Top 5 Beaches for Your Greece Vacation

One of the world’s perennial top tourist destinations, Greece has so many outstanding beaches you might find it nearly impossible to pick just a few to fit into your schedule. To create your ideal Greece vacation, consider the following top five beach destinations.

1. Koukounaries Beach

Koukounaries Beach by: Diego (CC)
Koukounaries Beach by: Diego (CC)

Skiathos boasts some of Greece’s finest beaches, and Koukounaries remains one of its most popular seaside attractions. The sun-kissed stretch of fine sand sits on the southwestern coast of the island, in an area packed with hotels, bars, and restaurants. Locally known as “Chrisi Ammos,” roughly translated as “golden sand,” this is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches in the country, attracting water lovers and nightlife enthusiasts from distant corners of the world. Spend your days cruising up and down the coastline on a rented boat, and your nights exploring the area’s many ouzeri, traditional taverns serving the country’s famous anise-flavored aperitif.

2. Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach in Mykonos by: Iris (CC)
Paradise Beach in Mykonos by: Iris (CC)

The trendy Paradise Beach may very well be entirely responsible for Mykonos’ well-deserved nickname, the “Ibiza of Greece.” Plan a trip to Greece with a stop at this sandy beach to discover a slice of tropical heaven tailor-made for vacationers wanting an exciting island experience with plenty of modern amenities. The beach’s many bars and clubs host nightly parties, which start early and extend into the wee hours of the morning, with the biggest crowds arriving well after midnight. Party and dance until the sun comes up, or, if you prefer your beach fun during daylight hours, take a guided diving adventure to the bottom of the sea.

3. Agios Prokopios Beach

Naxos Agios Prokopios Beach by: currystrumpet (CC)
Naxos Agios Prokopios Beach by: currystrumpet (CC)

A dream come true for beachgoers eager to spend their entire Greece holiday lounging on the white sand and taking refreshing dips in the blue sea, Agios Prokopios enjoys plenty of popularity among visitors to Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean. As with so many parts of Greece, Naxos boasts a long history, stretching all the way back to Zeus himself, who is thought to have grown up in a cave here before becoming the master of all Greek gods. Later, this stretch of the coastline served Turkish traders, who frequently took advantage not only of the island’s advantageous winds, but also of its unspoiled beaches. Today, Agios Prokopios attracts swimmers and wind surfers from around the globe, arriving here by bus or private car from Hora, the island’s biggest city.

4. Lindos Beach

Lindos (Rhodos) by: Francesco Sgroi (CC)
Lindos (Rhodos) by: Francesco Sgroi (CC)

Located on Rhodes, the “Island of Roses,” Lindos Beach offers a long stretch of sand lapped by clear water. Providing an ideal setting for families with small kids, this beach features all the modern facilities needed for a pleasant day in and out of the water. You can find lounge chairs and umbrellas all along the sand, along with several water sport facilities offering paddle boats and motorboats for rent. The nearby village of Lindos features an impressive acropolis from the 2nd century BCE, as well as a network of pedestrian-friendly cobbled streets lined by whitewashed houses. If you get tired of sand and sightseeing, head to the village for some local cuisine and inexpensive handmade souvenirs.

5. Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

Shipwreck of Navagio by: Ghost of Kuji (CC)
Shipwreck of Navagio by: Ghost of Kuji (CC)

Secluded and peaceful, the picture-perfect Navagio Beach represents one the hidden gems of the Ionian Islands. A highlight of any visit to Zakynthos–an island that enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway–the beach is nestled between sheer limestone cliffs that make this part of the coastline accessible only by boat. Once you arrive here, look for the skeleton of an abandoned merchant ship that’s been rusting away on the sand since the 1980s. Snorkelers, swimmers, and divers arrive by cruise ships from nearby ports, but you can easily avoid them if you arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Consider exploring the nearby village of Anafonitria, where you can enjoy the views from a platform hanging on the edge of a steep cliff.

Sea, Sand, and Fresh Air

Millions of tourists annually visit Greece for its fine beaches, many of which rank among the best in Europe or in the world. Sandy or pebbled, secluded or developed, each one boasts its own character and atmosphere. Add a few to your Greece itinerary and enjoy the sea, sand, and fresh air on the Greek mainland or one of over 220 inhabited islands.

Tamara

Tamara

Educated in Chicago and based in Serbia, Tamara travels with passion and believes that one written word can be worth at least a thousand pictures. When she's not conquering the world one blog post at a time, she likes to eat pizza and take long naps--preferably at the same time.
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