Greek Islands Beaches
Our Top Ten List

The Greek Islands Beaches are considered by many some of the best in the Mediterranean. They come in all colors and types. They may be secluded coves or long stretches of white sands. Some of them are black or red of volcanic origin.

One thing they have in common, the great all year round weather and above all the charm of being in the Greek Islands. I always clarify that the beaches mentioned here are only some of the best of them. Here are our top ten.


navagio beach

Navagio or Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos



Navagio Beach in Zakynthos

They also call this beach the “Shipwreck Bay” and is one of the most famous beaches in Greece, located on the eastern part of the Island of Zakynthos, close to the Anafotiria village.

It was initially called Agios Georgios but owes its new name to the shipwreck of a smugglers boat called Panagiotis that sank here, in 1983. The deep sea left the remains of the ship on this beach. Since then it has become a highlight of beauty of Greek Islands Beaches.

The image is complimented by huge cliffs surrounding the beach. To reach this beach you may take a Taxi-Boat from the small village of Porto Vromi for a 30 minutes ride.


myrtos beach

Myrtos Beach is one of the Best Beaches in the World

Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia

This beach has been designated as one of the most beautiful in the world and also as the cleanliest, it is for sure the highlight of a visit to Kefalonia.

What characterizes this beach is the turquoise clear waters that have made it one of the most photographed sites in Greece. Hoards of goats may be seen climbing up and down the cliffs that surround the beach.

Here the beach is ideal for a good swim or just relax on your sun bed with a good book in hand. This beach offers a relaxing scenario for that. There are no tourists facilities and in the only bar on the beach refreshments a very expensive.

This beach is best viewed from above, either from the main coastal road where cars look like tiny ants and you can see the whole effect of the piercingly blue sea, white cliffs and pale sand all together.


porto katsiki lefkada

The Island of Lefkada has Amazing Beaches


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Porto Katsiki in Lefkada

This famous beach is located on the Ionian Sea island of Lefkada and in Greek means “Port of the Goat”.

It is located 35 km from Lefkada Town near the village of Athani.

The beach is surrounded by white cliffs forming a perfect bay narrow at the center.

There are about 80 steps to go down to the beach which has crystal clear waters for the delight of visitors.

This beach can also be reached by boat from the nearby villages of Nydri or Vasiliki. There a few food stands and canteens but no place to stay.

Free camping on the beach is prohibited, bu a few take their chances and stay to sleep under the stars.

Katisiki Beach has become so popular that during the summer months it may be very crowded. I recommend arriving early in the morning.


Sidari Beach is a great beach of Corfu

Sidari Beach is a great beach of Corfu


Sidari Beach on the Island of Corfu

This is a great beach for families because the waters are shallow and they have all facilities like sun beds, umbrellas, cafes and food stands.

It is located in Sidari between the harbor and the cliffs of Canal D' Amour. It runs parallel to the main road.

With so much going on, it's for the tourists that don't mind a bit of noise and traffic.

You will find many sports stands offering pedal boat and canoe rental and equipment for paragliding and other water sports.

This is one of the best Corfu Beaches and also of the Greek Islands Beaches.


Greek Islands Beaches

elia beach mykonos

Elia Beach is a Gay Friendly Beach in Mykonos

Elia Beach Mykonos Island

Elia beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mykonos and at the same time quieter than the other famous beaches of paradise and Super Paradise. It can be accessed by bus from Mykonos Town and also by boat departing from Platys Gialos Beach.

It is known as a Gay Friendly Beach and even has a section for Nude Bathing. It is said that you may find here many celebrities who came to visit Mykonos and other Greek Islands Beaches.

This longest sandy beach of the island is must see whan you arrive in Mykonos, the most known of all Greek Islands. It is well organized with taverns and bars and many sport facilities like windsurfing, parasailing and water skiing.

Plaka Beach in the Island of Naxos

This calm and sandy beach is a continuation to the beach of Agia Anna and is considered the most beautiful one in Naxos. It features amazing clear green waters and powdery sands.

This beach is undisturbed by businesses, you may find sun beds and umbrellas, but the hotels and restaurants are behind the sand dunes. It has a section for nudists but families are also welcome. The beach is approximately 4 km long.


Elafosini Beach on the Island of Crete

Elafosini Beach on the Island of Crete


Elafonisi Beach Crete

The peninsula of Elafonisi is located on the southwestern corner of the Island of Crete about 75 km west of the town of Chania.

The beaches on both sides of the peninsula have a kind of pink sand formed from thousands of broken shells. When arriving there you may think you arrived in the Caribbean with its turquoise waters. The waters are also very shallow allowing great fun for families with little children.

This beach attracts visitors from all over the globe and is protected by an EU environmental program among the Greek Islands Beaches.


Kalathos Beach in Lindos on the Island of Rhodes

Kalathos Beach in Lindos on the Island of Rhodes


Kalathos Beach in the Island of Rhodes

The Village of Kalathos is located about 45 km south of Rhodes Town and near the area of Lindos. The beach is sandy and the waters awe inspiring with their deep blue color. There are a few stands for sun bed and umbrella renting. You may find refreshments and some coffee shops on the beach. And even a supermarket.

From here you may take an organized tour to Lindos, like we did. Lindos has an incredible Parthenon replica to the one on the Acropolis in Athens. There are also a few sailing trips to the neighboring islands and to Marmaris in Turkey. When evening comes there are a few night clubs and bars offering beautiful Greek Music.

This one is the best of all Rhodes Beaches and of the Greek Islands Beaches.


For more information visit Greece Tourism Website


red beach santorini

World Renowned Red Beach in the Island of Santorini


Red Beach Santorini

This is the most known of Santorini Beaches and is featured in so many travel magazines. It is located near the ancient village of Akrotiri and is one of the most famous beaches of Santorini. Because of its fame, many people come just to admire it and never set their feet in its black sand. They are also attracted by the slabs of red and black rock volcanic that are right behind her.

The sand is red and black and is a bit uncomfortable to sit directly on it, because the pebbles in the sand. There are a lot of sun beds and parasols. It is a very good area for snorkeling because of the clear waters surrounding the beach.

This beach can also be reached by boats that depart from the ports of Fira and Akrotiri. One of the most famous of Greek Islands Beaches.

Kastani Beach in Skopelos Island

The claim to fame of the island is that it was the main location for the filming of the movie “Mama Mia” in 2008. This is the loveliest beach in the Island os Skopelos with white sands and crystal clear waters. It has a remarkable environment surrounded by pine trees that reach the edge of the shore.

Kastani becomes busy in summer, but not as busy as Elios or Klima. A sloping dirt road, just 500 meters from the bus route, will lead you to the beach.



Image credits for Greek Islands Beaches:

red beach by klearchos kapoutsis
elia mykonos by squirmy 2000
elafonisi crete by gerard muller
navagio n/a
katsiki by konstantinos stampoudi
myrtos by matt sims

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons





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