Swimming

Swimming In Greece
Acherounes Beach

On the western side of the island, this beach has soft sand and lovely water, attracting a lot of attention. An advantage here is that it is not as windy as other beaches, with food options nearby. Visit the church of Panagia Meglou since you’re here.

Achili Beach

Also known as Ormos Achilis, this once virgin beach was tainted by efforts to turn it into a tourist marina. This project did not succeed and today it is deserted. Some parts are still attractive to visit though.

Aeginitissa

The small village of Aeginitissa on the the west coast is located 3 kilometers north of Perdika on the coastal road which leads to Aegina town. The beach is sandy and set in a lovely cove surrounded by trees. There are umbrellas and sun loungers available and the sunsets here are some of the best on the island.

Afandou

This long pebbly bay is 22 kilometres south-east from Rhodes, near the village of the same name. Parts are developed with tourist facilities and services but it is big enough for everyone and its deep water is the clearest and often the freshest on the island.

Afissos, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

This is a well-known resort area but still not very busy. There are beaches with olive groves and much vegetation, such as Kallifteri, Lagoudi and Ambovos. In Afissos, the mansions of captains who shipped olive oil, olives and silk to Egypt, Constantinople, and Romania still stand.

Agalou Lakka, Northwest

The last in a row of beaches on the northwest coast that can be reached by land. The difficult drive there is balanced by the beautiful scenery. This is a stony beach with a more rugged look beautiful in its own way, well-appreciated by adventurous nature lovers.

Agathi

A picturesque cove, near the beach of Haraki and the medieval castle of Feraklos, 38 kilometres south-east of Rhodes City. Nearby is the Kokkino Ammo (red sand) beach favoured by locals.

Aghia Markela Beach

Located around 4km from Vathi.

Aghios Nikolaos

Several beaches can be found here and hereabouts, including the following:

Agia Anna Beach

As one of the most popular resorts throughout the entire island of Evia, Agia Anna attracts thousands of tourists each year. Its long sandy beach stretches kilometre after kilometre and is backed by countless tavernas, beach bars and rooms. As is the case with Pefki, it’s better to visit during the low season if you are not fond of crowds.

Agia Barbara-Marta beach (Kavo)

This beach is a perennial favourite.

Agia Marina

The popular package resort of Agia Marina along the Eastern coast has a nice beach but during July and August you’re more likely to drown in the crowds on the beach than in the water. The beach does offer a variety of marine activities such as windsurfing, canoeing and paddle boating, however its best to avoid this beach outside the high season.

Agii Saranta Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The golden sandy beach of Agii Saranta, located slightly north of Agios Ioannis is another famous beach in the region, and one that attracts a large number of visitors from all over the Pelion peninsula.

Agiofili beach (near Vasiliki village)

If you’re looking for an exotic but secluded sandy beach, this was made for you. You must follow a path from Vasiliki to reach this gem of a beach. From here, you can also enjoy a dip in Ammousa bay.

Agiokampos, Larissa

Clean, wide, fun and beautiful Agiokapos beach connects with Sotiritsa and Velika beaches in a 14 km stretch of Blue Flag awarded coastline. The beaches, which are on the southern coast of Larissa, also have two child-friendly camping facilities and nearby tennis and basketball courts. At Velika you can also enjoy the shade of lush trees, while at Agiokampos you can hop on a boat and visit the sea caves in Veneto and the beaches of Magnesia.

Agios Ermogennis Beach (near Mytilini Town)

This tucked away cove with its cool blue waters and bright white stony shore will remind you of an exotic island. Trees practically tickle the water, while the beach itself is perfect for lounging around or spending the day. It gets crowded during peak times, but it’s worth a dip.

Agios Fokas, south of Atsitsa

Here is a more secluded pebbly/sandy beach that looks like a lake, set among pine trees. There a small church on the shore and a taverna to eat, offering just a small hint of civilization in this remote corner. You can get here through pine forests from Pefkos village.

Agios Georgios Argiradon (near Argiradon village)

Visit this sandy beach as it’s popular with families.

Agios Georgios, Beach

Also known as Ai Giorgis, this sandy beach can be found in the eastern part of the island. Unorganized and secluded, it’s great for those looking to get away from the crowds.

Agios Gordios Sinaradon beach (Sinarades)

If you like sandy beaches with a lot of action and water sports, this beach is for you.

Agios Ioannis beach

Agios Ioannis beach (east of Hora) in Porto offers a lot of restaurants and hotels, as well as a little harbour with a sandy beach

Agios Ioannis beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

This beach won the Blue Flag award for its cleanliness almost every year since 1996. This is a more organized tourist settlement but gets busy mostly in August. There are restaurants and little hotels all around.

Agios Ioannis Eleimonas

In the Marathokampos area, along the road to Kallithea, and concealed between verdant hills that end in rocky cliffs, this pebble and gold sand beach is a little wild, and wonderful to the eye. The beach is nudist-friendly.

Agios Ioannis Peristeron beach (near Moriatiki)

Lush dark sand and blue-green waters invite you to enjoy a quiet swim.

Agios Isidoros Beach (Agios Isidoros village, near Plomari Village)

Bright white pebbles, blue-green waves and an underwater rock-reef ecosystem make this beach a favorite and one of the prettiest. If you like windsurfing or other watersports, there are shops with all the necessary amenities. Perfect for kids – and the marine life provides an excellent introduction to the island’s vibrant ecosystems.

Agios Kyrikos Beach

This rocky beach beside the island’s main port, is a great choice for those staying in the capital and looking for a quick dip.

Agios Markos beach

Agios Markos beach in Kionia is sandy and clean, with some umbrellas, trees and not far from the main town of Tinos.

Agios Minas

One of the most gorgeous pebbly beaches on the island, this beach is surrounded by rocky hills and shrubs. Mostly deserted, great if you have a boat to explore. Access also by dirt road.

Agios Nikolaos (Arkasa)

Here’s a well-organized beach near the big village of Arkasa on the western side of the island, 15 km north of Pigadia. White sand, shallow waters and delicious little restaurants (tavernas) serving seafood and local cuisine.

Agios Nikolaos (Spoa)

The beach of Agios Nikolaos near the village of Spoa has won accolades for its clean waters. There are umbrellas, beach chairs, and a little restaurant, all in a serene environment.

Agios Nikolaos Beach (near Argostoli Town)

If you love sandy beaches and exotic seas, this beach is a must for you. It’s quiet and offers you beautiful views of pine and olive groves. If you like to explore while swimming, there are underwater rocks that make for interesting dives.

Agios Nikolaos beach, Hydra

This beautiful beach features clear, blue waters and is partially organized. You can reach it by boats which leave from the harbor. It’s located on the island’s southwest side.

Agios Petros Beach

With sand, evergreen pine trees on the surrounding hills and cedar trees nearby make this lesser known beach a wonder to visit. Good for kayaking too. The beach is not far from Atsitsa.

Agios Romanos

Agios Romanos features a sandy beach that is quieter than others, as well as one nice tavern.

Agios Sostis

Agios Sostis is quite popular and has very clean water, also with tavernas on the beach. It lies some 5 kilometers southeast of Hora.

Agios Spyridon beach (near Antinioti Lagoon)

You can swim to a small island opposite this beach if you’re adventurous or go for a dip after birdwatching at the Lagoon.

Agios Stefanos beach (Kefalos village)

Perfect if you love snorkeling, its rocky underwater landscape will give you much to explore. If you’d rather take a swim, you’ll be stunned by the view of beautiful Kastri Islet.

Agios Vasilios Beach

Lush greenery and pine trees surround this wonderful beach which has a lot of fish taverns, as well as opportunities for canoeing.

Agni beach (Agni)

This quiet cove offers crystal-clear waters and the opportunity for a relaxing swim.

Ahata or Achata

A quiet and pretty beach some 13 km from the capital. Sandy and pebbly with gorgeous waters, surrounded by mountains and greenery. There’s a small ‘taverna’ for food.

Ai Giannis, Keramidi, North Pelion

On the way from Keramidi to Kamari, turning left towards Agiokampos you will find the pretty pebble beach of Ai Giannis.

Ai Sostis

This small rocky cove features soft sand and clean water to those who make the effort to find it. It’s a welcome respite for swimmers looking to relax away from the crowds.

Ai Yannis Beach

Embraced by verdant seaside hills and very close to Makryialos, this gold sand beach is peaceful and picturesque.

Ai Yiannaki

This small pebble beach lies just before the main beaches of Parga. It’s a lovely place surrounded by green and offering its visitors peace and quiet.

Ai-Ianni Beach (near Lefkada Town)

This white sand beach with crystal clear water makes for a refreshing dip in the deep sea. Although very close to town, this 4km beach looks stunningly exotic. With a breath-taking view, it’s also popular with kite-surfers. Explore the remains of old windmills in the area.

Aktaio Beach, Rio

Spanning 850 meters, this sandy beach was nominated as a blue flag one recently and varies in width between 20 and 40 meters. The municipality of Rio sometimes organizes events but also eco activities such as beach cleaning.

Akti Nireos

Along the 12 klm. stretch between Amarynthos and Aliveri lays the Akti or coast of Nireos, named after a sea divinity before the time of his better known counterpart Poseidon. Calmer than Eretria and Amarynthos, this bathing spot features natural shade provided by the tamarisk trees backing it and clean water with a beach of course sand.

Aliki Kitrous Beach

A natural one kimoleter long harbour where sailors and fishermen leave their boats. Also neighboring an internationally well known wetland.

Almyropotamos Beach

Despite the fact that it lies next to the port connecting Agios Dimitrios with the mainland, the sandy beach of Almyropotamos is extremely clean and very popular with swimmers. Bars, tavernas and hotels line the road behind the beach, though quiet spots can be found.

Alonaki Fanariou

This enclosed bay is popular with the younger crowd and has an almost exotic feel to it. The light blue water and white rocks provide a beautiful contrast and the fact that it’s unorganized keeps the noise levels down. There is no bus service here, but if you have your own vehicle, parking is available. You can also arrive by boat.

Alonaki Prevezas

If you’re looking to mingle, the sandy beach of Alonaki is the place to be during the warm months. It’s the first beach along the Ionian coast from the west side of the peninsula and close to both the city and the site of Nikopolis.Backed by hotels and tavernas, there are several sections that offer sun beds and umbrellas. Changing rooms and showers are also available, as are concession stands and beach bars. Being a mere 2 kilometres from the city centre means that the place can get crowded quickly, so if you’re looking for some relaxation its best to head out in the morning.

Alykes Drosia

This long expansive beach along Evia’s mainland strip is very popular with campers and those staying in one of the many hotels within the area. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for company and the beach itself is organised and clean.

Alyki Beach, Aigio

A pebbly beach that’s one kilometre long, Alyki or Aliki is about 10 meters wide and features many trees around. Importantly, there is a wetland only 500 meters away, attracting over 230 species of birds every year. The area falls under the Natura 2000 network. No sports facilities are available at this beach.

Amarynthos

Within the last two centuries, prehistoric settlements dating before 3000 BC have been unearthed here, as well as numerous artefacts from a variety of regions and cultures, confirming that Amarynthos was an important trading centre during ancient times. Many of the archaeological discoveries have been found on the hill above the natural harbour as well as throughout the wider area.

Ammos, Afoti, Vronti

These three sandy beaches near Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos, offer clean waters, different watersports, good food and sea-side restaurants. They are most popular and happening, so not ideal for those seeking privacy.

Anaxos Ambelia Beach (near Anaxos Village)

This beautiful beach will take you back to a time when Lesvos didn’t have any tourism infrastructure. With a rugged landscape and crystal clear waters, this beach offers huge stretches of sandy shores. It’s remote, so you’ll feel like you’re on your own. Windsurfers, this is the place for you to enjoy your sport.

Anefandi Beach

The turquoise water of Anefandi contrasts beautifully with the white pebbles on its shore. Just east of Therma, you’ll find it between Kerame and Nyfi beaches.

Antikyra beaches

The whole antikyra region offers great beaches, with the beach of Agios Isidoros being awarded a Blue Flag or its cleanliness. You can also swim near in the area of “Koutrou Port”

Antisamos Beach (near Dihalia village)

Locals and visitors alike are always stunned by the beauty of this beach. Clear blue waves lap up against a white pebble shore that’s framed by lush green forests and countryside. If you love water sports, this is the place to go.

Apella

Considered one of the nicest beaches on the island with stunning waters. Easier to access by boat than by road. Not much else apart from the gorgeous beach though.

Apitikou beach (near Emborio)

This secluded, almost tucked-away beach is perfect if you like to feel like you’re the only person in the world. Its pebbly shore and clear blue waters will reward you for your half-hour hike there.

Archampoli Beach

This magnificent hidden beach is the just reward of those who traverse the eponymous gorge leading up to it. The large cliffs on either side combined with the deep blue-green waters add to the beaches’ beauty and remoteness.

Argilopotamos

The name of this beach means ‘Clay River’, boasting white sand, shallow waters and big waves that are great for surfing. A beach canteen onsite comes in handy.

Arillas beach (in Arillas)

You won’t forget this beautiful beach on the north-west coast. Families enjoy splashing in the crystal-clear waters and end up spending the day lounging on golden stretches of sand.

Aris Beach (Karavostamo)

This beach lies just outside the village of Karavostamo, in the northern part of Ikaria. It takes its name from the eponymous river which flows behind it, creating a unique wetland.

Aristonafton Beach, Xylokastro

About 800 meters of coastline await visitors with pine trees and flowers that resist the salt (Cacile maritime and Mathiola Tricuspidata).

Armenistis Beach, Ikaria

This pebbly beach is located in one of the island’s most popular resorts. It’s a small cove with umbrellas and other amenities nearby.

Armirichi Beach

Another contender for Evia’s best beach was the site of a commercial for the Greek beer, Mythos. It’s a very small, hidden cove featuring turquoise waters and fine sand. A small taverna lies just behind the beach.

Around Desfina

This is the least known part of Fokida. Beaches in the Desfina peninsula are quiet yet difficult to get to. Explore Stenos, then more remote corners like Sikia, Prosakos, Agios Andrias and beyond Agios Nikolas. Settlements are not connected to each other by the coastal road, so some backtracking is required.

Around Galaxidi

Right in Galaxidi there’s Kalafati beach with some locals, close to seafood restaurants. There’s also a beautiful beach near Agios Vassilis, with sandy shores and hidden rocky coves. Closer to Galaxidi though not as beautiful is a quiet beach next to the hotel school at the very edge of town behind the hill.

