Find out what the best beaches in Greece are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
Top Beach Destinations in Greece
Skiathos may be a small island, but it boasts more than 60 beaches. Koukounaries, the island’s most popular beach, offers great swimming, watersports equipment rentals, and lively tavernas. If the sun gets too strong, escape to the shade of the trees whose pine cones give the beach its name. But if it’s peace and quiet you’re after, try Lalaria Beach, which is reachable only by boat. Its natural rock arches are breathtaking.
If the mention of Mykonos doesn’t immediately bring to mind bright white buildings, turquoise skies and tanned bodies lining golden sandy beaches, you’ve been living under a rock. The most popular Greek Island in the Aegean Sea is all about energy and attracts a diverse and upscale crowd that thrives on its stylish nightlife. During the day some privacy can be had in the more secluded north beaches, but the south beaches are all party. Ski, jet-ski, windsurf, horseback ride, parasail or just save up your energy for the evening ahead, like most of your fellow travelers in Mykonos.
Head west on Corfu if you like sandy beaches; go east if you're looking for serene waters. You're spoiled for choice for beaches on this island, whether you want to rub shoulders with fellow travelers or seek out someplace more remote. Lovers of history, architecture and culture will find plenty to see and do.
You’ll have three beaches to choose from in Lindos: calm Pallas Beach, secluded St. Paul’s Bay, and the main beach, Megali Paralia. Save time to explore the town itself, too. It’s a bit of a hike up to the acropolis, but the view is magnificent.
This laid-back beach town on Crete is popular with European travelers. Soft, golden sands and shallow waters make the beaches here especially family-friendly, and there’s a great variety of tavernas, restaurants and bars (including an Irish pub!).
Party capital or family-friendly resort town? Travelers say Faliraki is a little bit of both, though it's calmer than it used to be. Rent a sunbed on the beach and relax all day, then check out the bar scene and stay out as late as you like.
The beaches of Pefkos are aptly named. Greek for "pine tree," Pefkos is lined with the aromatic evergreens, which lend shade and a sweet aroma to the beautiful soft sand beach. The atmosphere is laid-back and serene, perfect for families with young children or couples looking for a romantic and leisurely escape. The sunburned or sand-weary will love a daytime jaunt to nearby Rhodes Town, the island's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its elegant medieval characteristics and cobblestone streets.
As if a golden Greek beach could get any more special—wander to the northern point of Tsilivi to check out the remains of a Venetian observatory and observe the mashup of awe-inspiring history and contemporary vacationer culture. The beach here is breezy and cool, perfect for catching a wave, a gust of wind in the parasail or a nap.
Shed your inhibitions on the beaches of Malia, known for its wild nightlife and music scene. The world’s hottest DJs flock to play the clubs here and the world’s coolest people spill from the discos onto the sandy strips of beaches. During the day, nurse a rejuvenating cocktail from a comfy perch atop a sunbed at Glozanie Beach or bounceaway on a trampoline at Sun Beach. For a quieter afternoon, hit up lovely, tree-lined Potamos Beach—preferred by locals.
If you go to Kalamaki once, you'll surely want to go again and again. With dark golden beaches, a variety of restaurants, and friendly people, it's a perfect place to unplug and recuperate. Visitors love the warm, shallow seas, and suggest a bus ride to nearby Zakynthos if you're looking for some local shopping.