When you think of golden sands, crystal-clear water and long days filled with hours upon hours of fun at the beach – sunbathing, snorkeling and spending quality time with your friends and family, is Greece the first European country that comes to mind? It is for us!
Located to the South East of the continent, Greece is a mediterranean country that borders Turkey, Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria. It has both a central mainland, and boasts of many large, inhabited islands. With this in mind, it is estimated that Greece has nearly 15000 miles of coastline, with many miles of that including picturesque, postcard-perfect beaches just calling your name.
So if you’re looking for villas to rent in Greece near a beach, read on to find out more about some of our favourite homes you can book up today, and get your vacation kick-started.
If you are searching for a villa where the beach is quite literally on your doorstep, then your hunt is already over! The front door of the Thalassa Beachfront Villa in Crete swings open onto a stretch of beach, so you can wander outside for a quick stroll whenever the mood takes you. If heading to the beach is what the children want to do the most but you don’t want to get the sand in your shoes, you can watch them below your feet as you relax on the terrace that overlooks the beach, and enjoy the panoramic views of the sea beyond.
The interior of this villa is comfortable and homely, offering you everything you might need to enjoy your holiday, including a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining table overlooking the waterfront, and a patio area with a swimming pool, where you can laze if you fancy a change of pace from the lapping waves. The villa is located near Rethymno, which lies just over an hour’s drive from Heraklion.
The Villa Alba is located near the quintessential Greek beach of Gouves, a long stretch of sandy shore complete with everything you need for a safe and relaxing trip to the beach. Hire a sun lounger and parasol to keep the sun at bay, make use of the convenient showers and changing rooms, and relax knowing that there are life guards present to keep an eye on you.
When it’s time to return from the beach, the Villa Alba is a stunningly decorated and well-maintained property, boasting a honey-gold and white interior, with comfortable rooms and terraces you can relax on in the evenings. There is also a beautiful pool for the days you want to spend at home, as well as a barbeque and beautiful manicured gardens where you can enjoy the hot Greek sun.
Located extremely close to Heraklion, whoever stays at the Villa Karteros is lucky enough to have access to several beautiful beaches looking out to the island of Dia in the distance. With beautiful, deeply golden sand and endless crystal-clear water, this villa is the perfect choice for those who are hoping to spend most of their time on the beach, because there are so many fantastic options to choose from. This is also a fantastic location for those looking for water sports, with plenty on offer in the nearby Karteros. The closest beach is only a short 8m walk away, so getting to the seafront is quick and easy.
The villa itself is a beautiful, orange gem nestled amongst the bright green of its landscaped gardens, complete with palm trees, a private pool for the days you don’t want to walk to the beach, a barbeque, and balconies from which you can enjoy incredible views of the surrounding area.
Villa Avra is another of our favorites due to it’s incredible location. Nestled right on the waterfront in the popular area of Rethymno, simply step out of your front doors, cross the street used for beach parking, and you’re there! Enjoy a huge stretch of sandy shore and clear water as far as the eye can see. The beach opposite this property is popular, with plenty of sun loungers and parasols. As you’re about ten seconds away, you will always have first dibs! The villa also comes complete with terraces, where you can enjoy the sea views from the comfort of your holiday home, if you want to spend a day in your villa.
The beautiful Villa Avra looks as if it has been made out of sand itself, with it’s beautiful sandy tones to the exterior. On the outside, you will also find an illuminated swimming pool, sun loungers if you don’t want to use the ones on the beach, and a dining table where you can tuck into your evening meal.
Villa Eleni, though located a short drive from the nearest beach, is included in our favorites for a Greece beach vacation because of the absolutely picture-perfect, deep golden sand, with a wide shoreline and translucent waters. If you aren’t planning on using a car for your holiday, you can also walk to the beach in around twenty minutes. Make use of the sun loungers and parasols to keep the sun off your skin while you laze on the beach, and be sure to bring plenty of suncream for the moments you spend drifting in the cool, crystal clear waters. If you are bringing little ones, there is also a children’s amusement centre nearby, which is sure to keep them entertained when you all want a change of pace from the typical seaside activities.
