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70+ Best Beaches In Greece And The Greek Islands

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Last updated on December 3rd, 2021 at 01:14 am

The Beaches in Greece and the Greek islands are rated among the top beaches in Europe and the world. You find them everywhere in this beautiful country.

You can find more than 1000 equally beautiful beaches scattered on a total length of almost 16.000km coastline.

So despite its small size Greece has the larger coast of all European countries and the 11th larger in the world.

Almost 500 of the more than a thousand beaches in Greece awarded the International blue flag.

The variety and scenery of Greece’s beaches are unmatched, and therefore is very difficult to choose the best of them. After all the term Best is subjective. So we choose to describe the most famous because we don’t want to be unfair with many equally lovely beaches not mentioned here.

The Diversified Greek scenery and the exotic beaches in Greece

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The Greek landscape is constantly changing by the wild fury of nature and the intense geological activity. That’s why the beauty of the beaches is almost unbelievable.

The country has the most diverse European land with magnificent sceneries.

The scene changes considerably from West to East and from North to South, and this is what makes Greece a very diversified country.

In the west of the country, you will find Islands with green mountains and beaches with emerald green calm waters. We are talking about the Ionian Islands and the Ionian coast.

A Spectacular beach in Greece
A Spectacular beach in Greece

The landscape in the Aegean sea is completely different, with deep blue waters surrounding the volcanically formed islands. Here the vegetation is almost absent with bald mountains and volcanic soil-landscapes with almost no trees.

The Greek mainland is dominated by high mountains and big valleys, it is a harsh land in general with not much available for agriculture. But some beaches on the mainland are even better than those on the islands and can leave you speechless.

But let’s start to discover details and tips for you about the Best beaches in Greece, or better saying for the most famous of them.

Beaches in the Ionian Islands

Porto Katsiki in Lefkada
Porto Katsiki in Lefkada

The Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece houses some of the most beautiful Greek islands.

Seven large and hundreds of smaller islands form the Ionian islands or Eptanissa cluster, with Corfu, Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaka, Kefalonia, Zakynthos(Zante), and Kythera to be the larger.

These are the greenest islands of Greece. If you love green mountains with emerald and calm waters this is the place for you to visit. Here you can find some of the longest beaches in Greece as Halikounas in Corfu, the very famous and most photographed beach of Navagio in Zante, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

1- Navagio(Shipwreck) Beach in Zakynthos

Navagio beach in Zakynthos
Navagio beach in Zakynthos – Photo by Elien Knockaert on Unsplash

A remote beach with fine pebbles in Zante, Ionian islands

This is it.

You’ve surely seen that place before, in tourist brochures or cards. Because it is one of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Greece.

And of course one of the few candidates claiming the title of the most beautiful beach in Greece.

Just imagine though! This beach didn’t exist before 1983. That’s proof that this country is constantly shaped by nature!

But how is this magic place shaped?

In northwestern Zakynthos, there was once a secluded and deserted cape without a beach called Agios Georgios.

After continuous landslides that began in 1922, a rudimentary beach was created that still remained completely unknown.

In 1983, a ship carrying smuggled cigarettes, named PANAGIOTIS, due to engine failure and bad weather stranded on the shore. The crew of 3 Greeks and one Italian managed to escape with another boat and the ship left to rot on the beach, which continued to grow due to the ongoing landslides.

This was how today Zakynthos has the most photographed but also one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, Navagio beach which means wreck. The old name of the site has been forgotten.

The beach even today can be reached only by sea and is visited by hundreds of small and large yachts every summer.

2- Myrtos Beach Kefalonia

Beaches in Greece - Myrtos beach in Kefalonia
Photo by Victor Malyushev on Unsplash

Sandy remote beach in Kefalonia, Ionian islands

According to most this is the top beach in Kefallonia. And not unfairly! It gathers many elements that make it unique.

Myrtos is located in a green landscape in Northwest Kefalonia at a distance of 30 km from Argostoli, the capital of the island.

The beach consists of fine pebbles and is surrounded by majestic cliffs while at the northern end there is a small cave.

The waters vary from blue to turquoise and the view from the road above is breathtaking. So it is aimed at nature lovers.

Also, the beach is famous for its amazing sunset.

This astonishing beach has fairly won many times the title of the best beach in Greece.

3- Porto Katsiki Lefkada

Porto Katsiki in Lefkada
Photo by George Prentzas on Unsplash

Beautiful remote beach in Lefkada, Ionian islands

Another strong candidate for the best beach in Greece.

