Greece is famous for many things: its bright and exuberant culture, fascinating and complex, tales of legendary monsters and heroes, and, of course, its stunning scenery and beaches.
With thousands of islands and a diverse mainland, Greece’s coastline is the 11th largest in the world. Couple that with its hot, but comfortable climate and the glorious Mediterranean sea, and you have ample opportunity for some truly stunning beaches.
While it is impossible to tell you about every beach worth visiting in Greece, there are a few that are simply unmissable.
Probably one of the most famous beaches in Greece, this tucked-away gem can be found on the island of Zante – known locally as Zakynthos. Surrounded by steep cliff edges and only reachable via boat, Navagio owes its reputation to a wrecked smugglers’ ship that ran aground in the early 20th century and now sits on its pristine sandy shore. A beautiful place to spend the day, many tour companies also offer boat and beach parties that stop on Navagio; adding a bit of excitement for those after more than just a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing.
Red Beach, Santorini
Found on the island of Santorini, the Red Beach proves that white sand isn’t a necessary ingredient when it comes to producing a top-quality beach. Covered in red and pebbles and backed by tall red clifftops, you can probably guess how this beach got its name. A beautiful and quiet place to unwind, it is the uniquely charming setting of this beach that makes it a place you simply have to experience when visiting Greece.
Forget the golden coast of Australia, or the shores of Thailand, if you want a truly tropical beach, head to Elafonissi on the island of Crete. The most southern of all the major Greek islands, Crete boasts a lot of incredible beauty spots, but none are quite like this one. A long and soft white sandy beach, its coastal waters are very shallow and have the same silky sand resting below the surface; perfect for dipping your feet into. When the sun shines, the water is a gentle and enticing baby blue and at low tide sandbars appear, allowing visitors to walk to the island just off the beach’s shore. Here, you’ll find businesses offering straw-roofed cabanas, sunbeds, and umbrellas right on the water’s edge. Out in a place like this, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d ended up in the Bahamas.
You’ll find a number of beaches around Greece with the name paradise sprinkled somewhere in their title, but for a true taste of heaven, you’ll want to head for Egremni on Lefkada. A long winding shoreline, backed by towering white cliff tops, Egremni a great example of the perfect traditional Greek beach recipe. Take some pristine sand, bright white and soft on the feet, add turquoise Mediterranean waters, clear and warm. Mix together with beautiful rock formations and overhanging trees, then finish with great sunset views.