17 BEST Beaches in Greece to Enjoy

Some of the best beaches in all of Europe are in Greece. When you picture a unique beach, with either white sand or smooth pebbles surrounded by some of the clearest water you have ever seen, it’s likely a beach in Greece.

With 13,676 km of coastline, Greece has some of the longest coastline in Europe. From the mainland to the Greek islands there are beaches everywhere. In this Greece beaches guide we break down a few of our favorites!


FAQ About Greek Beaches

  • After exploring many of the Greek Islands we have found that the beaches around the Ionian Islands (Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Ithaca, Zakynthos) are the most beautiful.
  • For a party beach try Paradise Beach on Mykonos.
  • We have found the most family-friendly island to be Naxos. Beaches and water here are calm and perfect for children.
  • The best time to visit the Greek beaches is between May and October. Though the later in the year, the warmer the water temperatures will be. May will still be chilly, while September sees great water temperatures in Greece. In July and August, you likely won’t want to be outside long without taking a dip in the water!
  • Some of the most unique beaches we have found are on Crete and Milos island.
  • Many beaches in Greece are not sandy, but instead rocky and full of pebbles. Water shoes may help save your feet!
  • Many of the best Greek beaches require some work to get to (beyond just hopping out of the car). We often find we have to do some short walks (15 minutes) to reach some of the most beautiful locations.
  • This means you’ll want to always have water, sunblock, and snacks with you as you won’t want to have to hike back off the beach just to get these items.
  • The bluest water in Greece is on Lefkada island.
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The Best Beaches in Greece


Sarakiniko Beach, Milos Island

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Sarakiniko Beach is easily the most popular thing to see on Milos Island. It’s likely what drew you to visit the Greek island in the first place and fair enough, this Greek beach is out of this world.

Stepping onto Sarakiniko Beach literally feels like stepping onto the moon. It’s not your typical beach with white sand. Over the centuries, the sea and wind have shaped this volcanic rock into majestic columns, and Sarakiniko is where pure white rock meets turquoise blue water.

There’s no vegetation here and no sand. Honestly, sunbathing here means placing a towel on the hard rock, and it may not be the most comfortable. You’re not here for comfort, but instead to enjoy the unique landscape and possibly do some cliff jumping

There are endless cliff jumping opportunities at Sarakiniko, from varying heights. There’s a long, shallow, and safe inlet where visitors can take a swim as well.

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Porto Katsiki, Lefkada

The Ionian Island of Lefkada has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece in our opinion. There are many beaches on Lefkada, but Porto Katsiki is not only the most beautiful one on the island but perhaps in the whole of Europe.

The beautiful beach is surrounded by steep, white cliffs. You have to descend 80 steps to get down to it, so make sure to bring your umbrella and beach chairs with you.

The beach features clear, blue waters perfect for a refreshing dip. Bring everything you’ll need for the beach, once you may your way down the steps it’s unlikely you’ll want to hike back up for a bite to eat.

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Paralia Afales, Ithaca

Try the homeland of Odysseus for some truly remote and less frequented beaches.

Paralia Afales is a remote beach with rugged cliffs on one side and olive groves on the other. It is located in Northen Ithaki and is a completely unspoiled beach (no rows of sunbeds or umbrellas) where you can spend the day swimming, snorkeling and watching the sailboats. The waters are exceptionally clear and warm and are best for swimming in the morning.  

To reach the beach, you’ll walk downhill for about 20 minutes so bring drinking water and good walking shoes. 

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Lindos Beach, Rhodes

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One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece is Lindos Beach. This is a stunning sandy beach at the foot of the village of Lindos, one of the most scenic places to visit on the island.

The water here is very calm and clear making it a wonderful place to go for a swim. The sand here is a bit of a rarity as many of the beaches on Rhodes are smooth stones. It’s one of the best things to do in Rhodes for families and children.

You can either drive to Lindos and walk down to the beach, or take a boat cruise along the coastline.

