The hot Mediterranean climate of Greece allows to open the beach season and enjoy a holiday at sea quite early. May and June are not yet the most tourist months, so expect good service without huge crowds. Let's see the top destinations to start a season in Greece.

Halkidiki 

Sandy beach of Halkidiki and turquoise water
In Sithonia the coast is indented with bays
Coastline Halkidiki
Halkidiki combines all the advantages of a Greek beach holiday

Halkidiki is one of the top spots to kick off the beach season in Greece. By August, it's tough to find a free hotel, and the taverns are bustling with tourists admiring the stunning bays and azure waters. The early beach season in Halkidiki offers everything that makes Greece special: a mild climate perfect for swimming, plenty of sunshine, charming towns, and hospitable locals who are still fresh and welcoming.

If you're unsure which Greek island to pick for your beach holiday, Halkidiki is a great choice. It combines a rugged coastline, golden beaches, delicious food, and fascinating attractions. Kassandra, for example, is ideal for those who love a comfortable beach holiday. You'll find long sandy beaches, beachside bars, restaurants, and taverns. Explore resort villages like Chaniotis, Pefkochori, and Kallithea, which offer excellent accommodation options. Renting a villa early in the season can be a great deal for families or groups of friends.

Take Villa Kristina in Chaniotis, for instance. It's close to the village center and just minutes from the sea, with the best beaches of Kassandra nearby. The villa is designed for up to six people and features comfortable bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, a relaxation area, and private bathrooms.

Patio
Comfortable and stylish room
All bedrooms are cozy and offer storage systems
Villa Kristina is in a quiet location and close to all entertainment

For a more nature-centric experience, head to Sithonia. It's perfect for an early season beach holiday with its cozy bays, turquoise waters, dense pine forests, and picturesque villages. The town of Nikiti offers a blend of outdoor recreation and city life. During the peak season, beach bars are packed and sunbed prices soar, making the early season an especially enjoyable time to visit. Enjoy the sound of the waves with a cocktail in hand on free beaches. Sithonia also offers a range of accommodations, from luxury to budget-friendly options.

Exterior view
The villa offers views of the village and the sea
Modern Villa Sol Mate is located in a picturesque location in Sithonia overlooking the sea

One example is the designer villa Sol Mate near the center of Nikiti. Close to restaurants, shops, and entertainment, it's only a 3-minute walk to the cozy sandy beach. The villa's three bedrooms, each climate-controlled, can comfortably accommodate up to six people. The surrounding coast features a mix of large and small beaches, bays, and islands.

Santorini

Famous view of Santorini
Volcanic red beach
Fira
Come to Santorini in May-June to fully explore the island

Santorini is an iconic Greek island, renowned for its breathtaking views, whitewashed cliff houses, and stunning sunsets. The beach season begins in May when the water becomes pleasantly warm for swimming. Kamari Beach, with its unique black volcanic sand, is a popular spot, offering a variety of beach bars and restaurants. Perissa Beach is another favorite, known for its crystal-clear waters, water activities, and a diving center.

Before the peak summer crowds arrive, make sure to visit Oia, a picturesque town with snow-white houses perched on steep cliffs. Here, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the volcano, making it a perfect spot for unforgettable sunsets.

Crete

Balos Lagoon
One of the beaches of Crete
Crete is a collection of unique beaches where it is already comfortable to open the season

Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is rich in history and culture. Its beach season starts early and lasts until autumn due to the mild climate. Heraklion is one of the most popular resorts, offering sandy beaches, historical sites, and a vibrant nightlife. Malia Beach on the east coast is a hotspot for young people, known for its lively party scene. For a more secluded experience, Elafonisi Beach, with its pink sand and turquoise waters, is an excellent choice.

Exploring Crete’s historical attractions is more comfortable in the early season. May and June are ideal times to visit the Palace of Knossos and Gavdos, the southernmost point of Europe, without the intense heat of August.

Zakynthos

Grottoes and bays of Zakynthos
Turtles nest in the island of Zakynthos

Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful islands in the Ionian Sea, perfect for starting the beach season in Greece. In May, the island begins to welcome visitors to its picturesque beaches. Laganas Beach, with its long sandy shore and small rocky coves, is great for exploration by boat. In June, the beaches of Laganas Bay become a prime location to witness the nesting of large sea turtles, an unforgettable experience unique to Zakynthos.

Navagio Bay, also known as Shipwreck Beach, offers the chance to see a famous shipwreck, explore grotto caves withou

Your Perfect Beach Season in Greece Awaits

No matter where you choose to start your beach season in Greece, you’ll find beauty at every turn. To select the ideal region for your holiday, consider reaching out to the specialists at Aktis Group. They can assist you in choosing the perfect destination and provide help with finding accommodation, renting a car or yacht, and organizing excursions.

With their expertise, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable holiday experience, allowing you to fully relax and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture of Greece.