Katsiki in Greek means goat. Hence the name of the beach comes from the goats that could reach the inaccessible beach long ago.

It is located in the southern part of the island among a hollow rock, southwest of the city of Lefkada.

The beach is famous for its natural beauty, impressive landscape, and emerald sea.

Today you can easily access it from the street and therefore during the summer season, it is packed with thousands of visitors from all over the world.

It is an organized beach with sunbeds, bars just above the cliff, and parking spaces.

4- Gerakas beach Zakynthos

Gerakas beach in Zakynthos
Image by Walkerssk on Pixabay

Organized and protected beach in Zante, Ionian islands

Gerakas is one of the most beautiful beaches in Zante and is located at the southeastern tip of the island, not far from the town of Zakynthos.

It is a very large sandy beach and ends at a small cape made entirely of clay rocks.

Today the cape is closed to the public because the clay rocks are dangerous for landslides.

Gerakas is the breeding ground for the Caretta Caretta turtle, here the turtle eggs hatch, and the newborns make their way to the sea.

For this reason, it is a protected beach without large tourist facilities. You are prohibited to enter half an hour before sunset until half an hour after sunrise.

5- Agios Gordios(Gordis) beach Corfu

St Gordis beach in Corfu
St Gordis beach in Corfu

Sandy large organized beach in Corfu, Ionian islands

Agios Gordios or Gordis lays at the exact center of the west coast of Corfu, opposite Benitses. You only need to travel 14 miles from Corfu town in order to reach it.

Used to be where the villagers grew their crops, but now it is a bustling resort with a good choice of hotels, villas, and apartments. Souvenir shops are found in the single street that leads to the beach.

The Agios Gordios beach is a long wide sandy stretch, one of the best beaches in Corfu, well-organized offering water sports and plenty of entertainment in the bars and tavernas along its length.

At its southern end, the beach finishes where a sharp high rock stands upright on the sea, it is called Ortholithi which means standing rock (Greek=orthos vrachos) …See more

6- Halikounas beach Corfu

Corfu - Chalikounas beach
Corfu – Chalikounas beach

Sandy remote huge beach in Corfu, Ionian islands

Chalikounas beach may not be the most beautiful, but it is definitely the largest beach in Corfu.

The beach is enormous, endless, with variations in the landscape, close to a forest, a lagoon behind the sand dunes, and above all, it is pristine – no hotels or uncontrolled tourist development.

This part of the island looks like the Sahara desert in Corfu.

It is located in southwest Corfu near the village of Agios Mattheos of which is a part and at a distance of about 17 miles from Corfu town and 16 miles from the airport.

Chalikounas has brown fine golden sand and permanent waves, perfect for sailing and water sports.

This beach caters to adventure enthusiasts, if you love sailing, surfing and the winds and waves aren’t bothering you then this place is for you … See more

7- Rovinia beach Corfu

Rovinia beach
Rovinia beach

Pebble remote beach in Corfu, Ionian islands

Rovinia beach is located in the area of Liapades in western Corfu just south of the rocky shores of Paleokastritsa.

Small, remote, beautiful, and unspoiled. Therefore during the low season months, you can have it all for yourself.

It is perhaps the most beautiful of the hidden beaches in western Corfu, after all, it is considered by many tourists as the top beach in Corfu.

Rovinia is accessible from the sea as well as from the land through a small path with steps, about 600 meters long. Unlike the other isolated beaches of the area which are accessible only by the sea.

It is deserted, therefore not very crowded, with fine pebbles, little sand, and a turquoise crystal clear sea in a landscape of exceptional natural beauty. It could be a nudist beach too…See more

8- Voutoumi beach Antipaxos

Voutoumi beach from google earth
Voutoumi beach from google earth

Mixed remote beach in Antipaxos, Ionian islands

Another top-rated beach in Greece.

The beach of Voutoumi is made of silk white gold sand and has the cleanest and brightest blue-green waters in the whole Ionian sea.

Voutoumi is located in Antipaxos, a tiny island south of Corfu.

The waters are so clear that the bottom can be seen as it was looked through a glass. It is visited during the summer by yachts from everywhere.

You can visit it by boat from Corfu and Paxos, and from the nearby mainland villages of Parga and Sivota…See more
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The Aegean Islands beaches

The Aegean Sea lays between Asia Minor and the Greek mainland, with thousands of islands. These islands were formed by dense volcanic activity for millions of years.

