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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Haralambakis

The Best Beaches in Greece

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Greece is renowned worldwide for its stunning coastlines and breathtaking beaches. From the tranquil shores of the Ionian Sea to the crystalline waters of the Aegean, each beach offers a unique slice of paradise. Among these, a few stand out as absolute must-visits for anyone dreaming of the perfect beach holiday. This includes the lesser-known yet charming beaches of Maleme and the famed sandy expanses of Chania in Crete.

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), Zakynthos  

Navagio Beach is perhaps one of the most photographed beaches in Greece, thanks to its striking blue waters and the picturesque shipwreck lying in the sandy cove. Only accessible by boat, its secluded nature adds to its allure, making it a top spot for visitors seeking a dramatic and memorable beach experience.

Beaches of Maleme and Chania

Beaches of Maleme and Chania, Crete  

In the quaint village of Maleme, the beach extends with a mix of pebbles and sand, offering a quiet retreat from the more crowded tourist spots. Its historical significance, as it was a key location during World War II, adds depth to your beach visit. Further along the coast, Chania boasts some of Crete’s most vibrant beaches such as Falassarna and Agia Marina, known for their stunning sunsets and lively beach bars.

Elafonissi Beach, Crete  

Elafonissi is a mesmerizing spot where pink sand meets turquoise water. This shallow, warm water makes it ideal for families with children. The beach is part of a nature reserve, which helps preserve its unique beauty and rich biodiversity, including rare plant species. 

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia  

Consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in Europe, Myrtos is famed for its mile-long curve of dazzling white pebbles edged by azure waters. The view from the cliff above before descending down to the beach is as breathtaking as the swim in the incredibly clear water.

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos  

Sarakiniko Beach is often likened to a moonscape with its white volcanic rocks curving smoothly around a turquoise bay. The unique geological formations and the contrast of colors create a surreal beauty that is otherworldly and a photographer’s dream.

Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon, Crete  

Balos Lagoon in Crete is famous for its wild natural beauty, which includes exotic turquoise waters, wild isolated terrain, and soft white sands. This remote beach is accessible by a rewarding hike or a short boat trip, each offering spectacular views of the island's rugged beauty.

Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos  

Koukounaries is celebrated for its natural backdrop of a thick pine forest that reaches right up to the shoreline, providing a rare blend of forest and ocean. The beach is well-organized and offers a range of amenities, making it perfect for a day-long stay.

Simos Beach

Simos Beach, Elafonisos  

Separated by a narrow strip of sand dunes, Simos Beach consists of two beaches, Megalos Simos and Mikros Simos. The fine white sand and emerald waters create a tropical paradise feel, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists.

Each of these beaches offers something unique, whether it’s the historical echoes of Maleme, the party vibes of Chania, or the untouched natural beauty of Elafonissi. What they all share is the ability to turn a simple day at the beach into a lasting memory of Greece’s timeless beauty. So, pack your bags, and don’t forget your sunblock; Greece’s best beaches are waiting to mesmerize you with their charms.

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