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The best beach holidays in Greece

Guide to the best beaches in Greece to help you plan your dream beach holidays

You know that amazing Greek beach you saw on Instagram … where was it? You’ll find the answer right here in our guide to the best beaches for your summer holidays in Greece.

Find your dream Greek beach

You might already have booked your holidays to Greece and want to know the must-visit beaches to spend the day at once you’re there. Or maybe you’re looking for some inspiration to decide where to book. Either way, you’re in the right place to discover the unmissable beaches in Greece.

Filled with practical information (like whether there are sunbeds & umbrellas, nearby tavernas, water sports, beach bars and other facilities or whether you can expect sand or pebbles), we introduce you to many of the best beaches in Greece to make your holidays even more magical.

Unmissable beaches in Greece

Trying to find your way around 14,800km of coastline on the Greek islands and mainland (not to mention the hundreds of beaches awarded Blue Flag certificates for environmental cleanliness) isn’t easy. So we’ve focused on the beaches that make you want to drop what you’re doing and book your holidays to Greece right away: Shipwreck beach in Zante, Lalaria beach in Skiathos, Voidokilia beach in Messinia (Peloponnese) and Lefkada’s Porto Katsiki and Kathisma beaches.

There are so many great beaches on Milos, but you’re not leaving without experiencing the lunar landscape of Sarakiniko. Likewise, Balos, Preveli and Elafonisi beaches are must-sees depending on where you’re holidaying in Crete, just as Myrtos beach is a sure thing in Kefalonia.

Beach holidays chosen by the gods

We travel the length and breadth of Greece. From Giola lagoon (a natural swimming pool in Greece’s northernmost island, Thassos, that was created by Zeus for Aphrodite to bathe in) we head to Simos beach (not one but two doses of paradise on Elafonisos island) at the foot of the Peloponnese. And from Paradise beach in Corfu’s Ionian Sea, we take you Agios Stefanos in Kos, in the eastern Aegean.

You’ll discover how to get the best out of beach life in Mykonos and enjoy the unbeatable palate of colours at the heart of every dream beach holiday in Greece – the greens, blues and whites found at the likes of Apella beach in Karpathos, Panormos beach in Skopelos and Koukounaries beach in Skiathos. All need to be seen to be believed.

Take your time and choose wisely. They’re the best beach holidays in Greece for a reason.

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The tear-jerking beauty of Giola on Thassos

A day at mythical Giola Lagoon in Thassos

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Why Prasonisi is Rhodes’ No.1 water sports beach

If you are into windsurfing and kitesurfing and planning holidays in Rhodes, the water sports scene of Prasonisi beach has your name on it
Spending a day here is about thinking of nothing else but lazing on the white sand and swimming in the gloriously coloured sea

A double dose of heaven at Simos Beach on Elafonisos

Stretching either side of a peninsula on Elafonisos, a tiny island off the southern coast of the Peloponnese, Simos is not just one but two...
Amazing blue waters of Myrtos beach in Kefalonia

The wild beauty of Kefalonia’s Myrtos beach

A geological masterpiece, Myrtos Beach has been sculpted by nature to create the most dramatic backdrop to your holidays in Kefalonia
Preveli beach takes exotic to another level

Experience the palm-fringed beauty of Crete’s Preveli Beach

With a palm grove, saltwater lagoon and dramatic Cretan gorge as scenery, Preveli Beach, in southern Crete, takes exotic to another level
The magical blend of blues you’re presented with as you approach Balos from above

Prepare to be mesmerised at Crete's Balos beach

Balos beach in Chania captures your heart twice over: Once with a heart-stopping view and then from up close as a dream swimming spot on...