Lunar landscapes, rare geological phenomena, architectural monuments, colorful pebbles, and other unreal landscapes on ten Greek beaches. Strange geological formations. Diving in the shadow of shipwrecks. Colorful gems shimmer on the sand.
Take a look at the ten beaches of Greece that have unreal beauty and special charm that you won’t find anywhere else.
Seitan Limania Beach, Chania
It stands out: For the narrow turquoise strips that form in its coves.
It was a secret beach of the locals since until recently there was no highway leading to the area, but little by little the secret is leaking out. The coasts – just 22 kilometers from Chania – were named so for the dangerous currents that reached the area. However, at the edge are safe long coves, sheltered from the waves, and with impressive, vertical marble cliffs that give the waters a wild charm and a shade of blue that you have certainly not seen before.
Lampi Beach, Patmos
Stands out: For its colorful pebbles.
When the sun reflects on the colorful pebbles of Lampi, the bathing of the bathers becomes a spectacle. Rare pebbles come in a variety of colors, from black and purple to white and green. However, it takes restraint on your urge to collect a few colored pebbles as a souvenir: Thousands have done it before you, and as a result, their numbers have dwindled noticeably.
Sidari Beach, Corfu
Stands out: For the «canal d’ amour», the Channel of Love.
A Lilliputian Corfu beach is flanked by two rocks, which continue their «course» into the sea. Thanks to their sandy nature, water and wind have specially sculpted them. Therefore, on them you will see strange, exotic formations, culminating in the «channel of love», a small sea path under the rocks, with sea caves at its «feet». Local legend says that if a couple swims together in its waters, they will never be separated.
Kavourotrypes Beach, Chalkidiki
Stands out: For the mermaid carved into the rocks.
On the second leg of Chalkidiki, on the «Orange» coast in the area of Vourvourous and Armenistis, you will sunbathe in the company of a mermaid. It is a stone sculpture, a beautifully sculpted mermaid that was carved into the very rock of the coast some two decades ago. In its shadow, the nudists of the area had found refuge for several years. In recent years, however, the secret of the exotic beach with its strange rocks, wonderful waters, and tufted vegetation has leaked out, with the result that it is one of the busiest beaches in Chalkidiki.
Sarakiniko Beach, Milos
Stands Out: For Moon Rocks.
All-white rocks that «mirror» the Cycladic light. Sandy patches between them. Clear blue waters with eerie caves as a backdrop. This is the lunar landscape that made Milos famous all over the world. The beach is also worth visiting on moonlit evenings: The moonlight reflects atmospherically on the white rocks and on the water below the volcanic caves – a rare sight that you will not forget for the rest of your life.
Kolona Beach, Kythnos
Stands out: For the double sandy beach
Just three kilometers from Chora is the most famous beach of Kythnos: Kolona, thanks to the wide strip of sand that divides the sea in the middle, has two sandy beaches in the package of one. After you’ve had your fill of dips, you’ll walk this strip of land to reach the islet of Agios Loukas with the chapel of the same name.
Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach, Zakynthos
Stands out: For the shipwreck on the beach.
It is probably the most famous and most photographed beach in Greece. And there’s a reason for that: It has the most turquoise waters you’ve ever seen, washed up there by the famous shipwreck that gave it its name. It is about the ship «Panagiotis» that was carrying contraband cigarettes when a storm threw them on the rocks of Zakynthos.
Russian Naval Station Beach, Poros
Stands out: For the preserved monument at the edge of the beach.
Long legs against an architectural monument? We say yes, and we attempt it in Poros! The beach takes its name from the building of the Russian Navy that was once housed there. Thanks to the now abandoned building, the bay has been declared a preserved monument of great architectural and historical interest. In the bonuses of the beach, the view towards the islet of Daskalio as we dive.
Voidokoilia Beach, Peloponnese
Stands out: For its perfect semicircular shape
It is located a few kilometers from Pylos, next to the Gialova wetland, and close to important archaeological sites. And yet, Voidokilia steals the show. Thanks to its unreal shape, which looks like it was carved with a protractor, but also to its clear, turquoise waters and fine, white sand.
Vlychada Beach, Santorini
Stands out: For the lunar formations on its rocks
It may not be famous for its waters. However, Santorini – well, the volcano and the special morphology of the island – has landscapes from another world on its shores. One of the most impressive is that of Vlychada in the southwest of Thira. It has dark-colored sand, at the edge of which stand smooth volcanic rocks, carved in this way by the salt, which look like sculptures from the moon. You can even climb them, and discover the small caves that are there.