The Top Beaches to Visit While Sailing in Greece
The Greek Islands are famed for their stunning beaches, with every isle boasting coastlines that put their Mediterranean neighbours to shame. Whether it is clear blue waters for diving or stretches of golden sands, Greece has it all. While no Greek island beach will ever be a disappointment, there are those which are a step ahead of the rest, offering beauty and unique character in spades.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
Surrounded by towering rock cliffs, Navagio Beach (‘Shipwreck Island’) is one of the most photographed in Greece and any visitor to its sands will quickly see why. Accessible only by boat, the pebbled bay and deep turquoise waters are enough to draw in the crowds, but the shipwreck in shallow waters, from which the beach takes its name, gives it a character all its own.
Elafonisi Beach, Crete
As one of the most famous and most popular of the Greek islands, it is little surprise that Crete also boasts one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches. In the south-west corner of the island, away from the hubbub of towns and the buzz of clubs, lies Elafonisi. Known also as Pink Beach and the Caribbean of Crete, the series of stunning pink coral sand beaches edged by shimmering azure seas so clear that the ocean floor can be seen through them are some of the best in the world.
Porto Katsiki Beach, Lefkada
Porto Katsiki, translated as ‘Port of the Goat’, is found close to Athani village on the Ionian island of Lefkada and it is perhaps the top tourist attraction on the island. Several times voted as ‘Top European Beach of the Year’, Porto Katsiki is a secluded haven best reached by boat, making it perfect for any trip that involves sailing in Greece. With the water reflecting off the cliffs and sun-kissed sand of the beach between the rocks, the view is a marvellous one and it’s also the perfect place for a swim.