To many, the three conditions for an ideal vacation are summer, beaches and Greece. There is only one problem: Greece boasts so many and such beautiful beaches, that it is really difficult to choose the best one.
We are going to introduce you to some of the undoubtedly most beautiful beaches in Greece, resembling real works of art, with their crystal clear waters and endless strips of sand, spectacular steep cliffs and wonderful pebbles.
From Halkidiki in the north to the Aegean islands, Crete, the Peloponnese and of course, the Ionian islands which are known as some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, we will dive into the most fascinating beaches of Greece and even further!
Egremni- Porto Katsiki -Kathisma (Lefkada Island)
These three large beaches in Western Lefkada (www.lefkada.gr/pages.asp?pageid=845&langid=1), are famous worldwide. And rightly so. Their turquoise waters, white sand and impressive cliffs create unique scenery, hardly found elsewhere. The sea is deep and crystal clear, and two of the beaches (Egremni and Porto Katsiki) are accessed by going down a lot of steps. Because of their location in the western part of the island, these beaches enjoy magical sunsets.
Navagio (Zakynthos Island)
The most famous beach on the island of Zakynthos (www.zakynthos.gov.gr), is a special creation of nature. Here in 1982 the ship "Panagiotis", carrying illegal cigarettes from Turkey, was shipwrecked. Due to the extremely bad weather and engine failure, it crashed into the rocks in the northwestern part of Zakynthos. Even today, the skeleton of the ship can be seen buried in the sand. The sea is crystal clear, the beach offers fine white sand and the steep cliffs create a fantastic landscape.
Another lovely beach of the Ionian Islands - Myrtos (www.kefallonia.gov.gr/pages/gr/touristikos-odigos.php), on the way to Assos, cannot be ommited from the list of Greece's most fascinating beaches, since its beauty is famous throughout the world. The beach is very well organized, with a defined number of very sparsely arranged sun-beds, a lifeguard, changing rooms, first aid station, etc.
Ahla-Tis Grias To Pidima (Andros Island)
176 km of sea surround the island of Andros and "adorn" it with beautiful beaches. But the beach of Ahla and Tis Grias To Pidima deserve special attention. The first is located in the northeastern part of the island and is covered with small pebbles while the nearby forest offers cool shade. The sea is calm, even during a strong wind.
The green-watered beach is named after a cliff, Tis Grias To Pidima (meaning in Greek "The jump of the old lady"), that has an entire history - when the Turks wanted to invade the impregnable fortress of Kochilo, they forced an old woman and her daughter to ask for refuge in the fortress. When the residents welcomed them, the old woman secretly opened the gates and the citadel was conquered. The woman couldn't bare the shame and threw herself into the abyss and turned into a rock.
Simos (Elafonissos Island)
The famous beach of Elafonisos, Simos, is located in the southern part of the island, near Levka opposite Kythira, (http://elafonisos.gov.gr). The beach is divided into two bays - Sarakiniko Bay and Frango Bay. Simos's infinite beach is covered with fine golden sand.
Vrika-Voutoumi (Antipaxos Island)
There are two beaches on Antipaxos island - Vrika and Voutoumi - providing large white sand and transparent emerald waters (www.paxi.gr). They are not organized, there are no sun beds, but a lot of nearby taverns surround them. The island lies in lush and thick vegetation that reaches down to the beaches.
Pori (Koufonisia islands)
Pori is the most distant beach of Pano Koufonisia (www.koufonisia.gr), about 4 kilometers away from the main town of the island, but it is a real discovery! This is a great beach with impressive turquoise waters looking like a swimming-pool, one of the best beaches in the Cyclades.