British newspaper Telegraph presents a list with the top 10 beach and seaside holidays in Greece for 2016, including the best spots for families, watersports and relaxation in destinations such as Crete, Rhodes, Lesbos and Skópelos. The list follows:
1. Iguana Beach, Crete
Lucky Haniá has two lovely, clean, amenitied town beaches, 4km west at the end of a frequent urban bus line. They’re separated by a headland, with a third, westerly cape graced by the little Church of the Holy Apostles, which lends its name to the area. The easterly cove is smaller and crowded, but more protected from occasional surf; the second, universally known as “Iguana” after its quirky kantína and sunbed concession, is bigger and more exposed, but the thick sand shelves gently enough for kids, and the pristine water rates a Blue Flag. The closest recommendable lodging is the Sorta Apartments in Makrys Tihos district, with seven fully self-catering units in somewhat bright colour schemes, or the bigger, nearby Athina Beach Hotel, both friendly, five minutes’ walk to the beach and offering free Wi-Fi.
8. Filaki nudist beach, Crete
For a complete back-to-nature experience, and an all-over tan, consider staying at a naturist resort. Vritomartis, near Sfakia on Crete’s remote south coast, is on the Libyan Sea and is backed by the 2000m-high White Mountains. There are rooms in the main hotel building, as well as bungalows set in landscaped grounds with a 25m pool. A 10-minute walk east (also served by free minibus), Filaki nudist beach is made up of fine pebbles, and has sunbeds and umbrellas, and a canteen serving snacks. While nudism is the norm in the gardens and at the beach, clothing (even if it’s just a towel) is mandatory within the Vritomartis indoor spaces. Extras include excursions, such as hiking nearby gorges, and activities, including Greek lessons and boules.