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Greece, ‘The Yachting Capital of the World’ as Vassilios Lefakinis, Valef Yachts’ Founder boldly exclaimed in the 1970’s, is truly that with countless bays and coastal stretches to explore. Greece in 2024 continues to enchant beach enthusiasts from around the world. With over 6,000 islands and approximately 8,498 miles (13,676 kilometers) of stunning coastline, it’s no wonder that Greece beckons travelers with its coastal beauty.  As we embark on our journey to explore the top 10 beaches in Greece for 2024, you’ll find that each one is a unique gem in this Mediterranean paradise.

1) Navagio Beach (Ship wreck), Zakynthos

Located on the Ionian island of Zakynthos, Navagio Beach is a postcard-perfect cove known for its pristine white sands and the wreckage of a smuggler’s ship, which adds a sense of mystery to this already stunning location. Surrounded by imposing cliffs and electric blue waters where sea turtles often swim, Navagio Beach is a must-visit destination nature lovers. The beach is currently closed as the cliffs undergo fortification for safety of sunbathers though yachts may pass by to marvel at the beauty.

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2) Myrtos beach, Kefalonia

Myrtos Beach on the island of Kefalonia is frequently featured on lists of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The crescent-shaped bay, framed by rugged cliffs, boasts turquoise waters that contrast brilliantly with the bright white pebbles and sand. It’s an excellent spot for swimming and soaking in the sun. It is a must-visit place during an Ionian yacht charter.

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3) Balos beach, Crete

The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is just steps away from the train station and once was the main stopover for visitors traveling between Europe and Asia along the Orient Express.  She features over 200 rooms and suites and had a total remodeling in 2004 that kept the alluring décor of Art Noveau. The Esplanade Zagreb, dating back to 1925, is one of the most famous and gracious buildings in Zagreb. 

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4) Sarakiniko beach, Milos

Sarakiniko Beach on the island of Milos is often likened to a moonscape due to its unique white rock formations and crystal waters. The surreal landscape provides an extraordinary backdrop for swimming and sunbathing, making it a favorite among photographers, influencers and adventure seekers alike.  Milos is a sought after yacht stop on a yacht charter, transiting between the Cyclades and the Saronic island groups.

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5) Voidokoilia beach, Messenia

Nestled in a protected bay in the Peloponnese region, Voidokilia Beach is known for its semicircular shape and powdery golden sands. Surrounded by green hills, olive groves and historic ruins, this beach offers both natural beauty and a glimpse into Greek history. Messenia provides a unique cruising destination for those who leave Athens for the Ionian islands going around the Peloponnese.  Don’t miss the divine sunset here where the sun sets just over the horizon in a small clearing between the gentle cliffs.

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6) Super Paradise beach, Mykonos

Mykonos, known for its vibrant nightlife since the 1970’s, also boasts some of the most stunning beaches in Greece. Super Paradise Beach is a prime example. Famous for many decades for its lively beach parties and dazzling crystal-clear waters, it’s the ultimate destination for those seeking a vibrant beach scene and breathtaking natural bay.

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7) Simos beach, Elafonisos

Located on the tiny island of Elafonisos located in the Peloponnese, Simos Beach is a hidden gem offered to those willing to make their way there. It can be easily included in an Argo-Saronic cruise of 7+ days with fair winds. It offers two stunning beaches, Sarakiniko and Fragos, divided only by a sandbar and is blessed with fine sands and crystal waters. In a world where crowded beaches often dominate the scene, Simos Beach remains a tranquil retreat for those seeking respite from the masses. It’s a haven for solitude and serenity, a sanctuary where the symphony of lapping waves and rustling palms is your only company. A journey to Simos Beach in 2024 promises not only the beauty of this hidden gem but also the cherished memories of a remote paradise.”

 

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8) Red beach, Santorini

Santorini’s Red Beach is famous for its unique crimson-colored sands and dramatic cliffs. It’s a popular spot for sunsets and snorkeling, providing a truly unique beach experience on this myth-laden island.  While Santorini is not known for its beaches but more so its geological beauty, housing settlements on cliffs, history and wine, it is uncommon world-wide to witness a beach on colorful volcanic soil!

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9) Vai beach, Crete

Vai Beach, nestled in the picturesque Lasithi region on the eastern coast of Crete, is celebrated for its expansive palm tree forest, one of the largest in Europe. Vai Beach and its palm forest are part of a protected Natura 2000 area. This designation helps preserve the unique ecological and geological features of the region. Vai Beach is not just a natural wonder but also carries some interesting historical legends. Some locals believe that the palm forest at Vai was created by Phoenician traders who discarded their date seeds here centuries ago. Despite its remote location it offers amenities for visitors including restaurants, sunbeds and sea sports. This hidden tropical gem beckons with its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, making it the ultimate choice for those in search of an exotic Greek beach experience.

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10) Porto Katsiki beach, Lefkada

Porto Katsiki Beach, located on the Ionian island of Lefkada, is often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Famous for its dazzling white limestone cliffs that contrast dramatically with the deep blue sea below and also provide natural shade. To reach the beach, visitors descend a steep staircase carved into the cliffside, offering breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. Meaning “Goat Port” in Greek, it was believed that only goats could access the beach due to the surrounding cliffs. Once you reach the soft white sands and crystal-clear waters, you’ll understand why Porto Katsiki is a must-visit destination for beach lovers in 2024.

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Greece’s enchanting coastline in 2024 is a playground for every beach enthusiast, offering a rich tapestry of experiences, from the world-famous shores of Navagio Beach to the hidden gems like Simos Beach. These top 10 Greek beaches promise to weave unforgettable tales, whether you’re in pursuit of thrilling adventures, tranquil respites, or a deep dive into the heart of Greek culture. As the sun graces the azure waters, what more could one desire for a summer in Greece than their swimsuit, a touch of sunscreen, and an insatiable sense of wonder? Embark on a journey in 2024 to uncover the magic of these stunning Greek beaches, and not only, and perhaps stumble upon even more hidden treasures along the way.  With thousands of beaches to explore, in a week’s charter you will discover breathtaking beach landscapes which will never be forgotten – and be able to make your own ‘top beaches’ list!

 

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