Around Itea

Itea has two beaches: Trocadero and Miami, once holders of Blue Flags, so quite clean. These gather a lot of Greek tourists, and can be noisy at times although pretty. Other good beaches include Nafsika and Evaggelistria. Not far are the beaches of Kirra including the organized beach of Vrachakia with water sports.

Aspous Beach

An interesting beach with rocks by the water that are great to sit on. You will need an umbrella and sunscreen. It’s not the prettiest beach on the island and a bit shallow, but good if you’re staying nearby or are passing through.

Aspres Beach

With turquoise waters and embraced by rocks with a striking morphology, Aspres is ideal for snorkeling and chilling out. There are no umbrellas or sunbeds, and there is one taverna. In the Marathokampos area, along the road to Kallithea.

Aspri Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip, take in the sun and immerse yourself in the caress of stunning crystal-clear green waters. It’s one of the best beaches, and not only is it a quiet place for solitary swims, but you’ll also be thrilled with the wonderful views of the nearby monastery. It’s also very close to town, so you can take a break from exploring and go for a relaxing swim.

Astakos Beach

Here’s a picturesque and quiet coastal down built on the mountainside, with a wonderful beach below. This is not a busy beach generally, and the town is close enough for a meal, a rest or even a calm, beach-side stay for a couple of days. Remains of Venetian castles, ancient Astakos and Cyclops cave are a plus.

Atheras Beach (Athera village)

If your ideal swimming spot consists of a beautiful white-sand beach and aqua-marine water, Atheras is a must-see. It’s kept a secret by the locals, and as such you’ll feel like you’re the only person there. Visit St. Spyridon Church nearby.

Atsipades Beach

This beautiful, undiscovered beach can be found in the eastern part of the island and is perfect for those looking for some privacy.

Atsitsa Beach

This is one of the better known beaches on the island, and the seaside tavernas nearby ensure that it remains so. Still, it is not a very crowded beach which makes it a good eco choice. Bring your own umbrella with you.

Avlaki Beach, Ikaria

Taking its name from the eponymous village it lies next to, this beautiful beach is found along Ikaria’s northern coast.

Avlakia Beach

Around 12km from Vathi, along the road to Karlovassi, the beach is surrounded by greenery and facing pine-covered hills. It has cool, fresh sea water ideal for an invigorating swim. There are a small tavern and little hotel nearby.

Ayios Dimitrios, Southeast

Lies far away on the southeast coast, 15 km from Patitiri, past the fishing village of Steni Vala. This is the largest beach on the island and convex in shape forming a double beach, with a winter lake behind it that attracts migrating birds. Many consider it the best

Balos Beach

A large pebble beach with a clean waters, and sandy patch further towards one end, Balos is peaceful as it’s not near the road. There are a limited number of umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and a few tavernas, among them a Cypriot restaurant. The beach has a little cave as well as a small modern church.

Barbati beach (near Spartylas)

Barbati is a large Blue-Flag beach that’s popular with families.

Beach of Ammoudia

The pebble beach of Ammoudia lies in a small, shallow bay not far from the village with the same name. The beach itself isn’t so spectacular but it’s close to here that the Acherontas River spills into the Ionian Sea. This is where boats carrying visitors to the “Oracle of the dead” enter the river and the beach is a welcome sight to hikers who have followed the river down from Glyki on foot. Snack bars and showers are available and a bus service from both Preveza and Parga stops here as well. You may also arrive by boat or on foot and parking is available to those with cars.

Beach of Artolithia

This quiet rocky beach is great for those looking to relax under the sun but what makes it unique are the strange rock formations located here. It’s serviced by bus and you can also reach it by boat. Make sure to bring provisions if you plan on staying long, since there are no snack bars on site.

Beach of Kanali

Enjoy the waves and windsurfing without the crowds at Kanali. It’s virtually a continuation of Monolithi without all of the development and people. Though you won’t be alone, it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for some room to stretch out on the sand. There are a few snack bars along the beach as well as showers and changing rooms.

Beach of Kastrosykia

The beach of Kastrosykia lies near the mountain of Zalongo and the site of Ancient Kassopi, so it’s a great option for cooling off after some hiking in the area. The water is deep just like the surrounding beaches though without the big waves. Changing rooms, showers and snack bars are on site and it can be reached by boat or vehicle. Buses stop here as well.

Beach of Kerentza

A great option for selective swimmers is the Beach of Kerentza, which offers clean shallow water and greenery all around. It’s a sheltered bay, so even on windy days the sea here remains relatively calm. The absence of a decent road leading to the bay means bathers can only reach it on foot or by boat, another plus to those looking to avoid the crowds!

Beach of Kryoneri

As the central beach of Parga, it’s no wonder that sun loungers fill up quickly here. Thankfully, the beach is large enough for everyone to have some space and admire the natural beauty of Parga’s second bay. The island of Panagia is adjacent to the beach and is an easy swim for explorers. From the beach you can also see the Venetian Castle of Parga overlooking the harbour. Kryoneri lays mere footsteps from the town, but if you’re staying somewhere else, buses make a stop here on the way to the city centre. Families love the convenience of the beach here, but the water becomes deep quickly, so parents should keep an eye out for little ones.

Beach of Lichnos

The large beach of Lichnos is one of three bays that surround the beautiful seaside town of Parga. Lichnos is the first of Parga’s beaches coming from Preveza and buses from town make frequent stops here. Sun beds and umbrellas line the beach which does fill up quickly in summer. Explorers can check out the Cave of Aphrodite to the left of the beach. A boat is needed to reach there but once you arrive you can enjoy swimming in the same waters that Aphrodite supposedly bathed.

Beach of Loutsa

This large strip of sand is popular with all age groups, though the water becomes deep abruptly, so families with small children should keep this in mind when visiting. The beach itself is lovely, but it’s actually the tavernas which back the beach that Loutsa gets its fame from. Here, visitors can savour some of the freshest fish in the region. The bus makes a stop here and it’s also possible to arrive by boat.

Beach of Lygia

With the Forest of Lekatsa and the Castle of Riniasis behind it, Lygia beach is a great option for those in search of some peace and quiet. The water here is crystal clear and the sand is fine and golden. The beach isn’t organised though changing rooms are available and snack bars lie just a few meters from the beach. It’s along the Preveza – Parga bus route and travellers can also arrive by boat.

Beach of Monolithi

Located just 8 kilometres from Preveza lay this immense stretch of beach that stretches 5 kilometres until the settlement of Kanali. It’s very popular with sports enthusiasts and windsurfers, as the water here is deep and large waves are a frequent occurrence. The presence of beach bars and tavernas as well as several hotels gives it a similar feel to Alonaki. Changing rooms, showers and parking is available and buses from Preveza make a stop here as well.

Beach of Mytikas

This beach just 5 kilometres north of Preveza is both sandy and rocky at different parts and lies close to the ancient site of Nikopoli. It features a snack bar and showers and can be reached by foot or vehicle. Parking is available and it is also serviced by bus.

Beach of Sarakiniko

The beautiful shades of blue displayed within the waters at Sarakiniko have swimmers returning year after year. The beach itself is both sandy and pebbly in different areas and the water is shallow. A snack bar and showers are available at the back of the beach. Unfortunately, the roads leading to the beach are not maintained well, so you may want to look into arriving by boat.

Beach of Valtos

The sandy beach of Valtos features emerald water and various water sports to those who visit. It’s the last and largest of Parga’s beaches and less visited than the previous beaches of Lichnos and Krioneri. It’s popular with windsurfers and the younger crowd. Here bathers can enjoy views of the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos in the distance. In the summer a daily boat service is offered to those islands as well. Snack bars and showers are available and sun loungers can be found along different areas of the beach. The buses from Parga make stops here and parking is available for those who come by car.

Beach of Vrahos

Vrahos beach is one of the best along the coast stretching from Preveza to Parga. The soft golden sand and shallow turquoise water make it popular with just about everyone, though not too popular. Sun loungers and umbrellas exist in some sections but it’s unorganized for the most part.

Bisti beach, Hydra

Within Hydra’s most northwestern gulf lies the beach of Bitsi, with blue-green waters and several pine trees. The beach is accessible by boat.

Bouka (near Skala Potamou)

Locals love this sandy beach with shallow waters.

Bouros Beach

The quiet bay of Bouros can be found ten kilometres south of Karystos near the island’s southern-most tip. For the most part, the beach consists of fine sand, though there are rocks scattered throughout. The beach is unorganized and ideal for those looking for a relaxed swimming spot.

Cassonia beach (near Pothia)

This beautiful, family-friendly beach is the closest to the island’s biggest town. Have fun and dive from the jetty!

Chiliadou Beach, near Nafpaktos

Lying 11 km east of Nafpaktos, Chiliadou or Hiliadou is a quaint village with a shore that’s just right for swimming. The beach is too kilometres long and is built up with restaurants and a couple of beach bars.

Chorefto Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The beach of Chorefto is a large and charming sandy beach, surrounded by luscious green scenery, creating a very natural and peaceful setting.

Chrani Beach

Chrani Beach: crystal waters, olive trees and vineyards dotting the coastline, with several beach cafes.

Chrisi Ammos

The exotic beach of Chrysi Ammos just outside of Marmari is considered one of Evia’s finest and is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Due to its unique geographical location and the northerly winds which blow here, Chrysi Ammos is paradise to avid wind and kite surfers. Its fine sand and shallow aqua waters are worshipped by many during the summer.

Chrissi Island

About an hour’s boat trip from Ierapetra, there are a number of beaches here for those with a sense of adventure. There are only two boats per day so be prepared to be out in the open for a minimum of six hours. The water here is exceptionally clear.

Christou Pigadi

Here’s a decent organized beach with some umbrellas that’s not crowded, lying serenely a few minutes away from the airport on the way to Pigadia. The name means “Well of Christ”.

Chronia Beach

Approximately five kilometres north of Limni is the beach of Chronia lays this thin, yet clean strip of beach. Small pebbles and plenty of dried seaweed make up its surface, and though you won’t find any umbrellas for hire here, a couple of rooms and tavernas just beyond the beach provide basic amenities.

Chryssi Milia, Southeast

Chryssi Milia offers stunning views as you approach it and is one of the sandiest beaches on the island and ideal for children. There are chairs to rent and a good taverna under the shady trees above the beach that is ideal for lunch.

Dafni

Along central Evia’s tranquil northern coast, Dafni beach is a clean and calm bathing destination for those looking to take a refreshing dip in privacy. Just outside the village with which it shares the same name, Dafni beach is full of pebbles and surrounded by trees all around. There are several springs which flow into the sea from the nearby mountain of Kandili.

Damatria

Not far from the airport, this sandy shallow beach is perfect for families and not too busy. However you need to get your own umbrellas.

Diafani and Vananda

There is a little beach off the small fishing village of Diafani that you could swim in, but for a more secluded experience head to nearby Vananta (pronounced Vananda). Better done by boat than road from Pigadia.

Diakofti beach

Shallow waters and a sandy beach make this ideal for everyone. Visit the Nordland shipwreck here.

Didimes or Tou Liginou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

If you love nothing more than combining ecosports and fun, then go on a short hike down an ancient path to find this stunning beach. It’s called Didimes, or twins, because a huge boulder separates the beach, turning Didimes into two separate bays. The rugged landscape and aquamarine waters will lull you into believing you’re on an exotic island.

Digeliotika Beach, Aigio

This 2-kilometre beach is quiet, clean and pebbly. It Is 15 metres wide with different types of trees growing nearby.

Distomo Beach

This is an organized beach over 4 kilometers long, starting from the Agios Nikolaos to Antikyra. It is more touristy in the high season (July-August) with nightlife and many restaurants.

Eftalou Beach (near Molyvos)

If you love Molyvo’s medieval aura, then you must also take a dip in the sea in Eftalou. With a wonderful view, this quiet beach is perfect for those of you who want to lie back and take a solitary dip. A special feature of Eftalou Beach is its thermal springs. So combine your swim with a therapeutic dip in the hot springs.

Egremni beach (near Porto Katsiki beach)

Also popular but very idyllic with its sandy beaches, lush green landscape and deep blue waters. Although it requires a trek down a dizzying number of steep stone steps, you’ll be able to swim against a backdrop of sheer cliffs in an almost exotic golden-sand locale.

Elli beach (near Liapades village)

This beautiful beach is surrounded by olive groves and pine trees and leads to secluded coves.

Elli Beach Rhodes

The main beach in town at the south end between Mandraki and the Rhodes Aquarium. It is sandy and pebbly, can be crowded mid-summer, but the water is always clean and refreshing. Lawrence Durrell once described it as the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean.

Elounda

A number of beaches can be found in and around Elounda, including nudist ones. albeit in an unofficial capacity.

Eretria

The past few years have seen Eretria’s popularity grow, with both Greek and foreign tourists.

Exo Plagia Beach

Popular with the locals, this pebbly beach features crystal clear waters and is located near Magganitis, just outside the village of Plagia.

Fakistra Beach, Tsagarada, Aegean Sea, Pelion

This is another great beach near Tsagarada with lovely water. It is surrounded by large rocks and greenery.

Faliraki beach, 14 km from town

The island’s largest and most developed beach: 4 km of sand with everything from pedalos to beach bars, brash and noisy in some parts, quieter in others. Kathara (Clean) beach is near the small fishing harbour and there is a nudist beach at the southern end of the bay.

Faros Beach, Ikaria

One of the island’s largest beaches, the sandy coast of Faros stretches out along Ikaria’s southern shore. It’s also one of the most developed, with several seaside taverns and cafes lining its edge.

Finiki

Finicky travelers will love Finiki beach on the western side of the island with its crystalline waters, accommodation options, seafood ‘tavernas’ and more. Umbrellas and beach beds normally available.

Finikounda Beach

Finikounda Beach: A 3 kilometre-long beach nominated for Blue Flag designation, and is somewhat on the windy side which makes it perfect for surfers and sea sports.

Firi Ammos St. Pelagia beach

Bright-red pebbles make this stunning beach unique.

Foki Beach (near Fiskardo Town)

You’ll feel like you’re swimming right to the edge of a lush green forest when you take a dip in Foki. Beautiful aquamarine waves lap up to sparkling white pebbles that in turn are covered by the shade of many trees. You’ll have to perch on rocks when ashore as it’s a small beach, but the view is amazing. Take a walk down the beach and visit the twin caves.