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Golden Beach, Paros Island

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Golden Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Paros Island in the Cyclades. It takes its name from the fine Golden sand found across a stretch of 700 meters. It’s a fantastic sand beach in Greece, perfect for sunbathing.

Golden Beach has pretty windy conditions, which means it’s excellent for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Like many other Greek beaches, this is a blue flag beach and is well known for its extreme beauty.

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Egremni Beach, Lefkada

Egremni or Egremnoi is a remote beach on the southwest of Lefkada. Its remoteness doesn’t mean it’s not popular though, and it’s one of the most popular Greek beaches.

To reach the beach, beachgoers must transcend a neverending 350 or so steps. Don’t worry, the view is worth it – until you have to climb back up in the sweltering heat.

Once you reach the beach you’ll enjoy beautiful white pebbly sand the clearest blue water you have ever seen. You’ll want to bring all that you need down to the beach with you as there is nothing on the beach besides a few locals selling water and umbrella rentals.

It’s also possible to get to Egremni Beach by boat from Nidri or Vasiliki port.


Firiplaka Beach, Milos

Firiplaka Beach is one of my favorite beaches on Milos and is well worthy of spending the day at. This is a long beach with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a beach day without others on top of you.

White sand and calm blue waters are what make this beach so special. Although I really loved the huge colored rock formations along the coastline. It’s one of the more unique beaches on Milos and all of Greece. If you have extra time don’t miss Tsigrado Beach right around the corner from Firiplaka!


Balos Beach, Crete

Located on the very western tip of Crete past Kissamos is Balos Beach. To many, this is one of the top things to do in Crete and definitely one of the best beaches in Crete. To reach Balos Beach you’ll have to drive your Crete rental car down a long dirt road, park and then continue walking down to the beach, but we promise it’s worth it.

The entire way down you will have the most stunning view of Balos beach and all the different colors of blue that encompass it. Spending the day here is relaxing, cool, and idealistic.

Save your drinking water though, for the only way out is to walk up all the stairs you just came down. It is possible to hire a donkey, but we wouldn’t recommend it as these donkeys aren’t kept in the greatest condition.

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Elafonisi Beach, Crete

Also in the Chania region is Elafonissi Beach, which is well known throughout the world of Greek beaches. Elafonisi is an absolutely magical beach, because of it’s incredible pink color. The beach is technically a small islet connected to the mainland by a very shallow reef, so you can simply walk across when the water is low and calm.

Elafonisi is well known as the sands here are incredibly soft and colored pink and white, taking it’s color from millions of crushed shells. Many refer to it as “the pink beach” of Greece. As usual in Greece, the waters are crystalline and warm and great for families with small children.


Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos

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This best beaches in Greece list couldn’t be complete without listing one of the most photographed sites in Greece! The famous Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) is a whole other experience to see in real life and one of the best places to visit in Europe. With surreal views of stunning white sandy beaches and impossibly blue waters, it is a true spectacle. 

The beach is home to the rustic remains of the MV Panagiotis, a ship that became stuck in the cove in the 1980s and has a fascinating history behind it. Located in the northeast of Zakynthos, there are two main ways to see the beach – by water or from the white limestone clifftops. 

Well signposted, the viewing points are easily accessed by land and this is where your best vantage point will be. It’s also the best place to grab a photo of the beach. However, there are no tracks leading directly to the beach, so if you’re looking to head for a swim in the water or to get up and personal with the shipwreck, the only option is by boat.   You can hop on a boar tour for €25  with Shipwreck Zakynthos

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Rovinia Beach, Corfu

Rovinia Beach, near Paleokastritsa Harbor, is one of my favorite beaches in all of Corfu. Like most Greek beaches, it’s a trek down to this little bar, but it is well worth it once you are there. You can access Rovinia Beach by boat, but it’s also popular to park and walk down.

It’s a pretty secluded beach that sees far fewer people than many of the other Corfu beaches, in part because of it’s slight difficulty to access it. Once at the beach you’ll be able to enjoy the calm waters, and take a swim around the bay.

