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Best Beaches in Cyclades

The Cyclades are home to some of the most spectacular beaches in Greece. The majestic beaches located in close distance to Athens, pebbled or sandy, organized or remote, large coast or small coves, Cyclades has it all.

A unique stop on your Greek travels is Sarakiniko Beach, located on the volcanic island of Milos. Unsurprisingly, it is Milos’ trademark as the limestone rock surrounding the water offers visitors a distinctive experience. Sarakiniko’s geological profile allows it to stand out and be considered among the country’s best beaches. The beach was named after the Saracen – Arab – pirates, who would allegedly use the caves and tunnels as a hiding place for themselves and their treasures.

Sarakiniko is a beach on Milos Island, Greece, situated on the north shore of the island. Photo by Cyprien Delaporte via Unsplash

Apothikes, located in Andros is a hidden beach, accessible through a dirt road. Even though Andros is underrated, it is an island filled with lush plantation, serenity, and scenic views. If you’re looking for a picturesque small bay with golden sand and clear waters, then Apothikes is the one. A small bar serving water and snacks is near, and you may even be lucky enough to try some barbecued calamari freshly caught by the owner.

If you’re looking for privacy and tranquility, Malta beach is the one for you. This small cove, located on the northern part of the island offers the seclusion many beaches typically don’t have as it is only accessible by boat. The small white pebbles along with the clear blue waters will create the ideal aesthetic for the perfect Greek summer holiday.

Plaka beach is considered the longest sandy beach on the island of Naxos. Photo by Thomas Tsopanakis via Unsplash

Plaka in Naxos is among the largest beaches in the Cyclades. The soft white sand and exotic waters attract visitors from around the globe, even though it never gets too crowded. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available; however, the largest part of the beach is not organized, ideal for total relaxation and privacy.

Super Paradise beach in Mykonos is a large bay on the southeastern side of the island. One side of the beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars, taverns, and watersports, and the other is more secluded with fewer tourists. Super Paradise beach is considered one of the best beaches in Cyclades due to its soft, golden sand and crystal waters.

Located 6 km southeast of Mykonos Town, Super Paradise beach is the most alternative beach on the island. Photo by Joao Matos via Unsplash

Mylopotas is the most popular beach on the island of Ios, located at close distance to the port and main capital. This destination mostly attracts young visitors as it has a variety of watersports and beach bars, making it the ultimate fun holiday. Beach parties and many enjoyable summer nights mirror the island during this season even though the population of Mylopotas is only 120 people.

Ideally located only 3km away from the main village of Ios (Chora), Mylopotas is one of the most visited and crowded beaches in Ios. Photo by Davide Taviani via Wikimedia Commons

With the reputation of the island being that it is eerie and isolated, Amorgos has spectacular cliffs, beautiful scenery, and authentic Cycladic atmosphere. If you love rock climbing or hiking, this is the destination for you. A gorgeous pebble beach near the village of Vroutsi, Mouros is the adventurous destination you’re looking for. Pack your snorkeling equipment and go discover the nearby underwater caves or simply enjoy a dip in the clear waters. To end the day, enjoy authentic Greek flavors at the tavern with a majestic view over the Aegean sea.

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