Forokli

This attractively secluded and isolated beach lies against a backdrop of sharp mountains. Explore by boat or make sure you have everything with you if you go hiking there.

Fourni beach

This is another beach that offers perfect privacy. It’s small and quiet and you’ll have your choice of sand or pebbles.

Fourni beach

Located 78 km southeast of Rhodes town, this small pebbled beach remains unspoilt.

Fygias Beach

Clean, shallow water and natural shade backing the sandy beach await all who choose to swim at this beach outside the eponymous village. Located just 3 kilometres north of Marmari, it is quite popular during the summer months.

Fyrodi Beach

Fyrodi is a great sandy beach near Magganitis and is very popular with the locals.

Gangou Beach

Just 1km from Vathi, this pebble beach has very clean waters and has been awarded a blue flag. There are a nearby café and tavern as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.

Gardenos beach (near Vitalades)

This is one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches. Hugged by low hills, the traditional fishing village of Gardenos on the southwest coast boasts an idyllic sandy beach which has become a closely-guarded secret among the locals. Although the sea is shallow, currents can be strong so caution is warranted.

Gargaliani Beach

Gargaliani Beach: Golden sandy beach that’s very clean and with natural beauty, only 7 kilometres away from the healing springs of Vromoneri.

Gefira beach (near Pothia)

If you’ve always dreamt of swimming in the shadows of the cliffs, then this is the beach for you. The aquamarine water is stunning and the dramatic rock formations and boulders that you can swim around will impress you.

Gennadi

Situated 63 km from Rhodes town and 12 km from Lindos, part of this beach is developed but it is not touristy.

Gialiskari Beach

This laid back beach on the island’s north side features views of the picturesque fishing harbour and the Church of Analypsis.

Gialos Beach

This popular swimming spot lies beside the small marina of Magganitis village and features crystal clear water.

Glifada and Trizonia Island

Visit also the nearby villages of Spilia and Glifada near the sea as well. Across the coast lies the little island of Trizonia which you can also visit, complete with good beaches, restaurants and a little port.

Glyfada beach (Glyfada)

Corfu’s most popular beach, it offers all the services associated with its Blue-Flag status.

Glyfadi Beach

The sandy beach of Glyfadi can be found on the north eastern side of the island. Backed by trees offering natural shade, this beach is located just east of Therma.

Glystra beach

Small sandy beach 55 km southeast of Rhodes town, about 11 km away from Lindos. It is quiet, and its water is shallow, ideal for swimmers.

Gouvia beach (Gouvia)

This organised sandy beach is a favourite for water-sports fans.

Gritsa Beach

Litochori’s beach, near the archaeological site of Dion. An ideal spot for small boats.

Halkes Beach (near Livadi village)

This isolated and rugged beach is perfect for adventurers. You’ll have to hike down a difficult path from Halkes Springs in order to reach this beautiful white-pebbled beach. But the cool sparkling waters that hide a very interesting seascape will make it more than worthwhile.

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

In the eastern part of the island, this is a quiet beach with crystal clear waters ideal for the scuba diving. The beach has an archaeological interest as well; its nearby castle of Feraklos was the first fortress in Rhodes used by the pirates as a base of operations.

Hiliadou

One of the area’s most popular bathing spots, Hiliadou beach is set within a dramatic landscape of lush vegetation and backed by sheer cliffs which contrast beautifully with its blue-green waters. The beach can be reached by car or can serve as a refreshing reward as the end point of the hiking paths originating from Lamari or Stroponon Gorge.

Ialysos beach

A long beach 8 km to the north west of Rhodes town, it is favoured by wind and kite surfers. Some freestyle competitions are held here as well as the European Windsurfing Championship.

Ierapetra

Ierapetra has a sandy town beach, and the coast stretching east is suitable for swimming.

Iero Beach

Its name aptly meaning “sacred”, this secret sandy beach has been a well-kept secret due to only being recently made accessible. It lies along Ikaria’s northern coast.

Iraion Beach

A pebble beach located 21km from Vathi, where you’ll find plenty of options for food and drinks as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.

Isternia beach

Isternia beach, near the village by the same name, is a mixed pebble and sand beach, ideal if you want to have lunch at one of the two fish taverns. Tere is also a cafe.

Itanos (Erimoupolis)

Two beaches can be found here, and if you’re interested in history, the Dorian town of Itanos and a Venetian/Turkish castle straddles the hill which separates Itanos’ two beaches. A lovely spot for a swim.

Ixia beach

At the northern part of the western coast of Rhodes, 4kms from Rhodes town, this is a favourite for wind surfers, the pebbled beach in front of a long strip of hotels.

Kala Nera Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

The beach of the popular resort of Kala Nera is a very beautiful one, and has been awarded the Blue Flag. The water here is stunning and ideal for bathing in the summer. Along there is a fine selection of cafe bars and tavernas, as well as places to stay.

Kalamaki Beach

On the way to Agios Vasilis you will come to a beach with mixed sand and pebbles, offering very clean water and a lovely landscape.

Kalamata Beach

Kalamata Beach: Right next to the city yet with very clean water, awarded the Blue Flag in Europe. Many cafes, shops and restaurants along the beach.

Kalami beach

If you want to feel like you’re the only person on the island, head to Kalami beach. Accessible from Virgin Mary of the Orphan monastery, it features stark white pebbles and light green waters.

Kalamitsa Beach

Sandy and not too crowded, this beach has some umbrellas and is popular for windsurfing. Visit the nearby church of Agios Mamas and grave of the poet Rupert Brooke by the olive grove overlooking the sea.

Kalamitsi beach

Close to a canyon, this beach is known for its rugged landscape, huge boulders and wide stretches of sand.

Kalamitsi beach (Kalamitsi village)

This trio of quiet coves will stun you with beautiful sandy beaches, blue-green waters, and embroidery-like boulders that create an interesting landscape. Catch the sunset or dive off the rocks into a crystal-clear turquoise sea.

Kalamos

Just south of Korasida is the infamous beach of Kalamos, regarded as one of the most graphic throughout both Evia and Greece. A rock in the shape of a naturally-carved arch splits the beach into two sections and adds to its scenery. Popular with campers and the young crowd, the beach is home to a beach bar and canteen.

Kalathos beach

Situated 50 km south east of Rhodes City between Haraki and Lindos.

Kallianos Beach

Marking the northern endpoint of the Dimosaris Gorge, Kallianos Beach lies between two large cliffs and features a small stream running down from the gorge and into the sea. It features the same remoteness as Archampoli, though offers two tavernas above the beach. Walkers along the Agios Dimitrios Gorge can also finish here.

Kallithea

The bay is famous for its domed Italian health spa buildings and its small bay with crystal clear water. Favoured by diving schools and sunbathers seeking a relaxed setting, it can get crowded in the summer but is recommended for mid summer evening dips!

Kallithea beaches

Between Eratini and Glifada lie the seaside villages of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridonas. Agios Nikolaos offers a ferry service across to the Peloponnese, reaching Aigio (or Egio).

Kalogria Beach, Larissos

Here’s a sandy beach that’s 80 kilometres long, located near a protected site under the Ramsar convention, not far from the Prokopos Lagoon and Strofilia forest. Sporting activities including windsurfing are available at this beach. If you rent a bike you can discover the natural area around.

Kalyvia Varikou

A picturesque shallow water beach ideal for young children, with pebbles and sand, at the foot of Mount Olympus. Several organized camping sites can be found there, while if you’re looking for privacy you can head to one of the little shores to the north and south of the coast.

Kambos beach, Ikaria

Along with its ancient city and archaeological site, Kambos’s sandy beach is popular with visitors and has all the amenities one could need nearby.

Kamiros Beach

Located 50 km from Rhodes town on the western coast, an inviting sandy beach with crystal clear water.

Kampos Beach (near the airport)

Lesvos can turn into your own private island – or at least that’s what it will seem like if you go for a swim on Kampos Beach. Endless stretches of golden sand and clean, crystal-clear blue waters that sparkle in the sun will be yours and yours alone. It could get windy, so your swim might become a bit of an adventure.

Kanatadika

The beautiful beach of Kanatadika is set apart by the beautiful shades of blue in its waters and its unique position looking out towards both the mainland, the Pelion Peninsula and the Aegean. The beach consists of smooth pebbles, and is backed by a few traditional seafood tavernas.

Kandouni and Linaria beaches (near Panormo)

These twin beaches offer the best of both worlds – an active crowd and a quieter family atmosphere. One is pebbly and the other sandy but the water in both is so inviting you won’t want to get out.

Kaoumithi beach, Hydra

This pristine beach lies in the northwestern section of the island, with pine trees surrounding its turquoise waters, and offering bathers calm and serenity.

Karachalios Beach

About 35 minutes from Kyriaki, this area offers seven beaches to choose form.

Karathona, Nafplio

Only two kilometres from the town of Nafplio, this one-kilometre beach is accessible by public bus, car or boat from the little port of Nafplio. This is an organized beach so expect many people in the high season. Luckily, it is also a Blue Flag beach meaning it’s quite clean. Respect for the environment is important for this beach community. Sports facilities and restaurants are available too. Remember, opt for the more eco-friendly sporting activities.

Karavos Aliveri

Just south of Aliveri lies the beach of Karavos, the city’s closest swimming spot. Though it’s convenient for those staying in the area, the busy coastal road behind and view of the area’s power plant make Karavos an average beach, at best.

Kareflou Beach

Situated in Atsitsa bay north of Chora, this gorgeous sandy beach and turquoise waters are very attractive for a dip. Have a bite in nearby Magazia or Molos, just five minutes by car from this beach.

Karkinagri Beach

Lying at the island’s westernmost point, this clean, pebbly beach is perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet.

Karlovassi Beach

There’s nothing remarkable about this pebble beach, which sprawls out in front of the village and hotels, and is busy with tavernas and cafes. The beach is an easy stop for a dip especially if you’re staying at the village. Umbrellas and sunbeds are rented out here.

Karystos Beach

The long stretch of sand lining Karystos’ coast and situated next to its port is surprisingly clean and offers swimmers and convenient bathing spot. There are umbrellas on a portion of the beach, as well as free sections where you can lay your towel.

Kastelia

The gorgeous beach of Kastelia lies after Ammoopi, representing a hidden paradise among the rocks. You can reach it through a dirt road from Ammoopi.

Kastri Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

Those who like windsurfing will love this beach, which is sandy and crystal blue. Here are some of the cleanest waters in the area.

Kastro/Chrysi Akti

Located in Kastro Kyllinis this clean sandy beach boasts different fauna and flora. It is home to the Robinson Club Kyllini which offers water sports, including wind-surfing and catamarans. Mountain biking is also offered. The resort is eco-friendly, and there is also a camping site nearby.

Katerini beach

A lively, busy seaside venue with a long, wide sandy beach decked out with all the necessary water sports and sunbathing facilities, a marina for small boats and a wide choice of bars and clubs for nightlovers.

Kato Kambos Beach (near Kambos Town)

If you’re looking for action and watersports, then Kato Kambos beach is the ideal place for you. Long stretches of sand, blue green waves and all the equipment you need for your favorite sport. It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike, and you’ll be happy you joined the crowds and took a dip after you dive into its cool waters.

Kato Lechonia Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

Here’s a great beach that’s not far from Volos. For those who like a more active beach, there are a few cafes and bars for food and drink.

Kerame (Evdilos)

One of two beaches on the island with the same name, this sandy swimming spot is located near Evdilos, on the northeastern part of the island.

Kerame (Faros)

The second of two beaches with the same name lies east of Therma, on the way to Faros. It’s a small, sandy cove, far away from the crowds.

Kerveli Beach

This is the kind of beach you can spend the day at, as there are a few tavernas as well as free showers and plenty of greenery to find shade under during the hottest hours of the day. The stone and pebble beach is easily accessible by foot from Samos town.

Kiani Akti

The beaches of Kiani Akti or “blue coast” stretch along the tip of the peninsula on which the city of Preveza is located. Despite its close proximity to the port (5klm), the area is surprisingly serene in many areas. The coast is made up of several small beaches, some sandy, others rocky. The water is shallow and the trees behind the beach provide a welcome breeze in summer. You can arrive by boat, on foot or by bus and parking is available for those with their own vehicle. Showers and snack bars are also available throughout.

Kimilia Beach (near Emblisi and Fiskardo village)

You’ll feel like you stumbled off Kefalonia and onto a deserted island when you find this beach. Take a short walk from Emblisi to find it. Isolated but beautiful, quiet but enchanting, make it a point to dive into the crystal-clear blue waters as you enjoy the uniqueness of this beach.

Kiotari beach

One of the island’s newest and fastest developing resorts, 60 km south from the town of Rhodes, on the eastern coast of the island.

Klima Beach

On the road towards Kerveli, around the Poseidonio hotel, you’ll find Klima beach (southeast Samos). Far from the madding crowds, this pleasant little hideout has clean, blue-green shallow waters, and a pebble beach that turns into sand as you enter the sea.

Aktaio Beach, Rio

Spanning 850 meters, this sandy beach was nominated as a blue flag one recently and varies in width between 20 and 40 meters. The municipality of Rio sometimes organizes events but also eco activities such as beach cleaning.

Alyki Beach, Aigio

A pebbly beach that’s one kilometre long, Alyki or Aliki is about 10 meters wide and features many trees around. Importantly, there is a wetland only 500 meters away, attracting over 230 species of birds every year. The area falls under the Natura 2000 network. No sports facilities are available at this beach.

Digeliotika Beach, Aigio

This 2-kilometre beach is quiet, clean and pebbly. It Is 15 metres wide with different types of trees growing nearby.

Kalogria Beach, Larissos

Here’s a sandy beach that’s 80 kilometres long, located near a protected site under the Ramsar convention, not far from the Prokopos Lagoon and Strofilia forest. Sporting activities including windsurfing are available at this beach. If you rent a bike you can discover the natural area around.

Lakkopetra, Larissos

Lying between Araxos and Kato Achaia here’s a 500-meter beach with mixed sand and pebbles. To the north lies the popular beach of Mavri Miti or ‘Black Nose’ which has amazing find sand and great views of Mesolongi.

