The Five Most Famous Beaches In Greece

If there’s one thing that Greece is known around the world for, it’s the beautiful seaside and islands found in the country. Although we would be happy lounging anywhere on the stunning shoreline, there are some beaches in Greece that stand out from the crowd and make for a truly unforgettable visit!


Elafonissi Beach, Crete

Hugely instagrammable, this beach can be found on feeds across the world. Soft pink sands are lapped by azure waters on this unique beach on the island of Crete. One of very few naturally pink beaches in the world, it’s not a sight to be missed – a perfect place to relax and spend an afternoon!

Elafonissi beach, Crete _ Pink Sand
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Did You Know?

Elafonissi beach’s magical pink sand is actually caused by thousands of tiny eroded seashells and organisms which have been there for centuries.


Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia

Definitely one of the most impressive beaches in Greece, Myrtos beach is lauded in many travel guides as one of the best beaches in all of Europe. Situated on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, Myrtos beach has the perfect combination of summery beach vibes and greenery.

Leaf-covered cliffs tower over the beach making it feel truly like a secluded bay. Small bleach-white pebbles line the water’s edge, which starts off a light turquoise but quickly becomes a navy as it gets deeper.

myrtos beach kefalonia
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Navagio Beach, Zakynthos

Navagio” means shipwreck and is a very apt name for this beach on beautiful Zakynthos island. The beach is bordered by tall white cliffs which descend onto fine white sands. Sapphire waters invite you to go for a peaceful swim but you may be busy admiring the real star of the beach: the abandoned shipwreck which lies in the sand.

The picturesque and very grand ship ran aground in 1980 and has rested, half-buried, on Navagio beach for more than forty years.

Rumor has it that the ship was carrying contraband when it crashed into the shore; although this has never been confirmed, it adds even more intrigue to a very unique beach!

navagio beach zakynthos
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Simos Beach, Elafonisos

Elafonisos is a tiny island off the coast of the Peloponnese and a great kept secret. The small island is surrounded by beautiful beaches but Simos beach is by far the best known!

The Caribbean of Greece, Elafonisos is almost tropical, with fine white sands which form into sand dunes along the coast. As you approach the waters you are sure to be left breath taken as you stare into clean and clear waters. Some camp by the beach and others visit from nearby hotels – either way, once you visit Simos beach you won’t want to spend your vacation anywhere else!

simos beach elafonisos
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Sarakiniko Bay, Milos

Perhaps saving the best for last is Sarakiniko beach on the up-and-coming island of Milos. The beach is made up of shockingly white pumice rocks which end up looking almost alien to our world. Some call it a moonscape which then lets up onto soft white sand and clear waters.

Put on your swimsuit and explore this beach, which hides even more to see under the white rocks. Tunnels and caves wait for you to discover them!

sarakiniko milos
Photo by @b_andrius | Instagram

There are endless breathtaking beaches in Greece and this list only scratches the surface. That is the beauty of the country – you can visit as many times as you’d like and you’ll never run out of new seafronts to explore!