Often regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of Europe, Greece is set to be a holiday hotspot for 2016 yet again.
Despite the country’s well documented financial issues, millions of tourists will flock towards Athens and the all of the picturesque islands dotted around it this summer. And what’s better than soaking up the sunshine, lying on the beach and whiling away the day? Greece boasts miles of glorious coastline and whether you are looking for a lively, family-friendly beach or a quiet retreat, there is everything you could wish for.
Here are our favourites.
Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos
Often referred to as ‘Smugglers Cove’, Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos is arguably the most beautiful beach in Greece. Certainly the most photographed beach, Navagio Bay is only accessible by boat but it is well worth the trip. White sands are complimented by aqua blue waters make this an ideal place to spend an afternoon. There is also a reminder of its smuggling past with the hulk of an abandoned cigarette smugglers’ ship left in the sand for the past 30 years.
St Paul’s Bay, Rhodes
It may be among the more well-known beaches in Greece but it doesn’t make St Paul’s Bay in Rhodes any less pristine. In the shadow of Lindos and its acropolis, it is always buzzing with tourists and locals alike during the height of summer. Thanks to its stunning backdrop it is easy to see why it is popular for weddings and even if you aren’t tying the knot, it is an idyllic place to stay.
Photo credit: Paul Simpson via Flickr.
Sat on the west coast of Lefkada is another gem of Greece’s many beaches. The island, which meets the Ionian Sea, is a haven for sailors and lovers of watersports. Egremni is situated on the south of the island and is quite dramatic. The sandy shore is backed by sheer white cliffs and easily accessible, although it is via 355 steps so it can be somewhat of a trek. However, this is a calm and tranquil retreat away from the crowds.
Like Shipwreck Beach, Sarakiniko is another picture-postcard beach. Set in the quaint island of Milos, it backs onto volcanic rocks creating a unique backdrop. Thanks to its layout it enjoys a cooling sea breeze, making it perfect for an afternoon.
Photo credit: Zde via Wikicommons.
Corfu has long been the go-to Greek destination for tourists since the package holiday boom of the 1970s. While at one end you have the lively town of Kavos, in the north-west there is the picturesque beach of Halikoúnas. Perfect for kite-surfing or just lying back and enjoying the sunshine and you can even watch the hustle and bustle of the nearby fishing port.
On the island of Crete there are not many better beaches than Váï. Often referred to as Finikodassos, the Palm Forest, it backs onto the largest natural palm grove in Europe which has stood there for over 3,000 years. There is a hugely exotic Caribbean vibe to this beach and it is a haven for laid-back, independent travellers and also boasts nearby Greek tavernas.
One of the quirkier beaches in Greece, the shoreline close to the village of Kamári is characterised by its dark-grey volcanic sand. The island of Santorini boasts dramatic cliff faces and the beach reflects these qualities. Even though the sand is not your classic pristine white, it is one of the most manicured beaches in all of Greece.
If you fancy spending hours of the beaches of Greece then search out a great deal for a summer holiday at www.sunmaster.co.uk.