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Seitan Limania, Crete

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Seitan Limani – also called the “Paralia of Stefanou” or Stefanou Beach – is just outside of Chania, on the eastern coast of the Akrotiri peninsula. The name comes from it’s “devilishly” strong currents here.

Warning – the drive to Seitan Limania (otherwise known as Stefanou Beach) is heart-stopping, and once you decide to take the path down to this beach, there is absolutely no turning back. The road down is narrow, zig-zagged, and straight down. If you are up for the adventure you won’t regret visiting this Greek beach.

Once you park your car you will still have to walk down 15 more minutes through rough terrain to get to the sand, so bring some tennis shoes. Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks while you’re at it too, trust me, you don’t want to have the make the trek back up for goodies.

When we first visited years ago, it seemed no one knew about this beach, but it has since grown in popularity and is now one of the top beaches in Greece.


Porto Timoni, Corfu

Porto Timoni is a double beach that is the most beautiful beach in Corfu and the most iconic on the entire island! It’s nеаr Afiοnаs villаgе, and you’ll have to hike down to reach the beach by land, but it’s well worth it, and we consider it one of the best things to do in Greece.

The hike down is steep, and it’s recommended to wear trainers instead of flip-flops for the trek. Expect the walk to take you about 30-35 minutes one way, which is best to start from the town of Afionas. If you don’t want to walk, you can hire a boat from one of the nearby resorts to take you to Porto Timoni.

This beach is wonderful, and there’s a viewpoint on the hike down for photos. The two bеaches fоrm twο bаys, one faсing Agios Geоrgiοs and thе other оne lοoking tоwаrd Mathraki island. Take your pick for the day or hop between the two!


Agios Prokopios, Naxos

Agios Prokopios is just a short drive away from Chora, the main town on Naxos Island. It is a fantastic Blue Flag beach that is a whopping 1.5 kilometers in length! Here you’ll find golden sand, and of course bright blue water.

Agios Prokopios is the perfect place to come and spend a day at. Along the beach are multiple restaurants and tavernas, and in the summertime, you’ll find plenty of places to hire out beach chairs and umbrellas. Don’t forget to bring your towel and other beach essentials though!

It’s a great place to come for families as the water is calm and warm, but it is also where you will find groups as friends and couples, as well as a few nudist beachgoers.

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Plaka Beach, Naxos

A little further south from Agios Prokopios beach is Plaka Beach. Plaka Beach used to be a complete nudist beach but now is enjoyed by all. Though you will likely still see a few naked bodies lounging around.

Plaka beach extends for 4 kilometers, meaning you can find some peace and quiet even in the busy Greek summers. Plakas Beach is truly what beautiful Greek beaches are made of. Picture endless soft, white sand, brilliant water, and delicious tavernas nearby.

It’s where you can come to really be lazy and lounge the day away with a good book. Make sure to eat and drink at Tortuga restaurant! For €20 you can also grab a stand up paddleboard from Plaka watersports.


Paradise Beach, Mykonos

Paradise Beach, Mykonos

Mykonos isn’t exactly known for having the best Greek beaches, but perhaps the most famous one is Paradise Beach. This is the trendy, party beach with packed beach bars, plenty of drinking, and fun to be had (if you’re in your twenties).

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Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santorini

Some of the best black sand beaches in Greece are located on Santorini! One of the best ones on the island is Perissa Black Sand Beach. It’ll be painful if you’re walking barefoot in the hot sub, but at least you can say you did it.

Santorini island in particular, is famous for its unique beaches. An interesting Greek fact is that Santorini is a volcanic island. The reason for their color is from past volcanic eruptions that have not only shaped Santorini into what it is today, but also creates the unique phenomena of a black sand beach.

Be sure to wear foot protection and slather on a liberal dose of sunblock to avoid the real damage the sun can do here. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available to rent, and when you’re ready to call it quits, you can head to one of the cool cafes just behind the beach.

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