Pounta Beach, Diakopto

Pounta beach is a clean, attractive beach with pebbles in the Municipality of Diakopto. It is 800 meters long and a full 30 meters wide. Eucalyptus, heather and pine trees dot the beach, which also offers a couple of cafes and restaurants.

Rizomylos

Not far from this village which is being excavated to find remains of an ancient city, there is a clean beach that is popular with local tourists.

Aeginitissa

The small village of Aeginitissa on the the west coast is located 3 kilometers north of Perdika on the coastal road which leads to Aegina town. The beach is sandy and set in a lovely cove surrounded by trees. There are umbrellas and sun loungers available and the sunsets here are some of the best on the island.

Agia Marina

The popular package resort of Agia Marina along the Eastern coast has a nice beach but during July and August you’re more likely to drown in the crowds on the beach than in the water. The beach does offer a variety of marine activities such as windsurfing, canoeing and paddle boating, however its best to avoid this beach outside the high season.

Kolona

Despite its close proximity to the port, you’ll feel worlds apart at this pleasant organized beach below the archaeological site of Kolona. The green trees which line the coast and the mesmerizing shades of the blue sea offer the perfect setting for those who prefer to stay close to the town.

Marathonas

The Bay of Marathonas is backed by greenery and has a few beaches along its coast ranging from sandy to very rocky. Some parts are organized and popular while others are more remote. Various marine activities such as kayaking are available here and the shops along the beach rent equipment.

Moni Islet

This small island adjacent from Perdika has a beach more stunning than any of the beaches on Aegina. A small boat leaves from Perdika several times a day to ferry people back and forth. The beach is comprised of find blond sand and the waters around it range from emerald green to cobalt. Hiking is also enjoyed on the island.

Perdika

The fishing village of Perdika is a popular resort with a rocky beach which is accessed by a series of rocky steps and backed by trees. There are several seafood tavernas and cafes along the waterfront and the beach is organized with umbrellas and trees. Perdika is located 9 kilometers south of Aegina Town.

Portes

If you continue south on the coastal road from Agia Marina, you will soon arrive in the charming fishing village of Portes. Its small pebble beach along with the community itself is one of Aegina’s best kept secrets. For most of the year you can have it all to yourself and even in the summer you won’t be sharing it with many others. It isn’t organized so bring an umbrella and water.

Souvala

Swimming in Souvala is done via its rocky beach, backed by tavernas and cafes along the waterfront. The beach is organized with umbrellas and lounge chairs and is popular with Greek tourists in the summer. Just a kilometre east of town are thermal springs at Therma. They are believed to help with various health problems such as rheumatism and dermatological problems.

Vagia

Continuing eastward along the coastal road brings you to the small resort of Vagia. It’s a calm and pleasant village with an excellent sandy beach (arguably one of the island’s best) and there are chairs and umbrellas available in a section of the beach. However if you venture on, you’ll probably find a patch all to yourself.

Karathona, Nafplio

Only two kilometres from the town of Nafplio, this one-kilometre beach is accessible by public bus, car or boat from the little port of Nafplio. This is an organized beach so expect many people in the high season. Luckily, it is also a Blue Flag beach meaning it’s quite clean. Respect for the environment is important for this beach community. Sports facilities and restaurants are available too. Remember, opt for the more eco-friendly sporting activities.

Kosta Beach, Kranidi

This is somewhat of a resort beach designated with a Blue Flag, where environmental education is part of its philosophy. Portoheli is only 5 kilometres away from here and allows you to rent bicycles. You’ll be facing the lovely island of Spetses here.

Plepi/Porto Hydra, Ermioni

This is a very popular beach not far from the village of Thermissia, even if the area is not that tourist oriented and there aren’t much beach facilities. Crystal waters and lovely shores await the visitor.

Porto Heli/Hinitsa, Kranidi

This is one of the greenest and nicest parts of Argolida and the Peloponnese in general. The island of Chinitsa or Hinitsa covers this sandy beach nicely. Umbrellas and deckchairs are present.

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Acherounes Beach

On the western side of the island, this beach has soft sand and lovely water, attracting a lot of attention. An advantage here is that it is not as windy as other beaches, with food options nearby. Visit the church of Panagia Meglou since you’re here.

Achili Beach

Also known as Ormos Achilis, this once virgin beach was tainted by efforts to turn it into a tourist marina. This project did not succeed and today it is deserted. Some parts are still attractive to visit though.

Agios Fokas, south of Atsitsa

Here is a more secluded pebbly/sandy beach that looks like a lake, set among pine trees. There a small church on the shore and a taverna to eat, offering just a small hint of civilization in this remote corner. You can get here through pine forests from Pefkos village.

Agios Petros Beach

With sand, evergreen pine trees on the surrounding hills and cedar trees nearby make this lesser known beach a wonder to visit. Good for kayaking too. The beach is not far from Atsitsa.

Agios Vasilios Beach

Lush greenery and pine trees surround this wonderful beach which has a lot of fish taverns, as well as opportunities for canoeing.

Antikyra beaches

The whole antikyra region offers great beaches, with the beach of Agios Isidoros being awarded a Blue Flag or its cleanliness. You can also swim near in the area of “Koutrou Port”

Around Desfina

This is the least known part of Fokida. Beaches in the Desfina peninsula are quiet yet difficult to get to. Explore Stenos, then more remote corners like Sikia, Prosakos, Agios Andrias and beyond Agios Nikolas. Settlements are not connected to each other by the coastal road, so some backtracking is required.

Around Galaxidi

Right in Galaxidi there’s Kalafati beach with some locals, close to seafood restaurants. There’s also a beautiful beach near Agios Vassilis, with sandy shores and hidden rocky coves. Closer to Galaxidi though not as beautiful is a quiet beach next to the hotel school at the very edge of town behind the hill.

Around Itea

Itea has two beaches: Trocadero and Miami, once holders of Blue Flags, so quite clean. These gather a lot of Greek tourists, and can be noisy at times although pretty. Other good beaches include Nafsika and Evaggelistria. Not far are the beaches of Kirra including the organized beach of Vrachakia with water sports.

Aspous Beach

An interesting beach with rocks by the water that are great to sit on. You will need an umbrella and sunscreen. It’s not the prettiest beach on the island and a bit shallow, but good if you’re staying nearby or are passing through.

Astakos Beach

Here’s a picturesque and quiet coastal down built on the mountainside, with a wonderful beach below. This is not a busy beach generally, and the town is close enough for a meal, a rest or even a calm, beach-side stay for a couple of days. Remains of Venetian castles, ancient Astakos and Cyclops cave are a plus.

Atsitsa Beach

This is one of the better known beaches on the island, and the seaside tavernas nearby ensure that it remains so. Still, it is not a very crowded beach which makes it a good eco choice. Bring your own umbrella with you.

Chiliadou Beach, near Nafpaktos

Lying 11 km east of Nafpaktos, Chiliadou or Hiliadou is a quaint village with a shore that’s just right for swimming. The beach is too kilometres long and is built up with restaurants and a couple of beach bars.

Distomo Beach

This is an organized beach over 4 kilometers long, starting from the Agios Nikolaos to Antikyra. It is more touristy in the high season (July-August) with nightlife and many restaurants.

Glifada and Trizonia Island

Visit also the nearby villages of Spilia and Glifada near the sea as well. Across the coast lies the little island of Trizonia which you can also visit, complete with good beaches, restaurants and a little port.

Kalamaki Beach

On the way to Agios Vasilis you will come to a beach with mixed sand and pebbles, offering very clean water and a lovely landscape.

Kalamitsa Beach

Sandy and not too crowded, this beach has some umbrellas and is popular for windsurfing. Visit the nearby church of Agios Mamas and grave of the poet Rupert Brooke by the olive grove overlooking the sea.

Kallithea beaches

Between Eratini and Glifada lie the seaside villages of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridonas. Agios Nikolaos offers a ferry service across to the Peloponnese, reaching Aigio (or Egio).

Karachalios Beach

About 35 minutes from Kyriaki, this area offers seven beaches to choose form.

Kareflou Beach

Situated in Atsitsa bay north of Chora, this gorgeous sandy beach and turquoise waters are very attractive for a dip. Have a bite in nearby Magazia or Molos, just five minutes by car from this beach.

Marathia Beach

As the village is built close to the sea, Sergoula has a quiet island feel. The beach between Fokiotrypa and Skaloma is great for swimming and has been designated as a Blue Flag beach. This beach is in the prefecture of Fokida, yet is close enough to Aitolo-akarnania and its main city, Nafpaktos.

Molos Beach

Lying north of the main town, this organized beach (i.e. with rented umbrellas) offers many accommodation options and boasts a great sunset. It is one of the more popular beaches, long and sandy in a popular setting.

Monastiraki Beach

The village of Monastiraki on the road to Nafpaktos lies on the hill next to the beach, and the beach is well known for its crisp yet crystal clear waters. The fish restaurants by the port are worth visiting for a meal.

Municipality of Efpalio

This municipality has beautiful beaches, including the sandy beaches of Chiliadou. Monastiraki is reputed to have one of the best beaches around the Gulf of Corinth. Sergoula beach with its picturesque windmills and Marathia beach are good to swim in, so is the coast and lovely bays between Fokiotrypa and Skaloma.

Municipality of Tolophon

A charming town by the beach, Eratini is traditional yet popular with Greek tourists, offering very decent beaches to discover. Tolophon beach is simply delightful, if touristy.

Panaghia Kalamiotissa Beaches

Clean seas, calm waters and beautiful shores await you, particularly at Alyki in Tarsus. Local boats can take you to the little islands of Daskalio and Abelos.

Paralia Sergoulas

About 600 meters of crystal clear and very clean waters await you for the ultimate swim near this traditional village that still harbours an old water mill. It lies 24 kilometres out of Nafpaktos on the Itea-Nafpaktos road.

Pefkos Beach

In the greener part of the island, 10 km from the main town, this lovely beach has little visitors. Bring your umbrella and food to enjoy, but take away rubbish after you finish. Access by car or motorbike. The surrounding greenery makes it very scenic.

Psani and Gribovo beaches, Nafpaktos

These are the beaches of Nafpaktos and are considered quite clean, with plane trees around the shore They are organized beaches with showers, yet luckily are not over-crowded, even in summer. Psani has even won a Blue Flag award.

Saranti and Agios Nikolaos Beach

Some 16 kilometers from Thisvi the beach of Saranti offers good swimming, and if you continue in a northwest direction you will get to the sandy shore of Agios Nikolaos, with a view of the Alkonides islands.

Tourlida beach, Mesolongi

There are a couple of beaches in the area of Mesolongi – one of which is Tourlida – and they usually don’t get crowded. The beaches are also a great spot for birdwatching, thanks to the nearby lake.

Aghios Nikolaos

Several beaches can be found here and hereabouts, including the following:

Chrissi Island

About an hour’s boat trip from Ierapetra, there are a number of beaches here for those with a sense of adventure. There are only two boats per day so be prepared to be out in the open for a minimum of six hours. The water here is exceptionally clear.

Elounda

A number of beaches can be found in and around Elounda, including nudist ones. albeit in an unofficial capacity.

Ierapetra

Ierapetra has a sandy town beach, and the coast stretching east is suitable for swimming.

Itanos (Erimoupolis)

Two beaches can be found here, and if you’re interested in history, the Dorian town of Itanos and a Venetian/Turkish castle straddles the hill which separates Itanos’ two beaches. A lovely spot for a swim.

Makriyialos

There are a couple of beaches here, one of which is sandy, the other pebbles and shingles. The sandy beach is especially popular in the summer, and as its waters are quite shallow, it makes an ideal destination for those with young children.

Milatos

There’s a nice, sandy beach just west of Milatos itself, which lies some 35 Kms north west of Aghios Nikolaos, close to Sissi.

Mochlos

Mochlos beach is situated some 50 Kms east of Aghios Nikolaos, or 35 Kms west of Siteia, is a sand and rock beach, ideal for snorkelling. A few amenities can be found here, and 400 metres to the west is another sandy beach, named Limenaria.

Myrtos

A lovely destination with sand and pebble beach, and close to two archaeological sites. To the west of the village, swimming is also possible, and its rocky nature makes this an ideal place for snorkelling.

Pachaia Ammos

One can find a nice, sandy beach with facilities such as sunbeds here.

Sissi

A fishing village boasting its own sandy beach, with that of Boufos close enough to be a viable alternative, and easily reached by foot.

Siteia

There’s a sandy beach to the east of the town, on the road leading to Vai.

Vai

There’s no doubt that this a lovely spot. During the 1970s a British advert featured Vai as the place where one could experience “the taste of paradise”, if one were to bite into a coconut sweet, covered in chocolate. Palm trees (phoenix theophrastii) can be found here, and they are endemic to Crete; it was rumoured that they grew as a result of Saracen occupation in the 9th and 10th centuries), but this is equally untrue! The beach and environs are owned by the monastery of Toplou, and one has to pay to get onto the beach. One can hire pedalos (pedal boats) and water-skiing is available if that floats your particular boat.

Zakros

Kato Zakros is a wonderful place to stay, and is a fine destination for those who like to spend time by the sea. As well as the beaches one can take a walk up the “valley of the dead” (Zakros gorge), to Ano (Upper) Zakros, which also has accommodation.

Agios Ioannis beach

Agios Ioannis beach (east of Hora) in Porto offers a lot of restaurants and hotels, as well as a little harbour with a sandy beach

Agios Markos beach

Agios Markos beach in Kionia is sandy and clean, with some umbrellas, trees and not far from the main town of Tinos.

Agios Romanos

Agios Romanos features a sandy beach that is quieter than others, as well as one nice tavern.

Agios Sostis

Agios Sostis is quite popular and has very clean water, also with tavernas on the beach. It lies some 5 kilometers southeast of Hora.

Isternia beach

Isternia beach, near the village by the same name, is a mixed pebble and sand beach, ideal if you want to have lunch at one of the two fish taverns. Tere is also a cafe.

Kolymbithra

Kolymbithra, some 20 kilometers north of Tinos, has a couple of stunning beaches with finer sand, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants in the vicinity.

Lychnaftia beach

Lychnaftia beach is very quiet, without umbrellas and restaurants. There is a dirt road leading there from Agios Ioannis.

Ormos Giannaki

Ormos Giannaki near the village of Kardiani is more pebbly yet mixed with sand. Umbrellas, tavernas and good views await visitors.

Pachia Ammos

Pachia Ammos offers sandy dunes and crystal waters to the east of Port Beach.

