Clear blue skies, turquoise water, and white sand beaches. These are the first things that come to your mind for sure when you think about a holiday in Greece. Adorned by some of the best beaches in the world, the beaches in Greece are something which is on the itinerary of every thalassophile!
The best time to visit for enjoying the beaches in Greece is from May- October. If you have the flexibility the best months would be September or October when the weather is relatively colder. But having said that the beaches can be visited at any time of the year as they have flight connectivity. You should avoid visiting the beaches in winter months as pretty much everything is gloomy and dank and everything is closed off.
We have tried to put together a list of the top 10 beaches in Greece for you to choose from. Do remember to visit some of these on your next trip to Greece for an amazing experience.
Top 10 – the best beaches in Greece
- Mylopotas in Ios Island
- Elafonisi in Crete
- Red beach in Santorini
- Black beach in Santorini
- Platys Gialos in Mykonos
- Plaka Beach in Naxos
- Paleokastritsa in Corfu
- Koukounaries Beach in Skiathos
- St Paul’s Bay in Rhodes Island
- Sarakiniko in Milos
1. Mylopotas in Ios Island
Taking the first spot on our list is the Mylopotas beach in Ios Island. If you would like to experience unexploited large white sandy areas to lay your towel, this is the right place. Also, there are a lot of watering holes and beach shacks dotted around which will surely cater to the party animal in you. Though Ios is not very popular among Indians, it is among the best places to visit in Greece for nightlife and its beautiful beaches. You can reach Ios from Santorini by taking a ferry which will take around an hour.
2. Elafonisi in Crete one of the best beaches in Greece
Probably the best kept secret till recent times, Elafonsi will surely strike you as a paradise on earth. Famed for its pinkish hue sand due to remains of tiny pink shells, it features regularly in the top beaches of the world. The Island itself is separated from the main Crete Island by a shallow lagoon through which you can wade to the island during low tides. You can reach this place in about one and a half hours from Chania. For staying overnight there are very limited options and most of the tourist crowd usually takes this as a day trip.
3. Red beach in Santorini
One of the most popular beaches in Greece, make sure to put this on your list if you are visiting Santorini. Located in the Akrotiri village, this beach gets the name Red beach due to the presence of steep red hills surrounding it. One of the most photographed spots in Greece, you have to take a walk downhill from the village to reach the beach. Do remember to check out the prehistoric excavation site before heading towards the beach. Also, another way of reaching the beach is by taking a ferry from Kamari or Perrisa port. And, be sure to pack your umbrella and beach towel as this is a semi-organised beach.
4. Black beach in Santorini
Another major Santorini attraction, the Black beach is actually a combination of two successive beaches Perivolus and Perissa. They get the name Black due to the presence of Black volcanic sands. Though touristy and crowded, you can plan your visit to this beach during the start of the day to find a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. You can surely find some laid back straw huts and beach shacks to grab some quick snacks and drinks.
5. Platys Gialos one of the best beaches in Greece
A lively beach in Mykonos, Platys Gialos is your place to go for water sports and catching some best sunset spots in town. A much quieter option after your late-night Mykonian parties, this serene beach has the best powdery sands and very clear waters. You can hire a small water taxi also for going around the secluded spots nearby.
6. Plaka Beach in Naxos
Originally a nudist beach, due to the recent popularity only a section of the beach remains in the original form. As the beach is really scenic and popular, families do occupy the major part of the beach and its good to go in the high seasons. You can look forward to some very good cafes and eateries that dot almost the major part of the beach. Also, the favourite thing to do among travellers is beach walking as its a long 4 km beach.
7. Paleokastritsa in Corfu one of the best beaches in Greece
A stunningly beautiful beach in the Corfu Islands, this beach is sure to take your heart as it has some of the best clear waters and powdery white sand. If you are looking to spend a peaceful and relaxing time, this is the best option for you in the Corfu Islands. Also, you can take some shore excursions like a visit to limestone caves and some scenic diving spots in the vicinity.
8. Koukounaries Beach in Skiathos
Located 16 km southwest of the main town if Skiathos, Koukounaries is a famous beach known for its golden sands. Though it can get quite touristy in season time, the waters are shallow making this an ideal getaway for families with kids. You can also indulge in quite a lot of watersports and there are watering holes and eateries in plenty. A good thing to know- Koukounaries means Umbrella pines – these are the trees that surround the beach and gives it the name.
9. St Paul’s Bay in Rhodes Island
Though small in size the St.Paul bay in Rhodes Island is one of the most popular beaches in Greece. The beach is almost entirely enclosed by rocks on all sides, with small gaps only good enough for boats to get in and out. This makes a spectacular setting quite unparalleled to any of the other beaches. If you are in the mood for some exploration, you can pay a visit to the village of Lindos, which also has a couple of eateries and watering holes for replenishment.
10. Sarakiniko in Milos
Last but definitely not the least in our curated list, Sarakiniko beach definitely makes its cuts to once of the best beaches in Greece. Though technically not a beach, Sarakiniko is actually a stone that rises from the depth of a clear blue sea. A unique place, this beach will surely make you awestruck with its stark contrast. The backdrop of clear blue sea and white rocky outcrops is enchanting.
Intrigued enough? This is just a glimpse of what Greece has to offer. There are numerous other beautiful beaches in Greece which this Island nation has to offer. So plan your trip to this wonderland and make the happiest of memories with your loved ones with Pickyourtrail. To book some of the best Greece tour packages, click right here.