There is a reason why Greeks are known for their confidence, they come from arguably the most beautiful place in the world. Greece is known for many things: its history, culture, religion, tradition, food, churches, nightlife, architecture and much more. Greece is also well known for its geography, the stunning country has an abundance of beauty and is geographically located in an ideal spot. It is said that when God created Greece, he sprinkled the country through beautiful bodies of waters. With over six thousand islands, Greece is one of the most visited countries in the world, and for good reason.
Composed of countless beaches, it was difficult to pick only ten that would make this list. The following ten beaches, which are in no particular order, all have unique characteristics which make them stand out from the rest of Greece’s sandy slices of paradise. Renowned for their fabulous crystal waters, millions of tourists visit Greek beaches every year to enjoy the sea, sand and fresh air. Pebbled or sandy, popular or secluded, the following ten beaches exude charm, character and beauty.
This summer, whether you are traveling through Greece with a spouse, your family or your best friend, try to visit as many of these beaches as you can. One of the greatest things you can do is travel, and Greece is a must visit. With friendly people and delicious food, there is no reason not to visit Greece. Start saving up your money (because Europe is not cheap), conserve your vacation days, and take a trip of a lifetime by visiting some of the most breathtaking, stunning and incredible beaches on Earth.
10. Plaka Beach, Naxos
Plaka Beach is known for its white sand and its crystal aqua colored water. Plaka also happens to be a nudist’s favorite beach, although many couples and families choose to vacation there due to its extreme beauty. There are numerous accommodations, taverns and restaurants in Plaka, most of which have incredible views of the water. The beach is a calm and endless sandy oasis and in some parts you are able to find big, flat stones, giving it a unique charm. If you are visiting Plaka, make sure to watch both a sunset and a sunrise from the beach, it is said to be breathtaking.
9. Voutoumi Beach, Antipaxoi
Voutumi is a beautiful, pebbled beach located on the North East side of Antipaxos Island. Situated inside a large cove and covered on both sides by rocks, Voutoumi is definitely a go to spot if you want a unique beach experience. Although it attracts many families due to its shallow waters, Voutoumi is known as a preferred destination for private yachts, water taxis and tour boats. What is great about Voutoumi is that it has barely been touched. There is a tavern on the hill behind the beach that serves traditional Greek snacks but there are no shops or other facilities in this secluded area. However, there is good local wine and beautiful scenery, what else does one really need?
8. Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
Myrtos Beach is hands down one of the most beautiful attractions in Kefalonia. Myrtos gained its worldwide reputation through its positive reinforcement from countless travel magazines. Winning awards for its cleanliness and natural beauty, Myrtos Beach is a must see for all travellers. The beach has a unique semi-circular shape and is surrounded by white rocky cliffs with lush vegetation on top. Mixed with the white pebbles and crystal waters, it displays remarkable scenery. It does not come as a surprise that Myrtos Beach is one of the most photographed places in Greece. If visiting Myrtos, the western coast is known for its outstanding sunsets, the perfect place to end a perfect day in paradise.
7. Matala, Crete
Matala in Crete is an absolutely a stunning beach. For those who are into Greek mythology, this is the place where the legend describes Zeus swimming ashore disguised as a bull while carrying Europa on his back. Matala is a great place to visit because it has something for everyone, which has made it a popular tourist destination. Although is has become very touristic, it still has the charm and character of a quiet fishing village. What makes Matala so gorgeous is that half of the beach is covered in tamarisk trees. It also displays a beautiful formation of sandstone rock cliffs, which form their famous caves that slide into the sea at odd angles.
6. Perissa Beach, Santorini
This stunning beach is known for its unique characteristics; its black sand and crystal waters create a stunning visual. The main attraction at Perissa Beach is the enormous rock called Mesa Vuono that rises from the sea. Visitors are left in awe of the stunning view of the rock, especially as it shines in the dark. Perissa is an incredible tourist location during the summer season. The village offers a vast variety of hotels for all budgets as well as restaurants, cafés, bars and taverns. The area is very developed with modern amenities. Like most of Greece, it is very inviting while at the same time keeping with its strong traditional character.
5. Platis Gialos, Mykonos
This is one of the most popular beaches in Mykonos. Filled with thousands of people during the summer it is a beach you must visit in your lifetime. With golden sand and clear, turquoise water, Platis Gialos is a beautiful getaway. It has numerous hotels directly on the beach, making it a two-minute walk from your bed to the sea. This nice, long beach is in a perfect location. With regular taxi-boats going to the southern coast which is known for its party life, Platis Gialos is the best of both worlds; you can relax during the day and party at night. Enjoy the beautiful views and incredible food on this stunning beach in Mykonos.
4. Elafonisi, Crete
The incredibly crystal-like clear water of Elafonisi Beach is what makes it so incredible, beautiful and special. Located in stunning Crete, the turquoise waters have attracted travellers for centuries. This natural beach is filled with pure white sandbars and a natural islet, which has remained virtually untouched. What is very special about this beach is that in some lights the sand takes on a pink glow, said to be from coral particles in the sand. The extremely shallow waters make Elafonisi ideal for children, however the power and beauty of this location has no age limit.
3. Red Beach, Santorini
Arguably the most famous and beautiful beach in Santorini, Red Beach is located steps away from the ancient Akrotiri. The beach is unique and beautiful but it is very small and sometimes creates a crowded atmosphere, however, its beauty is worth visiting. The walk on the way down to the beach is spectacular; the unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks is truly an incredible sight. For those who are fans of snorkelling, Red Beach is a perfect place to do it. The beach is easily accessible and it takes about 2 minutes to get to from the parking.
2. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
Better known as Shipwreck Cove, Navagio is the most famous beach in Zakynthos. Shipwreck Cove is one of the most photographed destinations in Greece and is known as one of the best beaches in the country. It earned its name of in 1983 when a boat that was transporting illegal cigarettes washed up on its shore. With each year that passes the ship sinks a little deeper into the sand, but it can still be clearly seen in the middle of the large, white, beautiful sandy beach. The turquoise, crystal-like water is unbelievably beautiful. Big, vertical cliffs made up of white rocks surround the sand, creating a uniquely enchanting image.
1. Sarakiniko, Milos
This beach is arguably the nicest beach in Milos and surely the most peculiar one. Located along the coastal road, it is the most photographed location on the island. Its unique landscape is both impressive and unforgettable; the long, horizontal rocks, which have been eroded by time and salt water, are bent over the sea with both large and small hollows covering them. The entire landscape is formed by volcanic rocks. Showing no sign of vegetation, it’s colored entirely in a bright white, creating a stunning contrast with the deep blue and turquoise of the water. Sarakiniko gives you the feeling of standing on the surface of the moon, it is truly an incredible place.