Discover the best beaches to visit in Greece.
Published 21 June 2021
The best beaches to visit in greece
Those who travel to the alluring land of Greece are spoilt for choice when it comes to its beaches. Golden sands and secluded coves deliver a clarity of mind only matched by the sea. On Paraga Beach on the lively island of Mykonos, guests recline on daybeds and hammocks. For summer party vibes, Nikiti is where it’s at.
Mainland or island?
With more than 6,000 Greek islands to drop anchor at, it’s easy to see how island hopping life could be the number one beach attraction for yacht charters in Greece. But when coupled with over 13,000km of arresting coastline, the largest in the Mediterranean Basin, the choice is not so clear.
The Greek coastline is world famous for its dark sandy shores, secret caves and snorkelling-rich waters. Many mainland beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, the international gold standard for hygiene, beauty and experience, singling them out as some of the best in the land.
Trani Ammouda, also referred to as Ormos Panagias, is one of the Halkidiki beaches in northern Greece. Known by the locals as the 'Copacabana of Greece', it’s ideal for dolphin-spotting and spectacular views of Mount Athos.
Space to unwind
Thanks to a jutting peninsula, the location is privy to verdant forests and sheltered bays. Trani Ammouda is one of the largest sand surface areas in the whole of Sithonia making it a go-to destination for families and charter groups looking for space to spread out and relax in comfort.
Surrounded by lush, aromatic pine forests, Kalogria Cove is a treat for the senses. Flanked by far-reaching rocky outcrops that extend into the sea, it affords beauty and privacy in equal measure.
Perfect for explorers
The shallow sand-floored waters provide hours of underwater fun from warming sunrise to golden sunset, but the adventurous of spirit will want to seek out the hiking trails in the pine tree hills behind for impressive vistas of the nearby peninsula.
Just 15 minutes from Sarti, Kalamitsi is a jewel of a beach. What it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. A small natural basin awash with small rocky areas for exploring, it’s a firm family favourite with a popular setup for both campers and day trippers.
Kalamitsi Beach lends itself well to the camping ideal. A large expanse of beach comfortably served by popular amenities, it is a haven for watersports activities, endless hours of snorkelling and well-suited to small children thanks to a graduated seabed.
Lagomandra Beach is where you go to drink in the views and wash away life’s stresses. Located just north of Neos Marmaras it comprises two Blue Flag beaches, one a favourite for watersports and the other ideal for lounging in peace and quiet.
Pristine on land and sea, it’s golden sands as far as the eye can wander. With fewer visitors to the southern beach and offering an abundance of space, Lagomandra Beach is barefoot seclusion at its best.
If you like your beach with a bit of vibrant action, then Sarti Beach is for you. A bustling beachfront with bars, restaurants and waterfront attractions, it’s gained a reputation for being a pragmatic spot, offering everything that a beach goer could need.
Exotic white sand beaches are Greece’s mainstay, but Sarti Beach takes it to the next level. Stretching for miles and positioned directly opposite Mount Athos, few places rival this sand-between-your-toes moment.
Take your pick from Greece’s island beaches, each one offering something different. From Red Beach on Santorini to the pink sands on Elafonisi, arguably one of the best beaches in Crete, to the shallow turquoise waters of Voutoumi on tiny Antipaxos, every day is a breath-taking beach day.
The beach of Navagio Bay, or Shipwreck cove, is the most famous beach of Zakynthos, lying on the western side of the Ionian islands. A literal smugglers’ paradise landing, it is surrounded by near vertical cliffs making it only accessible by boat.
Enjoy the ‘blockbuster’ of Greek beaches
This dramatic spot is best known for the Panagiotis, a shipwreck lying in its white sands. Legend has it the vessel was carrying contraband and was run aground by authorities. Today, it serves as a passing attraction at this attention-grabbing location.
Sitting between the feet of two sleeping giants – Mount Agia Dynati and Mount Kalon Oros – Myrtos is Kefalonia’s hot spot for snorkelling enthusiasts. Located on the island's northwest-facing coast, it is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and soaring hills.
The most breath-taking Greek beach?
Renowned internationally for its untouched sands and immaculate waters, Myrtos is regularly lauded as one of the best beaches in Greece, if not the Mediterranean. The horse-shoe shaped bay is surrounded by white cliffs and blessed with outrageously glorious sunsets making it one of the most photographed beaches around.
Unmistakably unique with its red cliffs, rust-coloured sand and volcanic landscape, Kokkini is as distinctive as it is striking. Sitting in stark contrast to the sapphire waters that lap its shoreline, it is one of Santorini’s star attractions.
Perfect for photographs
Out of all the Greek islands with sandy beaches, Kokkini is arguably the most photogenic. A magical moonscape often referred to as Red Beach, it offers easy hiking and sprawling views of the surrounding Cyclades.
Just outside the village of Manganitis on Ikaria Island sits Seychelles Beach, one of the famed clear water beaches in Greece. The pebble-rock landscape sits within an intimate cove meaning it’s both sheltered from the elements and alluringly private.
Accessed via a path from the main road which descends along a riverbed, Seychelles is a little more difficult to reach than some of the other surrounding beaches, but this intimate dwelling is more than worth the effort.
Falasarna Beach delivers all the exotic vibes making it one of Crete’s most popular sandy destinations, particularly with archaeologists who may appreciate the opportunity to visit the nearby ruins of an ancient Hellenistic harbour.
Falasarna faces west making it ideally placed to enjoy mesmerising golden-hued sunsets that sink into the horizon. It’s unrivalled in its scenic charm and the best location to anchor for sun-kissed apéritifs.