Whar are the top 20 beaches in Greece

greek-beachesBeaches in Greece really do vary in quality, the vast majority are practically perfect. The key factors to be concerned about are crowds and whether or not the beach is clothing-optional.

If you are travelling in high season, July and August, the easily-accessible beaches (in short, those reachable on foot or by some form of land-based transportation) will generally be crowded.

The exceptions to that rule are some more remote beaches reachable only by boat, and those on some of the islands still not overrun by summer tourists. You can check out a few of these in my feature on the Small Cyclades: Dream Islands.

Should you avoid the beaches then? Absolutely not. Even jammed, they have their delights. But remember to take a few Euros -usually about 4-6 – for a beach chair and umbrella. Remote beaches won’t have these amenities, so be sure to pack a towel or blanket.

In a pinch, a sarong can double as either.
If you’re staying on a windy island or during a time when the winds are strong, ask at your hotel or among the locals which beaches are best during that specific type of wind. And on a windy day, the best Greek beach may be a pebble beach rather than a sandy one – the pebbles don’t generally blow around.

Mylopotamos beach, Pelion

Without a doubt, it is the best beach of Pelion below Tsagarada. A cluster of rocks cuts it in half, while a narrow passage between the rocks joins the two sandy beaches with the fine, white pebbles that are wet from the Aegean.

The tufted pines and the waters of a torrent further enhance the exotic image. It is organized, with sunbeds and umbrellas, while on the rock there is a climbing field.

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Kolona beach, Kythnos

It is the most famous beach of Kythnos and one of the most beautiful in the Aegean. A strip of land divides the sea in half creating two sandy beaches on the same beach.

Its windless coves are a favorite spot for boats and sailboats. It is located on the west side of the island, 3 km from Chora.

You can get there by sea taxi or by road through an asphalt road to Apokrousi beach and from there following a dirt road.

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Panormos, Skopelos

Green, windless beach with pebbles and turquoise waters that deepen sharply. In addition to the large pebble beach you will find many small coves, which the locals call Andrines.
They took their name from Andrina, a female pirate who arrived at that spot with her boat full of pirates, in order to conquer it.

Panormos is located about 15 km southwest of the town of Skopelos.

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The beaches at Koufonisia

Three islands and many islets. These are Koufonisia: Ano Koufonisi, the only inhabited area of ​​the complex, the almost desert Kato Koufonisi and Keros, the great archeological site located between Koufonisia and Amorgos.

As much as you have prepared from what you have heard about the beaches in Koufonisia, the feeling you feel when you see them is indescribable.

Small coves with emerald waters that look like natural pools, with a background of uniquely carved rocks by the waves, compose a magical image that awakens all the senses at once.

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Giola beach, Thassos

The beaches of Giola but also the exotic Saliara beach, are a favourite escape not only for the people of Kavala who have it in front of them, but also for the rest of the people of Northern Greece.

Green pine forests and olive groves, busy sandy beaches and lacy coves, picturesque mountain villages and Aegean aura.

All you need is your swimsuit for diving in these wonderful beaches with the tropical waters and the white fine sand.

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Lichadonissia, Evia

At the northwestern tip of Evia you will find some of the most beautiful beaches but also the green, Lichadonissia, the “Seychelles of Greece”, as they call them.

It is a cluster of 7 small islands between Maliakos and the Northern Gulf of Evia.

To get there take the boats from Agios Georgios or Kamena Vourla that will lead you to the island of Manolia with the only organized beach and beach bar.

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Sarakiniko beach, Milos

This lunar landscape is unique. Volcanic eroded rocks penetrate the emerald sea creating small and large caves, while the lack of greenery, combined with the white color of the rocks and the intense reflection of light, create a landscape reminiscent of the moon and an unforgettable experience.
Sarakiniko, which took its name from the Saracen pirates, overlooks Sifnos and Kimolos, while it is recommended to visit it when there are no north winds on the island.

It is worth seeing not only during the day, but also at night with a full moon, since the off-white rocks made of soft material strongly reflect the light, even of the moon, and create a landscape that will be unforgettable.

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Golden beach, Lassithi

Golden beach located on the island Gaidouronisi. The fine, hot golden sand fades into turquoise waters, while the exotic landscape harmoniously complements the lush cedar forest.

Characteristic of the island are the thousands of shells on its northern shores.

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Voidokilia, Messinia

It is the most popular beach of Messinia and one of the most photographed in Greece.

It forms a perfect semicircle and is windless with turquoise, shallow waters and fine sand.

It is not organized so you should have the essentials with you. Voidokilia is located 10 km from Pylos, right next to the wetland of Gialova.

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Voutoumi and Vrika beaches, Antipaxoi

The lush Ionian island is famous for its vast vineyards where fine wine is produced and its exotic beaches. Two of the most famous are Vrika and Voutumi with white sand and pebbles, turquoise waters and vegetation that reaches to the sand. In both you will find taverns for food.

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Sivota

Just 24 km from the port of Igoumenitsa is the most famous seaside village of Thesprotia, the Caribbean of Greece.
Green coves, transparent waters, trees as far as the wave reaches and in the center the stone-built settlement that seems to descend to the Ionian.

A closed bay embraces Sivota where there are scattered islands and islets of Mavro Oros and Agios Nikolaos, which you will explore by renting a boat.

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Egremni beach, Lefkada

Quieter beach than neighboring Porto Katsiki – the best on the island according to the locals.

