Every year when spring arrives, and the weather gets warm and sunny, I can’t help but feel a kind of euphoria about the coming summer, even though there are still a few months to go. I believe that all serious “sun and fun” lovers should start planning their summer holidays as early in the year as possible. If you’re having trouble with making up your mind on where to vacate this year, then I wholeheartedly recommend Greek beaches. Not that you already don’t know, but this country has so much to offer. Someone who loves beaches and the sea might have a real problem when choosing a destination in Greece.
For first time visitors, I decided to make a list of the best five Greek beaches to check out (seriously, you can’t go wrong with any of them). So without further ado, let’s get into it.
Top 5 Greek Beaches for your Holidays
Plaka Beach, Naxos
The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos hides many wonderful spots, including ancient ruins, cultural sights, and charming towns, but the beaches are truly something spectacular here. The top recommended beach is Plaka beach. It is a 4 km long sandy beach, and it attracts mostly families and couples during the peak season. There are sunbeds available only in parts of the beach. The water is warm, turquoise, and just looking at it is a rest for the mind and the soul.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
There are numerous reasons why people come to Kefalonia, and Myrtos beach, without a doubt, is one of the main factors. Steep hills covered in lush greenery surround the beach, so you’ll have to decline slowly to reach it. Myrtos beach is considered one of the best in whole Greece with awards from numerous organizations. It’s a pebbly beach, so it might not attract the sand lovers at first, but I feel that they should give it a try at least. You’ll find sun beds, snack bars, and other conveniences, alongside a large parking space.
Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos
If you like white sands and plenty of shade, then look no further than Koukounaries. Amongst the most beautiful beaches in Skiathos, Koukounaries beach is an unspoiled and protected natural resort. Fragrant pine trees are all over the place, the waters are crystal clear, and there are many water sports, cafes and beach bars available. It’s great for family vacations, as well as the younger folks, and it gets quite crowded during the season.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
Also known as Shipwreck Beach or Smuggler’s Cove, this place is magical, one of a kind location in the world. The beach is consisted of tiny white pebbles, and surrounded by massive limestone cliffs, making it accessible only by boat. Here are some detailed instructions on how to reach Navagio. The water is blue, deep and clear, and it will lure you to explore the sea caves around the beach. If you’re visiting Zante, do not miss the chance to see this wonder of nature.
St. Paul’s Bay, Rhodes
Located near the village of Lindos, lays the picturesque St. Paul’s Bay. It has two beaches; a large, sandy one which is manmade, and a smaller one which is a mix of sand and gravel. Both have well-organized services and there’s no crowd, which makes them perfect unwinding spots. The water is warm, shallow, and surrounding cliffs protect it from winds. Above the bay, there is a small church, and you can also see the small white village houses in the distance.
So there you go, this would be a list of my personal all favorites. I hope that this article serves as a good starting point for folks interested in Greek beach, or anyone who loves a great beach. Give this marvelous country a visit, and I guarantee that you will be coming back for more.