The 16,000 km coastline of Greece is one of the longest in the world. It is home to some of the best beaches in Europe. The total number of beaches in Greece is over 1200, and amongst them, 486 are blue flag beaches. The Blue Flag title is awarded to the beaches and marinas that are safe and appropriate for swimming. A beach has to be clean, safe for swimmers, take adequate measures to ensure high water quality and environment protection to get this accreditation.
The water here is crystal clear and pristine. Many of the best of Greece beaches are mainly found in Halkidiki, Crete and Ionian Islands. Thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to Greece to enjoy the serene white-sand beaches. From secluded cove beaches to lunarscape beaches, you name it! Greece has it all.
11 Best Greece Beaches
- Elafonissi Beach
- Love Canal
- Xi Beach
- Sarakiniko Beach
- Navagio Beach
- Balos Beach
- Porto Katsiki Beach
- Voidokili Beach
- Marathonisi Beach
- Apella Beach
- Halkidiki Region Beaches
1) Elafonissi Beach, Crete
Located 75 km away from Chania, the Elafonissi is an oblong peninsula in Crete that gives an impression of an island. The Elafonisi beach is connected to the mainland through a shallow underwater passage. Featured in the Best Beaches in Europe-2018 Elafonisi beach is best known for pink colour of sand, which looks magical along with the aqua blue water.
Though a bit crowded, the shore is long enough for you to find a secluded spot and enjoy the serenity of this beach. People who visit Elafonisi often regard it to be a paradise, and one of the must visit Greece beaches.
How to Reach the Elafonisi Beach – Hire a car from Chania and reach Elafonisi in 90 minutes.
2) Love Canal/ Canal D’Amour, Corfu
Famous for its unique rock formations, Canal d’ Amour is a less crowded beach in Sidari, Corfu. As the legend goes, people who take a dip here find love on the other side of the canal, thus the name Love Canal. The beach is secluded by some picturesque coves.
It is a relatively small beach that looks marvellous before sunset. As the rocks extend to sea, various narrow tunnels are created that are explored by the swimmers. Swimming and diving in the blue-green water of Canal D’Amour are some activities to be enjoyed here. It is a beautiful secret beach that is amongst the best Greece beaches.
How to reach the Love Canal – Take a bus from any town in Corfu to reach Canal d’Amour
3) Xi Beach, Kefalonia
Xi Beach is an orange and red soft-sand beach on the Greek island of Kefalonia. It is a shallow beach with clear water. Xi beach also featured on the 2018 list of Best Beaches in Europe. There are multiple restaurants and bars to enjoy the local Greek Cuisine. The beach is safe for kids due to the shallow water and looks perfect before sunset. The white cliffs surrounding the beach are made of clay that erodes with heavy precipitation. It is a must visit beach when in Kefalonia.
How to Reach Xi Beach– Take a bus from Lixouri town to Xi beach
4) Sarakiniko Beach, Milos
The Sarakiniko beach in the Greek Island of Milos is surrounded by white volcanic rocks that offer amazing scenes. The white rock formations are often compared with the lunarscape. With greenish blue water and moon white scenes, you are bound to get lost in awe of Sarakiniko. Without a doubt, it received multiple awards and also featured in the 2018 list of Best Beaches in Europe. Sunbathing is one of the most preferred activities here. One of the most captured landscapes of the Aegean Sea, Sarakiniko beach is not to be missed.
How to reach– Take a bus from Adamas town in Milos to Sarakiniko
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5)Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
Next on the list of best Greece beaches is an Ionian Island beach, Navagio in Zakynthos. It is popularly called the Shipwreck beach after a rusty ship reached the shores of Navagio. The beauty of the beach is defined by a white cliff forming a somewhat secluded area. It is easily one of the most scenic Greece beaches. The clear blue water with the cliff in the backdrop makes the experience in this beach magical. Needless to say, it is also one of the best European beaches. The view from the cliff is truly memorable.
How to reach– Take a bus to Zakynthos Town and then hop on to a boat from Zakynthos town to Navagio Beach. You can also walk from Zakynthos Town to the beach.
6) Balos Beach, Crete
Balos is another pink and white sand beach in Chania town of the Greek island Crete. The blue-green water is pristine and refreshing. Being one of the most famous beaches in Crete, Balos Beach is usually very crowded. To enjoy the fresh sunrise and avoid the heat of the sun, reach the beach before 8 am. The rocky background provides a picturesque. Tourists in Balos Beach enjoy hiking and swimming. The view from the rock is just breathtaking. Though the trail is not an easy one, it is a must if you are up for something adventurous.
