Beaches on Telendos are small and accessible only along rough tracks. The nearest is at the northern end of the harbour but it's a rather dull, flat stretch of dark, gritty sand backed by a row of tamarisk trees.
There are fine views across the Telendos straits to the main island and the impressive remains of an early Christian basilica being excavated behind the beach that's worth a look. The small path that runs behind the beach leads to better coves beyond
The path along the Telendos coast here peter out after a while into what is little more than a goat track. A further scramble along a rough and rocky track reveals a couple of small coves dotted with sunbeds.
The furthest cove, known as Paradise Beach, is the best with a bank of shingle dipping into shallow seas beneath a large rock outcrop that provides shelter.
This is also a naturist beach and helps to keep it quietly exclusive as, no matter where you sit, you are likely to be thigh to thigh as it were with a naturist.
Other beaches can be found on the western coast of Telendos by following the alley off the main harbour past the Barba Stathis taverna and up a paved and tiled track which peters out at the top of the hill.
To the right down a precipitous cliff path is the small cove ofHoklakas with a few sunbeds set on shingle beneath the sheer cliffs. This is a great place for snorkeling and enjoying the sunset to the west.
The rough hilltop track leads to a fork where the right hand track takes you to similar cliffside beach at Trivalia.
The left hand track wends its way through a large pine wood to open scrubland where a couple of early Christian ruins are set among some scrub and trees.
The track continues right to the end of Telendos island but there is little here of note other than scrub and good views across to the main island.
A track opposite leads to a small featureless bay of coarse sand. Its a peaceful spot but has no facilities and no shade and tends to gather some rubbish.
Talking of rubbish, don't bother following the wide track that winds around the headland it only leads to the island rubbish dump - a pile of old burning blue plastic bags belching out fumes when I visited.