Top 5 Beaches in Greece

The Greek islands are absolute paradise for beach lovers. From the long stretches of soft golden sand in Mykonos to the secluded coves in Zante. The dazzlingly clear waters, jaw-dropping landscapes and mythical charm put these coastal gems in a league of their own.

Uncover hidden sea caves, snorkel among ancient shipwrecks, and indulge in waterfront tavernas. Holidays to Greece will leave you in awe.

1. Paradise Beach

The coastline of Paradise Beach in Greece

Location: Mykonos

A vibrant slice of paradise, this sun-soaked beach pulsates with an energetic, carefree spirit. Pulling in revellers with its famous parties, buzzing clubs and rhythmic beats, this playful haven is a magnet for those seeking high-octane Greek island holidays.

Paradise Beach Mykonos is renowned for its legendary parties that have become iconic events on the island's social calendar. From the internationally acclaimed LGBTQ+ XLSIOR Festival in August, hosting top-notch DJs, to the regular themed nights and foam parties at Tropicana Beach Bar.

And then there’s the surroundings. Crystal-clear turquoise water, silky golden sand, and rolling cliffs sheltering the bay.

Where to stay:

- 5 star Adorno Suites Mykonos

- 4.5 star Colours of Mykonos

- 5 star Archipelagos Luxury Hotel

2. Navagio Beach

Navagio Beach in Zante

Location: Zante

A secluded gem nestled on the island of Zante, Navagio Beach, aka, Smugglers' Cove is a mesmerising shoreline framed by soft, pristine white sand and those iconic majestic limestone cliffs. Among its sparkling azure waters and natural beauty, this surreal sanctuary is famed for its rusty shipwreck, the MV Panagiotis, which ran aground in 1980.

This iconic sight, set against the stunning backdrop, has made Navagio a must-see spot for photographers and adventure seekers. Accessible only by boat, this isolated cove is a sunbather’s dream. And if you want to get moving, you can snorkel, swim and explore the sea caves around the landscape.

Where to stay:

- 4 star Majestic Hotel and Spa

- 4 star Diana Hotel Zakynthos

- 5 star Lesante Classic Luxury Hotel & Spa

3. Myrtos Beach

Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia

Location: Kefalonia

Seeking something remote and rugged? Kefalonia is the low-key destination for quieter holidays in Greece. Head northwest to Myrtos Beach and you’ll uncover one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Surrounded by lush green hills and only accessible via a winding road, reaching its bright white pebbles feels like an adventure. The dazzlingly-clear waters, vibrant marine life and fascinating rock formations are what make the trek so worthwhile.

And while you will find a small kiosk selling drinks and snacks, as well as sunbeds during peak season, its off-the-beaten-track feel is very much intact. Which is why it’s so popular among photographers.

Where to stay:

- 5 star Kefalonia Bay Palace

- 4 star Asteris

- 5 star Apostolata Island Resort & SPA

4. Paleokastritsa Beach

Paleokastritsa Beach in Corfu

Location: Corfu

Nestled within a peaceful bay on Corfu's glittering west coast is Paleokastritsa Beach, renowned for its natural beauty. Framed by verdant hills and dramatic cliffs, it’s the perfect spot for exploring hidden coves, sea caves and a busy marine life. And when you've had your fill of sun, sea and scenic adventure, there’s a traditional coastal village to peruse. Follow the narrow streets, lined with quaint tavernas and cafes, and immerse yourself in local life.

If you’ve got more energy to burn, take on a breathtaking hike to the 13th-century monastery, famous for its ornate architecture and breathtaking surroundings. Soak up hilltop views over the village, Byzantine-style frescoes, historical relics and tranquil courtyards.

Where to stay:

- 4 star Aeolos Beach Resort

- 4 star Sunshine Corfu Hotel & Spa

- 5 star Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel

5. Kamari Beach

Kamari Beach in Santorini

Location: Santorini

Kamari Beach is captivating! Cloaked in volcanic black sand, with Mesa Vouno rising from the sea, the landscape feels otherworldly. When you’re not soaking up the Greek island sun from plush loungers, there’s a beachfront promenade abuzz with quaint cafes, restaurants, and shops. Follow your nose around the traditional tavernas for fresh seafood and mouth-watering meze, or pick up some unique crafts from the village boutiques.

There is plenty going on here to keep you busy. With beach parties and live performances, sights like the ancient ruins of Thera, and boat tours around the spectacular caldera.

Where to stay:

- 5 star La Mer Deluxe Hotel & Spa

- 4 star RK Beach Hotel

- 4 star Kamari Blu

Lydia Davis

About the author

A thrill-seeking globetrotter, Lydia is passionate about trying out new experiences. From rushing down the slopes of Savoie to quad biking over the dunes in Cape Verde, she wants to help holidaymakers get the most out of their next adventure.