By Lorena Boanda
With its cultural and historical background, amazing islands, gorgeous cities, vibrant nightlife, and simple yet delicious food, it’s no wonder that Greece is one of the world’s most fascinating travel destinations.
However, Greece is also famous for its great number of astonishingly beautiful beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear or turquoise waters. That is why we have put together a comprehensive list of some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
1: Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos
We’ll start our list with Greece’s most famous beach and definitely one of the most photographed places in the country, Shipwreck Beach or Navagio Beach. Located on the northwest coast of Zakynthos in an awe-inspiring area with towering white cliffs and exquisite blue waters called Shipwreck Cove or Smugglers Cove, this is a must-see for any beach enthusiast.
The beach is only accessible by boat, so you either have to book a tour or you can hire a boat for the day and go there yourself. The story goes that the boat was suspected of carrying contraband cigarettes. It shipwrecked back in the 1980s because of the bad weather while being pursued by the Greek Navy. Be sure to bring a sun umbrella, especially if you’re planning on staying there between 10 AM and 2 PM when there’s absolutely no shade.
2: Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
Myrtos Beach on the Kefalonia island is another one of Greece’s gems. Located at around 19 miles of the main town Argostoli, the beach can be accessed by sea and road alike. Some of the best things about this particular beach are the tall cliffs behind it. Cinephiles might find this place familiar and that is thanks to its appearance in the film adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
3: Sarakiniko Beach, Milos
Located in the Cyclades island group, this is yet another one of Greece’s islands that is only accessible by plane or ferry. This is not your typical beach, though. The beach is formed from a series of caves carved out in the volcanic rock by both wind and water over the course of time. Here, you’ll be able to experience one of the most otherworldly and intimate feelings of taking a swim in a quiet little cove.
4: Elafonisi Beach, Crete
Located off the southwest part of the Island of Crete, you’ll find one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches. Famous for its rose gold sands and warm waters, this is one of the most unspoiled and clean beaches you will ever find.
5: Grias to Pidima, Andros
If solitude and escapism are what you’re looking for, then Grias to Pidima, in Andros might be worth a shot. Even though it’s one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, the access is not for the faint-hearted. Bring some trekking shoes and lots of liquids with you, and mentally prepare yourself for a somewhat difficult hike.
6: Egremni Beach, Lefkada
Next on our list is Egremni Beach. Located on an Ionian island, Egremni is arguably one of the best beaches in the area. It greets tourists with an impressively tall white cliff as well as with long, sandy, and uncrowded beaches. This is yet another beach that requires a bit of effort in order to get to, as tourists have to deal with 355 steps in order access it.
7: Porto Katsiki Beach, Lefkada
We will end our list with Porto Katsiki Beach, one of the best beaches in Greece and Europe alike. The beach is located a little further south of Porto Katsiki, yet it only requires you to deal with 100 steps in order to access it. The beach can also be reached by sea if you want to avoid the steps.
We hope you will have a relaxing time in Greece and we hope our list has played a part towards achieving that end.