What do you dream of when thinking of your summer holidays? Popular beaches, with beach bars and cocktails? Or secluded paradise spots where the only thing you can hear is the sound of the light breeze and wave? If the last option is the case, then this article is for you.
Six secret and intriguing beaches in Greece, away from the crowds and ideal for a refreshing day
Afales Beach, Ithaca
Ithaca, the destination of Odysseus and the symbolic end of his adventures, is one of the greatest islands of the Ionian Sea, with so many reasons to visit it! Afales beach is one of the most charming ones and totally secluded. You can reach it by heading down a steep path, which will lead you to the rocky paradise spot. I guarantee that you will totally relax, forget anything that is worrying you and enjoy peaceful moments.
Platia Ammos, Kefalonia
Platia Ammos is one more dazzling beach that lies in Ithaca’s neighbouring island, Kefalonia. Located near the Monastery of Kipoureon in Paliki peninsula, the coast is pure and totally isolated. Until the earthquake of 2014 you could access the beach by a staircase of approximately 300 stairs. Now, the path is damaged and it’s only accessible by boat. This place is considered to be a hidden treasure of the Greek island, with truly imposing wild scenery.
Ikaria is an island known for its wild beauty, but most importantly, known for its population’s longevity. One of the most magnificent beaches is Seychelles, with bright white and grey pebbles, blue- turquoise water, surrounded by cove scenery. Seychelles is located approximately 25 kilometers from Agios Kirikos, near the village Manganitis. You can access the beach by walking down a path of a medium difficulty that starts on the main road. Visit Ikaria, which is also known as the island of long life, and trust me- your summer vacation will be a totally different experience than the usual!
Voutoumi beach, Antipaxos
The island of Antipaxos is a small one near the well known Paxoi. The truth is that during the last years Antipaxos is becoming popular and due to its small size and easy access from Paxoi, it is often crowded. Nevertheless, Voutoumi beach tends to differentiate. It’s a quiet and hidden part, which you can access by a pathway. Once you do that, get ready to enjoy the incredible scenery of white sand and crystal clear blue water.
Kythira is a Greek island lying opposite the south-east part of the Peloponnese peninsula. It’s a dreamy destination, with gorges, waterfalls and lovely beaches creating an idyllic scenery. If you are patient, adventurous and you also want to explore the underwater world, then I must suggest visiting Kalami beach. It’s located near Mylopotamos village, ideal for those who want to enjoy their day away from mass crowds. The access to Kalami is a difficult task, as you have to hike and climb steep cliffs, the scenery, though, will reward you.
Chalikiada beach is the ideal choice for the ones who chosse Athens for their vacation. Agistri is a tiny island located in close distance from Greece’s capital city, approximately one hour from Piraeus port. Chalikiada beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs and it can be reached by a steep pathway. Since it’s secluded, don’t expect any tourist facilities, but be sure that your day at the beach will be special!
Now, these are only six of the secret paradise beaches in Greece. There are many more, but firstly, let’s keep a few hidden, as they are, and secondly, let’s all respect them and keep them clean! Enjoy!