Summer temperatures in Greece can rise above 35 C , so you need to plan your days accordingly. We recommend visiting the ancient sites as early as possible, in order to avoid walking underneath the scorching sun. You can then visit a museum or two, and make best use of the air-conditioned spaces as it gets hotter around midday. A late lunch, followed by a few hours on the beach, will also be appealing to most people, especially families. You can also choose to visit the ancient sites at sunset.Even if you plan to spend all your time on the beach, you need to think about the sun and the heat. Whatever you do, do not forget your hat and sunscreen – and make sure you drink enough water!So, all you can think of when you visit Greece in summer, is hitting the beach. Chances are though, that you are not the only person who had this idea. The beaches on the popular Greek islands can become crowded in the summer months. This is especially so in July and August, when many Greeks also go on holiday.
The beach of Elafonisi is truly outstanding. Located on the island of Elafonsi in southwest Crete. The exotic, pink and white sand gives way to azure water that is perfect for swimmers of all ages. Lifeguards make sure everyone stays safe, and umbrella rentals keep all tourists cool even in the hot Grecian summers. For a break from the beach, visitors can easily tour the nearby Chrysoskalitissa monastery or the Agia Irini lighthouse.
Secluded and stunning, Navagio Beach is the highlight to a vacation on Zakynthos, the third largest of the Ionian Islands. The beach is poised between the limestone cliffs of the island and is only accessible by boat. Once a visitor arrives, they will see the ruins of a shipwreck, perfectly clear waters, and tourists trying their hands at BASE jumping from the cliffs above. There are no amenities on this beach, though the boats that carry tourists to and from sometimes offer drinks or even lunch.
Kefalonia’s Myrtos Beach is as surprising as it is stunning. The bright white of the pebbles jut sharply into the deep blue of the sea. The steep mountains and tall cliffs behind Myrtos beach only add to its beauty. For all these reasons Myrtos has previously been voted 12 times as the best beach in Greece. Those who enjoy Myrtos Beach come for sun, sun, and more sun. There is little to no shade and the only water sport available is swimming. However, sunbeds and umbrellas can be rented for a small fee. Most visitors suggest wearing sandshoes to Myrtos Beach. What looks like sand is actually rock, which can be difficult on the soles until one reaches the sandy seabed.
Ftelia Beach, Mykonos
North wind and fanatic windsurfers.7 kilometers east of Mykonos is located a beach called Ftelia full of cool and sophisticated people. Beanbag, Wi-Fi and easy access by car. ”Alemagou”, in the right side of the beach, offers to you food and coffee in a hippie chic environment.Ftelia beach is a world-wide famous beach in the famous resort of Mykonos .There are only some studios and private rooms for your accommodation and one Hotel.It”s northern location has established the beach as a wind surfers paradise, as it almost always quite windy. The crystal clear waters and the unique landscape (sand and rocks) really deserve a visit. The beach is also well known for the famous neolithic settlement found there believed that is the tomb of ancient Iliad hero Ajax the Locrian . Ftelia is an isolated paradise during the Mykonos summer madness and as it is not very crowded due to the fact that it is quite windy it is preferred from the Mykonians and also the celebrities from around the world.Very often subjected to a good onshore wind, north-facing Ftelia beach, unpleasant to sun bathers, is a great pleasure to wind surfing enthusiasts. Located on the north and central part of the island this beach forms the base to Panormos Bay, the largest on Mykonos. There is a restaurant to serve the needs of those who visit and access to this beach can only be made by taxi or private vehiclesThe huge Panormos Bay in the north east of the island has three main beaches. The first, at the furthest southern end of the bay and nearest the capital is the increasingly popular beach at FTELIA. North facing and exposed to the strong winds that whip around the bay it is another big favourite with surfers. It has a fine sandy beach for those that prefer a more rugged environment to the soft south. Roads have improved recently and it is relatively easy to get to.
Located on the north side of Milos, Sarakiniko has an otherworldly, almost lunar-like quality to it. Polished white boulders, made of volcanic rock, hug this tiny cove, where the turquoise waters are shallow—and perfect for families. Swimmers can spread out with a towel on the rocks to sunbathe.
Fragos (Simos), Elafonisos
To reach Prasonisi you will have to drive all the way to the most south part of the island. Just after Katavia, turn left (there are signs to guide you) and after a few kilometers more driving, and from the top of a hill, Prasonisi comes into sight: waves to the right, calm sea and shelter from the wind to the left – and surfers everywhere!
It is one of the most impressive beaches on the island. Two sandy coves ending in an island that you can reach on foot or by swimming, depending on the weather and the level of the water. This is a paradise for surfers, especially in July and August. There are surfboards and wetsuits for hire. It is well worth a visit even if you are not a surfer yourself, just to enjoy the magnificent landscape and admire the skill of the surfers. All the houses offering rented rooms also operate their own taverna.