From spectacular volcanic seascapes to pink sand beaches lapped by crystal waters and hidden coves where monk seals love to frolic, Greece has some of the world’s most photogenic beaches.
Whether you’re seeking dazzling strips of sand where you can photograph that perfect sunset or tropical-style beaches that provide a picturesque backdrop for your selfies, here are eight Greek beaches that are guaranteed to set your feed on fire.
The lunar look-alike – Sarakiniko, Milos
Santorini might be the Greek poster child when it comes to calderas, but Milos’ moon-like Sarakiniko a short drive from the island’s capital Plaka is definitely a strong contender for the title of the country’s most picturesque volcanic beach.
Insider’s tip: Set against a backdrop of perfect azure sea, this photogenic beach also has a half submerged shipwreck, which is guaranteed to add drama to your photos – get here at sunset when the colours reflected on the white rocks are stunning.
The romantic hideaway – Canal d’Amour, Corfu
With its azure waters cutting a narrow canal through high sandstone cliffs, Corfu’s ‘Channel of Love’ – which earned its name from the legend that says couples who swim here will stay in love forever – is one of this lush and lovely island’s most striking beaches.
Insider’s tip: Get up high – or use a drone – to get the best photos of this unique natural formation on Corfu’s northern coastline.
The pale pink beauty – Elafonissi, Crete
An hour and a half’s drive from Chania’s Venetian harbour and warren of shopping lanes, Elafonissi’s rose-pink sands separated from a sand-dune-studded peninsula by a shallow lagoon will have photographers in a frenzy.
Insider’s tip: The western side of the beach where you’ll find sunbeds and snack bars tends to get crowded. For best photos explore quiet coves further along the peninsula, but make sure not to disturb endangered loggerhead turtles that come here to nest here in summer.
The celebrity-loved hangout – Shipwreck beach, Zante
Featured on IG feeds around the globe, this scenic sand-lined beach hemmed in by high cliffs on Zante’s northwest coast earned its name from the MV Panagiotis, a shipwreck that was washed up here after a violent storm in the 1980’s.
Insiders tip: Skinari is the starting point for half day boat excursions to Shipwreck beach, but you’ll get best photos from the clifftop Navagio viewpoint near Volimes village.
The local-known gem – Simos beach, Elafonissos
Reached via ferry from Pounta port near the Peloponnese town of Neapolis, this scenic strip of sand on the local-loved island of Elafonissos is actually two beaches – megalos (large) and mikros (small) – linked by a narrow band of grass-studded dunes.
Insiders tip: Stay in Simos campsite which is right on the waterfront, and then get up early to take sumptuous sunrise photos when there’s no one else about.
The scarlet stunner – Red beach, Santorini
Known for those spectacular caldera views, sultry Santorini also has one of the most photogenic beaches in Greece. Close to the ancient archaeological site of Akrotiri this striking beach, framed by rust-red cliffs and strewn with brick-red pebbles, is a rainbow of colour which contrasts vividly with the sparkling waters below.
Insiders tip: Your feed will fly if you fill it with photos taken just before sunset, when colours are most vivid.
The flamingo’s hangout – Agios Prokopios, Naxos
Backed by a small lagoon where pretty pink flamingos strut their stuff in spring, this strikingly lovely four-kilometre-long strip of golden sand lapped by mirror-clear waters was named Naxos’ most popular nightlife resort, which is within easy strolling distance.
Insider’s tip: For the best shots make a beeline for the chapel of Agia Anna overlooking the kokkini limni (red lake) salt pans.
The exotic haven – Vai beach, Crete
A tropical paradise surrounded by Europe’s largest palm forest, this picture-perfect beach which featured in the 1970’s Bounty bar adverts lies 25 kilometres east of Sitia, a Venetian-castle-topped town renowned for its traditional tavernas serving local specialities.
Insider’s tip: Once you’ve filled your feed with tropical beach pics head over to photograph Toplou, a stunningly picturesque 17th century monastery close by.