How to reach Balos Beach– Take a bus or hire a car from Chania town to Balos.
7) Porto Katsiki Beach, Lefkada
The Porto Katsiki beach in Lefkada is located at the bottom of a cliff. The beach is located in the famous Ionian Island in Greece. The clear blue water beach also featured on the list of 2018 Best Beaches in Europe. This beach is renowned for its pretty landscape. Porto Katsiki beach is a white sand beach that consists of several small pebbles. Swimming and diving are the activities enjoyed by all on this beach. The option of renting an umbrella is also available. Though there isn’t much option for food, one can order from a nearby restaurant. If you don’t like diving, you can sit back and enjoy the view in Porto Katsiki.
How to reach– Rent a car from nearby towns.
8) Voidokilia Beach, Peloponnese
A place of particular natural beauty. That’s what the Voidokilia beach of the Ionian Sea is famously called. The Voidokilia Beach is located in Peloponnese town of Messinia. It is one of the most popular Greece beaches due to its unique shape. The beach’s shape resembles the Greek letter Omega. It is also one of the unspoilt Greek beaches. Located behind this beach is the Nestor cave on a hilltop.
The Nestor’s cave finds a place in the Greek classical, Odysseus. The water is greenish blue and extremely clear. As it is a popular beach, you have to reach early to get a good spot to sit. But comparatively, it is secluded despite being somewhat crowded. Hiking to Nector’s cave is one of the fun activity here. The only con here is that the beach is underdeveloped despite being one of the best beaches in Greece.
How to reach Voidokilia Beach– Take a bus or hire a car from Messinia town to Voidokilia beach
9) Marathonisi Beach, Zakynthos
Marathonisi Beach is located in the lush Marathonisi island in Zakynthos. Though it is a small island, the beauty of this Greek island is unparalleled. Swimming in the clear blue water is one of the best experience for tourists. Marathonisi beach is a nesting ground for Caretta, one kind of marine turtle. The island and the nesting ground is well protected with ropes. There is only one shop, and it is better to take some snacks along before stepping on the boat. The best way to spend your time in Marathonisi is to grab a drink and relax in one of the best Greece beaches.
How to reach-The only way to reach this amazing place is by sea and thus is accessible only by boats from nearby towns and beaches.
10) Apella Beach, Karpathos
Apella is a picturesque beach located in the pretty Greek island of Karpathos. It has ranked amongst the Best European Beaches in 2018 list. It is the most popular beach in Karpathos island. The colour of the sand here is golden, unlike the other beaches on this list. Surrounded by high hills, Apella is not very crowded despite being a popular beach.
Several pine and tamarisk trees provide shade in Apella beach. The hills, trees and water makes Apella a very picturesque beach. The best activities to be enjoyed here are diving and snorkelling. A secluded cove is also present on the southern side of the beach. Enjoy the emerald colour water of the sea when in Apella.
How to reach Apella Beach– The best way to reach Apella beach is by taking a boat ride from Pigadia.
11) Halkidiki Region Beaches
There is not one but 89 Blue Flag beaches in Halkidiki! While some are popular, others are hidden gems. But the beauty of every Halkidiki beach is charming. Halkidiki is located in the northern part of Greece. The colour of the water here is emerald, and the pine trees on the shore add magic to the already beautiful place. Few of the western Halkidiki beaches are popular while most are secluded. Some of the exotic beaches of Halkidiki are located in the lush town of Kassandra. Another famous place for exotic beaches in Halkidiki is Sithonia. The white sand beaches surrounded by pine trees are a trademark of Sithonia.
To name a few, the famous beaches in Halkidiki region are Orange beach, Agio Ioannis beach, Xenia Golden beach, Alykes beach, Fava beach, Neos Marmaras beach and Possidi Cape. All these beaches are pristine and very refreshing.
Though the list of best Greece beaches is long, those present in this list are amongst the best of best in Greece. All these beaches are Blue Flagged and provide amazing picturesque. The scenery may vary, but the high quality of water stays constant. The beauty of these beaches are unforgettable, and pictures cannot do justice to that. One must visit these enchanting beaches to get memories that last forever.