Greece is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear seas. They are found everywhere along the Greek coast, both on the mainland and on countless beautiful Greek islands.
Visitors can enjoy numerous beaches because the country has one of the longest coastlines in Europe. These special lengths of beach are worth seeing, and there’s enough to do when you want to breathe in the sun and sand. Summer on the Greek islands is marked by endless blue waters, secluded coves and natural landscapes.
Each year, millions of people also flock to the city because of its cosmopolitan lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, warm hospitality and delicious local food.
Some rare geological treasures, hugely popular stretches of silky sand, and distant and lonely gems can be found on the Greek islands. Here is a starting point for choosing your ideal beach.
1. Balos Lagoon
The Balos Lagoon is among the most stunning beaches in Crete, situated close to Kissamos. The beach is accessible by boat or car as it lies between the small island of Imeri Gramvousa and Crete.
A magnificent panorama produced by a rocky outcrop surrounded by a pink beach and blue and turquoise sea welcomes tourists to the Balos Lagoon. This is undoubtedly the most documented natural wonder in Greece, attracting huge crowds of tourists.
The most popular months to visit Balos Lagoon are July and August. Visitors to Balos Lagoon should bring their drinks when they arrive. There is a small cafe on the beach, but the selection is limited.
Although Balos Beach is situated on the Gramvousa Peninsula, a remote location with poor access, thousands explore this stunning beach every year.
Driving or using a boat are two prominent modes of transport. There are a variety of additional ways to reach Balos, such as by car or motorbike.
You must pass through Kissamos and the port of Kavonisi on the way to Balos. Turn right towards Kaliviani after approximately 1.5 km from the port. You will be on a winding road through the village, passing the local church and some hotels, starting with the muddy road leading out of the Kaliviani settlement.
You are officially on your way to Balos after passing the entrance checkpoint and paying the €1 entrance fee. You can navigate back and forth at certain points.
Near the entrance to the parking lot, the road narrows because people leave their cars on the road when the parking lot is full. Arrive very early or late in the day to avoid this.
Make sure you arrive early in the morning. At 10:30 am, the beach has plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. After that, the beach gets pretty crowded.
2. Katsiki Port
Katsiki Port is one of the most popular tourist spots in Lefkada and one of the biggest beaches in Greece and the Mediterranean. It is 44 kilometers southwest of the island’s capital, adjacent to the Atani settlement.
“Porto de Cabra” is the nickname of this beach. The natural beauty of Porto Katsiki is one of Lefkada’s most impressive themes. The deep blue waters of the Ionian River create a striking contrast with the sheer white cliffs, creating a wild and breathtaking scenery. The surrounding area is covered in lush vegetation, creating one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
A parking lot and a few beach bars are located above the spectacular bay, where visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. Visitors must descend a few steps to access this unusually deep white pebbled coastline. This popular sandy beach is crammed with loungers and umbrellas, but the cliffs provide some lovely shady spots for some seclusion and pleasant sunbathing. A few steps will take you straight to the beach.
Porto Katsiki is one of the most secluded beaches on Lefkada, located in the south of the island. As there is no public transport to that beach, you will need to rent a car or motorcycle. The road is difficult and has many curves; will take you over the mountains.
The trip to Porto Katsiki is, however, breathtaking. The road will take around 2-3 hours depending on how you drive. Stay in Nidri and leave early so you can stop along the way to take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. The magnificent surroundings and the crystal blue sea will take your breath away when you arrive. Porto Katsiki is surrounded by breathtaking hills and a cliff, providing a naturally shady spot for some sunbathing.
3. Elafonissi Beach
Elafonissi is one of the most stunning beaches on Crete, and its natural beauty captivates visitors. The fine sand beach has a light pinkish hue and the crystalline waves reflect the turquoise hues of the Caribbean Sea. The 1.6 km long beach runs along the lagoon of a small islet, part of a protected nature reserve on the mainland of Crete. Elafonissi has a remote feel, with the sun-bleached Cretan mountains as a backdrop.
Some snack bars and umbrella rentals are available on the beach. Sunbathing and hiking are popular activities at Elafonissi Beach. The shallow, clean water is ideal for families. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are common at Elafonissi Beach on windy days.
A two-hour drive from Chania takes you to Elafonissi Beach. However, please note that Elafonissi beach gets extremely crowded during the summer months due to its popularity.
While Chania is the most popular tourist destination in the region, you can also stay at Elafonissi beach. Nearby Lafo Rooms offers accommodation. This small boutique hotel is set in a peaceful hilltop garden. A tall olive forest hides the three-star Elafonisi Resort, just a five-minute walk from Elafonissi Beach.
