As beautiful as its culturally-rich waters, Greece is also home to the most breathtaking beaches in the world. If you are the traveling anytime soon, then this is the perfect Greek island guide for you with the most jaw-dropping, breathtaking, heart-skipping beaches, which are famous all over the world for their golden sands (or even red and black sands), gorgeous green landscapes and the crystal clear waters.
Here are 10 of the most beautiful Greek islands with that boast of the best beaches, plenty of scenic reasons as to why you should visit them.
From the exquisite Red Beach of Santorini to the untouched Paleokastritsa Beach of Corfu Island – this is one guide worth bookmarking!
10 Greek Islands with amazing beaches
1. Santorini Island: Two of its Most Magnificent Beaches
Apart from its majestic volcanic views, Santorini has some of the most unique and lovely beaches in Greece.
The Red beach is situated in the Akrotiri area. Well-known for its unusually colored sandy shores, and the hills behind it, this beach has tall red cliffs that take a direct drop into the clear sea below.
It is a breathtakingly lovely and scenic beach, despite the fact there is not much greenery around, the red sand and the dark blue sea more than make up for it. You can reach the red beach either by boat or if you fancy a walk – it’s just a 10 minute walk from Akrotiri.
Do not forget to include this amazing beach into your itinerary!
The Perissa beach, extending 7 kms to the southeast of Santorini, unlike the red beach features black sands and beautiful crystalline waters, and is situated 15 kms of Fira. You can also go diving, wind-surfing and jet skiing in its blue-green waters.
The best feature about this beach though, is not the color of the sands, but an enormous rock called the Mesa Vouno, which rises majestically from the bright blue crystalline waters. This rock has a strange and fascinating specialty – it shines in the dark!
Isn’t that exciting and so worth a visit?!
2. Mykonos Island: Two Beaches that are Luxurious Sandy Havens
The island of Mykonos has a nickname: ‘the island of the winds’. The major industry of the island is tourism and another distinct feature of this island is its bright white buildings. Apart from its beaches, it is also known for its super happening nightlife and is aptly called the ‘Ibiza of Greece’.
Not known as Paradise beach for nothing, it is stunningly pretty with an extensive sandy beach and with warm and clear waters. To reach the beach, one can take a boat from Platys Gialos – which is reasonably priced, if the waters are calm, it’s a joy to behold.
The best part is that to relax on the beach you don’t have to spend much moolah. For a nominal price of 6 Euros each, one can rent chairs and umbrella and work on your tan for a whole day. The waters are pleasantly warm and the beach is lusciously sunny.
Do not miss this beach at all if you want a true Greek vacation!
The Ornos beach is the most family-friendly beach on the island. It’s a 10 minute bus ride from the Mykonos town, with calm relaxing waters and great sandy beaches. This beach also has many taverns, cafes and restaurants where you can eat to your heart’s content, and then soak up some sun on its soothing white beaches.
3. Crete Island: Twice the Elegance with Two Gorgeous Beaches
This large and alluring island is bursting with fantastic beaches be it small or large, and one can easily spend a whole day under the sun and just unwind and relax here.
Balos beach on the north western side of Crete, in the region of Chania, has an alluring, Caribbean-like feel to it. Exotic waters, white sands and an exquisite island with a Venetian Castle on top, this beach is the definition of elegance.
Of all Greek islands, this is a must-see island and beach!
The Elafonisi beach on the south coast of Crete with its pristine turquoise waters and its pure white sandbars remains untouched and retains its purity. Sometimes the white sands also look pinkish which is said to be because of the corals. Pretty!
To reach this pinkish beach, you can take a bus and enjoy a breathtaking journey through the Gorge of Topolia.
4. Zakynthos Island: The Sole definition of Artistry
Navagio or Shipwreck beach turns out to be the most famous beach of Zakynthos island, with its exotic emerald waters which are surrounded the rocky beaches and where people can enjoy scenic excursions on boats.
It is also one of the most photographed landscapes of Greece owing to its delightfully picturesque scenery.
The most exciting part of this island is the shipwrecked boat which was washed ashore in 1893 and was said to have been carrying illegal cigarettes.
With sunken ships, imposing cliffs and coldest of blue waters, it is one of the most beautiful beaches on Greek islands.
5. Skiathos Islands: A Thing of Beauty
The Koukounaries beach is the largest beach on the island of Skiathos. Apart from its pearly white sands, it is surrounded by a fragrant pine tree forest.
Considered to be the most unspoiled natural beach, it is also a protected environment. Offering a lot of well-organised beach activities like various adventurous water sports, this beach with its greenery and clear blue waters is an exhilarating experience.
6. Sifnos Island: The Two Enticing Fraternal Twins of Beaches
The best known beach on this island is the Chrissopigi beach. Located to the south of Faros, the area is basically named after the monastery of Chrissopigi which was built on a rock right on top of the sea. Right next to the Monastery is this divine beach which is surrounded by a long tuft of trees and the beach itself has soft sands and clear blue waters which are ideal for diving.
Though the best known beach is Chrissopigi, the most popular is the Platis Gialos beach. Stretching a thousand meters long, this beach is usually covered with numerous sun beds and umbrellas and even has a bar facility.
A perfect vacation spot for kids and adults alike, the beach offers various exciting water-sports which you can enjoy and have fun with your friends and family.
7. Milos Island: The Beach that Radiates Divinity
The Sarakiniko Beach on the Milos Island is one of its most picturesque beaches. Located along the coastal road east of the Adamas, it has a particular landscape that is not easy to forget.
It has large horizontal rocks which are looking into the sea, and that have, over time been eroded by the sea itself to form small and big hollows in the rocks. Though there is no sign of vegetation on the beach the volcanic rocks are a bright white and add a certain allure to the whole beach.
8. Skopelos Island: The Particularly Perfect Beach
The Panormos beach which is located 12 kms North West of the Skopelos town, is a white sandy beach enclosed by a stunning bay and two islets.
The lush green surrounding of the island make for an ideal vacation spot and the village of Panormos – which is located close by, consists of many taverns and restaurants where you can satiate your appetite with authentic Greek cuisine of the Greek islands.
9. Rhodes Island: The Singularly Splendid Beach
The Kallithea beach of all the beaches in all the myriad Greek islands, is only at a distance of 8 kms from the main town of Rhodes, and is the only beach that is extremely famous for its medicinal hot springs – originally built by the Italians but no longer functional.
The island is surrounded by lush palm and pine trees, and has beautifully renovated buildings which are influenced by the Arabic architecture.
The waters are emerald in color and are effective in increasing the angelic quotient of the island as a whole.
10. Corfu Island: The Beach that Instills Marvel
The Paleokastritsa beach is situated 25 kms northwest of the Corfu town – which is arguably the most picturesque place of the island. The beach has a beautiful variety of taverns overlooking the brilliant blue waters and the stunningly pebbled beach itself is a wonder to behold.
The amazingly pretty beach is surrounded by majestic olive tree forests and is known for its cold waters and a delightful environment. Considered to be one of the best beaches on the Greek islands, it offers some excellent sea views.
So, if you love the sun, gorgeous sands of different hues and pristine blue waters – this is the must-visit most wonderful beaches and Greek islands guide for you.
Enjoy these exquisite Greek islands with your friends and family, go scuba-diving and jet skiing in the bluest of Greek waters, and let the beauty and calm of Greece renew and rejuvenate your senses.
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