The Romance of Greece on the Beaches

Ok,  Lets go Beach Hopping in Paradise.

THE GREEK ISLES 

When you are in Greece you are in one of the most affordable locations on the planet. Issues can arise as far as getting there without breaking the bank or staying from the GoCheepNow concept.

Without having options like SkyScanner or AirfareWatchDog  you may be in for $1800 t0 $2500 pp round trip.  There are links that will take you to SkyScanner or AirfareWatchDog throughout this post.

For example we have found roundtrip from Dallas to Athens for as little as $650. This can make for a  fun,  inexpensive family vacation that won’t break the bank.

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Now as for the beaches !

Award winners all: You’ve seen their photos, the peacock blue-green waters lapping volcanic rock formations, golden sand or smooth pebbles. Come and take a dip in the best beaches in Greece!

To select the best beaches of a country like Greece that has the eleventh longest coastline in the world and a mere 380 winners of the international Blue Flag for eco-quality is no easy task.

We’ve picked ten of the best beaches throughout Greece, but you should know that there are countless other superb, exotic, gorgeous beaches – whether on the mainland or on a beautiful Greek island – that will blow your mind at just about any seaside destination you choose for your holidays in Greece.

Lalaria BeachIn Skiathos

SKIATHOS IS EASY TO GET TO…

What words could capture the magic of Lalaria? The island’s trademark, it has often won the title of most stunning beach and its fame has spread around the world. Its emerald water and smooth white pebbles under towering sheer rocks attract dozens of boats daily, loaded with eager visitors who can’t wait to see it up close.

A boat trip to Skiathos’ remote and wild Lalaria beach

Skiathos is the most popular of the Sporades, the islands to the east of Volos and north of Evia. It has much to offer people of all ages and nationalities most of whom find themselves returning year after year. The island is actually the extension of the wooded Mount Pelion and the scenery reflects this. It is almost as if they don’t want tourists to come. For some that is all the more reason to go. But you won’t find an unspoiled, remote island stuck in some sixties or seventies time-warp. Skiathos embraced tourism many years ago and on some of the best beaches and wooded hillsides you will find some of the finest hotels in Greece, and in July and August you may have trouble finding a room if you don’t book early.
Skiathos is a green island with forests and abundant water. There are fig, olive, plum, and almond trees as well as grapes. Lately the success of the movie Mamma Mia has created a sort of mass-hysteria as people who loved the movie come here and to the neighboring island of Skopelos, looking for the island depicted in the film. They may never find those scenes they were looking for but nevertheless people visiting Skiathos should not be disappointed. It is a beautiful island and really the only criticism of it, which many of the Mamma Mia cultists will soon discover, is the difficulty in getting here.
It is almost as if they don’t want tourists to come. For some that is all the more reason to go. But you won’t find an unspoiled, remote island stuck in some sixties or seventies time-warp. Skiathos embraced tourism many years ago and on some of the best beaches and wooded hillsides you will find some of the finest hotels in Greece, and in July and August you may have trouble finding a room if you don’t book early.
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Milky white volcanic rocks as soft as chalk, sculpted into intriguing shapes by the wind and waves. A deep gulf with green water that turns every shade of blue as you get further from shore. Psychedelic.

About Milos

The volcanic activity in ancient years has endowed Milos island with an exciting variety of gorgeous landscapes, consequently offering the visitor a wide range of activities.

The funny shapes of the rocks and their wonderful colours at the beautiful white sandy beaches are one expression of the volcanic features of Mílos; the economic activity is another: minerals such as obsidian are excavated here. What is more, one of the most ancient mines in the Mediterranean is on this island.

References had been made by Hippocrates to the peculiar morphology of spectacular caves(Papáfragkas and Sykiá) and a multitude of thermal springs (Kanáva, Alykí, Provatá, Pikropiyí).The diving enthusiasts will find a paradise in the underwater caves in the triangle formed by Mílos, Kimolos and Polýegos islands.