There are more than 6000 large and small islands for you to choose from, but only 227 of them are inhabited.

The vast majority of the Aegean Islands belong to Greece. The only large islands under Turkish authority are Imbros and Tenedos in the northeastern part of the Aegean sea. Hence Aegean is called the Greek archipelago.

Tip: The Aegean Islands are separated into 7 big island clusters, named Cyclades, Dodecanese, Islands of the Argosaronic gulf, North Sporades, Islands of the North, and East Aegean, Euboea, and Crete.

The Cyclades islands and their beautiful beaches

A Scenery from Santorini
A Scenery from Santorini

At the southern Aegean and north of Crete, here we have Andros, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Amorgos, Anafi, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Tinos, Folegandros, and more. In these islands there are some of the most famous beaches worldwide and extremely popular among tourists and Greeks.

Tip: The oldest European civilizations developed in Cyclades and Crete from 3300 to 1100 BCE, ie 5000 years ago!

9- Super Paradise beach Mykonos

Super Paradise beach in Mykonos
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Sandy cosmopolitan party beach in Myconos, Cyclades islands. A beach almost exclusively for young people.

Super Paradise is the most characteristic beach and the meeting point of Mykonos. Probably the most cosmopolitan beach in Greece.

It is the meeting place of the VIPs and a beach where the crazy parties take place. Elements that made the island the most important attraction for young people.

It’s always crowded here, with extreme clubbing and eccentricity in all its glory. If you suddenly see a popular artist next to you, do not be surprised.

If you want to live a unique experience with fun without limits, you will find it in its clubs.

Super Paradise lays about 7 km away from Chora and is accessible by private vehicle or by boat from the sea.

10- Elia beach Mykonos

Elia beach in mykonos
Photo by Panagiotis Lymperopoulos on Unsplash

The most beautiful sandy beach in Myconos, Cyclades islands

One of the largest and most beautiful beaches of Mykonos in the southwest of the island, with turquoise transparent crystal clear waters and distant views of the neighboring island of Naxos.

Elia is a picturesque beach and one of the most cosmopolitan, with endless golden sand, and a beautiful natural environment around it, beauties that if you are in Mykonos you shouldn’t miss.

It is fully organized with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, beach bars for cocktails and snacks, lifeguards, toilets for the disabled, shower, mini market, restaurants, free parking, and all facilities for water sports such as water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, etc.

In addition, is a “Gay-friendly” beach. There are also specially designed areas for nudists on the right side.

The distance from the town of Mykonos is 12 km and you can visit it either with your vehicle or by bus that takes 30 minutes and costs 2 €. From Platys Gialos and Ornos, you can visit the beach by boat.

11- Plaka beach Naxos

Plaka beach in Naxos
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The larger sandy beach in Naxos, Cyclades islands

Plaka beach is the largest beach in Naxos with a length of almost 4 km.

It is located in the center of the west coast of the island in an open bay and at a distance of about 10 kilometers from Chora, the capital of Naxos.

From here you can see Glaronissia and Paros. It was a hippie destination in the 1970s.

It is a vast golden sandy beach with shallow turquoise waters and is a favorite destination for all ages and ideal for families with children. In some parts, nudism is allowed.

There are cafes, beach bars, and taverns to enjoy Greek and international cuisine after your swim.

Tip: The enchanting scenery of the beach and the wonderful sunset overlooking Paros will surely be unforgettable !!!

12- Agios Prokopios in Naxos

Agios Prokopios beach in Naxos
Agios Prokopios beach in Naxos

13- Tsigrado beach in Milos

14- Mylopotas beach in Ios

Mylopotas beach in Ios
Mylopotas beach in Ios

15- Kolymbithres beach in Paros

Kolymbithres beach in Paros
Kolymbithres beach in Paros

16- Red beach Santorini

Red beach in Santorini
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Red volcanic Sandy beach in Santorini, Cyclades islands

Santorini is not famous for its beaches rather for its scenery.

Despite this though, Red beach in Santorini is one of the top beaches in Greece and among the most famous beaches in the world.

It is located on the southwest coast of the island, at a distance of 12 km from Thira and 23 km from Oia.

Its name is due to the red color of the rocks in the area, and this rare scenery is complemented by the black volcanic pebbles that make up the beach.

