Greece arguably has the best beaches in all of Europe. Greece is the land of islands and the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Naxos, Milos are some of the best places in the world to go for a beach vacation. The best time to visit Greek beaches is between late May to early October. This is the best season for beach weather and the seawater is warm and perfect for swimming. Some of the best beaches in Greece are the Elafonissi beach on Crete island, Paradise Beach in Mykonos, St. Georges at Naxos and the list goes on. The best beaches of Mainland Greece, which is the largest landmass and the transit hub to the rest of Greece is at Halkidiki. Greece has some of the best beach hotels such as the Ios palace hotel & spa, Iria beach hotel, Branco Mykonos and Cave Tagoo group of hotels. Mykonos is mostly the island which has the hotels right on the beachside.
Let us look at some of the best beaches in Greece in more detail.
The Elafonisi beach is in the southern coast of Crete. The best way to explore the beach is by going on a road trip from Chania or Rethymnon. The Elafonissi beach is pretty secluded from the city centre of Crete and does not have much more than a couple of hotels nearby. Hence the experience is much better as a day trip or a picnic rather than a stay option. If you are still interested in staying nearby, I would recommend The Elafonisi resort by the Kalomiraki’s family. The town of Paleochora is an hour away if you go via a boat ride. This is a quaint town that is worth exploring along with the Elafonisi beach. Caravella luxury apartments and the Aris hotel are some of the options I would suggest here.
Mylopotas Beach, Ios
The Mylopotas Beach in Ios is a sandy and warm beach that is most suitable for people who want a quick dip in the waters. You can either stay near the beach in Mylopotas or stay at the city centre up in the hills in Chora. The main town centre is a hotspot for nightlife and it is as easy to avoid it as easy as it is to access it. Some of the recommended properties include Ios palace hotel and spa, Nissos Ios and Rita’s place hotel which range from luxury to budget respectively.
Plaka Beach, Naxos
Naxos is the island in Greece that you should head to if you are someone who is looking to explore many different types of beaches. Naxos has a wide range of beaches and should be on your list. The Naxos town is a charming city centre location with the St. Georges beach just a couple of minutes away from the town. While St. Georges is the town beach, down in the southern coast there are a lot of beaches for the enthusiasts to explore. Mikri Vigla, Pyrgaki, Agia Anna and the best of them all the Plaka beach are some of the most beautiful beaches down south in Naxos. I would recommend you to stay in the Naxos town and take your own transportation or the frequent buses down to the coast to visit the beaches. The properties that I would like to recommend are Medusa Resort, Stella Naxos Island, Nissaki beach hotel, Korali boutique hotel and Xenia hotel.
Red Beach, Santorini
Santorini is by far the most popular island in all of the greek islands and especially for foreign visitors. Santorini is home to some of the best beaches and some really unique ones which are rare to be found in other parts of the world. Santorini beaches are not usually sandy white. Most of the beaches have sands which are also composed of volcanic sand in colours of black, grey and red. The red beach is as the name suggests, a beach with red volcanic sand. It is one of a kind beaches in Santorini and should definitely be visited on your vacation to the island. You could choose to stay at some of the properties in Akritori, but I would recommend you to stay at Fira which is the hub and hitch a ride down to the beaches. Some of the suggested properties are Astrate suites and Apanemo hotel.
Ornos Beach, Mykonos
The Ornos Beach in Mykonos is one of the most popular family beaches in Mykonos island. It has great sand, a calm relaxing crystal clear water with a shallow slope suitable for a plunge in the waters. It is some incredible restaurants nearby such as the Kostantis which provide great regional delicacies. The Ornos Beach is a 10 minutes drive from the Mykonos city centre.
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