From spectacular volcanic seascapes to pink sand beaches lapped by crystal waters and hidden coves, 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 lookalike – 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.
Insiders’ 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 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.
Insiders’ tip: The western side of the beach where you’ll find sunbeds and snack bars tends to get crowded. For the 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 Instagram 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 1980s.
Insiders’ tip: Skinari is the starting point for half-day boat excursions to Shipwreck Beach, but you’ll get the best photos from the clifftop viewpoint near Volimes village.
The local-known gem – Simos Beach, Elafonissos
The island of Elafonissos is 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 flamingo’s hangout – Agios Prokopios, Naxos
Backed by a small lagoon where pretty pink flamingos strut their stuff in spring, this strikingly lovely 2km-long strip of golden sand lapped by mirror-clear waters has been named one of the six best beaches in Greece, and is within easy strolling distance.
Insiders’ tip: For the best shots make a beeline for the chapel of Agia Anna overlooking the Kokkini Limni (Red Lake) salt pans.
The remote beauty spot – Lalaria, Skiathos
Lalaria is accessible only by sea and those willing to make the journey. The beautiful spot on Skiathos is made up of colourful pebbles that help give the sea a stark green-blue colour. Visitors can swim out to the various – and impressive – rock formations that dot the shallows.
Insiders’ tip: If it’s too windy you won’t be able to sail to Lalaria, so have a back up plan!
The award-winner – Myrtos, Kefalonia
Widely regarded as one of the best beaches in Greece – if not the world – Myrtos is a vast bay that is banked by high green cliffs, giving it a dramatic look. During the summer, the local government puts on tourist buses from the harbour area of Agia Efimia.
Insiders’ tip: Stay until sunset to see the sea change from green to orange and rose.
The secret beach – Seychelles, Ikaria
Closely guarded by locals, Seychelles in Ikaria is a beautiful pebble beach with a dramatic rocky backdrop – perfect for picking up an incredible shot. The beach is relatively young, forming as a result of a landslide less than 30 years ago.
Insiders’ tip: the beach is not the easiest to access so if your clients aren’t very mobile, it might be best to point them to another of the island’s beaches, such as Nas.