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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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If you’re the kind of traveller who loves exploring everything about a country, you’ll love our guide to the top things to do in Greece. We take you around the leading cultural sites and on food and walking tours and introduce you to the best ways to experience Greece’s magical sea and countryside … all so you can plan your perfect holidays in Greece.

If you’ve booked your holidays to Greece and want to know all the things to do in and around your destination, or if you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration to decide where to go, welcome to our guide to the best things to do in Greece. It’s designed to be both inspiring and practical, helping you choose and plan the experiences you’ll be including on your bucket list.

Pick your perfect beach holiday

For us, Greek beaches are about so much more than sun, sea and sand. They all have their own character and reasons to visit. So we’ve explored all the most famous beaches in Greece and painted the picture for you. (Apologies in advance if it gets you wanting to be there right now.) if you’ve spent any time searching ‘Greece’ on Instagram, you’ve probably been introduced to many of them already. Then again, seeing really is believing.

How to bring Greek culture to life

When we think of Greek culture, we see so much more than temples and marble pillars. For us, Greece’s archaeological sites are alive with the myths and legends of antiquity. So we went looking to answer why Greece is referred to as the cradle of western civilisation at all the top ancient sites and toured museums and art galleries (many modern ones too) on islands and around the mainland. All so you can choose the right experiences for you.

Culture truly is all around you when you’re in Greece, which is why we’ve got a wide range of city and island walking tours you can follow, whether you’re on a city break in Athens or Thessaloniki or visiting a Greek island. We take a ‘locals know best’ approach, seeking out all those hidden gems you won’t find in a guidebook as well as ticking off the highlights. And of course you’ve heard of island-hopping. But have you ever heard of village-hopping? You have now.

Don’t forget to pack your appetite

Whether you’re a card-carrying foodie or looking to get to know Greek food a bit better, you’re in for a treat. We’re more passionate about food and drink than perhaps any other part of Greek culture and it shows in our foodie tours in cities and islands, as well as our vineyard and olive oil tours and our focus on classic Greek products like mastiha from Chios and ouzo from Lesvos.

You’ll find amazing things happening on the food front in Athens. And Thessaloniki might just be the premier foodie destination in Greece. That said, there are quite a few destinations that would disagree. Check out our food and drink tours – definitely some of the best things to do in Greece – and decide for yourself.

Get active on your holidays in Greece

One of our favourite sections in our guide to the best things to do in Greece is the collection of all outdoor activities. We take you to the top of mountains (they don’t all need to be as tall as Mt Olympus, although we take you there too) and trek down some of the most stunning gorges in Europe. If you’ve only ever been on a beach holiday to Greece, you’ll be amazed how many signposted hikes there are on both mainland and islands. There are even hikes that end at the beach. How’s that for a reward after a hike?

We have hiking excursions to some of the most beautiful scenery in Greece (yes, Meteora, we’re looking at you) and ideas for mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoning and even snow skiing. And if you’re a water sports enthusiast, there’s diving, kayaking, river rafting and more.

Boat trips to hidden beaches and islands neighbours

Finally, we went looking for the best boat trips in Greece. Some take you to remote beaches and others into sea caves. There’s even a boat trip from Alonissos that takes you around Greece’s first marine park. Or you could even boost your Greek island holiday by taking a day trip to a neighbouring island, or by adding an unexpected island-hopping twist to Athens getaway to the islands of the Saronic Gulf. We’ve got dozens of boat trips to choose from.

We’re here to give you ideas. The rest is up to you.

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