The gorgeous Greek islands are perfect for a summer holiday in the sun. If you want your Greek holiday to be a relaxing one away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, here are ten secluded beaches we recommend as an alternative to the popular, noisy beach resorts.
Platia Ammos, Kefalonia
Platia Ammos is one of the hidden treasures of Kefalonia island. This stunning beach, surrounded by rugged cliffs, was only accessible by boat until a few years ago. Now there are 280 steps, carved into the cliffside, that lead down to this hidden gem. It’s located on the western side of Kefalonia, in the peninsula of Paliki, next to the Monastery of Kipoureon. The sandy coast is a great place to relax, but the rocky seabed, deep water and strong currents mean that it’s not suitable if you’re not a good swimmer or if you have children.
This beautiful beach is located on Ikaria, 25km west of Agios Kirikos, just after the tunnel that leads to the village of Manganitis. The beach is located in a picturesque cove and has bright pebbles and rocks, piercing blue water and is surrounded by rocky slopes. It’s the perfect place to relax in the sun, swim or snorkel. To access the beach you need to walk down a path that starts on the main road and descends along the riverbed.
Voutoumi is one of the most exotically beautiful beaches in Greece. The beach is located on the small island of Antipaxos, and is surrounded by lush green slopes. It’s postcard perfect. Stretch out and soak up the sun on the white pebble and sand beach. The turquoise water is shallow, making it a great choice for families traveling with kids. Go snorkeling near the rocks, or enjoy the view from a yacht. There is also a taverna and restaurant on the tiny island. It’s the perfect secluded beach if you’re staying in a holiday rental in Paxi or Corfu. Voutoumi can be reached by a 15-minute sea-taxi ride from the port of Gaios in Paxos.
This remote beach is located in Evia. Chestnut trees and ferns cling precariously to the cliffs that surround this small cove and to the north there is a sea cave that you can explore. The area is popular with surfers and swimmers, and on the weekends the beach can get a little crowded as people come to enjoy the sunshine on the sand and pebble beach. There is a separate nudist cove.
Egremni beach is located in the southwest of the beautiful island of Lefkada. Chalky cliffs provide the perfect backdrop to this stunning beach. The soft white sand and bright blue water of the bay are the perfect location for an afternoon of sun bathing and swimming. Pack light because you have to walk down 250 steps that have been built into the cliff in order to get to Egramni beach. There are beach umbrellas available for rent and one small hut for refreshments. Although the beach is well known, the steps are daunting to some, and as a result the beach is much quieter than most beaches on the island.
If you’re staying in an Athens holiday rental and want a great day trip, Chalikiada beach on the small island of Agistri is ideal. It’s a one-hour boat trip from Piraeus to the port of Skala. The small sandy beach of Chalikiada is surrounded by cliffs and steep green slopes, and can be accessed via a steep path from Skala. It can be a difficult climb and is not recommended if you’ve got children. The isolated location means there are no facilities on the beach so you’ll need to bring your own umbrellas, food and drink. The deep blue water is ideal for swimming, but take note that although the water near the shore is shallow, there is sudden drop approximately 5m from shore.
Mesovrika Beach, Antipaxos
Mesovrika beach is a small cove on the north east side of the small island of Antipaxos. Rocks extend into the sea on both sides of the cove, creating a private paradise where you can swim or snorkel. The view of Paxi and the mainland from this pebble beach is simply stunning. If you get hungry you can take a 5-minute walk to the tavernas at Vrika or Voutoumi beaches. Mesovrika can be reached by a 15-minute sea-taxi ride from the port of Gaios in Paxos, or from the island of Corfu.
Ilingas Beach, Crete
The secluded Ilingas Beach is located 1km west of Sfakia on the island of Crete. The gorgeous white sandy beach has crystal clear water and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There is a big cave close to the water, which provides perfect shelter from the hot sun during the summer months. To get to Ilingas beach you follow a coastal footpath from Sfakia. It takes around 20 minutes. There is also a taverna nearby.
Diamoudia beach, Ios
Diamoudia beach is located in the northern part of the island of Ios. The beach is covered in sand and a few pebbles, but the seabed is rocky and not ideal for swimming. The turquoise water does have excellent visibility, so it is a good spot for snorkeling. This beautiful secluded cove is 7km from Chora. The area is very secluded so most tourist access Diamoudia beach by boat.
Agios Nikolaos, Hydra
The cove of Agios Nikolaos is in the southwest of Hydra island, and is only accessible by boat. The beautiful beach is made up of sand and fine pebbles, and is ideal for small children. There are umbrellas and deck chairs, and a few pine trees that provide some shade.
When you’re choosing a beach to visit in Greece, bear in mind that nude sunbathing is common. Greek families have a more liberal attitude toward nude sunbathing so if you ask if a beach is family-friendly, you’ll be sent to one with calm, shallow water, and not necessarily the one with the most bathing suits.