Top 25+ Greece Beaches

There are somewhere between a thousand and 6,000 Greek islands dotted around the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Although we are not quite sure why no one has managed to count these we do know this provides us with a mind-boggling number of beaches to choose from. It would take a lifetime to visit all these beaches on your own; so whilst that sounds a pretty good way to spend your life we've down some of the donkey work for you.

However, the good news is, to quote the old cliche, there really is something for everyone. If you want remote coves with weird and wonderful rock formations that are only accessible by boat, we have some of those. On the other hand if you are looking for a safe family beach that doesn't get overly crowded in the summer we've got some of those too.

Crystal clear, azure waters are pretty much a given for most of Greece's beaches so the beaches here all have something special to offer. For many it is their stunning natural beauty alone, for some it is incredible features that set them apart as the best beaches Greece has to offer.

The Best Greek Beaches...

  • Egremni Beach // Lefkada

    Egremni Beach
    © Milan Baloun / 123RF

    There is little doubt that Egremni beach is one of the finest on the island of Lefkada, which by default makes it one of the best in Greece. It is a beautiful spot with the long white sand beach backed by high limestone cliffs. However, it is the water colour that sets Egremni apart, a fantastic milky blue yet crystal clear. The 325 steps down… read more »

  • Elafonisi Beach // Chania

    Elafonisi Beach
    © Halina JasiÅ„ska

    The beach here is a strip of sand that just connects the tiny island of Elafonisi off the far western coast of Crete. This area has a wild, unspoilt feel to it and development has been restricted leaving the pristine beaches a beautiful spot to unwind. Whilst the sand at Elafonisi appears white at first glance you may notice a pink hue. This is due… read more »

  • Agiofarago Beach // Crete

    Agiofarago Beach
    © B.psycha / CC BY

    Agiofarago Beach sits at the foot of the Agiofarago Gorge, which you will need to traverse in order to reach the beach. This is an experience in itself as you hike through the vertical walls of rock. You will also pass by a number of caves where hermits from the Odigitria monastery still live today. There is also a small chapel of St Anthony there… read more »

  • Red Beach // Crete

    Red Beach

    Red beach, so named because of the pinkish hue of the sand, is located just south of the better known beach of Matala. Both were firm favourites on the 1960s and 70s hippy trail and whilst Matala may have gone mainstream, Red beach still retains some of its laid back credentials.
    It's a lovely little beach set at the base of arid hillsides and limestone… read more »

  • Plaka beach // Naxos

    Plaka beach

    Generally regarded as the best beach on Naxos, Plaka is a huge stretch of fine white sand backed by low sand dunes. The waters of the bay at Plaka are calm and clear with a definite green tint. 

    Whilst there are areas of the beach with the familiar straw umbrellas and sun-beds, much of the beach still retains a relatively wild feel and is largely unspoilt. 

    The… read more »

  • St Paul's Bay // Rhodes

    St Paul's Bay
    © Oliver Taylor

    Despite its diminutive size, Saint Paul's Bay is one of the most popular beaches on the Greek island of Rhodes. Located on the edge of the historic village of Lindos, St Paul's Bay is almost entirely enclosed by rocks on all sides with just the smallest of gaps for boats to come in and out of. This spectacular setting is further enhanced by a small,… read more »

  • Mylos // Lefkada

    © spheeris / CC BY

    Mylos is a particularly lovely beach that is located just 14.5 kilometers southwest of Lefkada Town. It sits between Agios Nikitas and Kathisma, and is a wonderfully secluded beach that is perfect for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. As you relax on the beach, you can drift off to the sound of the tranquil sea surrounded by… read more »

  • Myrtos Beach // Kefalonia

    Myrtos Beach
    © Karl Egger

    Set on the north-west of the island of Kefalonia is the spectacular Myrtos Beach. The landscape here is one of lush, verdant hills rising steeply from the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. 

    The mile long Myrtos beach sits in a natural amphitheatre at the foot of two mountains with a steep, winding road leading down to it. Often cited as the best beach in Greece… read more »

  • Kathisma Beach // Lefkada

    Kathisma Beach
    © Alf van Beem

    On an island sometimes referred to as the Caribbean of Greece a beach needs to be pretty special to stand out. Kathisma, with its long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters is such a beach. Set on the "wilder" western coast of Lefkada the beach here is backed by rugged mountainous terrain and features some interesting rock formations to one end of the beach.… read more »

  • Potami // Samos

    © Samos@Wikipedia Project / CC BY

    Potami beach lies on the verdant and hilly northwestern coast of the Aegean island of Samos. It is a long pebble beach with a distinctive rock formation mid-beach. The water here is a particularly clear blue which contrasts beautifully with the forested hillside behind.

    Potami is a place of beauty and is largely unspoilt. A small beach bar provides snacks and cold drinks, and there are… read more »

  • Balos Beach // Crete

    Balos Beach
    © Pavel Timofeev / 123RF

    Located on the north-western tip of Crete, Balos beach is a strip of sand and lagoon stretching between the Gramvousa Peninsula and the headland of Cape Tigani. The landscape of Balos is stunning with white / pink sand interspersed with turquoise pools all dominated by the bulk of cape Tigani. Despite the beach here being immensely popular there is a feeling of wilderness here -… read more »

  • Koukounaries Beach // Skiathos

    Koukounaries Beach
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  • Orkos // Naxos

    © photostella

    One of Naxos' most widely-known beaches when it comes to windsurfing, the thick golden-hued grains or Orkos Beach are still quieter in the number of visitors they receive than some of their near neighbours.

    Divided into two main sections, Orkos Beach's larger portion runs for 700 metres, and is edged the whole way by cedar trees, together creating a quintessential Mediterranean feel. Its smaller section is… read more »

  • Kastraki Beach // Naxos

    Kastraki Beach
    Carlo Pelagalli

    Lying on the west coast of Naxos approximately 16 kilometres south of the main tourist hub of Naxos town, Kastraki Beach offers visitors clean white sands, clear waters, and a real sense of seclusion. This sweeping three-kilometre beach is a quieter choice than many of its neighbours, and can never be said to get overcrowded.

    Ideal for a romantic stroll in the shallows, you won't… read more »

  • Agios Prokopios Beach // Naxos

    Agios Prokopios Beach
    © photostella

    Voted the third best beach in Greece, and ranking in the top ten of a Europe-wide poll, Agios Prokopios beach remains one of the most popular beaches on the island of Naxos as much for its innate beauty as for its proximity to the island's main town of Chora (Naxos town) and the ferry port.

    Just a short drive, bus ride, cycle or stroll from Naxos… read more »