We select choice locations for a wonderful week of sun, sea and sand in the Mediterranean
When it comes to having a summer escape, Greece remains one of the destinations most loved by UK tourists seeking sea and relaxation. With a host of hundreds of beaches and tiny islands to tempt the visitor, as well as plenty of well-protectd blue flag beaches which have been conserved and kept clean, it’s also a great place for families and environmentalists.
Whether you are after a peaceful Rhodes holiday with plenty of traditional R&R, or you prefer an active walking holiday in Crete, or perhaps a self-catering, self-driven tour of the islands, there are a range of options from all-inclusive resorts to secluded villas. Indeed, low-cost holiday providers offer a whole host of deals to the Greek islands.
However, if you choose one, it doesn’t preclude you from visiting the region’s incredible beaches. Here we pick some of the most idyllic seaside spots in Greece – and why they’re worth the travel.
Home to some of the most impressive beaches in all of Greece that combine both busy resort-y strips and bays, to the utterly secluded. Our favourite is undoubtedly Balos Beach whose combination of unpolished sand and sea make it a real breathtaker. There’s accommodation in the area, but thankfully not too much right now, and it will be a shame if this lovely low-lying bay should succumb to huge swathes of resorts. Elafoinissos, also on the western coast of Crete, is another stunner, worth the drive and walk to get to, and a true jewel in the island’s crown.
Another busy beach here, on one of the Greek island’s most popular party destinations, but Paradise is aptly named indeed. It’s got a lot of provisions for watersports and active types, but you’ll also find a few quieter spots nestled between the rocks and soft sand. Lovely warm waters for swimming make this a friendly place to relax.
A superb beach, framed by imposing white cliffs, dappled with tiny white pebbles and tempting blue waters. This was voted the best beach in Greece a few years ago, and you can understand why. It’s become more accessible in recent years, with a paved road and now several bars and cantinas on the beach. But the real draw is its elegant long sand and sheltered feel.
[Kefalonia: is that a mandolin I can hear on the breeze?]