HERE’S a fun fact: Greece ranks 12th in coastline length in the world: 13,676 kilometres of coastline, longer than the UK and almost as big as China’s. Naturally, this is due to our Archipelago of almost 6,000 islands. And, naturally, many of those kilometres account for beautiful beaches! Speaking of beaches, it is important to note than Greece has some of the cleanest waters you can find in Europe and has been awarded with the 2nd place in the Blue Flags global eco-program. Let’s enjoy these waters and keep them clean!
BELOW is my personal top 10. While I haven’t been to every single beach in my country, I can, however, say that I have been to many that left me speechless. Choosing them sure was a difficult task. Do you agree? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!
10. CHALKIADA, ANGISTRI
Angistri is an excellent option if you’re looking to escape from busy Athens to a nearby island. It really looks like paradise! And Chalkiada beach is the most famous beach on the island. You will need to climb down to reach it, but once you do, everything about it is rewarding: the bright white pebbles, the cliff behind providing some much-needed shade and - of course- the beautiful, crystal clear waters. Keep in mind that this beach is famous for nudism.
9. ARMATHIA, KASSOS
Last summer I travelled to one of Greece’s least visited islands, Kasos in the Dodecanese! This island stole my heart with its untamed character and authentic people. Armathia is a small, uninhabited island (there used to be 8 inhabitants until 1951!) off the northwestern coast of Kasos. It’s known for its pristine, wind-swept rocky setting that contrasts perfectly with the bright blue waters.
8. SEITAN LIMANIA, CRETE
Seitan Limania is one of Chania region’s most popular beaches and once you get there, you can understand why. Getting there can be tricky, as you need to climb down for about 10-15 minutes, remember to bring sports shoes. Just looking at the view makes you want to hop down like a Cretan “kri-kri” (the goats! You’ll probably see a lot of them around you). It is a small, sandy beach with incredible waters and the characteristic zig-zag shape. A real sight for sore eyes!
7. ITALIDA, KOUFONISSI
I have probably talked a lot about this beach and Koufonissia in general on my Instagram, but it is never too much. If you walk around the island (and I mean literally walk along the coast from one side to the other, it’s small enough to do it), you will soon reach Italida beach (meaning “Italian Lady” from an Italian resident in the area) also known as Platia Pounda, a unique sandy beach with incredibly clear waters.
6. GERAKAS BEACH, MILOS
Gerakas beach is one of the many beaches in Milos island which are not accessible by car or even on foot, but only by sea. Sailing around the island is one of the main activities in Milos and one of the beaches you don’t want to miss is Gerakas (along with Kleftiko). Turquoise, inviting waters, perfect for snorkelling!
5. PORI, KOUFONISSI
Just when you think you have seen it all in Koufonissia, you then reach Pori beach, the most popular beach on the island. The white sand and bottom create those incredible colours in the water, offering generously all the shades of blue. Perfect for families (protected from waves, shallow waters) and for snorkelling!
4. PISINA, SYVOTA
When sailing around the fjords in Syvota, don’t pass on bathing in the beautiful green waters of Pisina. It’s a beach only accessible by boat. Remember to anchor around 50m away from the sea shore. Also, remember to have your snorkel mask ready because these waters are just too pretty not to be explored!
3. KEDRODASOS, CRETE
Sure, Elafonissi is stunning. But what if I told you that close to crowded Elafonissi lies paradise itself? Best thing about it, you will most probably have this beach for yourself! Kedrodasos (meaning Cedar trees forest) is only a 30-45 mins trek away from Elafonissi beach. Once you reach Elafonissi, follow the E4 path towards the East. Soon, you will arrive at areas with thick vegetation (cedar trees) and to your right will be the bright blue waters. Thank me later!
2. GANEMA, SERIFOS
Serifos is gifted with some of the prettiest beaches you can find in the Cyclades. Either you’re a sandy beach or a pebbles beach person, Serifos has got it all. However, Ganema beach has actually got both of those on each side of the beach. The bright green-blue waters are a magnet, but so is the shade under the tall pine trees and the interesting greenish colour of the sand in Ganema. Remember not to take any pebbles or stones away. Take only memories and leave nothing but your footprints!
1. VOUTOUMI, ANTIPAXOS
I have to admit that my No 1 choice was not easy at all, however when I think of the perfect beach, this is the one that naturally comes to my mind. Voutoumi is located on the eastern coast of Antipaxos island, in the Ionian Sea. It is often accessible by boat from either nearby Paxos island or Syvota. Once you reach this beach, you start wondering how much more impressive can nature get.
THERE you have it, my top 10! I hope I gave you a few suggestions for this upcoming summer. Don’t forget to follow my adventures on my Instagram!
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