Greece is Known for Beautiful Beaches. These Are Our Top 10 [Slideshow]
You’ve seen them featured in all their sunny glory on the silver screen or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to visit the Greek Islands. Greece’s beaches are world famous for powder soft sand, soaring cliffs and translucent lagoons lapping at the shore.
The top hot spots, such as the pristine stretches of coast in Corfu, Mykonos and Santorini, offer umbrellas, sunbeds and endless people-watching opportunities.
However, some of the most beautiful are only accessed by boat or via steep, rocky mountain stairs, where you might just find some seclusion in paradise. Either way, they’re pretty close to heaven on earth, for beach-lover’s.
Get ready to be inspired, with a look at our top 10 picks.
The Balos lagoon is a multi-coloured, shallow swimming spot that’s hailed as one of Crete’s most beautiful. Crushed shells create pretty pink-tinged sand and exceptional water clarity makes snorkelling a dream. Visit by ferry from Kissamos port.
St Paul's Bay, Rhodes
Just south of Lindos is the picturesque St Paul’s Bay, on the island of Rhodes. Snorkel and dive, relax on sun lounges or have a drink at the cafe while you admire the glistening water.
Navigio Beach, Zakynthos
The perfect strip of white in Navigio Bay is arguably the most photographed of Greece’s beaches. Here, you’ll see the wreck of a smugglers ship and swim in impossibly turquiose water.
Plakias Beach, Crete
Plakias is a popular tourist resort in Crete, surrounded by olive groves and lush hills. The main beach is lined with restaurants, you can have fun with water sports and cycle or stroll along the coast.
Voidukilia Beach, Messina
The remains of a castle sit above this perfect crescent- shaped beach, just a short drive from the Costa Navarino. The gorgeous lagoon is protected from the wind by dunes, making it perfect for long, lazy days swimming in the sea.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
Myrtos Beach made a spectacular appearance in the movie, ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. Backed by steep, limestone cliffs, the dramatic scenery almost outshines the glittering Ionian sea.
Kamari Beach, Santorini
The dark,volcanic sand adds to the exotic appeal of Kamari Beach, on romantic Santorini. You won’t find privacy here, but the vibrant bustle of holiday-makers in the sun, water sports and restaurants.
Elafonisi Beach, Crete
Elafonisi Beach is lapped by picture-perfect, crystalline water. White sand with a tinge of pink and the Cretan Mountains are stunning backdrops to secluded coves and interesting rock formations.
Egremni Beach, Lefkada
Located in the south-west of Lefkada Island, you might just find a slice of paradise all to yourself, on Egremni Beach. You need to walk down the steep, rocky cliff to reach it, however it’s definitely worth the effort.
Grias To Pidina Beach, Andros
The stone stack that dominates the landscape on Grias To Pidina Beach is steeped in legend. It’s rugged, mountainous and just the place on Andros to escape every day life.