The island’s villages are lovely too: the stately Pláka (the island’s capital), the harbour of Adámantas, the beautiful Hivadolímni, the marvellous Emporiós with the little lagoon of Revary and the old iron mines.

 

This famous beach tucked into the bay of Naoussa has gorgeous blue-green water and smooth greyish rocks chiseled into phantasmagorical shapes interspersed with delicious golden coves of varying sizes.

Paros: A Cycladic dream in the middle of the Aegean

 

ABOUT NAOUSSA

Naoussa is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades and, despite the tourism development, this lovely village has manage to keep its authenticity, its traditional character and its charm, with its whitewashed and flowered little houses and its tiny whitewashed churches and chapels, surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow, stone paved streets.

The lovely village of Naoussa is built amphitheatrically around a tiny picturesque port where little colourful fishing boats called caiques moor and remains of a Venetian castle can still be seen, creating a unique and enchanting atmosphere.

Little taverns and ouzeries are boarding the port, giving a friendly and traditional atmosphere. The main square offers much you will require in terms of buses, cash withdrawal and there is an information booth in the corner of the square. Though Naoussa is much quieter than Parikia, it offers several animated bars and nightclubs, opened until dawn.

Naoussa, Paros is also famous for its numerous beautiful golden beaches, filling the natural bay such as Kolymbithres Beach, Agios Ioannis, Agioi Anargyroi, Monastiri and many more. From the wildest and more secluded beaches to the fully organized ones, those beaches are ideal for everyone, covering all tastes and needs. All of them can be reached by footpaths, asphalted roads or by caiques (small fishing boats) from the port.

Naoussa also has many beautiful churches to visit such as the main church, the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, which is located on the highest spot of the village or the Church of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) which houses an interesting Byzantine Museum exposing fine and valuable 13th century icons.

 

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Zakynthos

Who could have imagined that an old boat called Panayiotis would be the star of thousands of snapshots and videos that have pushed Zakynthos to fame the world over?

The beach where it ran aground forms a magical setting with its sheer white cliffs, turquoise water and white sand. You’ll be definitely tempted to dive right into its unbelievable clear water.

ABOUT Zakynthos

Things To Do In Zakynthos

Zakynthos is the southernmost and third largest in both size and population of the Ionian islands. It is situated 8.5 nautical miles south of Kefallonia, 9.5 nautical miles west of the Peloponnese and approximately 300 kilometres west of the capital of Greece, Athens.

Its geographical position ensures easy travel to the other islands and even the mainland of Greece. A short journey across the Peloponnese brings one to the ancient city of Olympia, the birthplace and original venue of the Olympic Games. Due to the islands location, it is an ideal base to link up to the larger cities of Greece such as Patras, Athens and Thesaloniki.

An island full of contrasts, Zakynthos consists of mainly woodland, with an abundance of pine tree covered mountains and fertile plains. In the north, east and south numerous picturesque beaches can be found, whereas in the west the imposing, rocky landscape has a number of sea caves such as the famous Blue Caves on the north-west of the island.

The climate in Zakynthos is mild mediterranean with both heavy rainfall during the winter monthw and brilliant sunshine in the summer. The rich vegetation is probably due to this, and has resulted in the nicknames of Fior di Levante (Flower of the East) and Iliessa (full of woods) by the Venetians and Omiros respectively.

It is productive island agriculturally, supported mainly by the cultivation of olives, raisins, citrus fruits. Apart from this, the main source of local income is from the recently developed business of tourism. The island has a wealth of history as for many centuries it was the crossroads for numerous nations and cultures.

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Super Paradise Beach

Mykonos

The beaches of Mykonos have won fame as the best in the Aegean, thanks to their crystalline waters and golden sand, not to mention multi-starred service and flawless organisation. One of the most impressive lives up to its name, Super Paradise, a vast sandy bay with translucent turquoise water. Dive in, open your eyes before you surface and you’ll know at once why it ranks as one of Greece’s most beautiful.

