Greece is one of the countries in the world with the greatest coastal extension: in other words, it is one of the countries in the world with the most beaches and that is why in the collective imagination it is the ideal destination for a wonderful sea vacation.
It is not a false myth: the sea of Greece is really one of the most beautiful in the world, very limpid and of extraordinary colors, mostly blue or blue but in some areas it is tinged with an incredible emerald green.
With so many kilometers of coast where to go to find the most beautiful beaches of Greece? Actually it is difficult to answer because there are enchanting beaches both in the mainland and in the islands, including the less touristic ones.
To make your choice easier, we have created a list of the 10 must-see beaches in Greece, which includes both the most famous ones and some little-known gems. Start dreaming!
The Wreck Beach in Zakynthos (also called Navagio Beach) is a symbol of tourism in Greece. The photo of this wonderful beach has appeared in countless magazines and tourism sites: it is, without doubt, the most famous postcard image of all Greece.
This is a beach of fine white pebbles set between two high promontories of white rock on which grows a thick vegetation. The wreck that gives it its name is a smugglers’ boat wrecked here in the 1980s and never removed.
This iconic beach can only be reached by sea, by private boat, cab boat or organized tour.
A bit atypical in the panorama of Greek beaches of fine white sand, Red Beach betrays the volcanic origin of the island of Santorini: as you can guess from the name, it is a beach of reddish sand, bordered by steep cliffs of the same color.
It is an equipped beach but being small and usually very crowded it could be difficult to find an umbrella, so it is advisable to arrive early.
Difficult to choose one among the beautiful beaches of the island of Crete, the largest of all the Greek islands, but one of the most beautiful is certainly Elafonissi. It is actually a small island to the southwest of Crete, but it is so close that at low tide you can comfortably walk to it.
Fine white sand with pink shades, shallow and crystal clear waters, Elafonissi is a real pearl and will enchant you. Do not miss the magical moment of sunset.
It is not a paradise of tranquility but a true temple of fun Paradise Beach in Mykonos, the most transgressive of the Greek islands. On this beach there are the trendiest beach bars and clubs of the island: the legendary parties of Paradise Beach begin in the late afternoon with an aperitif and continue until the morning of the next day.
Recommended only for young people and lovers of nightlife, is a beach easily accessible so if you are curious you can give us a glance and then go to take refuge on beaches quieter … or get carried away by the nightlife and dance all night!
If you are not tired of parties and music, you can also visit the nearby Super Paradise Beach, even more transgressive.
A must for scuba diving and movie lovers, Agia Anna on the island of Amorgos is the location that director Luc Besson chose for his film Le Grand Blue, loosely based on the challenge between freediving champions Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca.
It is a pebble beach not far from the main town of the island, bathed by a sea of a wonderful blue color.
To reach Tsigrado, the most beautiful beach of the island of Milos, is very difficult (if you don’t have a boat you will have to descend vertiginous ladders along a gorge between the rocks) but this inconvenience certainly adds charm to a beach in itself wonderful.
Wild and remote, Tisgrade is a small crescent-shaped sandy bay set between dramatic cliffs and washed by a very clear sea.
Myrthos Beach on the island of Kefalonia is a real star. One of the most photographed Greek beaches, featured in countless international magazines and used as the location for the famous Hollywood film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” it is an arc of white pebbles more than a kilometer long, squeezed between dramatic limestone cliffs and washed by a clear blue sea.
Before going down the zigzag road that leads to the beach admire it from above in all its extraordinary beauty.
According to the Sunday Times one of the most beautiful beaches of the Aegean is Psili Ammos, located along the southeast coast of the small island of Serifos. It is a suggestive beach of clear sand bathed by blue crystalline waters; some small trees offer some shelter from the sun.
Although it is the most famous beach and the most crowded of Serifos, it is still a much quieter beach than those of the more touristy islands.
Many of the most beautiful beaches of mainland Greece are located along the coast of Chalkidiki; among them we point out Nea Potidea on the peninsula of Kassandra, a long and wide sandy beach.
Due to its shallow and sandy seabed it is suitable for those traveling with small children or inexperienced swimmers, while couples will appreciate its tranquility and romantic atmosphere.
Another beautiful beach of mainland Greece is Voikokilia, about 40 km from the city of Kalamata (yes, the city of olives!), a typically Greek area but still little known to foreign tourists.
Set between the sea and a lagoon, this sandy beach bathed by an emerald sea has a curious shape, almost circular, which has earned it two bizarre nicknames: “cow’s navel beach” or “omega beach”.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article