My friend and I decided to visit Greece in the summer of 2023, and the only period that we were both available was the middle of July. Let's just say we were aware the heat would be unbearable and there would be more swimming than visiting, so we planned our trip accordingly and visited a lot of beaches. We all have that idea of Greek beaches, of gorgeous turquoise water, infinite horizons, fine sands and cliff jumping, and honestly, they did not disappoint, but some beaches ranked higher in my opinion than others. If you are short on time, here is a list of beaches I visited, and which ones I would visit again in a heartbeat and which ones I would pass on.
love : Agios prokopios, Naxos
When we got to the island of Naxos, we were pretty tired because of the intense beginning of our trip and all we wanted were a few days of R&R, which ended up to be an easy plan as we were staying in an Airbnb 200 meters away from the beach of Agios Prokopios, one of the best beaches of the whole island.
Pass : red beach, santorini
Santorini is really not the best island for beaches in my opinion. It is definitely a must visit, but the options for swimming are limited. Although this beach looks cool because of its colour, it's not the best place to spend time.
love : Logaras, Paros
Logaras beach was one of my favorite beaches of the whole trip and was part of what made Paros such a dream to me. It was out of the really touristy areas and just beautiful. We were lucky to have made a reservation at a hotel nearby and didn't regret being away from the main towns.
pass : pollonia, milos
During our stay in Milos, we were sleeping in a small B&B in Pollonia. It was one of the cheapest areas, but it still had plenty of little restaurants and shops and it was a great place to stay in my opinion, but the beach wasn't anything special. The marina was too close and the water too shallow so we were basically standing by the boats. It was a great beach for small kids, but for adults it was kind of disappointing.
love for the view : papafragas caves
Papafragas caves was an area with multiple narrow canyons with a small beach at the end. It was an incredible visit, but not the best beaches. I still recommend going if you can.
Love but inaccessible : kalogries, milos
There is something you need to understand before going to Milos. If you hire a boat, the island has some of the best beaches in all of Greece. It has fine sand, gorgeous clear water and wonderful views. If you don't plan on hiring a boat, you will only have access to some of the most disappointing beaches in all of Greece. This one was a good exemple. It isn't reachable by land, or at least not easily, but it was so beautiful.
pass : perissa, santorini
Just one more disappointing Santorini beach. Perissa is one of the black beaches of the island.
loooove but inaccessible : kleftiko, milos
Kleftiko still lives rent free in my dreams even months after this trip. Seriously, how gorgeous is it?! I don't know if you can really consider it a beach as there is barely a little sliver of sand, but it still deserves a mention on this list.
love but no place to hangout : ammoudi bay, santorini
Ammoudi bay is just one of those places that make you feel like you are in a movie. Unfortunately, it is really crowded, but still deserves a visit.
pass but also love : sarakiniko, milos
Before going to Milos, I had seen everywhere that Sarakiniko beach was a must visit on Milos Island. Personally, I don't know if we were in the wrong season to visit or if we had just loved Kleftiko too much the day before, but I was really disappointed. I thing it depends what you are looking for: a photo op or a swimming spot. It was also really hot the day we visited so I might have just been done with everything.
Looove but inaccessible : blue bay, poliegos
This is the spot to visit if you are looking for blue water. And I mean the electric blue Crayola marker of your childhood. The water was completely clear and we could see the rocks 30 meters below our feet. The only downside is the fact that it is completely inaccessible except by boat.
So I guess what you have to remember from this article is: charter a boat in Milos and you will not regret it, and don't expect to be doing a lot of swimming in Santorini. Other than that, Greece has some of the bluest water I have seen in my life, often bluer than the Bahamas, and the beaches are pretty great. I mean, even the ones I would pass would look great compared to most beaches in Quebec soooo...
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