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Discover the best beaches to visit in Greece.

The best beaches to visit in Greece

Paraga Beach faces south on the southern tip of Mykonos
Paraga Beach faces south on the southern tip of Mykonos

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?

Which will you choose?
Which will you choose?

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.

Mainland beaches

The Blue Caves of Zakynthos
The Blue Caves of Zakynthos

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

An idyllic arc of sand
An idyllic arc of sand

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

Family fun for all
Family fun for all

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.

Kalogria Cove

Serene scene at Kalogria Beach
Serene scene at Kalogria Beach

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

Roam through pine scented forest
Roam through pine scented forest

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.

Kalamitsi Beach

Plenty to explore in Kalamitsi Beach
Plenty to explore in Kalamitsi Beach

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.

Perfect for camping

Discover the underwater world
Discover the underwater world

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

Unspoilt Lagomandra Beach
Unspoilt Lagomandra Beach

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.

Private and perfect

There is no better feeling
There is no better feeling

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.

Sarti Beach

Plenty to do at Sarti Beach
Plenty to do at Sarti Beach

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.

White sands and stunning views

Mount Athos looms large
Mount Athos looms large

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.

Island beaches

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.

Navagio Beach

Zakynthos' iconic Navagio Beach
Zakynthos' iconic Navagio Beach

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

Zakynthos' signature beach
Zakynthos' signature beach

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.

Myrtos Beach

Kefalonia's Myrtos Beach
Kefalonia's Myrtos Beach

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?

Beguilingly turqouise, captivating
Beguilingly turqouise, captivating

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.

Kokkini beach

The moonscape of Kokkini Beach
The moonscape of Kokkini Beach

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

Volcanic Santorini is so colourful
Volcanic Santorini is so colourful

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.

Seychelles Beach

Ikaria's Seychelles Beach
Ikaria's Seychelles Beach

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.

Small yet stunning

Intimate and secluded
Intimate and secluded

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

Crete's dune-backed Falasarna Beach
Crete's dune-backed Falasarna Beach

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.

Known for stunning sunsets

Spectacular sunsets
Spectacular sunsets

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.

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