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Pink sand beaches should be on every beach enthusiasts bucket-list.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Greece, which was absolutely breathtaking. The Mediterranean waters are incredible and there are even a few pink sand beaches in this country that are well worth the visit.

So, where are these pink beaches located? Here’s a list of the best pink sand beaches in Greece to explore the next time you’re there.



Balos Beach

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First on the list of pink sand beaches, is Balos Beach, which is located at the northwest corner of Crete. When you’re able to see the pink sands at their brightest color, you will be looking at one of the most picturesque locations in the world. 

Balos Lagoon is a beautiful place to swim, and at certain times, the water gets trapped, forming mini shallow pools. These pools are so shallow, that the sun makes them feel like a natural hot spring.

In addition, Cape Tigani, which is an inlet in this area (it’s quite rocky), is a great place to explore. This is especially true for anyone who is looking for a gorgeous view of the beach from slightly above. 

To get to this peninsula, you may need to wade through the water at high tide, but at most times, you can simply walk across the sand bars. In addition, there is a small chapel on the peninsula that you can explore as well.



Elafonsi Beach

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This is a lovely beach that is located on the southwestern side of Crete, which is a city that is located on a large island off of the southern tip of the Peloponnesian peninsula. The pink sands are formed from tiny pink shells that line the sea floor in this area. The beach is not always pink, but when it is, it is quite picturesque. 

This is an area that can easily be reached from the mainland because of how shallow the water is; in fact, this shallow water is one of the main reasons that this is a great location to bring small children to play. In addition, because of the shallow waters, there are even sea turtles on the sandbars that you can easily see while you are there.

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It is a protected area in Greece, so there is a lot of natural beauty in the area that you will see from the beach. The beach is roughly about a mile long, and along it, you will find plenty of coves to explore and interesting rock formations to look at. 

Slightly north of the beach, the Chrysoskalitisa monastery can be found on a high rock that allows you to look down at the beach below. This is a beach that also has a lot of wildflowers nearby, which are a rare sight to see. In fact, a few of the plants that can be found here are not found anywhere else on the planet. 



Honorable Mention:

Red Beach

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The final beach that we are going to consider for this list is not actually a beach with pink sand, but it is also a unique option that many will enjoy just as much. As the name implies, the sands on the beach are red, which comes from a volcanic rock that is in the sea. The color comes from the small pebbles that break from the rock. The beach is also positioned near a steep red hill that is breathtaking. This hill has been known for landslides though, so you will want to be aware that this could be a danger in the area.

The beach is actually located on Santorini, which is located in southern Crete. On the northern side of this beach, you will find that it is nudist-friendly, but most people prefer to wear some type of swimwear when enjoying the waters here. If you are feeling brave, you can explore the cliffs above the beach for a gorgeous view of the waters, but there are some holes at the top that you will want to be careful of when you are exploring. 



If you enjoy visiting different beaches across the world, then Greece is a great place to explore. There are several pink sand beaches in Greece as well as some that have red sand and other exciting features to experience and explore. All of the beaches in this list are very simple to find, so the next time you are in Greece, make sure that you explore at least one or two of them.

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