One of Greece’s most famous features is undeniably its beaches, ranging from secluded and wild to organized sandy shores, and they certainly have a lot to appeal to every beach bum. Whether you are desperate for a ray of sun or simply need some beach inspiration, we have compiled a list of some of the most beautiful shores in Greece—you are in for a treat.
The stunning beauty of Lefkada
, in the Ionian Sea, makes it one of the favorite destinations in Greece
. With its magnificent landscapes and scenic sandy coastline, the island ranks high when it comes to picturesque shores. Our pick is Egremni, a stunning beach on the southwest coast of the island, enclosed in an impressive bay and surrounded by a rugged cliff. You can reach this little paradise through a flight of steep stairs, taking lots of snaps of the glistening waters along the way.
, a hidden gem of the Cyclades
, definitely knows how to play up its charming attributes. You will be in awe of Sarakiniko Beach, sitting on the northeast side of the island. This shore features stunning whitewashed limestone rocks, giving the beach a strikingly lunar and eerie feeling. While there is, indeed, a proper tiny beach bordered by turquoise waters nearby, sun worshippers tend to settle on the white surface. It’s a marvelous sight to behold.
Off the southern coast of Peloponnese
lies a tiny island that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Elafonisos is a pocket-sized paradise blessed with a Caribbean-like beach named Simos. With soft white sand and crystal-clear waters, the beach is split between Megalos and Mikros Simos, both facing the deep blue sea.
While there is no doubt that the whole peninsula of Halkidiki
includes a vast collection of marvelous beaches, one cannot help but fall in love with the beach of Alykes, located on the small island of Ammouliani
, off the coast of Mount Athos. This stunning, moon-shaped beach sees turquoise waters lapping it at its shores and luxuriant greenery surrounding it. You will love walking on the warm white sand before taking a plunge in the refreshing waters.
Located in Ikaria
, the island where people forget to die, Seychelles Beach lies in a hidden cove hugged by rock formations near the village of Manganitis. Once you find it, you will quickly understand why it was named after the exotic island. This magnificent pebble beach is only accessible via a small path leading off the main road and boasts a wild beauty that makes it the island’s favorite beach for many.
Once you reach Voutoumi
, on the small island of Antipaxos, you will feel as if you have just entered a tropical haven. This gem of a beach features lush surrounding greenery, bright turquoise waters, and white sand. Spend hours playing in the water, soaking up some much-needed sunrays or discovering the many secluded bays and coves nearby. Voutoumi is undeniably a must-see.
A must for locals and visitors alike, Myrtos Beach, in Kefalonia
, is a magnificent beach you will find at the foot of a steep cliff in the western part of the island, north of Argostoli. Lapped by crystal-clear water, the beach has been featured in countless travel magazines and is probably one of the top attractions. It’s likely that you won’t stop taking photos of the beach as you descend towards the shore, as the scenery is simply breathtaking.
A long and narrow beach with a shipwreck in the middle, Valtaki Beach, in Mani, Peloponnese
, welcomes visitors from every part of the world. Though the beach is unorganized and doesn’t have facilities nearby, it is a pleasant beach for all, even children, as the waters are shallow and clear. Often referred to as Selinitsa Beach, for its next-door neighbor, it deserves a detour around Mani for the color of its water and the many photo ops the shipwreck provides.
, also known as Shipwreck Beach, hardly needs an introduction. Highly praised for its glorious scenery, its turquoise waters and its shipwreck stranded on the beach, Navagio Beach is only accessible by boats, as it is protected by huge cliffs. Daily connections are available from Agios Nikolaos on the northeastern coast of the island, and many boat tours include a stop at the Blue Caves. A word of caution, though; as the beach get easily crowded, try to visit the island outside peak season, which will make the experience even more enjoyable. You can also opt for watching the beach from the top of the cliff, though you might have to get in line on busy days.
While many people rush to the popular islands of Santorini and Mykonos, you should take a clue and head to Koufonisia, a group of islands in the Cyclades, between Amorgos and Naxos. Head straight to Pano Koufonisi, a tiny paradise where the beach of Pori lies. With gold sand, glistening waters and a series of sea caves nearby, Pori is a picture-perfect beach that will surely become your screensaver.