Skyladar

Skyladar, a town not far from Tinos, is quite secluded and offers a few small, picturesque hotels plus a little supermarket. There’s a very nice beach and not too many people.

Afandou

This long pebbly bay is 22 kilometres south-east from Rhodes, near the village of the same name. Parts are developed with tourist facilities and services but it is big enough for everyone and its deep water is the clearest and often the freshest on the island.

Agathi

A picturesque cove, near the beach of Haraki and the medieval castle of Feraklos, 38 kilometres south-east of Rhodes City. Nearby is the Kokkino Ammo (red sand) beach favoured by locals.

Agios Minas

One of the most gorgeous pebbly beaches on the island, this beach is surrounded by rocky hills and shrubs. Mostly deserted, great if you have a boat to explore. Access also by dirt road.

Agios Nikolaos (Arkasa)

Here’s a well-organized beach near the big village of Arkasa on the western side of the island, 15 km north of Pigadia. White sand, shallow waters and delicious little restaurants (tavernas) serving seafood and local cuisine.

Agios Nikolaos (Spoa)

The beach of Agios Nikolaos near the village of Spoa has won accolades for its clean waters. There are umbrellas, beach chairs, and a little restaurant, all in a serene environment.

Agios Stefanos beach (Kefalos village)

Perfect if you love snorkeling, its rocky underwater landscape will give you much to explore. If you’d rather take a swim, you’ll be stunned by the view of beautiful Kastri Islet.

Ahata or Achata

A quiet and pretty beach some 13 km from the capital. Sandy and pebbly with gorgeous waters, surrounded by mountains and greenery. There’s a small ‘taverna’ for food.

Ammos, Afoti, Vronti

These three sandy beaches near Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos, offer clean waters, different watersports, good food and sea-side restaurants. They are most popular and happening, so not ideal for those seeking privacy.

Apella

Considered one of the nicest beaches on the island with stunning waters. Easier to access by boat than by road. Not much else apart from the gorgeous beach though.

Apitikou beach (near Emborio)

This secluded, almost tucked-away beach is perfect if you like to feel like you’re the only person in the world. Its pebbly shore and clear blue waters will reward you for your half-hour hike there.

Argilopotamos

The name of this beach means ‘Clay River’, boasting white sand, shallow waters and big waves that are great for surfing. A beach canteen onsite comes in handy.

Aspri Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip, take in the sun and immerse yourself in the caress of stunning crystal-clear green waters. It’s one of the best beaches, and not only is it a quiet place for solitary swims, but you’ll also be thrilled with the wonderful views of the nearby monastery. It’s also very close to town, so you can take a break from exploring and go for a relaxing swim.

Cassonia beach (near Pothia)

This beautiful, family-friendly beach is the closest to the island’s biggest town. Have fun and dive from the jetty!

Christou Pigadi

Here’s a decent organized beach with some umbrellas that’s not crowded, lying serenely a few minutes away from the airport on the way to Pigadia. The name means “Well of Christ”.

Damatria

Not far from the airport, this sandy shallow beach is perfect for families and not too busy. However you need to get your own umbrellas.

Diafani and Vananda

There is a little beach off the small fishing village of Diafani that you could swim in, but for a more secluded experience head to nearby Vananta (pronounced Vananda). Better done by boat than road from Pigadia.

Didimes or Tou Liginou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

If you love nothing more than combining ecosports and fun, then go on a short hike down an ancient path to find this stunning beach. It’s called Didimes, or twins, because a huge boulder separates the beach, turning Didimes into two separate bays. The rugged landscape and aquamarine waters will lull you into believing you’re on an exotic island.

Elli Beach Rhodes

The main beach in town at the south end between Mandraki and the Rhodes Aquarium. It is sandy and pebbly, can be crowded mid-summer, but the water is always clean and refreshing. Lawrence Durrell once described it as the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean.

Faliraki beach, 14 km from town

The island’s largest and most developed beach: 4 km of sand with everything from pedalos to beach bars, brash and noisy in some parts, quieter in others. Kathara (Clean) beach is near the small fishing harbour and there is a nudist beach at the southern end of the bay.

Finiki

Finicky travelers will love Finiki beach on the western side of the island with its crystalline waters, accommodation options, seafood ‘tavernas’ and more. Umbrellas and beach beds normally available.

Forokli

This attractively secluded and isolated beach lies against a backdrop of sharp mountains. Explore by boat or make sure you have everything with you if you go hiking there.

Fourni beach

Located 78 km southeast of Rhodes town, this small pebbled beach remains unspoilt.

Gefira beach (near Pothia)

If you’ve always dreamt of swimming in the shadows of the cliffs, then this is the beach for you. The aquamarine water is stunning and the dramatic rock formations and boulders that you can swim around will impress you.

Gennadi

Situated 63 km from Rhodes town and 12 km from Lindos, part of this beach is developed but it is not touristy.

Glystra beach

Small sandy beach 55 km southeast of Rhodes town, about 11 km away from Lindos. It is quiet, and its water is shallow, ideal for swimmers.

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

In the eastern part of the island, this is a quiet beach with crystal clear waters ideal for the scuba diving. The beach has an archaeological interest as well; its nearby castle of Feraklos was the first fortress in Rhodes used by the pirates as a base of operations.

Ialysos beach

A long beach 8 km to the north west of Rhodes town, it is favoured by wind and kite surfers. Some freestyle competitions are held here as well as the European Windsurfing Championship.

Ixia beach

At the northern part of the western coast of Rhodes, 4kms from Rhodes town, this is a favourite for wind surfers, the pebbled beach in front of a long strip of hotels.

Kalathos beach

Situated 50 km south east of Rhodes City between Haraki and Lindos.

Kallithea

The bay is famous for its domed Italian health spa buildings and its small bay with crystal clear water. Favoured by diving schools and sunbathers seeking a relaxed setting, it can get crowded in the summer but is recommended for mid summer evening dips!

Kamiros Beach

Located 50 km from Rhodes town on the western coast, an inviting sandy beach with crystal clear water.

Kandouni and Linaria beaches (near Panormo)

These twin beaches offer the best of both worlds – an active crowd and a quieter family atmosphere. One is pebbly and the other sandy but the water in both is so inviting you won’t want to get out.

Kastelia

The gorgeous beach of Kastelia lies after Ammoopi, representing a hidden paradise among the rocks. You can reach it through a dirt road from Ammoopi.

Kato Kambos Beach (near Kambos Town)

If you’re looking for action and watersports, then Kato Kambos beach is the ideal place for you. Long stretches of sand, blue green waves and all the equipment you need for your favorite sport. It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike, and you’ll be happy you joined the crowds and took a dip after you dive into its cool waters.

Kiotari beach

One of the island’s newest and fastest developing resorts, 60 km south from the town of Rhodes, on the eastern coast of the island.

Kolymbia beach

Located 24kms from Rhodes town, this small natural bay on the east coast is developed without being too crowded.

Kopria beach

Sitting on the south western coast of the island, 45 km from Rhodes town, this beach is undeveloped, featuring pebbles, sand and interesting rock formations.

Kremasti beach

Located 12 km southwest from Rhodes town on the northwest coast of the island, the beach is a combination of sand and small pebbles.

Kyra Panagia

One of the nicest sandy beaches on the island lying between two mountains with crystal waters about 14 km from Pigadia before the beach of Apella. Some accommodation not far from the beach.

Lachania beach

At 70 km from the town of Rhodes and 30 km from Lindos, this is a large beach with sandy shore and clean water.

Ladiko beach

A small bay 5km from Rhodes Town and 2km from Faliraki. It is a popular spot and rather crowded mid summer.

Lambi Beach (Lambi Bay near Palia Mandra village)

This one-of-a-kind beach will not only astound you because of its crystal-clear waters and wonderful surroundings, but also because the pebbles that cover the shore and spill into the seabed sparkle with all shades of colors. If you go at night, you’ll see the bottom of the sea awash with color. Don’t take them home, though. It’s against the law.

Lefkos: Gialou Horafi, Panagias-Limani, Frangolimniona

In the bay of Lefkos on the central western side of the island there are 3 beaches that can delight curious travelers. Gialou Horafi has umbrellas, while Panagias which is smaller and quieter does not.

Limnionas beach (Kefalos village)

If you’d like to feel like you’re alone on a deserted island, then go to Limnionas. With beautiful blue-green waters that sparkle in the sun and fishing boats dotting the shore, you’ll surely return.

Lindos Beach, 8 km south of Rhodes

Lindos bay is sandy, safe and invariably very busy during summer. It is however a great early morning or late evening swimming spot – just try to miss the crowds! Nearby, on the other side of the acropolis, is St Paul’s Bay, a tiny harbour named after the Apostle Paul.

Livadi Geranou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

Accessible via boat or after a short hike, this wonderful beach offers stretches of golden sand that seem to unroll before you, welcoming you to one of the most stunning beaches in Patmos. There are lots of trees that dot the sand, so it’s perfect if you want to spend the day and bring along a picnic. The crystal clear waters will certainly beckon.

Makris Gialos

Roughly means ‘Long Beach’, Makris Gialos on the southern tip of the island (near the airport) about 15 km from Pigadia is very popular for windsurfing. Sandy and with lovely clean waters.

Megali Ammoopi and Votsalakia

Megali Ammoopi is perfect for families with children thanks to its shallow waters. Nearby is Votsalakia, a pebbly beach with fantastic water. These are popular beaches with restaurants, cafés, hotels, etc.

Meli Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip in this stunning stretch of perfect crystal-clear water. The natural landscape also provides wonderful views, and the thick line of trees along the coast offers hot swimmers plenty of shade. If you’ve got kids, it’s perfect as it’s sheltered from wind and offers calm, almost waveless waters. It’s a wonderful place to kick back and relax.

Mihaliou Kipos

Translating as ‘Garden of Michael’, this beach near the airport offers wild beauty and unique caves by the beach paint a surreal picture in this Mediterranean island.

Mikri Ammoopi

A bit south of the capital in a bay with three small sandy beaches and unique beauty. Not far from the larger Ammoopi (pronounced like ‘o’ in door) but more secluded.

Palionisos beach (near Palionisos)

Very quiet and secluded, it’s perfect for some solitary swimming. It’s a favorite of the locals and once you dive into its blue-green waters it will no doubt become your favorite as well.

Pefkos (Pefki) beach

Just a few minutes drive from Lindos, this beach is sandy and pebbled, relatively undeveloped compared to its surroundings. Pefkos was once the holiday place for Lindos residents but is now a large sprawling resort.

Pera Ammos

Relatively large pebbly beach and a peninsula just 6 km from Pigadia with shallow water, great for families with kids. Several ‘tavernas’ and eateries to rest and feast in.

Petra Beach (near Kalikatsou Boulder)

There’s nothing more rewarding than coupling exploration with a relaxing swim. Admire Kallikatsou Boulder with its many caves, carved stone steps and rich religious history and then take a dip in Petra beach. Its cool crystal-clear blue waters will invite you in after spending some time in the sun taking in Kallikatsou’s secrets.

Platis Gialos beach (near Panormo)

This gorgeous black-sand beach leads to blue-green waters and will make you feel like you’ve gone to an exotic island. The volcanic rocks and boulders dotting the sea will give you some exploring to do.

Pouliou Potami

The name translates as River of Birds, but it’s more a beach with large pebbles just 10 km south of Pigadia. Can be reached by a dirt from Ammoopi.

Prassonissi

At the southernmost top of the island, 92 kilometres south of Rhodes town, this is a paradise for windsurfers, particularly during the months of July and August when the Meltemi winds are at its strongest.

Psalidi beach (Psalidi)

This is a perennial favorite among surfers. It boasts a unique formation with lots of small coves.

Psili Ammos Beach (near Diakofti village)

If you want to explore or have an adventure on your way to a swim, then sail to Psili Ammos or hike through rugged landscape to find this exotic beach. Fine white sand meets blue-green water in what’s widely believed to be Patmos’ most beautiful beach. Don’t miss it as you’ll be transported to someplace rather tropical.

Psoraris

Welcome to the biggest sandy beach on the southwestern tip of the island. This isolated beach doesn’t have any restaurants or umbrellas, so go well prepared.

Saria

If you arrange a boat trip from Diafani to Saria, you can swim but also explore this isolated island with its medieval ruins and recent churches. It was once a pirate’s hideaway too.

Stegna Beach

Located 30 km of Rhodes town, this is sandy and pebbly bay is Archangelos’ beach, developed and busy but big enough to enjoy.

Therma beach (near Therma)

The water from the thermal spring that runs into the sea makes a swim here not only fun but also therapeutic. Sparkling pebbles, blue-green waves and a dock for diving make this a favorite.

Thermes beach (Thermes)

This stunning beach has combination sandy and pebbled shores as well as therapeutic thermal springs that flow into the sea.

Traganou beach

Located at the far end of Afandou bay, this beach is pebbly, quiet and has interesting caves to explore.

Tsambika beach

The long sandy beach of Tsambika is located 26 kms south-east of Rhodes town, under the watchful eye of the Tsambika Monastery. It is developed with sun beds, tavernas and water sports but still big enough for everyone.

Vagia Beach (near Kambos Town)

This wonderful pebbled beach is caressed by turquoise waves and this idyllic setting will surely sweep you off your feet. You can either walk there or take a quaint boat and sail in. Either way, it’s a swim that will rejuvenate you and give you a sense of peace that’s only fitting in this serene island. Take a picnic with you and spend the day.

Vagies (Anthony Quinn) beach

The small and picturesque bay mostly known as Anthony Quinn (the actor bought property here after filming the Guns of Navarone) is nearby. Its waters are deep, cold and crystal clear, favoured by locals and Italian visitors to Rhodes.

Valias and Pounta

Pebble beaches with deep waters on the southeast side of the island. Strong winds make them just perfect for windsurfing. In summer Valias offers umbrellas and beach beds. Restaurants available.

Vlicha beach

Some 47 km from Rhodes town, this a pebble beach surrounded by large hill-side hotels. In spite of its development the water remains clear and clean.

Zefiros Beach

On the east coast of the city, near the main cemeteries and the Kallipaetira sports complex. A sandy beach, favoured by locals as it is close to the city centre.

Ai Sostis

This small rocky cove features soft sand and clean water to those who make the effort to find it. It’s a welcome respite for swimmers looking to relax away from the crowds.

