its surroundings are perfect for exploration. There is even a tavern operating in high season within walking distance. For a break from the sea, refresh yourself with a small walk in the shade of the small oak tree forest.
Pano Koufonisi is a tiny island which, with Kato Koufonisi and Keros, make up Koufonisia, a group of islands tucked between Naxos and Amorgos. As the smallest inhabited island in the Cyclades, it is a tiny, secluded and cozy paradise. Pori is proof of this. With its clear waters, gold sand and impressive surrounding caves begging to be explored, it is a beautiful, picture-perfect heaven on earth.
The island where much of The Big Blue was filmed has the reputation of being isolated and eerie. With its unspoiled scenery, spectacular cliffs and authentic Cycladic atmosphere, Amorgos is an excellent destination, especially if you enjoy rock-climbing and hiking. You will certainly agree when you get to Mouros (or Mourou) beach, a beautiful pebble beach near the village of Vroutsi. Pack your snorkeling equipment and go discover the nearby underwater caves or simply enjoy a dip in the clear waters. After your swim, climb back up to the tavern and enjoy a majestic view over the blue Aegean sea.