2. Balos Beach, Crete

Greek Island beaches should have exquisite scenery and this is true of Balos Beach. And you know how they say, no pain, no gain, well it definitely applies here. To reach the paradise of Balos Beach and it’s oh so clear lagoon, you have to drive a potholed road, dodging boulders. This seriously stunning corner of the Gramvousa Peninsula, near Kissamos in the far north west of Crete, is as good as any tropical beach. Beautiful crystalline water, super soft sand and corals all equal bliss in my book.