According to an ancient legend, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, emerged from the foam of the sea. Many different paradises throughout Greece are fighting for the right to be called the beach on which this event took place. Fourteen thousand kilometers of magnificent beaches, four hundred of which have been awarded the Blue Flag, confirming the purity of the water, receive millions of tourists every year. But which ones are suitable for a holiday worthy of the inhabitants of Olympus? For many years in a row, the beaches of Greece have been among the world leaders in terms of cleanliness and livability. There are the pale pink beaches of Crete, the Red Beach in Santorini, and the white sand of Navagio (or Shipwreck Beach) in Zakynthos. The latter, by the way, has been included in many ratings of the best beaches in Greece and all over the world for many years in a row, thanks to the clear waters of a secluded bay and the wreck of a smugglers' ship. Most of the beaches in Greece are sandy, but sometimes there are also pebble ones. However, the stones on them are small, they do not resemble boulders, but rather small stones, similar to gravel or even less. All major beaches have excellent infrastructure and are equipped with everything necessary. You can get to the beaches for free, since they are all municipal, but you will have to pay for sun loungers and parasols. The beaches of Greece are great for families with children, as the entrance to the sea is usually shallow, and there are almost no strong waves.
Beaches on the Island of Crete
Crete's beaches are considered the best in Greece. On the south side of the island there are mainly pebble beaches, and on the north, sandy ones, which are considered the best. Here you can find both beautifully arranged and well-equipped places for recreation and secluded bays where you can stay with nature alone.
This beach is most often included in all the ratings of the best beaches on the Greek islands. It can only be reached by water, going on a one-day excursion. The beach impresses with its breathtaking view, somewhat similar to the Maldivian, thanks to the sandy paths protruding above the water's surface, as well as the purest ultramarine waters. By the way, the sand here is snow-white and fluffy. At different times of the day, the water comes in different shades, which is due to the fact that it is the place where three seas meet: the Aegean, Ionian and Libyan. According to legend, sea pirates lived here for a long time, who built a fortress over Balos. You can reach it on foot, just prepare that the road will go uphill, what is quite difficult.
Relaxing on the island of Crete and not visiting this beach is just a crime. Although it is located far from major settlements, many tourists come here every day. It is because of the pink sand. However, it would be more accurate to say that the sand is white, and the smallest particles of shells give it a pink tint. The beach is located in the western part of Crete, not far from Chania. The beach is located on an island, about 100 meters from the coast, and you can get to it by wading. It is perfectly equipped with everything you need for a rest: there are sun loungers with parasols, many shops and restaurants. You won't find loud music here, and solitude either, but, in general, the rest turns out to be quite calm. Elafanisos is distinguished by the fact that the entry into the sea is gentle, and there is shallow water everywhere. That is why the water warms up very well, so here you can even swim in a storm.
Do you want to relax in Greece, to visit a tropical island at the same time? This can be done by visiting Vai Beach, which is located in the east of the island, thirty kilometers from the town of Sitia. It is not only snow-white sand that makes it look like a paradise island, but also a grove of date palms, which occupies almost 200 hectares. The beach is perfectly equipped with everything you need to relax; there are many hotels, restaurants and cafes nearby. This beach may be proudly called the "Bounty", because the iconic advertisement of famous chocolate was filmed here. During filming, the director asked the film crew to tie real coconuts to date palms. However, even without these exotic fruits, the rest here will be truly flawless.
Navagio Beach on the Island of Zakynthos
This beach is the hallmark of Greece. It is located in a secluded bay that can only be reached by sea. The bay is quite small, surrounded on all sides by mountains covered with greenery. It is washed by the ultramarine waters of the Ionian Sea, striking with a depth of bright blue color. The wreck of a smugglers' ship that sank in the middle of the last century gives this beach a special touch. Even today it juts out of the sand at the edge of the beach, and you can walk up to it and take breathtaking photos.
