2. Nanou Bay, Symi
The sweeping pebbly bay of Symi is found only by the most dedicated explorers, as the only route in is a long and winding walk or by sea. The stunning clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and lack of road access means that you’ll never have to jostle for space on the beach. Sit and have a drink and a chat to the locals at the small taverna, or take a walk up toward the nearby cliffs.
3. Platia Ammos, Kefalonia
Once you’ve had your fill of postcard-perfect, white sand beaches, sail to the western side of Kefalonia to be greeted by the rugged beauty of Platia Ammos. As you sail along the coast watch out for the Monastery of Kipouria, perched on the edge of the cliffs. You can imagine the life of the single monk who lives there, as you lie on the soft sand and gaze out to the deep blue waters that the monastry watches over.
4. Paranga Beach, Mykonos
If you’re craving a little more bustle and action, head over to the island of Mykonos and visit one of the famous beaches. As an island the visitors are still fewer than on the mainland, but here in the nicest part of Mykonos you can enjoy stunning views by day with a latte or a cocktail at the beach bar, and if you’re feeling ready to party walk the fifteen minutes to the Cavo Paradiso club, a renowned venue which boasts an impressive line-up throughout the summer.
5. Seychelles Beach, Ikaria
For a rejuvenating day after a night clubbing on Mykonos, head to Ikaria to sit on the white beach and let the striking blue water lap at your feet. The beach is 25km from the nearest town, and accessed by boat or a small path. Surrounded by unusual limestone formations, there is something distinctly tropical about this beach, and the lack of visitors and secluded cove give Seychelles Beach a particularly special and intimate feel.