Ai Yiannaki

This small pebble beach lies just before the main beaches of Parga. It’s a lovely place surrounded by green and offering its visitors peace and quiet.

Alonaki Fanariou

This enclosed bay is popular with the younger crowd and has an almost exotic feel to it. The light blue water and white rocks provide a beautiful contrast and the fact that it’s unorganized keeps the noise levels down. There is no bus service here, but if you have your own vehicle, parking is available. You can also arrive by boat.

Alonaki Prevezas

If you’re looking to mingle, the sandy beach of Alonaki is the place to be during the warm months. It’s the first beach along the Ionian coast from the west side of the peninsula and close to both the city and the site of Nikopolis.Backed by hotels and tavernas, there are several sections that offer sun beds and umbrellas. Changing rooms and showers are also available, as are concession stands and beach bars. Being a mere 2 kilometres from the city centre means that the place can get crowded quickly, so if you’re looking for some relaxation its best to head out in the morning.

Beach of Ammoudia

The pebble beach of Ammoudia lies in a small, shallow bay not far from the village with the same name. The beach itself isn’t so spectacular but it’s close to here that the Acherontas River spills into the Ionian Sea. This is where boats carrying visitors to the “Oracle of the dead” enter the river and the beach is a welcome sight to hikers who have followed the river down from Glyki on foot. Snack bars and showers are available and a bus service from both Preveza and Parga stops here as well. You may also arrive by boat or on foot and parking is available to those with cars.

Beach of Artolithia

This quiet rocky beach is great for those looking to relax under the sun but what makes it unique are the strange rock formations located here. It’s serviced by bus and you can also reach it by boat. Make sure to bring provisions if you plan on staying long, since there are no snack bars on site.

Beach of Kanali

Enjoy the waves and windsurfing without the crowds at Kanali. It’s virtually a continuation of Monolithi without all of the development and people. Though you won’t be alone, it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for some room to stretch out on the sand. There are a few snack bars along the beach as well as showers and changing rooms.

Beach of Kastrosykia

The beach of Kastrosykia lies near the mountain of Zalongo and the site of Ancient Kassopi, so it’s a great option for cooling off after some hiking in the area. The water is deep just like the surrounding beaches though without the big waves. Changing rooms, showers and snack bars are on site and it can be reached by boat or vehicle. Buses stop here as well.

Beach of Kerentza

A great option for selective swimmers is the Beach of Kerentza, which offers clean shallow water and greenery all around. It’s a sheltered bay, so even on windy days the sea here remains relatively calm. The absence of a decent road leading to the bay means bathers can only reach it on foot or by boat, another plus to those looking to avoid the crowds!

Beach of Kryoneri

As the central beach of Parga, it’s no wonder that sun loungers fill up quickly here. Thankfully, the beach is large enough for everyone to have some space and admire the natural beauty of Parga’s second bay. The island of Panagia is adjacent to the beach and is an easy swim for explorers. From the beach you can also see the Venetian Castle of Parga overlooking the harbour. Kryoneri lays mere footsteps from the town, but if you’re staying somewhere else, buses make a stop here on the way to the city centre. Families love the convenience of the beach here, but the water becomes deep quickly, so parents should keep an eye out for little ones.

Beach of Lichnos

The large beach of Lichnos is one of three bays that surround the beautiful seaside town of Parga. Lichnos is the first of Parga’s beaches coming from Preveza and buses from town make frequent stops here. Sun beds and umbrellas line the beach which does fill up quickly in summer. Explorers can check out the Cave of Aphrodite to the left of the beach. A boat is needed to reach there but once you arrive you can enjoy swimming in the same waters that Aphrodite supposedly bathed.

Beach of Loutsa

This large strip of sand is popular with all age groups, though the water becomes deep abruptly, so families with small children should keep this in mind when visiting. The beach itself is lovely, but it’s actually the tavernas which back the beach that Loutsa gets its fame from. Here, visitors can savour some of the freshest fish in the region. The bus makes a stop here and it’s also possible to arrive by boat.

Beach of Lygia

With the Forest of Lekatsa and the Castle of Riniasis behind it, Lygia beach is a great option for those in search of some peace and quiet. The water here is crystal clear and the sand is fine and golden. The beach isn’t organised though changing rooms are available and snack bars lie just a few meters from the beach. It’s along the Preveza – Parga bus route and travellers can also arrive by boat.

Beach of Monolithi

Located just 8 kilometres from Preveza lay this immense stretch of beach that stretches 5 kilometres until the settlement of Kanali. It’s very popular with sports enthusiasts and windsurfers, as the water here is deep and large waves are a frequent occurrence. The presence of beach bars and tavernas as well as several hotels gives it a similar feel to Alonaki. Changing rooms, showers and parking is available and buses from Preveza make a stop here as well.

Beach of Mytikas

This beach just 5 kilometres north of Preveza is both sandy and rocky at different parts and lies close to the ancient site of Nikopoli. It features a snack bar and showers and can be reached by foot or vehicle. Parking is available and it is also serviced by bus.

Beach of Sarakiniko

The beautiful shades of blue displayed within the waters at Sarakiniko have swimmers returning year after year. The beach itself is both sandy and pebbly in different areas and the water is shallow. A snack bar and showers are available at the back of the beach. Unfortunately, the roads leading to the beach are not maintained well, so you may want to look into arriving by boat.

Beach of Valtos

The sandy beach of Valtos features emerald water and various water sports to those who visit. It’s the last and largest of Parga’s beaches and less visited than the previous beaches of Lichnos and Krioneri. It’s popular with windsurfers and the younger crowd. Here bathers can enjoy views of the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos in the distance. In the summer a daily boat service is offered to those islands as well. Snack bars and showers are available and sun loungers can be found along different areas of the beach. The buses from Parga make stops here and parking is available for those who come by car.

Beach of Vrahos

Vrahos beach is one of the best along the coast stretching from Preveza to Parga. The soft golden sand and shallow turquoise water make it popular with just about everyone, though not too popular. Sun loungers and umbrellas exist in some sections but it’s unorganized for the most part.

Kiani Akti

The beaches of Kiani Akti or “blue coast” stretch along the tip of the peninsula on which the city of Preveza is located. Despite its close proximity to the port (5klm), the area is surprisingly serene in many areas. The coast is made up of several small beaches, some sandy, others rocky. The water is shallow and the trees behind the beach provide a welcome breeze in summer. You can arrive by boat, on foot or by bus and parking is available for those with their own vehicle. Showers and snack bars are also available throughout.

Piso Krioneri

Just around the coast from Krioneri lies it’s quieter version. It’s shallower and calmer her, though there are amenities such as snack bars and umbrellas and sun loungers. The small church of Agios Athanasios stands at the top of the ridge overlooking the beach.

Agia Anna Beach

As one of the most popular resorts throughout the entire island of Evia, Agia Anna attracts thousands of tourists each year. Its long sandy beach stretches kilometre after kilometre and is backed by countless tavernas, beach bars and rooms. As is the case with Pefki, it’s better to visit during the low season if you are not fond of crowds.

Akti Nireos

Along the 12 klm. stretch between Amarynthos and Aliveri lays the Akti or coast of Nireos, named after a sea divinity before the time of his better known counterpart Poseidon. Calmer than Eretria and Amarynthos, this bathing spot features natural shade provided by the tamarisk trees backing it and clean water with a beach of course sand.

Almyropotamos Beach

Despite the fact that it lies next to the port connecting Agios Dimitrios with the mainland, the sandy beach of Almyropotamos is extremely clean and very popular with swimmers. Bars, tavernas and hotels line the road behind the beach, though quiet spots can be found.

Alykes Drosia

This long expansive beach along Evia’s mainland strip is very popular with campers and those staying in one of the many hotels within the area. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for company and the beach itself is organised and clean.

Amarynthos

Within the last two centuries, prehistoric settlements dating before 3000 BC have been unearthed here, as well as numerous artefacts from a variety of regions and cultures, confirming that Amarynthos was an important trading centre during ancient times. Many of the archaeological discoveries have been found on the hill above the natural harbour as well as throughout the wider area.

Archampoli Beach

This magnificent hidden beach is the just reward of those who traverse the eponymous gorge leading up to it. The large cliffs on either side combined with the deep blue-green waters add to the beaches’ beauty and remoteness.

Armirichi Beach

Another contender for Evia’s best beach was the site of a commercial for the Greek beer, Mythos. It’s a very small, hidden cove featuring turquoise waters and fine sand. A small taverna lies just behind the beach.

Bouros Beach

The quiet bay of Bouros can be found ten kilometres south of Karystos near the island’s southern-most tip. For the most part, the beach consists of fine sand, though there are rocks scattered throughout. The beach is unorganized and ideal for those looking for a relaxed swimming spot.

Chrisi Ammos

The exotic beach of Chrysi Ammos just outside of Marmari is considered one of Evia’s finest and is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Due to its unique geographical location and the northerly winds which blow here, Chrysi Ammos is paradise to avid wind and kite surfers. Its fine sand and shallow aqua waters are worshipped by many during the summer.

Chronia Beach

Approximately five kilometres north of Limni is the beach of Chronia lays this thin, yet clean strip of beach. Small pebbles and plenty of dried seaweed make up its surface, and though you won’t find any umbrellas for hire here, a couple of rooms and tavernas just beyond the beach provide basic amenities.

Dafni

Along central Evia’s tranquil northern coast, Dafni beach is a clean and calm bathing destination for those looking to take a refreshing dip in privacy. Just outside the village with which it shares the same name, Dafni beach is full of pebbles and surrounded by trees all around. There are several springs which flow into the sea from the nearby mountain of Kandili.

Eretria

The past few years have seen Eretria’s popularity grow, with both Greek and foreign tourists.

Fygias Beach

Clean, shallow water and natural shade backing the sandy beach await all who choose to swim at this beach outside the eponymous village. Located just 3 kilometres north of Marmari, it is quite popular during the summer months.

Hiliadou

One of the area’s most popular bathing spots, Hiliadou beach is set within a dramatic landscape of lush vegetation and backed by sheer cliffs which contrast beautifully with its blue-green waters. The beach can be reached by car or can serve as a refreshing reward as the end point of the hiking paths originating from Lamari or Stroponon Gorge.

Kalamos

Just south of Korasida is the infamous beach of Kalamos, regarded as one of the most graphic throughout both Evia and Greece. A rock in the shape of a naturally-carved arch splits the beach into two sections and adds to its scenery. Popular with campers and the young crowd, the beach is home to a beach bar and canteen.

Kallianos Beach

Marking the northern endpoint of the Dimosaris Gorge, Kallianos Beach lies between two large cliffs and features a small stream running down from the gorge and into the sea. It features the same remoteness as Archampoli, though offers two tavernas above the beach. Walkers along the Agios Dimitrios Gorge can also finish here.

Kanatadika

The beautiful beach of Kanatadika is set apart by the beautiful shades of blue in its waters and its unique position looking out towards both the mainland, the Pelion Peninsula and the Aegean. The beach consists of smooth pebbles, and is backed by a few traditional seafood tavernas.

Karavos Aliveri

Just south of Aliveri lies the beach of Karavos, the city’s closest swimming spot. Though it’s convenient for those staying in the area, the busy coastal road behind and view of the area’s power plant make Karavos an average beach, at best.

Karystos Beach

The long stretch of sand lining Karystos’ coast and situated next to its port is surprisingly clean and offers swimmers and convenient bathing spot. There are umbrellas on a portion of the beach, as well as free sections where you can lay your towel.

Korasida

Another exotic beach is that of Korasida south of Platana. Thick vegetation covers dramatic hills that lead down to two separate sections of the beach. One consists of white pebbles, and the other of thin pale-coloured sand.

Lefkandi

Lefkandi’s long beach along its seaside road is ideal for families or those looking for a convenient swim just footsteps from the town centre. A section of the beach has sun loungers and umbrellas available, though there are unorganised spots to put your towel down as well.

Lihadas (Kavos Beach)

Evia’s western most beach looks across to the small islets of Lihadonisia and offers swimmers a shallow sandy beach. Though popular in itself, most people come here to catch the boat which makes runs between the small islands throughout the day.

Lihadonisia

Known as the “Greek Seychelles”, the handful of small islets across from the seaside town of Lihada are a marine playground, particularly for those who come with their own boat. The popular beach of Agios Georgios features sun loungers and umbrellas as well as a beach bar. It’s very popular with the young and gregarious, though if you’re looking for more secluded swimming, the other islets are all within swimming distance and feature extremely shallow waters.

Limni Beach

Conveniently located just outside the graphic seaside town it takes its name from, Limni Beach is unorganized and features clean water and pebbles both inside and outside of the sea. It can be busy during summertime, though it large length wards off the feeling that it’s overcrowded.

Limniona Beach

Another splendid yet more cosmopolitan swimming spot is the popular Limniona Beach located between the villages of Tsakei and Mesohoria along Evia’s eastern coast. Sea caves and several cliffs suitable for jumping line the edges of the beach, while a small island directly adjacent provides swimmers with plenty to explore.

Limnionas

Aqua green water and an exotic jungle feel make this beach just outside the eponymous village one of Evia’s most popular. Despite this, the area is peaceful and quiet. It can be reached by car and canteens, tavernas and small hotels are close by. During the weekend it is extremely popular with campers, so if you’re looking for seclusion, best to come during the week.

Livadi Beach

Cerulean waters caught between two ridges with a sandy beach in between give Livadi beach a remote, deserted feel. That is, unless you decide to visit during the weekend or within the peak summer months, when the beach can be full of campers. The beach is located about 15 kilometres from Karystos along Evia’s small southeastern coast.

Loutra Aidipsou

Though fairly unimpressive at first glance, what sets the beach of Loutra Aidipsou apart from others are its thermal springs which pop up here and there along the coastline. Backed by shops, tavernas and hotels, the beach can be noisy, though allows for a convenient dip for visitors to the well-known thermal spring capitol of Greece.

Malakonda

Though a bit rocky at some spots, Malakonda’s pebbly beach is a nice alternative when nearby Eretria becomes packed with campers and weekend visitors. Backed by natural shade in some places, swimming here is a great chance to relax.

Marmari

Both of the coasts east and west of Marmari enjoy frequent winds suitable for windsurfing and most are organized as well.

Nea Styra Beach

Another port-side beach, the clear waters of Nea Styra are an ultra convenient swimming spot along the town’s waterfront. Though it’s quite narrow and can be difficult to snag an umbrella if you don’t go early, the beach is long enough to accommodate everyone.

