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The Best Beaches in Greece

Updated on June 8, 2020
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Stella has travelled widely throughout the Mediterranean and owns a holiday home there. She has written extensively about the region.

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greek Islands

Myrtos Beach is one of the most photographed in the world and featured in the film; 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'
Myrtos Beach is one of the most photographed in the world and featured in the film; 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' | Source

Paradise Found

First, it's necessary to define which desirable qualities a beach has to offer, for it to be described as one of the best in its country.

Most people would agree that clean, safe bathing is a basic requirement for any beach; ideally, it should also have fine sand, that's easy to walk along and the main area must be free of jagged rocks or huge clumps of unsightly seaweed that attracts all manner of flies and insects. Then there are the requirements of accessibility, adequate parking facilities and toilet and refreshment areas.

This narrows the field down considerably and even then people have many different expectations and needs. A windy beach may be paradise to a windsurfer but not so desirable if you wish to read the latest blockbuster without having to chase your beach umbrella along the sands every five minutes. In the end, it all comes down to individual choice. Some may enjoy a beach that is packed solid with other holiday makers and others may prefer an isolated spot to imagine they are Robinson Crusoe with a desert island all to himself.

Many Greek beaches appear in the holiday brochures to be more magnificent than they actually are - this is because pebbles and stones can appear like fine sand from a distance. For instance, Myrtos beach on the Ionian island of Kefalonia - which is one of the most photographed beaches in Greece - is also perhaps the most deceiving. In photos of Myrtos beach taken from the road high above, it appears to consist of pure white sand but as you draw nearer it becomes obvious that it's made up of rounded white pebbles of varying sizes almost impossible to walk upon. These pebbles can be even more treacherous when hot or if you are accompanied by a group of unruly children who decide to hurl them at one other (probably because of the distinct lack of sand with which to build sandcastles). There is also no shade on Myrtos beach and swimming can only be achieved by very careful negotiation over the ridge of pebbles which continue out onto the sea floor. It's only once you've managed to cool off in the sea that you begin to appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. However, the sea here is crystal clear and clean and in spite of the pebbles, you won't regret a visit to this popular Kefalonian beach.


If it's golden sands you adore and soft yielding sand underfoot when you take a swim then look no further than Glyfada on the west coast of the Ionian island of Corfu. Unlike Myrtos, here you can sunbathe without the constant feeling that you're a feature in an ornamental rock garden. The children can build sandcastles to their heart's content and topless and even nude sunbathing is allowed on certain parts of the beach. So for those in search of an all over tan, Glyfada can be as near to paradise as they can get. Corfu also boasts an interesting beach at Sidari which has an abundance of interesting rock formations and thus worthy of a mention. Paleokastritsa too has an individual atmosphere that has increased its popularity. There are several small bays surrounded by verdant wooded hills and above the beach, there's a fine selection of tavernas to take lunch and admire the scenery. Water sports are also widely available.


Chiona Beach on Crete, Greece’s largest island is a near perfect location. The red sandy cliffs are breathtaking and the beach is not commercialised although there are three restaurants and adequate facilities. The beach is long and rarely gets overcrowded. Here in the aquamarine waters of the Aegean you can go snorkelling or bask in the shade provided by nearby trees. There is ample parking and an interesting site of antiquity nearby.

on the personal preferences of the writer but with over two thousand Islands to choose from and not forgetting the Greek Mainland; there must surely be a paradise beach somewhere in Greece that is ideally suited to your own individual requirements

Ithaca, Ionian islands, Greece.
Ithaca, Ionian islands, Greece. | Source


Koukounaries Beach on the Sporadic Island of Skiathos also provides safe bathing and soft sand. The beach sweeps round in an interesting curve and is perfectly flat. There's a hotel on the beachfront and a view of colourful fishing boats in a typical Greek harbour. Tavernas beckon with the strains of bouzouki music and attractive souvenir shops are never far away or some inviting place to explore and go for an evening stroll.

Don't Forget Greece's Idyllic Coves and Inlets

Whether it's a glorious sunset you wish to capture, a sunbathers’ paradise you're in search of - or just a paddle in the sea, then Greece has the perfect spot for you. When it comes to beaches, Greece has endless variety. The locations mentioned in this article are based purely on the preferences of the writer. Beaches aside, Greece and its islands boast thousands of rocky coves and inlets, some of which are only accessible by boat. This makes for interesting island hoping for those lucky enough to charter a private yacht.

Ithaka in The Ionian Sea Boasts Many Sheltered Coves

Vathi is the port of Ithaka - the island of Odysseus
Vathi is the port of Ithaka - the island of Odysseus | Source

Kefalonia And Ithaka

© 2016 Stella Kaye


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