The beach is not fully organized, although there are umbrellas and sunbeds in which you rarely can find a place. For this reason, we suggest you get to the beach early.

You should also keep in mind that the space even for a beach towel only, may be insufficient due to the crowds.

It is a good idea to have a water mask with you as the underwater rocks are very impressive! Also, be prepared for high temperatures on Red Beach as it is protected from north winds, so there is no cool breeze.

Tip: Your visit to Red beach can be combined with a tour to the nearby archeological site of Akrotiri, where the famous prehistoric settlement was discovered buried under volcanic ash.

Akrotiri settlement is Greece’s Pompeii, the only difference is that Akrotiri was 4000 years older than Pompeii!

17- Mouros beach in Amorgos

Mouros beach in Amorgos
Mouros beach in Amorgos

18- Kolona beach in Kythnos

Kolona beach in Kythnos
Kolona beach in Kythnos
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Beaches in the Dodecanese

Tsambika beach in Rhodes
Tsambika beach in Rhodes

This island cluster has 12 big and hundreds of smaller islets at the east of the Cyclades and very close to the Asia Minor coast. Among them is Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Patmos, Astypalea, Leros, Kasos

19- Saint Paul’s Bay Rhodes

Saint Paul's Bay in Rhodes
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Pebble bays in Rhodes, Dodecanese

Two small bays are forming the beach of Saint Paul in Rhodes. A beautiful beach next to Lindos is visited by locals and tourists.

The right part of the beach is organized with sunbeds, food, and music, while the left part is offered for moments of relaxation.

It is a sandy beach with little pebbles, and rocks where you can climb and dive in the clear waters.

You will have to leave the car before you reach the beach, and then you must walk to reach it.

The beach is easily accessible by foot from nearby Lindos.

Tip: Scenes from the movie “The Guns of Navarone” were shot at the nearby Laki location, if you wish ask some boatmen to take you there.

20- Tsambika beach Rhodes

Tsambika beach in Rhodes
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Sandy beach in Rhodes, Dodecanese

Tsampika is one of the most popular beaches in Rhodes located 26 km southeast of the city of Rhodes, and 5 km from Archangelos village.

It is a natural beach, that is located under the rock that hosts the famous monastery of Panagia Tsambika of Psili to which it owes its name.

This large beach has golden sand and shallow waters located in a magnificent landscape. All this makes it suitable for families with young children but also for young people of all ages and requirements.

Tsampika is quite well organized with umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, a shower, a beach bar to enjoy your coffee or drink as well as to eat something casual, and taverns to dine when you want. There are also several possibilities for water sports as well as inflatable toys for children!

You can reach it by car or bus, or by the boats that make day cruises from the city of Rhodes.

21- Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos

Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos
Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos

22- Apella beach Karpathos

Apella beach in Karpathos
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Pebble and sand remote beach in Karpathos, Dodecanese

Apella is the beach that stands out from all beaches in Karpathos.

It’s a beach with clean white sand, some pebbles, and crystal clear waters in a magnificent environment full of pine trees.

The beach is about 16 km away from Pigadia. While the nearest settlement is Myrtonas at a distance of about two kilometers. It is partially organized with some sunbeds at the center.

Apella is also accessible by small boats from Pigadia.

The crystal clear waters help to enjoy swimming. Rocks and pines blend harmoniously creating one of the most beautiful settings in Karpathos.

23- Achata beach in Karpathos

Achata beach in Karpathos
Achata beach in Karpathos

24- Thermes beach in Kos

Thermes beach in Kos
Thermes beach in Kos

25- Kefalos Beach in Kos

Kefalos Beach in Kos
Kefalos Beach in Kos

26- Myrties beach in Kalymnos

Myrties beach in Kalymnos
Myrties beach in Kalymnos
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Beaches in the Islands of Argosaronic

Angistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra are some of the islands here, very close to Athens and easy to visit.

  1. Love Bay in Poros
  2. Askeli beach in Poros
  3. Skala beach in Agkistri
  4. Halikiada beach in Agkistri
  5. Marathon beach in Aegina

Beaches in the Islands of North and Eastern Aegean

Stafylos beach in Skopelos
Stafylos beach in Skopelos

Beaches in Sporades Islands

The Sporades are some medium to small size islands close to the coast of Thessaly at the North Aegean, Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Skyros are the most known offering beautiful beaches and holiday destinations.

