With countless pretty islands, hot days and warm, ocean waters, summer in Greece means you’re going to spend some time at the beach. So we’ve put together a list of a few of our favourites. Yes, we’re probably missing a whole heap of amazing places, but this small selection is just to give you a taste of what’s on offer and maybe get you thinking about a few places that might never have crossed your mind.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
It’s said to be one of the most photographed beaches in Greece, and there’s no wonder why! This picture perfect beach with expansive views to the open sea is located on the north of Kefalonia Island, just a stones throw from the village of Assos. If you’re up for the hike there’s also great cliff top views from above.
Vatera Beach, Lesbos
Of the many beaches across Lesbos, this one is amongst the best and is also the longest, stretching 8km. There are bars providing sunbeds, umbrellas, food and drinks, plus for something different you can visit the nearby hot springs of Polychnitou. Vatera is quiet and great for families or those wanting to get away from it all.
Kalathos Beach, Rhodes
The coarse sands of Kalathos Beach stretch for 4km. It’s on the south-east side of Rhodes and facing the Mediterranean, it’s generally the less windy part of the island. It’s removed from the busy parts of the island so that even at the peak times of the year you’ll be bale to find a patch of pebbly sand to place your towel.
Plaka Beach, Naxos
This lovely island has loads of beaches and at the top of the list is Naxos. It was once for nudists only, but now it’s free for all to use. Yes, nudists still come here, but that’s mainly in the low season when it’s a lot quieter. This 4km long, wide beach is made of white sand that gives way to turquoise water, with nearby bars, restaurants and cafes making it the perfect spot to spend the day relaxing in the sun.
Vouliagmeni Beach, Athens
Athens isn’t generally a city you visit for the beaches, but every tourist that comes to Greece needs to spend at least a few days in this historic city and if you do and need to get your toes wet, then head to Vouliagmeni Beach. It’s in the south of Athens, about 20km drive, and managed by Greek Tourism there’s a small fee for entry. However the facilities are great and it’s clean and safe, with plenty of nearby places to grab a bite to eat.
This little beach is a bit tricky to find, but it’s well worth the effort. The island of Skopelos was the setting for some of the stunning locations in the film Mamma Mia! So you may well recognize some of the scenery on your way to Velanio. It’s a very quiet, 600m stretch fine gravel, surrounded by coves and pine trees. Bring a picnic hamper and water because there’s not much nearby…which is part of the charm!