When traveling to Greece, you’ve probably imagined yourself lying on one of its beautiful beaches, with their blues waters and white sands, but there are so many of them, which one should you choose?
If it were up to me, I’d visit them all, but you probably don’t have a lot of time to check all of Greece’s beaches out, enter Afafe (that’s me by the way. Hi!). I will write a little about the best 10 beaches of this wonderful country, and you can choose whichever you prefer.
You’re welcome! Now let’s get started!
Elafonisi is a small islet south of Crete, and within a walking distance from the mainland, its beaches are filled with pink sand and shallow blues waters, making it perfect for families with kids. You can also get to it by daily bus service if you are staying in Chania, and the town of Paleochora is only one-hour boat-ride away.
You can never go wrong with choosing this island, filled with over 18 beaches, there’s a variety to choose from. But perhaps the most famous is Plaka beach, being the longest and the busiest, and with its high waves, it is a popular destination for watersports lovers. Another great option in the island is Agios Georgios beach, perfect for families, within a walking distance from the main town and port, and with many restaurants located around.
Platis Gialos Beach, Mykonos
Arguably the most famous beach on the island of Mykonos, it is long and busy, as many hotels and restaurants and bars have taken place in it. The waters are turquoise, the sand is golden, and the coast is filled with umbrellas and sunbeds, where you can relax and get that golden tan, while sipping your favorite cocktail. This is another great beach for watersports fans, and night owls as well, as it becomes a party hub once the sun is set. You can either book a room in one of the many hotels overlooking this beach, or take the bus if you happen to be staying in the capital.
This is the closest beach to town, only 2,5 km away, and filled with sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. Though a bit crowded, you should still give it a shot, especially if you have diving and sea-skiing on your bucket list, as there is a school for just that located nearby.
St Paul’s Beach, Rhodes
This is a picturesque bay located on the southeast coast of Rhodes, and named after St. Paul himself, who allegedly landed there in 51 AD to preach christianity to the locals. With two beaches, one man-made with golden sand on the southern end of the bay, and a smaller one on the northern end with a mix of sand and gravel, both are relatively quiet and include sun loungers and sun shades, as well as water sports activities such as snorkelling and diving.
The contrast between the blue waters and the white rocks give this place a unique view. With its many coves, one can’t help but be tempted to lay on the white rocks and enjoy the scenery, or take a dip in the clear waters. Keep this little gem on your list.
Matala Beach, Crete
This place is the most popular tourist destination of Crete, its caves attract attention of visitors from all over, but it’s the sandy beach and the deep waters that make them stay and come back. From there you will also get a nice view of the island of Paximadia, and you can seek shade under the tamarisk trees, taking over a large portion of the beach.
Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos
Greece’s most famous beach, this secluded bay is accessible by boat, and filled with caves waiting to be explored, as well as a boat that hit the rocks back in 1980 and was shipwreck, hence the name. Since it is only accessible by boat and quite secluded, you’ll have to bring your own necessities, such as food and sun shades, as there are no shops near by to get them from.
Also, check out Zakynthos travel guide!
Red Beach, Santorini
The volcanic rocks give this beach a unique look, small, and most of the time crowded, there is no golden sand in the area, only red, black and grey. Many people, however, prefer to stay up and enjoy the view from afar. If you happen to be spending some time in the ancient site of Akrotiri, make sure you stop by this place, as it is only a few steps away.
Find Santorini full travel guide here!
Vouliagmeni Beach, Near Athens
Greece’s most organized beach, with beach facilities like tennis and volleyball courts, play areas for kids, water slides… It is 23km away from the center of Athens, and easily accessible via bus service.
Read our full Athens travel guide!
Of course, these are only some of the many wonderful beaches of Greece, you can find a more detailed, more exhaustive list over here. So pack your beach bag, don’t forget your sunscreen, and take as many selfies as you can.
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