Sandy stretches that meander slowly and serenely into gentle waves are lovely. But that’s not the kind of beach that makes your knees buckle and has you reaching for your camera before you’ve got the sunscreen on your nose.
Instead, head for beaches where cliffs tower over the shore. Finding your way to the sand at these spots is often no easy feat. You’ll probably need to hike, climb or boat in, and some of these beaches are not recommended for swimming.
But what you trade in approachability is offset by the wow factor.
Beaches that cozy up to cliffs provide settings that stick with you — in far more than a sand-in-your-shorts kind of way.
There are two greek beaches in this list. Both of them are in the Ionian Sea : Navagio beach in Zakynthos and Porto Katsiki in Lefkas.
Porto Katsiki’s stunning setting draws crowds. Located on the Ionian Island of Lefkada, it’s best to arrive early or late or visit during the off-season for a bigger slice of sand and a smoother arrival. The narrow road to the beach and the parking area above can get very tight. Many sunbathers arrive by boat.