The European Best Destinations (EBD) organization has included three Greek beaches on its list with the safest beaches in Europe for the summer of 2021.
The list features a total 13 beaches in Mediterranean destinations such as Greece, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus. They were selected based on various criteria such as the low number of Covid-19 cases and the health measures undertaken by local authorities.
Greece’s Egremni beach, located on the island of Lefkada, ranks fifth on the list; the beach of Preveza – and particularly Monolithi – in western Greece is in the 10th position, while Halikounas beach on Corfu ranks 13th.
Egremni beach, Lefkada
Egremni beach has been selected by the EBD for its turquoise waters, fine white sand and cliffs that flow into the sea.
Egremni has often been an inaccessible beach, as there is no road leading there. Furthermore, the beach has no bars or restaurants on site.
The EBD also proposes to travelers to walk from Egremni to Porto Katsiki, a nearby beach located at the bottom of a concave pale cliff.
Porto Katiski means “goat port” in Greek, as only goats could reach this area before.
“This beach has been classified among the beaches with the bluest waters in the world …enough to make you forget the lockdowns, curfews and stressful news of recent months,” the organization says.
Monolithi beach, the main beach of Preveza, is 22km long (13 miles) and up to 80 metres wide. This beach is the longest one in Europe.
Apart from Monolithi, Preveza offers many other unique beaches.
“Known for its excellent value for money, Preveza is the anti-St Tropez: hotel, restaurants and cafés charges are affordable and this summer the deckchairs are even free (and cleaned between each traveler)”, the EBD says.
Halikounas beach, Corfu
Blessed by gods, Corfu is one of the greenest Greek islands, with exceptional flora and fauna.
Halikounas beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on this island popular with nature lovers.
Wild and with a total length of 3 kilometres, Halikounas beach is perfect for respecting social distances this summer.
The EBD has selected destinations with no mandatory quarantine upon arrival (if proof of a negative test) that also recognize the vaccination passport.
The organization has included the following beaches on its list:
1. Ghadira Bay, Mellieha – Malta
2. Porto Santo Beach, Porto Santo – Madeira Islands – Portugal
3. Ramla Bay, Gozo Island – Malta
4. Praia Nova , Porches – Lagoa – Algarve – Portugal
5. Egremni Beach, Lefkada Island – Greece
6. Riviera Beach – Ghajn Tuffieha, Mellieha – Malta
7. Las Teresitas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Tenerife Island – Spain
8. Praia Grande, Ferragudo – Lagoa – Algarve
9. Ribeira Grande Beach, Sao Miguel – Azores – Portugal
10. Preveza, Greece
11. Golden Beach, Cyprus
12. Puerto de Tazacorte Beach, La Palma – Canary Islands
13. Halikounas beach, Corfu – Greece