Located in the center of the Cyclades island group, Mykonos is worldwide famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and vivid nightlife! No wonder why it’s widely known as the “Ibiza of Greece”! Mykonos holiday is an experience of a lifetime and there’s a whole heap of amazing things to do in Mykonos.

Marvel the amazing sunset from Little Venice Mykonos, stroll around the narrow paved streets of Chora, enjoy your stay at the luxurious Mykonos hotels, dance the day away at epic beach parties and swim at the exotic Mykonos beaches. When the sun goes down, join the nightlife scene of the island and party all night long at the legendary Mykonos clubs!

What’s more, Mykonos is the most popular gay-friendly destination in Greece. The island welcomes every year many LGBTQ tourists, who choose

Dreaming of visiting Mykonos island? Find out how to get there and some amazing photos!!  

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Kefalonia

This amazing beach between Assos and Argostoli is literally breathtaking. Unquestionably the most famous on the island, it must be included in any top beach list for Greece. White sand, fine pebbles, azure waters at the foot of impossibly high cliffs – once seen, it’s unforgettable.

The wild beauty of Kefalonia’s Myrtos beach

ABOUT KEFALONIA

The exotic Kefalonia island is the largest and one of the most beautiful of the Ionian islands. Chances are you’ve already seen Kefalonia island on pictures and postcards, but, trust us, the reality is far better than any capture.

Ideally located in the heart of the Ionian sea, Kefalonia Greece has inspired many with its beauty and has been the filming location of the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. Indeed, wherever you set your eyes on, you’ll see nature at its best!

Worldwide famous for its scenic Kefalonia beaches, dramatic landscapes and delicious food, the island attracts and bewitches thousands of visitors.

Indigo bays, enchanting villages, white dazzling sand, exciting activities, mysterious caves, and lively atmosphere create an exotic paradise in the middle of the Ionian sea.

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Between Sidari and Peroulades this surreal setting has to be seen to be believed: white sculpted rocks, grottoes, little beaches, blue-green water. Among the unusual formations, Canal d’Amour stands out. They say that whoever swims the narrow opening in the rock will find the love of their life on the other side.

 

ABOUT COFU

Corfu island was one of the first islands in Greece to open to tourism. The island attracts thousands of visitors every year from all parts of the world. Corfu is part of the Ionian Islands and lies in the north of the group, at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, facing Albania. It is the second largest island of the Ionian group after Kefalonia. Corfu has a total area of 592 sq km, a coastline of 216 km.

Because of the mild Mediterranean climate and the high rainfalls during winter, Corfu is full of abundant and verdant vegetation and wild plants, a phenomenon that makes it one of the greenest islands in Greece. The island is mountainous and its northern center lays Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain of Corfu, which rises to an altitude of 914 m. Several flat areas, plains, two lakes and a couple of rivers complete the beautiful landscape.

Corfu was the first island to welcome and open its doors to tourism and has since become an important international tourism center attracting many visitors and offering well-equipped and modern tourist facilities. Despite the fact that tourism is developed in the coastal areas, it hasn’t spoilt yet the villages that have managed to keep their authenticity and their local colors.

The economy of Corfu is mainly based on tourism but a small part is still related to agriculture, the inhabitants still producing high-quality olive oil and wines throughout the mountainous villages. The capital of the island is called Corfu Town and is also the main port. This is the largest town of the Ionians and one of the most beautiful towns of the Greek islands. Built between two fortresses and full of superb Italian and French buildings, Byzantine churches and flowered squares, Corfu Town is a real jewel full of innumerable charms and beauties.

Corfu’s natural beauty hasn’t gone unnoticed by the film industry it has been the setting for several movies. On the north of Corfu, there are three small islands, untouched by tourism and great for total privacy: they are the Diapontia islands, that are Othoni, Mathraki, and Ereikoussa. They can be reached by boat from Agios Stefanos or Sidari.