27- Koukounaries beach in Skiathos

28- Lalaria beach in Skiathos

Sandy beach in Skiathos, Sporades island

Lalaria beach is located on the northeastern side of Skiathos, a small island of the northern Sporades. Its beauty and its unique characteristics are what have made Skiathos known to the world.

The beach has a majestic appearance that evokes awe and admiration for those who come here for the first time. Mainly because of the huge stone with the famous hole in the middle.

The rocks are impressive and start from the top of the slope ending at the back of the shore.

The steep white rocks are constantly exposed to the cold north winds. These winds for millions of years formed the round-white pebbles called “Lalaria” that today cover the entire beach.

These round-shaped pebbles are the special feature of the beach, and they gave their name to it.

The beach is secluded and the only way to visit it is by the sea, you better start in the morning by boat from the port or rent a boat by yourself.

29- Panormos beach in Skopelos

30- Stafylos beach in Skopelos

Stafylos beach in Skopelos
Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay

Sandy beach in Skopelos, Sporades island

Skopelos is the largest island of the Sporades, and Stafylos is its most famous beach.

It is located at the foot of a pine-covered mountain at a distance of 4 km from Skopelos Town.

Stafylos is a beautiful sandy beach with large rocks so that it is worth entering the list of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.

Its name comes from the mythology which says that the Mythical Prince Stafylos from Crete arrived here in 1600 BCE and built a small town.

31- Agios Dimitrios beach in Alonissos

East Aegean islands beaches

The most known islands here are Samothrace, Thasos, Lesbos, Limnos, Agios Efstratios, SamosChios, Inouses, Psara, Ikaria.

32- Lemonakia beach in Samos

33- Tsamadou Beach in Samos

34- Livadi beach in Ikaria

35- Nas beach in Ikaria

36- Messakti beach in Ikaria

37- Emporios Mavros Gialos beach in Chios

38- Golden Beach in Thassos

Golden Beach in Thassos
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Sandy beach in Thassos, Northeast Aegean

Golden Beach is the largest beach in Thassos, a small island in the North Aegean, south of Kavala town.

The beach is located in the eastern part of the island, 12 km from the port and just 4 km from Panagia.

The coast at Golden Beach has crystal clear waters and has easy access and parking spaces. A fully organized beach that offers many facilities and water sports.

This enchanting beach owes its name to the dazzling, golden reflection of the sun on the very fine, blonde sand. Its shallow, crystal clear waters make Golden Beach ideal for young children.

Its location is ideal for walks, especially to the other end of the beach, Chrysi Akti or Skala Potamias.

There are many hotels, rooms to let and camping, therefore the area is a complete vacation resort.

39- Alyki Beach in Thassos

Alyki Beach in Thassos
Alyki Beach in Thassos – From Ronald Saunders from Warrington, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0

40- Petra beach in Lesvos

Petra beach in Lesvos
Petra beach in Lesvos

41- Keros beach in Lemnos

Keros -beach in Lemnos
Keros -beach in Lemnos
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Euboea

The second bigger island of Greece, at the western Aegean and very close to the Greek mainland.

Beaches in Crete

Elafonissi beach in Chania
Elafonissi beach in Chania

Being the largest of the Greek islands, Crete has plenty to offer. Many small islands around and especially some of the best beaches in Greece.

42- Balos beach Chania

Balos beach in Chania
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Sandy, very busy beach-lagoon in Chania, Crete

One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.

Imagine, a lagoon with white sand, emerald shallow waters between the western tip of Crete, and a small round-shaped island closing lagoon’s west side. Two more tiny islets called Gramvousa lay at the north. The closest is the mild Gramvousa and the farther the wild Gramvousa.

This is Balos, one of the nicest beaches in Crete.

Tip: Balos is the name of a folklore dance of the Aegean.

If you go there you may not feel like dancing Balos but you will definitely feel that you want to remain there forever.

43- Elafonissi beach in Chania

Elafonissi beach in Chania
Photo by Ben Michel on Unsplash

Sandy large beach in Chania, Crete

Another gem in the south and west end of Crete.

A white sandy beach connects Elafonissi island with Crete and forms a beach in between.

A scenery similar to Balos but with its own magical beauty. Another Nature’s miracle and a NATURA-protected area.

Go there and visit the island by walking on the sand, it’s a kind of magic.

