Six Magical Greek Destinations With No Cars

The Greek Destinations of Hydra
Aerial view of Hydra, one of the “no car” Greek destinations. Credit: dronepicr /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Greece is full of natural beauty, territorial diversity, and a myriad of unique, beautiful destinations. Some of these famous Greek destinations have remained untouched and are not accessible by car.

The Greek island of Hydra

Greek Destination of Hydra
Aerial view of Hydra. Credit: Wikipedia commons

The town of Hydra is built on a sheltered bay surrounded by bare rocky mountains. The only way to approach the island is by boat and navigating the island is only possibly by foot, or by the traditional Greek means of transportation, riding donkeys.

The town is full of picturesque streets leading to the medieval fortress of Kiafas. There are small boats and sea taxis available to transfer tourists around the island’s beautiful beaches, such as Vlychos, Agios Nikolas, and Bisti.


Small boats and ferries remain the easiest way to reach Loutro (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).
Small boats and ferries remain the easiest way to reach Loutro (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Loutro is a small, picturesque, seaside resort on the south coast of Chania west of Sfakia and east of Agia Roumeli on the island of Crete. The destination is unapproachable by car simply because there are no roads. It is a small village with few residents that is only accessible by boat.


Beach at Chrysi island, Crete, Greece. Credit: Paul/CC BY-SA 2.0

Chrysi is one of 81 uninhabited islands of Crete and is located 8 nautical miles south of Ierapetra. The locals call it “Gaidouronisi” which means “donkey island.” It is a paradise on earth where one can find beaches with white sand, crystal clear waters, cedar trees, and countless, tiny seashells! To make it to Chrysi, visitors must board one of the boats making the trip from Crete, and the only way to navigate the island is by foot.

The Greek Shipwreck Beach

Navagio Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos. File Photo

The famous Greek shipwreck beach is located in Zakynthos, one of the seven main destinations of the Ionian Sea. The beach is only accessible by boat. The shipwreck is a boat named “Panagiotis,” which sank in 1982 in the island’s northwest coast.

Beach of Voutoumi

Voutoumi beach at Antipaxoi
Voutoumi beach at Antipaxoi from the hill. Credit: Costas78/Public domain

The magnificent beach of Voutoumi in Antipaxos is one of the island’s two beaches and can only be approached by boat.

It is very exotic with white pebbles. Furthermore, Lakka, a beach in Paxos, is the island’s second largest resort and is located on its northern side. It is a popular harbor for tourists visiting Paxos by boat.

On the coast of Paxos, one can find the cave of Papanikolis, where a Greek submarine was hidden during the Second World War. It is worth visiting and can be reached by boat from which tourists are able to dive into and swim in the turquoise waters of the cave.

Kefalos Beach

 Greek Destinations of Kefalos
Kefalos. Credit: txikita69/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

Finally, Kefalos Beach is a small beach located in Kea (Tzia) just off the coast of Lavrio near Athens. There are no cars in the area due to the rough terrain. It is a place solely for swimmers hoping for complete privacy. The area is where the first prehistoric settlement of the island was established.

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