THINGS TO DO IN CORFU

 

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This beach, at the foot of an enormous white cliff that turns orange with the sunset has been voted one of the six best in the entire Mediterranean.

Lefkada is a breathtaking island located in the heart of the Ionian sea, connected with the mainland by a small bridge.

Being easily accessed by car and boasting one of the most wonderful natural landscapes and some of the most scenic Lefkada beaches, Lefkada Greece (or the “Caribbean of Greece”, as it is also known as) is the absolute dream destination for those who are into exotic islands.

The main reason why Lefkada is wildly famous is its beaches! You might have seen many pictures of the iconic Lefkada beaches, but, trust us, the reality far exceeds any expectations.

Sandy and shrine, with mesmerizing turquoise waters, surrounded by wild nature, Lefkada beaches will amaze you!

Apart from Lefkada beaches though, Lefkada rewards the visitor with seaside villages, such as Nidri Lefkada and Agios Nikitas Lefkada, natural beauties, such as Dimosari waterfalls, delicious food and a whole heap of exciting activities!

We made the 60 mile passage from Gaios, Paxos to Sami, Leftkada yesterday. The original plan was only to do 50 miles and stop in Fiskardo, but a that front caused an unusual wind direction made it look at best like an uncomfortable place for the night, and at worst a dangerous one. — Most of the day was gray, pouring rain, or all out thunderstorm (don’t get me started on the weather forecasts here), but we got so lucky as we passed Porto Katsiki. The second we reached this stunning bay, with unreal blue water caused by the limestone, the sun came out. It stayed strong while we took a break to swim, explore, and soak up the scenery. — We weren’t originally planning to stop at Porto Katsiki, we were just going to make our passage in a straight shot to hurry to our next destination. It would’ve been a long day if we hadn’t taken that moment to rest and renew, especially considering the strong headwind and having to continue on to a further harbor. — TLDR- “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” Don’t be afraid to change your plans ⛵️❤️ — Wearing @pakalohabikinis

 

Another of the most exotic beaches in Greece that’s considered one of the finest in the Med, Balos lies in western Crete near Kissamos. Here the sand glistens pink and white, the water combines the most dazzling shades of blue and green, while the islet of Gramvousa with its Venetian castle adds a fairy-tale note to the scene.

Though very few tourists make it to the southwest corner of the Peloponessos it is not because it lacks beautiful beaches, charming port villages and impressive Venetian fortresses. It has all of these and much more.

The closest most tourists come to Messinia is by eating the famous olives from Kalamata. When an earthquake hit this town in 1986 more then 10,000 homes were destroyed but surprisingly many of its older buildings and the impressive 13th century castle still stands guard over the city.

But Kalamata, despite the familiarity of it’s name and the charm of the people is not a prime reason to visit the region. If you are driving through Kalamata don’t be dismayed by the canyons of apartment buildings. Kalamata despite looking like a big city is just like any town on a coastal plain and if you go east or west you can find your way out, maybe.

If you are really lucky or good at reading road maps you may discover Petalidi Beach where there are hotels and rooms for rent and a large number of outdoor activities. To the east of Kalamata is Verga Beach with chairs, umbrellas, restaurants and cafes.
I love Kalamata olives and I would love to say something that would bring people flocking to the city. So if you love olives and you like funky working-class tavernas and especially if you love Go-Cart Racing then by all means visit Kalamata because the San Nikolas Pista-Go Cart on the beach in the western part of Kalamata has to be the most amazing go-cart track in Greece or anywhere. It is hard to miss since it is the only place on the coast with a giant ship in the front yard. The ship has been converted into a bar  by Nicholas (“Not Saint Nicholas” he told me) who drives around the Peloponessos putting up his posters announcing big races.

Kalamata is also famous for the Kalamata International Dance Festival held here every summer in July when thousand of visitors from all over the world, come to the city for performances, concerts, and art exhibitions.

 

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