In a country full of beautiful, scenic, unspoilt beaches, it’s hard to pick the best, but the part of Greece’s coastline accessible only by sailboat tends to be the most beautiful of all. With a couple of exceptions, these beaches have less tourist crowds and less human pollution thanks to their hard-to-access locations, making them prime spots for swimming and sunbathing.
When you hop around the Greek islands on a boat, these five breathtaking beaches are yours to enjoy!
- Kleftiko Beach, Milos
The turquoise water and stunning white rock formations that dot Kleftiko Beach make it an impressive destination for travelers. Thanks to the fact that Kleftiko is only accessible by boat, the water tends to be cleaner and clearer than on the rest of the popular island of Milos. Lie out on the rocks and soak in the dazzling Mediterranean sun, then jump into the water for one of the best swimming experiences of your life.
- Lalaria Beach, Skiathos
Lalaria is the beach that put Skiathos on the map for many Greek and international tourists alike. The white pebble beach, limestone cliffs, and crystal clear blue waters make this particular spot on the island appear almost surreal in its beauty. Local legends state that swimming through the natural rock arch will give you eternal youth – even though it’s a myth, it doesn’t hurt to try!
- Agiofulli Beach, Lefkada
Lefkada is famous all over Greece for its incredible beaches, as well as its prime spots for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Though it’s hard to pick just one beach from the island, Agiofulli is especially beloved thanks to its inaccessible by car, tranquil location. Pull in on a sailboat and swim to shore, or hop a charter from the main town of Lefkada and take the 45-minute ride to experience Agiofulli Beach yourself.
- Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
One of the most popular destinations in all of Greece, Navagio Beach is truly a unique sight to behold. Almost everyone has seen famous pictures of the beach, which has an old shipwreck on the sand and is surrounded by towering cliff faces. The reason most of these photos of Navagio are taken from above is that the beach itself is only accessible by sailboat. It is definitely worth it to sail out here, take a swim, and explore the beautiful old shipwreck yourself.
- Koufonissi Island, Crete
If you’re looking for more than just a secluded beach, how about a whole uninhabited island accessible only by boat?! Koufonissi Island, right off the coast of Crete, doesn’t even have a regular service from the mainland anymore, meaning that only those who have rented sailboats can go there. Koufonissi doesn’t offer developed beaches with sun beds and cocktail service, but it’s a favorite destination for those looking to get back to nature and simply enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the sea and sand.
The Sail in Greece Team