Elafonisi means deer island, as Elafi is the Greek word for deer

44- Falasarna beach Chania

Sandy organized, beach party beach in Chania, one of the best beaches in Greece

The beach at Falasarna is a huge beach on the west coast of Crete in the prefecture of Chania. It is considered the most beautiful in Crete and is included in the top 10 beaches in Europe, it has wonderful white fine sand and warm, crystal clear waters.

The area of ​​Falasarna has a great variety of flora and fauna, but also a special natural beauty. Therefore is a protected Natura 2000 plan area.

The southern part of the beach is Pachia Ammos. Fully organized, with umbrellas and sunbeds, and gathers a large number of visitors.

Of course, due to the size, there are also quieter pieces where you can lie on your towel away from the crowds.

Choose the beach if you love windsurfing and don’t mind the winds but also if you are young since beach parties are often organized in the evenings.

45- Sougia beach in Chania

Sougia beach Chania
Sougia beach Chania

46- Glika Nera beach in Chania

Glika Nera beach in Chania
Glika Nera beach in Chania

47- Krios beach in Chania

48- Marathi beach in Chania

49- Loutraki beach in Chania

50- Preveli beach Rethymno

Preveli beach in Rethymno
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Sandy remote beach in Rethymno, Crete, Perfect for families

A uniquely beautiful sandy beach 38 km from Rethymnon, on the south coast of Crete.

The river Kourtaliotis flows into the beach, on the banks of which there is a forest of palm trees that offer rich shade and special beauty in the landscape.

It is a very popular destination for families and a fully organized beach with water sports, sunbeds, umbrellas, pedal boats, restaurants, cafes.

At a distance of 20 minutes is the historic Monastery of Preveli from where it got its name.

51- Rodakino beach in Rethymno

Rodakino beach in Rethymno
Rodakino beach in Rethymno

52- Plakias beach in Rethymno

Plakias beach in Rethymno
Plakias beach in Rethymno

53- Agios Pavlos beach in Rethymno

Agios Pavlos beach in Rethymno
Agios Pavlos beach in Rethymno

54- Matala beach Heraclion

Matala beach in Heraclion
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Sandy beach in Heraclion, Crete

Somewhere in Southern Crete, in the bay of Messara, near the archeological site of Phaistos and 71km south of Heraklion are Matala. Today it’s a typical tourist village.

Next to the beach, there are the clay rocks that hide the intense history of this place.

The holes seen in the rocks were the homes of 1960s hippies.

When Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and others spent their days and nights under the Cretan sky when the slogan “Peace Man” prevailed, and the hippies of 1960 after protesting in Woodstock ended up here.

Tourists today come to see a legendary place and maybe to get a taste of the past charm.

But Matala today is nothing more than a small village with a beautiful sandy beach, There is some tourist traffic with lowkey nightlife thought but the place doesn’t remind anything of the Matala of the 60s.

55- Agiofaraggo beach in Heraclion

Agiofaraggo beach in Heraclion
Agiofaraggo beach in Heraclion

56- Tymbaki beach in Heraclion

Tymbaki beach in Heraclion
Tymbaki beach in Heraclion

57- Sissi beach in Lasithi

58- Agia Fotia beach in Lasithi

Agia Fotia beach in Lasithi
Agia Fotia beach in Lasithi

59- Makris Gialos beach in Lasithi

Makris Gialos beach in Lasithi
Makris Gialos beach in Lasithi

60- Vai beach in Lasithi

Vai beach in Lasithi
Vai beach in Lasithi

61- Istro beach in Lasithi

Istro beach in Lasithi
Istro beach in Lasithi
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Beaches on the Greek Mainland

An endless coastline of almost 8.000km belongs to the Greek islands. This means that the Greek mainland offers another 8.000km full of more and equally lovely beaches, in almost every part of the land that touches the sea.

The beaches of mainland Greece have nothing to envy from the beaches of the islands, and there are plenty of them, all around Greece.

62- West Greece, Epirus, and Sterea Ellada

Starting from the west, across Corfu is the Epirus region, with beaches of great beauty like the famous Syvota that has very beautiful scenery to share, also Parga is a place worth visiting. In Parga, there is a beach in the town and very close is the beach of Valtos.

Further south we are in Sterea Ellada, the central region of Greece. On the west Ionian coast, there are some very interesting holiday resorts with nice beaches. With Nafpaktos, Itea, and Kammena Vourla to be nice places for family holidays.

