15 of The Finest Seashores in Greece

12 best beaches to visit in Greece

GReece is home to the most expansive Mediterranean coast at over 13,000 km. This means that this nation has many extraordinarily diverse beaches on its many islands and on the mainland.

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It all comes down to what you are looking for. For a family vacation, the Cyclades Islands are known for their expansive, golden beaches, clear waters, and facilities such as lounge chairs and umbrellas, and numerous water sports. While for those looking for a romantic getaway, Milos Island and its dull silver volcanic rock formation, Sarakiniko, which resembles the surface of the moon, will do the trick for you. Here are our 15 best beaches in Greece:

1. Navagio – Zakynthos Island

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Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is located on Zakynthos Island. If you’re a social media person (Instagram especially), you may have seen this beach from a bird’s eye view in people’s online posts.

When you are called the most beautiful beach in the world by many and you step onto the golden sands of Navagio, you will immediately have the same opinion about it.

Surrounded by imposing rock formations, the beach is known for its partially submerged shipwreck and the blue-green water that splashes to the base of the towering rocks.

2. Mylopotas Beach – Ios Island

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The island of Ios is located on the Cyclades in Greece as well as on Santorin and Mykonos and is known as the party island of all islands in the country.

The island is one of the hot spots for the Med Party Circuit, so it is almost always full. Even so, you can still find a place to stretch or relax on Mylopotas Beach, just minutes from the island’s largest town, Hora.

3. Glyfada Beach – Corfu Island

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Corfu is an island off the northwest coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. It is usually broken up by rugged mountains as well as the resort’s coastline. Its culture and atmosphere reflect the island’s many years under the rule of the Venetians, British and French.

This is located on the west coast of the island Glyfada Beach, one of the most popular and liveliest beaches in Greece. It has umbrellas and sun loungers, as well as numerous water sports. It’s also a hotbed for lively parties.

4. Elafonisi Beach – Crete

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Elafonisi beach is known for its pink coast due to the numerous tiny shells and one of the most popular in Crete.

Located in Chania’s southwest coastal town, the beach was created by an island separated from the mainland by a sandbank and a shallow lagoon. Shuttle tours stop at the beach, which means it’s one of the most crowded beaches in Greece.

5. Porto Katsiki – Lefkada Island

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Porto Katsiki means goat harbor and it got its name because a long time ago it was only goats that could reach it by climbing down the sheer cliffs.

Today, however, a staircase leads down from the top of the cliff to the harbor. Visitors can also take boats to the beach from Nidri town.

6. Koukounaries Beach – Skiathos Island

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Skiathos Island is known for its numerous stunning beaches with silver sand and the scent of pine forests that inspired the region’s name.

The whole island is a protected reserve; Therefore, the beaches throughout the Mediterranean are unspoiled. Koukounaries Beach is the best on the island and has a deep water lagoon ideal for swimming.

7. St. Pauls Bay – Rhodes Island

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The beach in St. Pauls Bay is believed to be the location where Apostle Paul anchored when he was caught in a heavy storm, and there is even a church on the hill commemorating that incident.

In addition to biblical relevance, St. Paul’s Bay is an ideal destination for swimming and enjoying the beautiful scenery around the bay.

8. Myrtos Beach – Kefalonia Island

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Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands, is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, the Myrtos Beach.

This strip of sand was also featured in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Climb up the cape north of the beach for breathtaking views of the bay. It’s an easy hike.

9. Lalaria Beach – Skiathos

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If you are looking for privacy, Lalaria Beach Skiathos Island is one of the most remote in Greece and can only be reached by boat from Skiathos’ town.

Unfortunately for those who might be attracted to this beach, it is also prone to north winds and so you can only visit it when the tide is low. Even so, this beach is breathtaking thanks to its high cliffs and silver sand.

10. Sarakiniko – Milos Island

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Sarakiniko Beach is located on the popular island of Milos and offers a series of bays made of volcanic rocks that have been shaped into an otherworldly shape by the sea and the wind.

Its white surface will make you think you are walking on the moon! There is hardly any vegetation near the beach; Thus, the white rocks and the blue sea water create an amazing contrast that you can only find in novels.

11. Voidokilia Beach – Messina Island

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Voidokilia Beach is located on mainland Greece. With its semi-circular shape that forms the letter Omega, this strip is also a reserved bird sanctuary.

Because of this, the beach is also one of the most pristine in the country. The beach is one of the oldest and has existed since 4000 BC.

12. Matala Beach – Crete Island

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Another beach in Crete, Matala, is located in a historically rich area that was home to the ancient Gortynias, Minoans and Romans, among many other civilizations.

At its edge are a number of Neolithic caves that served as hippie shelter in the 1960s.

13. Diamandi Beach – Skiathos Island

Diamandi Beach is also located on Skiathos Island and, thanks to its isolated location, is the quietest beach in Greece.

Because of this, this is probably the place to be if you want to swim.

14. Mylopotamos Beach – Pelion, Thessaly

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This beautiful silver beach is located on the Pelion peninsula in Thessaly, central Greece. The beach is divided by many pebbles and winding paths.

A tunnel runs through the rocks and connects one side of the beach to another. There are numerous bars and restaurants along the coast.

15. Balos Beach – Crete Island

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Last but not least, we have Balos Beach on the island of Crete. It has an impressive silver sand beach and clear water and is considered one of the best beaches in Greece!

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