TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Greek Beaches

imagesThe well-known travel website, based on the votes it collected by travelers who visited Greek beaches in 2013, presented the top 10 of the most beautiful  beaches in the country.

Elafonisos, a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira, topped the list. The island is famous for its light colored, sandy beaches. Among the most well known of its beaches are Sarakiniko, Fragos (Simos) and Panagias Nissia, all filled with blue-green waters.

According to TripAdvisor’s voters, the second most beautiful beach in Greece is St Paul’s Bay, in Lindos, Rhodes; a small shallow bay in the colors of emerald, surrounded by rocks.

The third place in the winners’ podium was occupied by Palaiokastritsa,  in the North West of Corfu.

Balos in Chania on the island of Crete, an idyllic, very shallow lagoon with white sand follows.

The famous beach Navagio (or the Shipwreck) on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece comes fifth,  while Koukounaries beach on Skiathos, in the Sporades group is sixth.

In the seventh place we find Porto Katsiki, on the Ioanian Sea island of Lefkada, which is one of the most famous beaches in Greece and Europe in general. In English it means Port of the Goat, because in the past the area was accessible only to goats.

Stalida, that lies between Malia and Hersonissos on the north coast of Crete, comes eighth. It is a lively resort, attracting tourists from many European countries. It has a long, sandy beach and a variety of bars and tavernas. Popular with families, it is 30 km from Nikos Kazantsakis airport in Heraklion.

Perissa in Santorini, with its impressive long black sandy beach, is in the ninth position.

Egremnoi Beach in Lefkada closes the top 10 of the most beautiful beaches in Greece according to


  1. And then there are the top 10 known to locals 🙂 And it shall remain that way for a little while longer

  2. Whilst those voted for are all good, there are many quiet beaches throughout the Greek islands and mainland coast which are rarely visited … so not many would vote for them! Perhaps we all like to keep our ‘secret’ places.

  3. Since I’ve only been to three of the beaches listed here, I suppose I’m not imminently qualified to comment. However, having been to other amazing beaches in Greece, I feel qualified to ask…really? I *adore* Santorini…it’s one of my favorite places on this planet…but I have been to Perissa and most of its other beaches, and I have never considered it a “beach” destination. And Stalida? I suppose…if you like overly-crowded, tourist-packed plots of sand. Finally…Balos is amazingly beautiful and secluded and has gorgeous blue-green water. But so does Falassarna, and Falassarna has a longer stretch of beach, with more variation and a few more dining/entertainment options, than does Balos. Falassarna manages to feel secluded while still offering decent amenities. As others mentioned here…I have been fortunate to spend time at a number of amazing Greek beaches, mostly in Halkadiki and Crete. I’ll just let the crowds keep going to the Trip Advisor beaches:-)

  4. and re Perissa my wife’s uncle was a young man when it was “created” with concrete and then covered with imported black stones for that look; He sais he worked on it and who am I to disagree?