63- Beaches in Macedonia

Beaches in Chalkidiki

In the region of Macedonia in Northern Greece you can find the best and more busy beaches in the tourist resort of Chalkidiki at the North Aegean sea.

Chalkidiki is a region south of Thessaloniki and consists of three legs that go deep inside the North Aegean, Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. Kassandra is the busier and most tourist development with many exotic beaches and hotels.

Athos, the third and easternmost peninsula, is an autonomous religious republic devoted to only male monks and can be visited only by men after special permission.

The best beaches in North Greece are in the first leg of Chalkidiki, named Kassandra where most of the eastern part is a large beach. The best beaches here are Sani, Armenistis, Kallithea, Hanioti, and Pefkohori.

Nea Potidea canal separates Kassandra from the rest of Chalkidiki, actually making it an island.

Beaches in Pieria

More beautiful beaches in Macedonia you will discover in Pieria, an area opposite Chalikidiki across Thermaikos gulf.

Here the beaches are sandy and long with tourist facilities, the best beaches are The Olympic Beach, Leptokarya, Paralia, and Platamonas.

Beaches around Kavala

Finally, some more beaches are in the region of Kavala, an industrial town in East Macedonia. Toska beach, Ammolofoi, Batis, Kalamitsa beach, and Nea Iraklitsa are very popular beaches here.

Tip: The area of Chalkidiki was first colonized by people from Evia (Euboea) in the 8th Century BCE and is famous for having been the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle in 384 BC. It was part of the Hellenic Macedonian Empire.

64- Beaches in Thessaly

Thessaly region is between Sterea and Macedonia. Its coast meets the west Aegean and includes large towns as Volos and Larissa.

The coast is pretty rich in tourist activity and has plenty of sandy beaches, most of them are in the peninsula of Pelion mountain at the East of Pagasitikos gulf.

Pelion is a unique and spectacular tourist destination. Pelion mountain has dense vegetation and dominates the peninsula. You can enjoy some extraordinarily beautiful mountain villages here, like Tsagarada, Portaria, Makrinitsa, Miles, Vizitsa, and Chania, where there is a ski center, one of the favorite destinations for winter sports and vacations in Greece.

On the east coast of Pelion, we have some incredible beaches, with Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero, Mylopotamos, Horefto, Mourtias, and Fakistra to be some of the best.

65- Beaches in Peloponnese

The Peloponnese is the southernmost region of Greece, its old name was Morea. (Morias in Greek)

It joins the rest of the country through the isthmus of Korinth, but after the opening of the canal, it could be considered an artificial island.

The area is very mountainous but on its diverse coasts, there are beautiful tourist resorts with long beaches.

To be honest, here and especially on the southern coasts perhaps are the most beautiful beaches in Greece.

Elafonisos in Lakonia Greece
Elafonisos in Lakonia Greece

Saying this, immediately brings to mind Elafonissos beach, a small island south of the region of Laconia.

The island is connected to the mainland through a sandy beach that creates an amazing landscape. For many, this is one of the most spectacular and beautiful beaches in Greece.

Equally beautiful beaches, however, are everywhere in the Peloponnese. Such as Mavrovouni beach in Gythio, Voidokilia beach in Pylos, the beaches in Methoni and Koroni, and some others in the beautiful small bays of Messinia.

66- Voidokilia beach in Pylos

This beach in Pylos of Messinia needs a special reference.

Voidokilia is one of the most beautiful beaches worth mentioning, it is almost a perfect cycle shape beach in stunning surroundings.

See at the photo, words can’t describe the scenery the way a photo can do!

Voidokilia beach in Pylos Messinia
Voidokilia beach in Pylos Messinia – Image by Johannes Krasser from Pixabay

About the name? Better you shouldn’t ask, cause Voidokilia means the ‘belly of the ox’, Yes.

Further north and east, in Argolida prefecture, well-known tourist destinations with popular beaches are Tolo, Ermioni, and Porto Heli.

Final words

These are only a glimpse of the best beaches in Greece. We hope that they will be enough for you to choose from. Just keep in mind that there are thousands more, equally nice and worth visiting, but difficult to fit them all on one page.

This land is favored by nature with the best weather in Europe and the most islands that a country can have, this is a blessing and a curse.

Greece’s 300 inhabited islands and their beauties have condemned the country to depend to a large degree on tourism. That’s because it is not easy to develop infrastructures in so many islands without tourism.
It’s like telling a man 7.2 feet tall that he can’t play basketball!

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