Ending in a rocky outcrop, this island-beach is littered with tiny pink shells that line the sea floor. Several species of rare flowers can also be seen here, such as the summer flowering sea daffodils. The warm shallow waters at the sandbar are ideal for swimming. Some watersports can also be tried here, such as windsurfing.
Location: Elafonisi lagoon, Crete, Greece.
Highlights: Rare flowers, beach bars, water sports.
Food joints and drinking holes lined at the beach offer plenty of dining destinations. At night, the beach comes alive as a thriving party spot. Outdoor dance clubs and late night bars at Mylopotas promise a happening evening that goes on until the early hours of morning.
Location: Chora, Los 840 01, Greece.
Highlights: Water sports, snorkeling, beachfront clubs.
Snorkeling and diving can also be done here. The beach is known to command excellent views of the sunset as well, making it a popular tourist destination among holidaying couples. Beachfront cafes, bars and taverns add to the general charm of Plaka. Late night clubs and music gigs also make Plaka Beach a thriving nightlife destination.
Location: Naxos, Greece.
Highlight: Horseback rides, sailing, snorkeling, beachfront clubs.
The beach offers plenty of activities to keep tourists busy throughout the year- while water sports such as yachting, windsurfing and parasailing are popular in the summer months, winter finds sunbathers flocking to the sunbeds at Platys Gialos. Clubs and late night bars also makes the beach a popular nighttime destination here.
Location: Platys Gialos, Mykonos 84600, Greece.
Highlights: Water sports, yachting, beachfront resorts.
A number of water sports can be tried at Ornos; in fact, the beach is home to a diving school, as well as training facilities for sea skiing and windsurfing. Beachside bars and eateries offer a variety of dining options here.
Location: Mykonos, Greece.
Highlights: Water sports, diving school, beachfront restaurant.
The shallow waters of the beach are ideal for a casual swim, although snorkeling and diving can also be done here. Myrtos Beach is fairly unpopulated, and suitable for those looking for a little peace and quiet. The cliffs by the beach are ideal for hiking destinations, and are known to command some of the best sunset views.
Location: Pylaros, Kefalonia Island, Ionian Sea of Greece.
Highlights: Hiking possibilities, diving and snorkeling, beachside tavernas.
The spectacularly clear waters at the beach are suitable not only for swimming, but offers superb snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities as well. Greek taverns, restaurants and cocktail bars by the beach offer outstanding spots to simply lounge on the sands while enjoying the stunning sunset over the Ionian Sea.
Location: Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Greece.
Highlights: Greek taverns, snorkeling, scuba diving.
Shallow and free of currents, the ocean here is ideally suited for swimming. The stunning emerald waters of the bay also offer a perfect destination for diving and scuba explorations. Few beach bars, eateries and taverns promise a happening day out at this Sandy shore.
Location: Statilos, Skopelos Island, Greece.
Highlights: Snorkeling and diving opportunities, fish taverns, beach bars.
Umbrellas and sunbeds at the beach invite tourists to Koukounaries throughout the year, while swimming, diving or snorkeling can be done here as well. Relaxed beach bars with a chilled vibe add to the laid back atmosphere of the place. Several late night joints at the beach also make it a popular nightlife designation in Skiathos.
Location: New Port of Skiathos 37002, Greece.
Highlights: Water sports, beach bars, taverns.
St. Paul's Bay
The shallow, warm water at the Bay is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and a lot of colourful fishes can be spotted here as well. Greek taverns by the cove offer modest dining options at the beach.
Location: Lindos, Rhodes, Greece.
Highlights: Acropolis of Lindos, Greek Orthodox chapel, snorkeling opportunities.
Several upscale bars and resorts add a certain classy charm to the beach. Adventure enthusiasts travelling to Faragas can also try their hand at canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and water tubing. Well trained experts are always available at the beach to offer assistance to first-time rowers.
Location: Paros, Greece.
Highlights: Adventure sports, expansive beach bar.
The lazy lagoons at Sarakiniko is perfect for a laid-back swim. Close by the beach is the famous Sarakiniko shipwreck spot, where snorkeling is a pretty popular activity. Although beach bars and eateries are not available in plenty here, a stray food truck or two might be spotted along the beach.
Location: Milos Island, Greece.
Highlights: Volcanic rocks, cenotes, shipwreck sites.
