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Greece's most beautiful beaches, envied even by Hawaii

21 July 2012 / 17:07:19  GRReporter
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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.

Myrtos (Kefalonia)


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.

Balos-Elafonisi (Crete)


Two amazing beaches on the island of Crete (www.xania.eu), impress tourists - one is located in the northwest and the other in the southwestern part of the island. The first is Balos, which you can reach by boat from Kissamos or by car along a country road. Finally, you leave the car and walk on foot for a while. Once you see the beach, you will forget about everything - warm and shallow sea, crystal clear water and fine sand reminiscent of a beach on an exotic island in the Caribbean.

Elafonisi is located in the southwestern province of Chania. After a 100 metre walk in shallow sea, you will reach the beautiful beach of Elafonisi, with transparent clean water.

Kleftiko, Gerakas, Tsigrado (Milos Island)


Milos Island (www.milos.gr) enjoys many beaches, all diverse and very beautiful. Two of the perhaps most beautiful ones are Kleftiko and Gerakas. They can be reached by boats, offering a tour round the island, or by private yacht. A typical rock in the sea and a cave with two entrances give Kleftiko its unique appearance, and the beautiful beach of Gerakas, with the white rock overhanging it and the green sea waters, impresses all tourists.

The famous Tsigrado is a small beach in the southern part of the island, next to the beach of Fyriplaka, with white sand and beautiful blue waters. It is well known both for its unique waters and for the difficult access to it.

Lia (Mykonos Island)


Mykonos Island (www.mykonos.gr) may be famous in the whole world for it clubs and its nightlife, but it seems that its biggest advantage is the sea. The beach of Lia is a marvellous, organized beach, with umbrellas and sun-beds in the southeastern part of the island, and one of the least visited. The water is crystal clear and the sand is fine, rocks surround the beach on both sides.

Seychelles (Ikaria Island)


If you like tranquillity and exotic beaches, the island of Ikaria (www.nikaria.gr) is your island, and Seychelles - your beach. The beach is located in a small bay, 25 kilometres southwest of Agios Kirykos. There is a small cave, and the sea is full of underwater caves. Its water is crystal clear and the sea bottom is amazing. The beach can be reached only through a small path that goes down from the main road and along the riverbed.

Ammouliani-Kavourotripes (Halkidiki)

Halkidiki peninsula (www.halkidiki.gov.gr) is the summer paradise of northern Greece, offering a number of beautiful beaches. We chose to present Ammouliani, the only inhabited island of Halkidiki, which enchants every visitor. Transport connection is via a regular ferry service which runs from the opposite bank of Trypiti, as the journey lasts only 10 minutes. The island is an idyllic blend of fine, golden sand, blue-green sea, vegetation and large rocks.

Kavourotripes (meaning "Crab holes") on Sithonia, the middle arm of the Halkidiki Peninsula, is already quite a popular tourist destination and a lot of people go there, but the white sand and the rocks, together with the turquoise sea, keep making the landscape spectacular. It has a great beach bar, and a charming mermaid, hewn into the rock.

Lalariya (Skiathos Island)

Skiathos Island is known for its beach of Lalariya (www.skiathos.gr), with its round pebbles, famous worldwide, which is located in the northeastern part of the island. Named after these white, almost round pebbles, which are called "lalariya" in local dialect and have been formed over millions of years from waves breaking with great force on the white cliffs of this steep and inaccessible shore. The beach can be reached by land and is not organized, and when a north wind is blowing, it is inaccessible.

Tags: beaches Greece islands vacation Zakynthos Mykonos Halkidiki
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