Greece’s secret beaches. Don’t follow the crowds: find your own secluded and unspoilt bays

Are you tired of overcrowded beaches and tourist-heavy seaside resorts? Then you need our insider’s guide to the best unspoilt beaches in Greece no one knows about

With 227 inhabited islands to choose from, be your own beach explorer and head to one of these divine, secluded spots for the perfect holiday experience. Just don’t tell everyone!

Seychelles Beach, Ikaria

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Seychelles Beach, Ikaria

Known to locals as the Jamaica of the Aegean Sea due to its dreamy tropical feel, this beautiful beach is a picturesque cove with piercing blue water, surrounded by intriguing white rock formations. A perfect spot to escape the crowds and relax in the sun, swim or snorkel.  Located down a long path, 25km west of Agios Kirikos, or via a water taxi from the nearby Manganitis fishing port.

Kopria Beach, Rhodes

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Kopria beach on Rhodes. Photo from Visit Rhodes

The largest of the Dodecanese group and blessed with 200km of coastline, Rhodes is a fantastic summer destination. Away from the popular resorts of Lindos and Kalithea, is it possible to find a quiet cove away from the crowds? Thankfully, yes, it is!

Kopria beach is hidden between giant rocks and the tiny pebble beach is perfect for a romantic picnic.

Gidaki Beach, Ithaca

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Gidaki Beach, Ithaca. Photo from Travel Greece

This scenic and tranquil beach is accessed only by boat from the port of Vathy or an adventurous hiking trail with incredible vistas. With a sweep of pretty shiny white pebbles, it’s perfect for those who don’t like sand in their Kleftiko wraps. A lovely little beach paradise with placid, crystal waters and a breathtaking backdrop.

Voutoumi Beach, Antipaxos

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Voutoumi beach is paradise. Photo from Travel Greece

Many Greeks consider Voutoumi one of the best kept beach secrets in Greece. It is certainly one of the most exotic ones. Located in the north of the tiny island of Antipaxos, in the Ionian Islands, it doesn’t get much more secluded and beautiful than this. A breath-taking tree-fringed stretch of white sand with turquoise waters just waiting to be explored.

Hiliadou, Evia

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Hiliadou Beach, Evia. Photo from Travel Greece

A wild, beautiful beach in Central Evia, only 2.5 hours away from Athens from anyone looking for that perfect city-beach hop. Lush chestnut trees meet a sun-drenched beach in an idyllic tranquil location. There is even a separate cove where you can practice nudism legally. Don’t forget to visit the sea cave on the rocky shore just a 100 meters north, which gives out a celestial silvery blue and green glow.

Lalaria Beach, Skiathos

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Lalaria Beach in Skiathos

OK, this one is well known but as it’s only accessible by boat it doesn’t have the hoardes of tourists descending all day on the shore. Lalaria Beach is located on Skiathos. Miss the tour boats and head there in the afternoon, that way you’re pretty much guaranteed to have the beach all to yourself. Swim around the rocks and if you’ve hired your own boat head to the nearby sea grotto caves.

Psili Ammos Beach, Naxos

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Psili Ammos Beach, Naxos

This little known beach will make you feel like you’re in the tropics. Located on the east of the island a wide expanse of glistening sand gives it its name (in greek psili ammos means ‘thin sand’). Think sand dunes, tall cedar trees and relaxation. Beautiful shallow azure waters make it a great choice for snorkelling too.