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Brussels, Belgium
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do most beaches on the islands come with paying lounge chairs ? Can't we find natural beaches where we can lay for free ?

which islands would have the nicest beaches in terms of long stretches of sand as opposed to small nests between rocks ?


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1. Re: beaches

hi,according to the law all beaches in greece are public,meaning that even though a private investor may exploit it (having a beach bar,renting sunbeds etc) he is obliged by law to offer a part of the beach to those who don't want any of his services ..so by law you can walk into any beach in greece,lay your towel at the ''free part'' and pay nothing..there are probably a few beaches in high end places like mykonos where this is not enforce,but not enough to worry about it..you will find free beaches everywhere in greece..

apart from crete which is so big that has its fair share of long sand beaches,take a look at lefkada,some of the most stunning long sand beaches in greece (if not the most stunning)..i haven't been but watching these videos it is in my short list..

egremni beach in lefkada


milos beach


porto katsiki beach


and the list goes on

Edited: 21 January 2014, 19:53
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2. Re: beaches

In the Cyclades, you can't beat the gorgeous long beaches on Naxos. You can spend an entire day just walking from one beautiful long beach to another down the island's west coast ... from Agios Prokopios to Agia Anna to Maraga to Plaka and beyond. All have plenty of room for you to lay down on your own towel or bamboo mat, without having to rent a sunbed.

My recent blog post about Naxos includes photos of some of its amazing beaches: tinyurl.com/whyvisitnaxos

Mykonos has two dozen excellent major beaches, and though they are nowhere near as long as the beaches on Naxos, most do have room for people who don't want to use the paid sunbeds. But in peak season (July & August) the Mykonos beaches will be packed with people so space may be hard to find.

My Flickr page has hundreds of photos that will help give you an idea of what the major beaches on Mykonos look like, and how large they are. Go to the following link and check in the various different Mykonos albums to view the photos: flickr.com/photos/…

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3. Re: beaches

On some beaches on Mykonos there are empty spaces on the sand, but only round the back of several rows of umbrellas. It is generally the smaller islands that have beaches without umbrellas: Antiparos, Koufonssi, Donoussa, Anafi, Folegandros etc. Naxos has beaches that are so long that although there are plenty of umbrellas there are still long stretches that are free of them.

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