The beaches are one of the main reasons people travel to Greece and the Greek islands. We are going to show you what we consider the very best Greek beaches.
10. Tsambika Beach, Rhodes
Tsambika is one of the most popular beaches on the east coast of Rhodes, in the Dodecanese. The water is very clean, and the sand dunes on the long, shelved beach are sheltered by promontories on both sides.
The beach has no permanent development, because the nearby land is owned by the Orthodox Church. This includes a monastery overlooking the beach with a splendid view.
9. Vroulidia Beach, Chios
Vroulidia Beach is a small beach with pure white sand and clear emerald water, sheltered in a cove with cliffs on both sides. It has a relatively secluded location, on the southern tip of Chios, in the northeast Aegean. Despite this, the scenery is breathtaking enough to draw plenty of beachgoers. The good news is that if the beach gets too crowded, there are several similar beaches close by.
8. Plaka Beach, Naxos
As the biggest island of the Cyclades, Naxos has miles of beaches. But the 4 km long Plaka Beach is the most pristine among them. Located on the west coast of the island, Plaka Beach is an extension of Agia Anna, about 10 km south of Naxos Town (Hora). This open cove beach is almost untouched by human development, and its tranquil, clean sea and view of neighbouring Paros makes it very beautiful.
It is well protected from the northern summer winds (meltemia) and in places there’s natural shade from cedar trees.
7. Paradise Beach, Mykonos
Paradise Beach on the south side of Mykonos, is the ultimate party beach. It was once an anonymous nudist beach, but has today helped turn Mykonos into Greece’s foremost open air clubbing venue, only matched by Ibiza in the Mediterranean overall. It is a place to see and be seen. Party lovers, both famous and unknown, flock to the beach for watersports by day, and clubbing by night. Happy hour starts at 4 PM, and at night Paradise Club is filled with people dancing to top international DJs.
The facilities on the beach includes a bar, taverna and souvenir shops
6. Elafonisi Beach, Crete
Elafonisi Beach is located on the very western edge of Crete, about 80 km from Chania city. Its white and pinkish sand, combined with warm and shallow turquoise water, gives the beach an almost tropical feel. The beach is completely natural and in pristine condition.
The pure white sandbars lead to the small islet of Elafonisos, only 100 meters out, and shallow enough to walk there. The islet has the occasional ruined wall and even more beaches, though they have waves, unlike the main beach. The islet and beach name come from the word Elafi, which means deer in Greek, because people first discovered how shallow the sandbar was when when they saw a deer walk across.
The whole district has been classified as a special environmental interest becase there are some endangered species in the are, and development is therefore restricted. There’s only a small cafe on the beach.
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