Let’s be honest, the perfect Greek island summer holiday entails arriving at the beach in the morning (ordering a Freddo Cappuccino as soon as you get there) and leaving when it’s almost dark (after that last post-sunset swim and a cocktail at the bar).
Whether you prefer kicking back on a sun bed listening to famous DJs playing the latest and hottest tracks, or discovering remote spots that offer complete and utter privacy- we’ve rounded up the best Greek islands for those (like us) who love spending endless hours at the beach every summer!
Greece’s largest island is filled with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and whether you visit Chania, Rethymno, or Heraklion- you are in for a treat!
Best beaches in Crete
Vai (about 2 hours from Heraklion), Preveli (closest to Rethymnon), Balos (55 km from Chania), Elafonisi (1.5-hour drive from Chania), and Seitan Limani (in Chania).
This small Cycladic island offers breathtaking beaches and stunning waters; the bonus is you can easily get around from one beach to another without a car!
Best beaches in Koufonissia
Finikas, Fanos, Ammos, Italida, Pori, Charakopou and Parianos.
Postcard-perfect beaches are scattered all over the island! From famous Porto Katsiki to remote little bays that boast crystal clear waters- Lefkada is a must for water babies!
Best beaches in Lefkada
Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kathisma, Pefkoulia, Agiofili and Avali.
Lefkada’s neighbouring Ionian isle is also renowned for its stunning waters that are surrounded by lush cliffs that make for memorable days at the beach.
Best beaches in Zakynthos
Navagio (for the views), Marathonissi island (a small boat ride from town), Gerakas, Dafni, Limnionas, Porto Vromi, and Xyngia.
Fast becoming one of Greece’s most popular islands, Milos is home to some of the Cyclades (if not Greece’s) most beautiful beaches.
Best beaches in Milos
Sarakiniko, Firiplaka, Tsigrado, Papafragas and Fyropotamos.
This is the largest island of the Cyclades and an ideal destination for those that want to spend all day and night on a long sandy beach that’s lined with taverns and bars- so you don’t need to move!
Best beaches in Naxos
Plaka, Agios Prokopios, Agios Giorgios, Sahara and Mikri Vigla.
An under-the-radar island that offers striking beaches that are quiet and remote; this is the ideal island for those who prefer privacy and tranquility during their summer getaway.
Best beaches in Donoussa
Kedros, Livadi, Kalotaritissa, Fikio and Stavros
With water temperatures that are ideal from early Spring through to late Autumn, Rhodes is by far one of the best Greek islands for those that want to make the most of the magical Mediterranean Sea!
Best beaches in Rhodes
Part of the Sporades group, Skiathos offers some of the most unique beaches in Greece, that are surrounded by lush pine trees and soft sand.
Best beaches in Skiathos
Lalaria, Koukouniares, Vromolimnos, Elia and Mandraki.
Main image | Anthony Quinn Beach in Rhodes | by IN+SIGHTS GREECE ©