Greek Beaches to Plan Your Life Around

It may not be summer yet, but it's never too early to dream about being on one of these gorgeous and unique beaches. Simos, Elafonisos A short, 10-minute ferryboat ride from Laconia in the southeastern Peloponnese brings you to this tiny island where fine white sand gives the water its incredible cyan color. The area still seems untouched, even despite the throngs of families that visit every year thanks to the relative safety of the lagoon for kids. The area is also popular for its campsite, a stone's throw from the beach. Balos, Crete At the lagoon situated in the northwestern tip of Crete, the waters are so shallow you can walk from one shore to the other. Access is either by boat, foot, or a donkey carrying you across the stone track. During peak season it gets pretty busy so stick to the quieter months if you want to avoid the crowds. Grias to Pidima, Andros Andros is particularly popular among hikers thanks to its award-winning network of trails and crystalline waters for cooling off. Grias to Pidima features a massive rock rising out of the water and can be reached either by boat or via a path that is only a short 5-minute walk from the road. Its curious name means 'where the old woman jumped'. According to the most popular version of the story, an elderly woman betrayed the Greeks during the Turkish occupation by opening a gate to the castle where the Greeks had taken refuge. Ashamed of her actions, she jumped from the rock to her death. Navagio, Zakynthos You don't need a drone to get this shot for your Instagram account. A specially designed platform over Navagio Beach provides an excellent view of the shipwreck which - along with the Caretta caretta sea turtle - has made this Ionian island famous. The ship was carrying cigarettes when it ran aground in 1980 and ultimately came to its final resting place. Now plans are being developed together with international organizations in order to preserve it. The beach can only be reached via boat. Unless of course you do this see full article here