Super Paradise Beach in Mykonos
The island of Mykonos is called Little Ibiza and is known for its noisy hangouts and bohemian vacation spots. The noisiest parties take place on the Super Paradise Beach, which is located six kilometers from the capital. This is the most party-going beach in Greece, which attracts party-goers from all over the world. Every night, from 6 p.m. until the morning, the music doesn't stop here, and everyone, without exception, indulges in fun. You can get to the island by bus, boat or car. During the day, this place is no less unusual. Super Paradise is a nudist beach, which, however, real nudists don`t like, because of too many prying eyes here. The sand here is white and the entrance to the pore is shallow, but the depths here are rather big. You can swim for your pleasure, as the water, despite the lively beach, is always clean.
Myrtos Beach on the Island of Kefalonia
This beach, located 30 kilometers from the capital of the island, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It sits in a secluded crescent-shaped bay that bears the UNESCO Blue Flag. The beach is surrounded by white rocks, and it is covered with unique white pebbles, which are rare not only in Greece, but throughout the world. Myrtos is famous for its clear blue waters. Tourists with children should be careful here, as deep places begin close to the coast. This is also the reason for the frequent storms that occur in this place.
Beaches on the Island of Santorini
The island of Santorini is often portrayed on postcards from Greece. Surely, everyone has at least once seen the image of blue and white houses, located on the ledges of the hill on the seashore. The island is famous not only for its architecture, but also for its colorful beaches. The volcanic origin of the sand gives it unusual hues that allow you to get into a completely futuristic setting and take great photos.
One of the most unusual beaches in the world is located away from the main resorts of Santorini, in a bay with red limestone rocks and sand of the same color. It looks like brick dust. There are also pebbles of red and black colors. Combined with the striking blue of the sea, the landscape is simply stunning. The Red beach is equipped with sun loungers, but if there are not enough of them, you can sunbathe on the large coastal boulders. Perhaps the only drawback of the beach is its remoteness, it is quite inconvenient to go to it. First you need to take a regular bus to a small village, and then walk along a winding mountain path. However, the local landscape makes up for it. It is especially pleasant to admire the sunsets from here, with sailboats and small boats sailing in the background.
Kamari Black Beach
The sand on Kamari Beach is a mixture of black volcanic sand and pebbles of the same color. It is located 6 kilometers from the capital of the island and is the most popular and well-developed in Santorini. It is also the longest and cleanest beach on the island, despite being the main vacation spot for most tourists. Kamari is equipped with sun loungers and parasols, and along the beach there are many shops, bars and taverns. The unusual contrast of black sand and azure water makes this beach a great location for photo shoots and is a unique place to see.
Faliraki Beach on the Island of Rhodes
The Faliraki resort gained popularity not so long ago, so the local waters are considered one of the cleanest on the island. The most popular beach is named after the area - Faliraki. This is 4 kilometers of coastal strip with sand of a gentle golden hue. The water along the beach is so clear that, even after swimming to a depth, you can see every pebble at the bottom. The beach infrastructure is fully developed: there are bars with restaurants and various water activities. In addition to the usual jet ski and banana, you can try your hand at windsurfing using equipment rental and instructor services.
Paradise Beach on the island of Kos
Paradise Beach bears its name for a reason: the coastal strip with fine white sand and the purest water of the natural bay, are conducive to a truly paradise holiday. The water here is so clear that you can see flocks of colorful fish swimming by. Here you can also observe another striking natural phenomenon, volcanic gases. it bursts out of the ground near the shore and creates the effect of a jacuzzi, for which the beach has another name – Bubble. This is one of the most popular holiday destinations on Kos. The beach is well equipped: there are sun loungers, showers, and changing cabins. There are many cafes and restaurants along the beach, as well as water activities for every taste, there are even water slides. In Greece, you can count on gorgeous views, amazing sunsets, and astonishing good-naturedness from the locals, whichever beach you choose. In addition, the country is so rich in history that each beach has its own legend, which you will surely be told.