Long stretches of golden sand capped by shallow waters offers plenty of swimming opportunities here. Close to the beach are several bars and taverns where you can grab a drink after an eventful day. Boating tours and water sport facilities can be availed here as well.
Location: Sifnos 74003 Greece.
Highlights: Boating tours, water sports, Green taverns.
The area is best known for its huge collection of caves, including underwater ones. The huge cave sprawling across the northern part of Matala Beach is an especially popular spot for diving excursions. Every year in June, the renowned Matala Beach festival is held here, which is often regarded as one of the world's biggest hippie festivals.
Location: Heraklion, Crete Greece.
Highlights: Matala Beach Festival, grave ruins, caves, diving expeditions, water sports.
The beach can be reached by a short boat ride from the city centre. It is best known to house the remains of one of the world's most popular shipwrecks- the wreck of the MV Panagiotis in 1980. The idyllic beach is ideal for enjoying a lazy swim. Alternatively, you may also choose to hike along the cliffs by the beach, and enjoy stunning views of the sunset from the top.
Location: Zakynthos, Ionian Islands of Greece.
Highlights: Shipwrecks, swimming opportunities.
Beach restaurants, bars and sun shades offer enough spots for lounging on the golden sands here. Vai offers a perfect location for snorkeling expeditions, while water sports such as windsurfing, jet skiing and banana boating can also be tried here.
Location: Vai, Toplou 72300, Greece.
Highlights: Palm forest, water sports, snorkeling.
Comfortable lounging chairs and beach umbrellas invite sunbathers to Perissa throughout the year. The beach is home to two separate diving centres, while several water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, surfing and boating can be enjoyed here. Hiking enthusiasts may also choose to scale the Mesa Vouno, atop which one can explore the ancient archeological site of Thera.
Location: Santorini, Greece.
Highlights: Archaeological sites, diving centres, watersports, playgrounds.
Although there are no water sport facilities available here, the beach waters can be explored by snorkeling. You may also choose to swim in the shallow bay waters, or lounge under the multiple sunbeds and umbrellas on the shore.
Location: Santorini, Greece.
Highlights: Snorkeling facilities, beach umbrellas, beachside eateries.
Tourists may choose to take a dip in the beautiful turquoise waters here, or simply lounge on the various sunbeds by the shore. The beach also offers easy access to handicapped and disabled persons, offering walkways and wheelchair facilities.
Location: Athens, Greece.
Highlights: Beach sports, children's playground, cafeterias, wheelchair facilities.
Agios Prokopios Beach
Agios Prokopios is pretty popular among swimmers and sunbathers, although water sports such as banana tubing and windsurfing can be enjoyed here as well. If you want to avoid the sea entirely, you may also choose to explore the beach on rented bicycles, or simply enjoy a game of volleyball on the beach court.
Location: Naxos Island, Greece.
Highlights: Water sports, volleyball court, bicycle rentals.
The Beach is also home to a number of rare plant and animal species, such as falcons, shags and cormorants. Balos beach also houses a sheltered nesting area for the protected monk seal and loggerhead sea turtles. Hikers may also choose to explore the cliffs around the beach for some fantastic panoramic views of the lagoon
Location: Crete, Greece.
Highlights: Rare fauna, sea turtles, birdwatching, hiking.
Porto Katsiki Beach
Now, Porto Katsiki is visited by swimmers and sunbathers throughout the year. Summer months at the beach generally remain crowded. You can add to your experience at the beach by scaling one of the nearby cliffs here, which offer stunning views of the Ionian Sea and the sunsets over it.
Location: Lefkada, Greece.
Highlights: Hiking activities, sailing opportunities, water sports.
Although Pisina lacks in water sport facilities, the beach offers a stunning destination for day picnics and swimming. The crystal clear waters at the beach are also ideally suited for snorkeling trips.
Location: Sivota 46100, Greece.
Highlights: Snorkeling, swimming.
The Cave of Nestor, closely associated with the myth, still stands at the edge of the beach. With its clear blue waters and gentle sand dunes, Voidikilla is a delightful place to swim in. The lack of any commercial development has left the beach pure and clean.
Location: Messinia, Greece.
Highlights: Cave of Nestor, swimming possibilities, hiking.
Location: Lefkogia, Greece.
Highlights: Greek Tavernas, palm forest, beachside snack bars.