Surrounded by cliffs, with two kilometers of white sand and a magical combination of green and blue, it was until recently a well-kept secret.

You will come by boat or car, if you are determined to go up and down the 350 steps.

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Balos beach, Chania

The ledge of Cape Tigani in the northwest of the prefecture of Chania forms a shallow cove with blue-green waters, a palette that includes all shades of blue, while the low tide brings to the surface a layer of white fine sand like powder.

Until the mid-1990s, only local fishermen knew the bay, where they found shelter and plenty of fish. Tourists and free campers today flood the landscape that is more reminiscent of an exotic island beach than the Greek coast. Be sure to visit the Venetian castle of Gramvousa.

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Vai beach, Lasithi Crete

Exotic sandy beach with fine sand and crystal clear blue waters, with the only palm forest in Europe that stretches between two hills.

It is the most famous beach of eastern Crete while the palm trees are about 5000, being the largest colony in Europe.

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Simos beach, Elafonisos

On the south side of the island in the area of Lefki is the internationally famous beach of Simos.

The beach is divided by Sarakiniko creating two bays, the bay of Sarakiniko which extends to Kournospila and the bay of Frangos.

The endless beach of Simos has a sandy beach with fine golden sand and dunes inside that reach almost 10 meters high. The cedar forest spreads over a large area and connects the two beaches.

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Seychelles beach, Ikaria

The secret has been leaked, as you will see from the cars in the parking lot on the main road, and you will now have plenty of company.

Tropical colors, transparent sea, white pebbles and impressive rocks that seem to have been built by Daly compose an idyllic environment.

To get there you will need a ten minute walk down the path that starts from the main road and follows the course of the ravine before entering the village of Magganitis.

As it is located in the southern part of the island, it is – one of the few beaches of Ikaria – protected from the big waves. Get supplies, as you will not find anything there.

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Kavourotripes and Vourvourou, Chalkidiki

Exotic waters, golden sand, trees that almost touch the sea and picturesque villages in the background. Of the countless beaches that deserve a place on our list, we mention Kavourotripes, perhaps the most exotic beach of the second leg of the peninsula, with white sand that is in stark contrast to the turquoise sea.

Trademark of that beach is a huge mermaid that has been carved by an anonymous artist on the rock. Vourvourou in an area that looks like a lagoon with shallow waters and scattered islands in the bay but also Ammouliani, the exotic island opposite Mount Athos.

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Prassa beach, Kimolos

Beach with white, thick, sand (inside, outside) and blue waters like the Caribbean. Near by are the chalk mines that give her, as the locals say, her all-white lunar scenery.

A few scattered tamarisk trees for shade, while in recent years wicker umbrellas have also appeared. There are also thermal baths at the entrance of the homonymous settlement.

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Preveli, Rethymnon

It is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotiko gorge, where the Megas Potamos passes and is the most famous beach of Southern Crete.

In the past, it was a favorite destination of hippies. On the banks of the Mega River there is a large colony of palm trees of Theophrastus, which gives the area a sense of African landscape.

The river, formed by a large lake 1.5 km long before flowing into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start to climb the beautiful gorge.

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Blue flag beaches in Greece

Greece and the Geek Islands picked Blue Flag awards for a total 580 beaches and nine marinas for 2021.This was fewer beaches than 2014 when 408 Blue Flags were awarded to Greek beach resorts and marinas took 10 flags.

It puts Greece in third place in the Blue Flags table behind Spain with 578 and Turkey with 436, one place lower than the previous year.The 2014/15 flags for Greek beaches was 15 more than the 2013/14 figure of 393 but the number dropped to 370 in the summer of 2014 when 38 Greek beaches were stripped of their Blue Flags following spot checks, most of them on the island of Corfu which saw its Blue Flag beaches cut from 30 to just seven.

The 2015/16 awards put Greece third in the international league table of 63 countries who have signed up by the Foundation for the Denmark–based Environmental Education Foundation (EEF)to promote safe, clean beaches .

In Greece, FEE is represented by EEPF, the oldest environmental organisation in the country, founded in 1951, which plays an active role in environmental and conservation projects across Greece and the Greek Islands.

This year the international jommittee awarded Blue Flags to more than 4,000 beaches and 650 marinas worldwide.

The awards are issued annually to participating FEE member countries in Europe, Canada and North Africa. In November, Blue Flags are awarded to beaches in the Caribbean, New Zealand, South Africa and other southern hemisphere countries.

How to pick up a Blue Flag beach award

To gain a Blue Flag, beaches must meet a total of 32 criteria relating to cleanliness, organization, information and visitor safety as well as providing plans to help protect the environment of coastal areas.

The quality of bathing water is tested with random checks and microbiological analysis. Beach inspectors not only check for industrial and municipal discharge but they will even make sure that litter bins are emptied frequently and that beaches are cleared of litter and debris.

First aid equipment must be available on the beach and trained lifeguards must also be on duty. Provision should also be made for people with disabilities. Beaches with the Blue Flag accolade are able to fly the

When Blue Flag awards are handed out

The Blue Flag awards are granted each year in May/June for beaches and marinas in Europe, Canada, Morocco, Tunisia and nearby countries. Blue Flag awards are handed out in October/November for beaches in the Caribbean, New Zealand, Brazil, South Africa and others nearby.

The International Blue Flag Jury is composed of representatives from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Lifesaving Federation (ILS), the European Environment Agency (EEA), the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an Environmental Education expert, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and FEE.