Greece is famous all over the world for its fabulous beaches with crystal water. Millions of tourists come to Greece every year to enjoy the sea, sand and fresh air in the beachside. This section gives information on the best beaches in Greece and the Greek islands. These Greece beaches are frequently rated among the top beaches in Europe or in the world.
Sandy or pebbled, secluded or organized, beaches charm visitors with their authentic beauty and also for their cleanness. Almost every year Greece is ranked by the Blue Flag Programme among the top three countries with best quality beaches and coasts. Many of the unorganized and hidden bays are also ideal for naturism.
Our guide proposes the best 10 beaches in Greece. These beaches are presented with detailed information and photos. Also discover beaches in other regions around Greece and the Greek islands. After discovering the best beaches, you can also discover the best villages.
List with the best 10 beaches in Greece
In all cases, all the Greece beaches have their own beauty and charm. Some of them are considered as the most beautiful (by our team and public opinion).
Discover the best beaches: Balos in Crete, Myrtos in Kefalonia, Porto Katsiki in Lefkada, Super Paradise in Mykonos, Navagio in Zakynthos, and more. Information also about the islands in Greece with the best sandy beaches.
1. Balos beach in Crete
Balos in Crete island is the Carribean aspect of Greece. Apart from amazing sea water, Balos also has an impressive landscape. Located on the north western side of Crete, Balos can be reached by boat from Chania Town and Kissamos or by car through a dirt road. This is one of the most amazing secluded beaches with soft sand and exotic water. Right next to the beach of Balos is the secluded, uninhabited island of Gramvoussa with a Medieval Castle on top.
2. Myrtos beach in Kefalonia
This is the most photographed of all beaches and it is located in Kefalonia island. The view from the cliff above is breathtaking, but the beach itself is also a marvel. You will love the exotic deep waters and the view to the open sea. Myrtos is located on the northern side of the island, close to the picturesque village of Assos. It is frequently featured in travel magazines as one of the best beaches in the world.
3. Porto Katsiki beach in Lefkada
Porto Katsiki is the most famous beach on Lefkada island, located on the south western side of the island. The name of this beach literally means "the port of the goats". Above the impressive bay, there is a car park and a couple of beach bars to enjoy the breathtaking view to the Ionian Sea. Visitors have to go down few steps to reach this white pebbled coast with the exotic deep waters.
4. Navagio beach in Zakynthos
The Shipwreck Bay (Navagio in Greek) is the most famous beach of Zante island. It took its name when a ship carrying illegal cigarettes wrecked there in 1983. The rusted ship can be seen today ashore. Visited only by boat, Navagio has wonderful crystal water and soft white sand. Before reaching Navagio, the tour boat makes a stop in the famous Blue Caves, with equally amazing water.
5. Agios Prokopios beach in Naxos
Located only 5 km south of Naxos Town, Agios Prokopios in Naxos island is a long beach with amazing light blue waters. It is considered as one of the best beaches in Greece. The coast has soft, golden sand. The beach gets very popular but due to its large size, it never gets packed. Part of the beach is lined up with taverns, cafeterias and studios. Many sports centres also have their base in Agios Prokopios or near, including centres for windsurfing, kite surfing and diving.
6. Super Paradise beach in Mykonos
Although Super Paradise in Mykonos island is mostly famous for the all-day beach bars and parties, the truth is that it also has fabulous water. Lay on the soft sand of Super Paradise, go sunbathing, listen to the music and swim in the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea. This beach can be reached by boat or bus from Mykonos Town. There are many accommodations around Super Paradise, from family studios to luxurious hotels.
7. Valtos beach in Parga
Valtos is the largest beach in Parga, just a walking distance or a short boat ride from the city centre. Lined up with taverns and studios, this white pebbled beach is suitable for all ages and all preferences. You will love the blue green water and the relaxing atmosphere. Valtos is surrounded by green hills and on top of a cliff on one side, there is the Medieval Castle of Parga.
8. Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos
Located on the eastern side of Karpathos island, the beach of Kyra Panagia distinguishes for the exotic blue waters and the fine sand. This is a secluded place but also has few umbrellas and sunbeds. Above this magical beach, there is a nice church dedicated to Virgin Mary. This is how the beach took its name, which means "Lady Virgin Mary". In summer, there are also boats to Kyra Panagia from Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos.
9. Simos beach in Elafonissos
Simos is a large bay on Elafonissos, a tiny island just below Peloponnese. The beach is famous for the exotic water and the soft sand. One side of the beach is naturist, while another side has a popular camping. There are no taverns or studios on Simos, keeping the virgin beauty of the place. To go to Simos you will need a private vehicle as there are no public means in Elafonissos.
10. Paleokastritsa beach in Corfu
Paleokastritsa is not only a cosmopolitan resort in Corfu island, it is also a place with wonderful blue green water. There are many coves in Paleokastritsa, some are secluded and others are popular, such as the main beach just at the beginning of the road up to the monastery. From the small port of Paleokastritsa, there are very frequent boats to secluded coves with fabulous water.