Niborio Beach

Named after the quaint seaside village where it’s found, this quiet sandy beach lies in a small gulf south of Styra on the way towards Marmari. There are no umbrellas and the beach is unorganized.

Oreoi

Just left of the small harbour in the picturesque seaside town of Oreoi, the eponymous beach features calm, clear waters and fine sand. Tavernas and cafes are found just behind the beach.

Pefki

The popular beach of Pefki sits close to the northernmost point of Evia. It is a well-known resort, attracting families and very popular with campers. It takes its name from the Greek word for pine tree, and indeed the trees tumble down mere metres from the beach. Pefki is extremely popular during the summer and if you are looking for peace and quiet, it is best to visit during the off season.

Platana

Along the coast of this seaside village, the quiet beach of Platana is a long stretch of sand. Though the landscape is arguably less impressive than that of the other beaches listed here, the water is clean and the access is much easier than the others. Amenities nearby make it a great choice for families.

Politikon

Along the quaint fishing village of Politikon, coarse sand and clear waters make this beach a convenient choice for visitors of the areas. The calm seas of the northern Euboean Gulf and large number of shops behind the beach make it a great choice for families, though not for those looking for privacy.

Porto Lafia

Another good choice for those seeking tranquillity is the beach of Porto Lafia along the coast between Styra and Marmari. Its shallow, turquoise waters make it very popular with families as well. The beach is sandy and unorganized.

Potami Beach

This beautiful remote beach lies within a small gulf and features shallow water and fine sand. Bathers should be aware that the area is prone to strong currents and waves.

Pylio

Aside from a small section of umbrellas and sun loungers, the beautiful beach of Pylio is unorganised and large enough to handle the crowds. Its shallow waters and sandy beach make it ideal for young children, though due to the fact that it faces the Aegean, it can be prone to strong northern winds.

Rovies Beach

You could be forgiven for believing you were on the shore of a Swiss Lake rather than an Aegean island while relaxing on the peaceful and scenic beach of Rovies. Smooth pebbles and pine trees that practically overhang into the waters give this stretch of beach a unique feeling. The mountains behind and the mainland in the distance add to the feeling of being anywhere but on an island!

Sarakiniko

Just south of Cape Sarakiniko, this lonely beach is surrounded by pine trees and low hills. Black sand and pebbles line the beach and bottom of the sea here, which deepens quickly. The beach can be reached by car, though the last few hundred metres require a 4×4. Many choose to park their car farther up and walk down to the beach.

Schinodavila Beach

Arguably one of the finest beaches throughout the island is the enchanting hideaway beach of Schinodavila.

Thapsa

Another well-kept secret is the secluded beach of Thapsa north of Kymi.

Varellai Beach

The seven-mile trek along a difficult dirt road is well worth the splendours of one of Evia’s most remote beaches. Varellai features deep light blue waters and smooth white pebbles along its shores. It’s a great place to go if you’re seeking solitude, though campers do set up tents from time to time. It goes without saying that there are no facilities within the close vicinity.

Vythouri

One of Evia’s and perhaps Greece’s best kept secrets is this spectacular beach found virtually hidden between the cliffs along the Aegean coast between the villages of Glyfada and Agia Eirini.

Zarakes Beach

Small white pebbles and dazzling emerald waters can be found at another one of Evia’s top beaches. Zarakes Beach lies roughly 3 kilometres outside the village of the same name. Its crystalline waters deepen quickly and the strong winds and large waves that are usually found within the area make it less than ideal for small children. A few tavernas can be found behind the beach, though aside from that, it’s unorganized.

Zastani Beach

Another popular bathing spot near Marmari is the dazzling beach of Zastani. Its crystalline waters contrast with the white stones which line the beach and seabed here.

Malagari Beach

A sandy beach not ideal for families as the sea here is often quite tumultuous. The beach is 2km from Vathi and also close to a local winery.

Mourtia Beach

A small pebble beach with a natural marina for small boats, in northeast Samos, located 6km from Vathi. Nearby you’ll find Mikri Lakka beach and the Monastery of Zodochou Pigis.

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Agios Nikolaos beach, Hydra

This beautiful beach features clear, blue waters and is partially organized. You can reach it by boats which leave from the harbor. It’s located on the island’s southwest side.

Bisti beach, Hydra

Within Hydra’s most northwestern gulf lies the beach of Bitsi, with blue-green waters and several pine trees. The beach is accessible by boat.

Kaoumithi beach, Hydra

This pristine beach lies in the northwestern section of the island, with pine trees surrounding its turquoise waters, and offering bathers calm and serenity.

Limnioniza beach, Hydra

The beach of Limnioniza can be found along Hydra’s southeastern coast and can be reached by foot along a trail. It isn’t organized and doesn’t offer any natural shade, so bring an umbrella if you plan on staying a while.

Molos beach, Hydra

In the northeastern section Hydra, this beach offers bathers deep blue waters and blissful views of the opposite islet of Kivotos.

Palamidas beach, Hydra

Deep within a gulf just northwest of Hydra’s main harbor, this small beach is a great place to relax and enjoy its crystal clear waters. It’s right next to the Voulgari Mansion.

Spilia, Hydroneta and Avlaki, Hydra

Though technically not beaches, these three spots offer a place to swim not far off from Hydra town. A ladder leads the way into the water from the rocky coast.

Agios Georgios, Beach

Also known as Ai Giorgis, this sandy beach can be found in the eastern part of the island. Unorganized and secluded, it’s great for those looking to get away from the crowds.

Agios Kyrikos Beach

This rocky beach beside the island’s main port, is a great choice for those staying in the capital and looking for a quick dip.

Anefandi Beach

The turquoise water of Anefandi contrasts beautifully with the white pebbles on its shore. Just east of Therma, you’ll find it between Kerame and Nyfi beaches.

Aris Beach (Karavostamo)

This beach lies just outside the village of Karavostamo, in the northern part of Ikaria. It takes its name from the eponymous river which flows behind it, creating a unique wetland.

Armenistis Beach, Ikaria

This pebbly beach is located in one of the island’s most popular resorts. It’s a small cove with umbrellas and other amenities nearby.

Atsipades Beach

This beautiful, undiscovered beach can be found in the eastern part of the island and is perfect for those looking for some privacy.

Avlaki Beach, Ikaria

Taking its name from the eponymous village it lies next to, this beautiful beach is found along Ikaria’s northern coast.

Exo Plagia Beach

Popular with the locals, this pebbly beach features crystal clear waters and is located near Magganitis, just outside the village of Plagia.

Faros Beach, Ikaria

One of the island’s largest beaches, the sandy coast of Faros stretches out along Ikaria’s southern shore. It’s also one of the most developed, with several seaside taverns and cafes lining its edge.

Fyrodi Beach

Fyrodi is a great sandy beach near Magganitis and is very popular with the locals.

Gialiskari Beach

This laid back beach on the island’s north side features views of the picturesque fishing harbour and the Church of Analypsis.

Gialos Beach

This popular swimming spot lies beside the small marina of Magganitis village and features crystal clear water.

Glyfadi Beach

The sandy beach of Glyfadi can be found on the north eastern side of the island. Backed by trees offering natural shade, this beach is located just east of Therma.

Iero Beach

Its name aptly meaning “sacred”, this secret sandy beach has been a well-kept secret due to only being recently made accessible. It lies along Ikaria’s northern coast.

Kambos beach, Ikaria

Along with its ancient city and archaeological site, Kambos’s sandy beach is popular with visitors and has all the amenities one could need nearby.

Karkinagri Beach

Lying at the island’s westernmost point, this clean, pebbly beach is perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet.

Kerame (Evdilos)

One of two beaches on the island with the same name, this sandy swimming spot is located near Evdilos, on the northeastern part of the island.

Kerame (Faros)

The second of two beaches with the same name lies east of Therma, on the way to Faros. It’s a small, sandy cove, far away from the crowds.

Kyparissi Beach

This small sandy beach lies next to Kerame beach, near Evdilos.

Lefkada Beach, Ikaria

The rocky beach of Lefkada can be found on the island’s southern coast, in an area known for its hot springs. It can be found along the road leading from Agios Kyrikos to Xylosyrti.

Livadi Beach

Featuring fine, golden sand and turquoise waters, this is one of Ikaria’s finest beaches. Located between the beaches of Messakti and Armenistis, Livadi is a great choice for families with children, as the water is shallow and there are umbrellas and sun loungers available.

Messakti Beach, Ikaria

The picturesque and unique beach of Messakti is one of the island’s most well-known. The Myrsonas River flows behind it, creating a wetland, and along with it, an almost tropical setting.

Nas Beach, Ikaria

This wild, secluded beach is a favourite for explorers and those looking for a bit of adventure. Located at the end of a river gorge in the northern part of the island, Nas offers bathers a one-of-a-kind experience.

Nealia Beach, Ikaria

Located just east of Therma, the remote, mostly pebbly beach of Nealia offers swimmers clear waters and relaxed sunbathing surrounded by green hills and close to thermal springs. Nealia beach envokes a sense of wild beauty and timelessness.

Nyfi Beach, Ikaria

Nyfi is a pebbly, average-sized beach along the way to Faros along the northeastern side of the island.

Prioni Beach, Ikaria

This small cove is a hidden gem, complete with white pebbles and emerald waters. It’s located in the southeastern part of the island between the village of Therma and the island’s capital of Kyrikos.

Seychelles beach, Ikaria

The star of the island and one of the most impressive throughout the Aegean, the beach of Seychelles never fails to impress. Its aquamarine waters and odd rock formations give it the name taken from the similar-looking archipelago. It can be found along the island’s southern coast, near Magganitis.

Skepsi Beach

Taking its name from the Greek word for “thought”, you’ll know you’ve arrived at this beach when you see the statue of the “thinking man”. The beach is located along the road leading from Agios Kyrikos to Xylosyrti in the southern part of the island.

Therma Beach

The sandy beach of Therma can be found on the coast of the village bearing the same name. It’s sandy and features a few umbrellas. You can find it next to the village’s small port.

Trapalou Beach

This small beach can be found next to the village of Trapalou in the southern part of the island. Surrounded by mountains and near a few great taverns, this beach is a great place to “get away from it all” while still taking advantage of some nearby comforts.

Tsoukala Beach

Located just west of Skepsi beach lies the pebbly beach of Tsoukala. It’s along the road from Agios Kyrikos to Xylosyrtis and is also close to Lefkada. Shade is provided by trees backing the beach, and a coffee bar can be found just metres away.

Xylosyrtis Beach

This beach hares its name with the village its found within. Located in the southern part of the island along the road from Agios Kyrikos to Magganitis, this pebbly beach is backed by trees and surrounded by the wild beauty of Ikaria’s mountains.

Kastro/Chrysi Akti

Located in Kastro Kyllinis this clean sandy beach boasts different fauna and flora. It is home to the Robinson Club Kyllini which offers water sports, including wind-surfing and catamarans. Mountain biking is also offered. The resort is eco-friendly, and there is also a camping site nearby.

Kourouta Beach, Amaliada

This 20-kilometer sandy beach might be in a populated area but is very clean, dotted with trees and shrubs nearby. Water sports abound, so do eco-activities such as cycling races, hiking in the Marathia forest and more.

Kyllini Golden Beach

These coastlines boast kilometres of fine white sand with clear, azure waters.

Loutra Kyllinis 1, Kastro Kyllinis

This sandy beach – about two kilometres in length – is dominated by the Grecotel Olympia Riviera Oasis Hotel. The Grecotel hotel chain is known to be environmentally aware. Water sports and bicycle renting are available

Loutra Kyllinis 2, Kastro Kyllinis

Another blue flag beach with sandy shores and clean beaches. Please keep in mind the importance of maintaining the beaches clean, and leaving it in better shape than they were (e.g. go ahead and pick up any leftover trash).

Zacharo Beach, Zacharo

A sandy beach that is long, clean and magnificent. There are many small hotels of different categories around.

Agia Barbara-Marta beach (Kavo)

This beach is a perennial favourite.

Agiofili beach (near Vasiliki village)

If you’re looking for an exotic but secluded sandy beach, this was made for you. You must follow a path from Vasiliki to reach this gem of a beach. From here, you can also enjoy a dip in Ammousa bay.

Agios Georgios Argiradon (near Argiradon village)

Visit this sandy beach as it’s popular with families.

Agios Gordios Sinaradon beach (Sinarades)

If you like sandy beaches with a lot of action and water sports, this beach is for you.

Agios Ioannis Peristeron beach (near Moriatiki)

Lush dark sand and blue-green waters invite you to enjoy a quiet swim.

Agios Nikolaos Beach (near Argostoli Town)

If you love sandy beaches and exotic seas, this beach is a must for you. It’s quiet and offers you beautiful views of pine and olive groves. If you like to explore while swimming, there are underwater rocks that make for interesting dives.

Agios Spyridon beach (near Antinioti Lagoon)

You can swim to a small island opposite this beach if you’re adventurous or go for a dip after birdwatching at the Lagoon.

Agni beach (Agni)

This quiet cove offers crystal-clear waters and the opportunity for a relaxing swim.

Ai-Ianni Beach (near Lefkada Town)

This white sand beach with crystal clear water makes for a refreshing dip in the deep sea. Although very close to town, this 4km beach looks stunningly exotic. With a breath-taking view, it’s also popular with kite-surfers. Explore the remains of old windmills in the area.

Antisamos Beach (near Dihalia village)

Locals and visitors alike are always stunned by the beauty of this beach. Clear blue waves lap up against a white pebble shore that’s framed by lush green forests and countryside. If you love water sports, this is the place to go.

Arillas beach (in Arillas)

You won’t forget this beautiful beach on the north-west coast. Families enjoy splashing in the crystal-clear waters and end up spending the day lounging on golden stretches of sand.

Atheras Beach (Athera village)

If your ideal swimming spot consists of a beautiful white-sand beach and aqua-marine water, Atheras is a must-see. It’s kept a secret by the locals, and as such you’ll feel like you’re the only person there. Visit St. Spyridon Church nearby.

Barbati beach (near Spartylas)

Barbati is a large Blue-Flag beach that’s popular with families.

Bouka (near Skala Potamou)

Locals love this sandy beach with shallow waters.

Diakofti beach

Shallow waters and a sandy beach make this ideal for everyone. Visit the Nordland shipwreck here.