Villa Eleni itself is a stunning, large villa with a beautiful garden set, big pool with separate shallow section for the little ones, sunbeds if you choose to spend the day lazing in the sun at your villa, terraces off from the bedrooms offering sprawling views over Crete and the sparkling ocean, and outdoor seating with a barbeque, so you never have to leave the Grecian sunshine if you don’t want to! The villa is located close to the area of Rethymno.
The beautiful Villa Helona in the South of the island of Zakinthos, is located only around a ten minute walk from Marathias beach. It is a small stretch of rocky beach, with scenery unlike what you would expect from the busier, sandy stretches of shore, with rising rocky landscapes looming in the distance. With more, similar rocky shores dotted around the area, this is the perfect place to go for the adventure-seeking explorers amongst you. However, if you are bringing a car, you can head a few minutes up the road and come to Keri Beach, which offers a beautiful pebble shore, sun loungers with parasols, and some more fascinating rocky formations for you to explore.
The villa is nestled in beautiful greenery, and built out of stone for an authentic, rustic appearance. It comes complete with outdoor dining tables, a beautiful pool on the patio with views over the sea and towards the island of Marathonisi, and an incredible, charming interior that is full of personality.
The Villa Cavo Mare Thalassa is perfectly located along the shore to the East of Zakynthos, with unrivalled views of the area for a truly memorable stay. It is located a short drive away from Paralia Mpouka, an exemplary Greek beach complete with a sandy shore, sun loungers and parasols available for hire, and rocky formations to clamber over if you’re feeling adventurous. The water here is clean and clear, and there is also a variety of taverns and bars within easy reach.
This villa is one of favorites for luxury and a classy design, both inside and outside. Complete with glittering gloss floors and elegant décor that will make you feel like a movie star, the interior is as sumptuous as they come. As for the outside, this villa comes with a beautiful pool inbuilt in the patio, with a waterfall jacuzzi. The patio is also surrounded by a glass fence, for unbelievable views of the surrounding scenery and ocean.
The Villa Stagio in the North East of Zakynthos, is a fantastic option if you are hoping to hit a few golden beaches during your Greece beach vacation. Alykes beach, with it’s beautiful golden sand and a range of restaurants, is only a short walk away. If you’re willing to travel a little bit further up the road and have brought a car, you can also visit Paralia Alikanas or Paralia Psarou. Wherever you decide to hunker down in the sun, you have plenty of options when you stay at Villa Stagio.
Villa Stagio itself is a picturesque property built from local stone, nestled in a large garden with the shadow of mountains looming in the backdrop. The interior offers a rustic, stone-built design with all the creature comforts you’d expect on holiday. The exterior offers beautiful gardens, an incredible stone barbeque, sun loungers, and a large private pool.
This property, towards the South of Zakynthos, is perfect for those who are bringing a car, as you can get the perfect balance of being far out of the way enough for quiet, rustic surroundings with far-reaching views of the countryside, as well as being moments from the stunning Keri Beach, which offers a stretch of pebbled shore with views out to the Marathonisi island.
The Villa Keri Dream certainly is a dreamy property. With a thoughtfully laid out patio with a beautiful, rounded pool, and plenty of space for sun loungers to make the most of the midday heat, you are also treated to stunning views of the rolling landscape and ocean beyond. The interior is crisp, bright, and homely, so you can really settle in during your stay here.
The Mykonos 2 villa, located to the north of the island of Mykonos, is ideally located close to the beautiful beach of Agios Sostis. You can walk down to this utopian stretch of quiet golden shore within minutes. It is a remote beach, mostly used by those who are staying nearby, and is quite untouched. So if you are looking to stay somewhere that is teeming with natural Mykonos beauty, for a real authentic experience, then this is the place to go.
The villa itself is just as stunning as the beach, designed in a traditional Greek villa style, the interior is bright and airy, with a unique and rustic atmosphere. It sits in an incredible spot, offering far-reaching views over the Aegean sea. Outside on the patio, you will also find sun loungers, places to dine as you take in the breath taking views, and a pool that goes right up to the edge of the patio, before the property drops away and the land of Mykonos begins.