This is just one of Crete’s many beautiful beaches, home to a wide variety of attractions. Balos beach, with its vast turquoise lagoon, is almost as well known.
4. Myrtos Beach
Myrtos Beach on the Greek island of Cephalonia, is amazing and beautiful. The bright white of the pebbles contrasts sharply with the rich blue of the sea. The steep mountains and high cliffs that surround Myrtos Beach add to its allure. For all these factors, Myrtos was voted the best beach in Greece 12 times.
Sun, sun and more sun attract visitors to Myrtos Beach. The only accessible water sport is swimming, and there is little to no shade. A nominal price can be paid to rent sunbeds and umbrellas. Sandshoes are recommended to Myrtos Beach by most guests. What appears to be sand is rock, making it difficult to walk to the sandy bottom of the sea.
This beach has excellent facilities and several restaurants and cafes within walking distance. The island of Kefalonia also offers a diverse range of accommodation for all visitors. In the Myrtos Beach area, travelers can rent apartments, cottages and private villas.
On the other side of the island, in Agia Efimia, is a lovely beach village filled with restaurants, cafes and eateries. The most opulent hotels and resorts are just a short drive from Myrtos Beach.
5. Platys Gialos, Mykonos
An extensive, naturally beautiful sandy beach, calm and shallow waters and a variety of seaside restaurants where tourists can relax on beautiful balconies or open terraces facing the sea are just some of the attractions of this beach. Platys Gialos is a family-friendly beach during the day, but is famous for its nightlife at night.
During tourist season, the beach is dotted with rows of lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some coastal restaurants offer drinks to visitors on their sun loungers, allowing for complete relaxation.
The cove of Platys Gialos beach is protected by barren slopes dotted with whitewashed cubical houses, as is typical of a Cycladic scenery. Several premium hotels with upscale amenities and spectacular views of the Aegean Sea surround the beach.
Beach raiders can take a kayak from Platys Gialos to some other famous beaches on Mykonos Island, including Paradise Beach, Super Paradise Beach and Elia Beach.
The four-star Petinos Beach Hotel delights travelers with its charming Cycladic character. The five-star Myconian Ambassador is a Relais & Châteaux resort with a spa, wellness center, outdoor pool and deck overlooking the sea, a fine-dining restaurant serving fresh organic cuisine with a local flair, and private yacht services. .
6. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
zakynthos, also known as the “Green Island”, is the location of the world-famous Smuggler’s Cove. This beautiful beach is only accessible by organized boat tours and is hidden inside a small bay surrounded by high rocks. The most prominent beach in Zante is Shipwreck Bay (Navagio in Greek). In 1983, a ship carrying smuggled cigarettes sank there, giving it the nickname. After a chase, the vessel gave birth due to bad weather and poor visibility.
If you haven’t heard of it, chances are you’ve seen it in photos, as it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Tourists can see the beach, swim in the sea, and visit the nearby sea caves on the Zakynthos Shipwreck Beach Tour.
This beach is unique today, with its beautiful white sands, sandstone structures and rusty shipwreck. As it is difficult to access, the best method of getting there is by boat from Zakynthos town.
7. Bataria Beach, Corfu
Bataria Beach on Corfu Island is hidden behind a lush cove. Thanks to the small pebble coastline, the emerald seas have a wonderfully translucent appearance. Tourists can enjoy views of the Ionian Sea and the Albanian mountain ranges in the background from the beach.
This remote location has a peaceful, family atmosphere. In warm weather, families like the clean, calm, shallow waters, which are great for swimming or jumping.
The four-star Melina Bay Boutique Hotel in Kassiopi, overlooking the sea, is an affordable place to stay. Apartments include modern decor and amenities, and some have sea views. A classic Greek tavern serves sandwiches, snacks and refreshments on the beach. Sun loungers and umbrellas for hire are provided.
Travelers can also eat at any restaurant in the village of Kassiopi, a five-minute drive or a 15-minute walk from the beach. Kassiopi has a variety of hotels at all levels and its casual restaurants and taverns.
8. Lindos Beach
Lindos Beach, also known as Pallas Beach, is a beach in Rhodes that combines the sea with the heritage of the Greek islands. Travelers can relax on the beach while looking at a 4th-century temple just a short distance away. Visitors can also relax by renting a canoe or paddleboat for a relaxing afternoon on the water.
The surrounding village of Lindos, a charming hilltop town with whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, is a must see. The streets are designed for pedestrians, so you can try local cuisine and buy souvenirs safely.
Every visitor who sets foot on the shore of a Greek beach or island will experience something special. Visitors will have something unique to remember for decades to come when they explore one or all of Greece’s top beaches.