Egremni beach (near Porto Katsiki beach)

Also popular but very idyllic with its sandy beaches, lush green landscape and deep blue waters. Although it requires a trek down a dizzying number of steep stone steps, you’ll be able to swim against a backdrop of sheer cliffs in an almost exotic golden-sand locale.

Elli beach (near Liapades village)

This beautiful beach is surrounded by olive groves and pine trees and leads to secluded coves.

Firi Ammos St. Pelagia beach

Bright-red pebbles make this stunning beach unique.

Foki Beach (near Fiskardo Town)

You’ll feel like you’re swimming right to the edge of a lush green forest when you take a dip in Foki. Beautiful aquamarine waves lap up to sparkling white pebbles that in turn are covered by the shade of many trees. You’ll have to perch on rocks when ashore as it’s a small beach, but the view is amazing. Take a walk down the beach and visit the twin caves.

Fourni beach

This is another beach that offers perfect privacy. It’s small and quiet and you’ll have your choice of sand or pebbles.

Gardenos beach (near Vitalades)

This is one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches. Hugged by low hills, the traditional fishing village of Gardenos on the southwest coast boasts an idyllic sandy beach which has become a closely-guarded secret among the locals. Although the sea is shallow, currents can be strong so caution is warranted.

Glyfada beach (Glyfada)

Corfu’s most popular beach, it offers all the services associated with its Blue-Flag status.

Gouvia beach (Gouvia)

This organised sandy beach is a favourite for water-sports fans.

Halkes Beach (near Livadi village)

This isolated and rugged beach is perfect for adventurers. You’ll have to hike down a difficult path from Halkes Springs in order to reach this beautiful white-pebbled beach. But the cool sparkling waters that hide a very interesting seascape will make it more than worthwhile.

Kalami beach

If you want to feel like you’re the only person on the island, head to Kalami beach. Accessible from Virgin Mary of the Orphan monastery, it features stark white pebbles and light green waters.

Kalamitsi beach

Close to a canyon, this beach is known for its rugged landscape, huge boulders and wide stretches of sand.

Kalamitsi beach (Kalamitsi village)

This trio of quiet coves will stun you with beautiful sandy beaches, blue-green waters, and embroidery-like boulders that create an interesting landscape. Catch the sunset or dive off the rocks into a crystal-clear turquoise sea.

Kimilia Beach (near Emblisi and Fiskardo village)

You’ll feel like you stumbled off Kefalonia and onto a deserted island when you find this beach. Take a short walk from Emblisi to find it. Isolated but beautiful, quiet but enchanting, make it a point to dive into the crystal-clear blue waters as you enjoy the uniqueness of this beach.

Langadakia Beach (near Xi beach)

You’ll be able to walk from Xi beach to Langadakia beach, and the contrast is enormous. Langadakia beach is isolated, quiet, pebbled with crystal clear blue waters that are deeper than they look, so if you’re an adrenalin junkie, dive underwater and explore the seascape.

Logas beach (Perouladon village)

This hidden gem awaits you – go for a swim at sunset.

Lykodimo beach

Combine cave exploration with swimming at this gorgeous beach. Make sure you go at sunset and you’ll be impressed.

Melidoni beach

Visit the beach where Helen of Troy and Paris first met and fell in love. Fine sand and beautiful blue water will invite you in for a refreshing dip.

Mikros Gialos beach (near Poros village)

If you’re looking for a quiet place to swim, this is it. This quaint sandy beach boasts stunning blue waters and is popular with the locals. The low green hills that surround this white-sand beach makes for a spectacular contrast with the exotic blues and greens of the sea.

Molos (near Lefkimmi)

Go for a swim surrounded by eucalyptus trees.

Myrtos Beach (near Anomeria village)

This spectacular beach is famous all over the world for its sparkling white pebbles and turquoise water against a dramatic backdrop of sheer white cliffs. You’ll have to drive down a steep winding road to get there, but the effort is well worth the reward.

Paleokastritsa

Paleokastritsa, composed of a series of coves, never fails to enchant locals and tourists. Agia Triada and Alipas beaches are favourites.

Paleopoli beach

A pebbled beach with deep-blue, crystal-clear waters offers a unique sight – rocks that look like Swiss cheese. If you continue swimming, you can access the next bay as well.

Pasa beach (near Nydri)

This tiny gem of a beach is usually quiet and always beautiful. If you enjoy a wilder landscape, you’ve found the beach you’re looking for as it boasts a pebbled shore dotted with boulders and surrounded by low-hanging trees.

Platia Ammos beach

This isolated beach combines a pebbled and sandy shore.

Platia Ammos Beach (in Paliki, near Kipouraion Monastery in Havdata village)

You’ll be stunned the views and beauty of this beach. Although it’s not easily accessible – you’ll have to walk and then descend 330 steps that have been chiseled into the side of the cliff – the bright white shore coupled with crystal-clear azure water will make the trek worthwhile.

Pondi beach (Vasiliki)

If you’re a surfer looking for an adrenalin high, this is the place to be. Wind-swept but still enchanting, you’ll think you stepped into another world where an exotic beach meets the allure of blue-green waves.

Porto Katsiki beach (south of Athani village)

Although it’s very popular in the summer, this white-sand beach with stunning blue-green water beneath white cliffs is worth visiting. It’s been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You’ll have to take steep stone steps cut into the cliff-side to get to this fairy-tale beach.

St. Nicholas beach

When you’re done exploring Moudari Lighthouse, take a dip in the sparkling waters of St. Nicholas beach.

Vasiliki beach (Vasiliki village)

This stunning but popular beach is great for kids and a must-see for surfers. Its pebbled shores are met with exotic Caribbean-hued shallow waters making this a favorite amongst locals, families and surfing aficionados.

Yaliskari beach (near Pelekas)

Take a dip against a backdrop of lush green pine trees.

Aristonafton Beach, Xylokastro

About 800 meters of coastline await visitors with pine trees and flowers that resist the salt (Cacile maritime and Mathiola Tricuspidata).

Kryfi Akti Isthmias in Korinthos

Kryfi Akti Isthmias in Korinthos (the name means ‘hidden coast’). On the road of Diminio, Milissi, Sikia and Xilokastro, there are coasts with little coves and bays that offer more secluded swimming.

Loutraki 1 and Loutraki 2

Loutraki 1 and Loutraki 2, Loutraki Perachora: The beach of Loutraki is quite popular with Greek tourists during summer and can get very crowded.

Melissi Beach, Xylokastro

Only 5 kilometres away from the resort of Xylokastro near the village of Melissi, this pebbly beach is home to specific trees that don’t mind the salty environment and in fact thrive in it.

Pefkias Beach, Sikyonion

The 200-metre Pefkias beach of Kato Diminio attracts many tourists in summer visitors, especially in the summer. It’s attractiveness lies in the fact that pine trees are growing very close to the beach. You can rent bicycles from sports facilities near the beach.

Pefkias, Xylokastro

About 1.8 kilometres in length, this is a pebble beach also with pines and some flowers that are salt-resistant. Many birds, sparrows and sea-gulls frequent the area.

Sykia Beach, Xylokastro

Sykia Beach, Xylokastro: Situated in the village Sykia some three kilometres away from Xylokastro, this pebbly beach also has trees which thrive in salty water.

Vrahati beach

Very close to the road yet very clean with pebbles, around 200 metres long. No water sports, so less populated.

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Agios Ermogennis Beach (near Mytilini Town)

This tucked away cove with its cool blue waters and bright white stony shore will remind you of an exotic island. Trees practically tickle the water, while the beach itself is perfect for lounging around or spending the day. It gets crowded during peak times, but it’s worth a dip.

Agios Isidoros Beach (Agios Isidoros village, near Plomari Village)

Bright white pebbles, blue-green waves and an underwater rock-reef ecosystem make this beach a favorite and one of the prettiest. If you like windsurfing or other watersports, there are shops with all the necessary amenities. Perfect for kids – and the marine life provides an excellent introduction to the island’s vibrant ecosystems.

Anaxos Ambelia Beach (near Anaxos Village)

This beautiful beach will take you back to a time when Lesvos didn’t have any tourism infrastructure. With a rugged landscape and crystal clear waters, this beach offers huge stretches of sandy shores. It’s remote, so you’ll feel like you’re on your own. Windsurfers, this is the place for you to enjoy your sport.

Eftalou Beach (near Molyvos)

If you love Molyvo’s medieval aura, then you must also take a dip in the sea in Eftalou. With a wonderful view, this quiet beach is perfect for those of you who want to lie back and take a solitary dip. A special feature of Eftalou Beach is its thermal springs. So combine your swim with a therapeutic dip in the hot springs.

Kampos Beach (near the airport)

Lesvos can turn into your own private island – or at least that’s what it will seem like if you go for a swim on Kampos Beach. Endless stretches of golden sand and clean, crystal-clear blue waters that sparkle in the sun will be yours and yours alone. It could get windy, so your swim might become a bit of an adventure.

Melinta Beach (near Plomari Village)

This is another secluded beach that never gets crowded. If you’re looking to swim with no one around, you’ll be stunned by its almost-white sandy shores that stretch on and on. The sea is shallow here, which makes the perfect blue hues seem tropical. It’s perfect for swimmers of all ages.

Nifida Beach (near Polichnitos Village)

This beautiful sandy beach with crystal-clear sapphire waters will beckon you to take a swim – and never come out. Birdwatchers will especially enjoy their swim, because this beach is part of an important ecosystem that provides shelter for a number of rare species. Combine swimming with nature-loving.

Skala Eressou Beach (Eressos Village)

This beautiful sandy beach is a favorite amongst locals and visitors. Once you take a dip in the sparkling blue waters and admire the copses of trees that hug the coast, it will become one of your favorites too. It’s long sandy stretches of golden sand accommodate the crowds that gather. Perfect for kids.

Vatera Beach (Vatera Village)

If you love huge stretches of perfect sandy beach, crystal-clear blue waters, and ideal swimming conditions, this is the beach to choose. Although popular, it’s so big you’ll feel like you have your own private part. The sea is brimming with fish, so if you’re a nature lover and would like to casually observe the marine ecosystem, Vatera beach is perfect.

Ai Yannis Beach

Embraced by verdant seaside hills and very close to Makryialos, this gold sand beach is peaceful and picturesque.

Aliki Kitrous Beach

A natural one kimoleter long harbour where sailors and fishermen leave their boats. Also neighboring an internationally well known wetland.

Gritsa Beach

Litochori’s beach, near the archaeological site of Dion. An ideal spot for small boats.

Kalyvia Varikou

A picturesque shallow water beach ideal for young children, with pebbles and sand, at the foot of Mount Olympus. Several organized camping sites can be found there, while if you’re looking for privacy you can head to one of the little shores to the north and south of the coast.

Katerini beach

A lively, busy seaside venue with a long, wide sandy beach decked out with all the necessary water sports and sunbathing facilities, a marina for small boats and a wide choice of bars and clubs for nightlovers.

Korinos Beach

A kilometers-long, seemingly endless shore that borders ancient Macedonian tombs. There are several accommodations, cafes and tavernas along the shore.

Leptokarya beach

Located near the settlement of Old Leptokarya, in Archaia Levithra, where the legendary Orfeus’ burial ground lies. This fine pebble beach, draped in thick foliage, is a popular local hangout day and night, has many umbrellas and sun loungers, water sports facitilities as well as cafes, bars and restaurants for night owls.

Makryialos Beach

An organized beach, with a abundant sand and the characteristic sand-hills that can be found in the area’’s coasts – great fun for rolling down of.

Methoni Beach

The natural bay of Methoni and Nea Anthoupoli is ideal for beach goers looking for serenity and shade, as it’s lined with trees. Located by one of Europe’s most important wetlands is a sand beach with clean water.

Neo Pori Beach

The very wide beach is Pieria’s southernmost shore, and attracts families and locals seeking a refreshing dip in clean waters. It overlooks Olympus and is near the the traditional settlement of Palio Pori and an endless, scenic wetland at the northern part of the Delta of Pineio.

Neos Pandeleimonas

An exquisite beach with trees and lush vegetation that almost reach down to the sea, located nearby the traditional settlement of Palio Pandeleimonas and near the old castle of Platamonas. The beach has sun loungers and umbrellas as well as a few beach bars.

Olympic shore

A very wide, organized beach with a parallel bycicle path and walkway that are ideal for enjoying a seaside stroll, jog, skating. This popular beach gets extremely active during peak time, especially as it connects Katerini beach with the cosmopolitan Olympic shore.

Plaka, Litochori

Plaka is a long narrow beach dotted with numerous natural coves, sand, pebbles and greenery-covered rocks.

Platamonas Beach

A busy beach with numerous shops, restaurants, accommodations and cafes as well as a marina for small boats, Platamonas is ideal for those who like to see and be seen.

Pydna Beach

A gold sand beach with straw umbrellas and sun loungers, as well as a nearby bar-restaurant. Just a stone’s throw away from the valuable Byzntine finds waiting to be explored.

Skotinas Beach

A gold sand beach at the foot of Mt Olympus, located near the settlement of the same name. In summer, Skotinas beach is the scene for music concerts, dance performances and festivals.

Chrani Beach

Chrani Beach: crystal waters, olive trees and vineyards dotting the coastline, with several beach cafes.

Finikounda Beach

Finikounda Beach: A 3 kilometre-long beach nominated for Blue Flag designation, and is somewhat on the windy side which makes it perfect for surfers and sea sports.

Gargaliani Beach

Gargaliani Beach: Golden sandy beach that’s very clean and with natural beauty, only 7 kilometres away from the healing springs of Vromoneri.

Kalamata Beach

Kalamata Beach: Right next to the city yet with very clean water, awarded the Blue Flag in Europe. Many cafes, shops and restaurants along the beach.

Stoupa beach

Stoupa beach: Another very clean sandy beach, located in Stoupa.

Voedokilia Beach

North of Navarino with an amazing shore and blue, shallow waters, considered one of the finest beaches in the country. Beside the beach there is the salk lake of Divari in the Gialova area, considered a habitat for aquatic and bird life.

Zaga Beach

Zaga Beach: Starting from Koroni castle and connecting to Memi beach, it goes as far as Vasilitsi and the stunning beach of Faneromenis Kalamakiou. The Zaga-Memi area is naturally beautiful and attracts breeding for the Careta Careta turtle.