A stay in the Mykonos 125 is a beach-goer’s dream, as it is located extraordinarily close to a stunning beach called Paralia Elia. From your vacation home, simply walk for a few minutes, and you will be enjoying hot sand between your toes and shimmering, sparkling water before you know it. Paralia Elia also offers beautiful sun loungers with fluttering, traditional parasols, and the opportunity to purchase drinks on the beach. There are also a few restaurants where you can grab your lunch.
The Mykonos 125 is an absolutely breath taking villa, for those of you looking for the ultimate in luxury. With its very own infinity pool with views of the shoreline beyond, sun loungers, a dining area beneath a pergola, and a crisp thoughtful design throughout the interior, this villa is packed with everything you could possibly need for a memorable vacation.
There are no shortages of nearby beaches on offer when you book the Mykonos 4 villa, especially if you are planning on bringing a car with you. Closest to you is Paralia Kalafati beach, a beautiful, sandy beach that is the quintessential Greek beach you can expect. With rows upon rows of sun loungers, a variety of watersports available, and a shore that is positively baked by the Grecian sun, we won’t blame you if you choose to stick to just Paralia Kalafati beach! However, if you choose to look a little further afield, you have plenty more options, such as Divounia Beach, Paralia Agia Anna, and the Paralia Lea, all boasting sun-drenched, gold sand and clear waters.
The Mykonos 4 villa offers crisp, white walls throughout the property, with an open-plan downstairs and with all of the comforts from home. The exterior is traditional white stone, with a glimmering pool, plenty of places to bask in the sun, a built-in BBQ, dining area, and even an egg-chair where you can curl up with a good book and take in the incredible, far-reaching views all around you.
It doesn’t get much better than the Santorini 1 villa, located on the South West of the famous and picturesque island of Santorini. If you’re heading out to explore the nearby beaches, then Adele’s Red Rocks Secret Beach is a beautiful, pebbled shore you can reach by a cliff hike, that seems awash in mystery. This is perfect for the adventurous traveler who loves a challenge. If you’d rather head to a beach that has easier access, you can also go to the Paralia Gialos beach a little further along, or if you are willing to travel for a bit longer, the beautiful Black Beach and White Beach, which lie south of the property.
The large, white-stone villa is a fantastically luxurious vacation home, so staying here is sure to be a treat. It occupies a privileged position on a cliff-top, with extensive sea views and incredible scenery, which can be enjoyed from each of this property’s bedrooms, and, grand, crisp interior décor throughout. Outside, you can make the most of the outdoor jacuzzi, cook up a storm in the barbeque, or take a dip in the expansive swimming pool. However you choose to spend your time here, you are certain to leave relaxed, refreshed, and full of memories to last a lifetime.
Paros 13, located to the north of Paros island, lies close to the beautiful beach of Kolympethres. Offering a stretch of golden sand, some impressive rock formations you can scramble over, as well as an abundance of sun loungers and parasols for hire, Kolympethres is certainly a dreamy beach where you could easily spend your days lazing in the heat. A little bit further up the shore, you can also explore the Paralia Molos, or head down to the Anemos beach club.
The Paros 13 is a luxury villa offering plenty of rooms to accommodate the whole family. Built in a beautiful white and stone rustic style, the interior offers incredible, traditional décor, whilst ensuring you have everything you need to hand for a comfortable stay. Outside, enjoy the huge, beautifully laid-out terrace complete with inbuilt pool and sun loungers, with incredible views across the sea and the mountainous regions of Paros in the distance.
Looking for the perfect villa for a Greece beach vacation?
So, did any of these villas pique your interest? If you are looking to fly away and soak up the sunshine with your loved ones, then Greece is the perfect place to go for incredible beaches, good food, and a huge selection of villas close to the shore, of which have been hand-picked by our experts here at Top Villas. But don’t worry if any of these villas aren’t quite what you’re looking for; we have plenty more available that are located close to a beautiful Greek beach, so make sure you explore all we have to offer.