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Beaches In Crete


Beaches In Crete

What better way to spend your holiday than in the turquoise sea waters on the island of Crete. If that was not enough then you can take a stroll on the golden sand whilst breathing in the sea air.

There are many beaches in Crete for all the family and friends to enjoy from the North Coast stretching right across to the South Coast.




CHANIA

From just west of Chania, the long beach continues pretty much uninterrupted except for a few rocky outcrops all the way to Kolymbari 14 miles to the west. Some are sandy, some are with shingle whilst others are pebble beaches. The one thing they all have in common is the wonderful clear waters with every shade of blue.
   

GERANI

This is a quiet mainly shingle beach which has little in the way of sun beds and umbrellas and so attracts people who want to be able to relax in peace. A couple of tavernas can be found serving local dishes and drinks but otherwise it’s best to take your own refreshments. The water is clear.
   

PLATANIAS

This busy resort has water sports, sun beds, umbrellas, lifeguards, bars, tavernas and so the list goes on so overall everything that you could expect from a lively beach. The beach is mainly sandy and the sea bed slopes gently so making it good for children.

   

MALEME

This is a fairly small compact resort which attracts mainly families and this is reflected in the beach facilities. Here sun beds and umbrellas are available but water sports are not which makes the beach safe for small children to play as it is much quiter than some of the other resorts.
   

BALOS

This is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches on the whole of Crete. Boat trips are also an enjoyable way to get to this beach. When viewed from the hills above, it can be seen as a wide sweep of lagoon with soft white sand, sandy seabed and very shallow turquoise waters.
   

FALASARNA

Falasarna, near to the village of Platanos this fabulous beach has a few sun beds and umbrellas but is largely unspoilt. Due to the lack of public transport the only way to reach the beach is by excursion or private transport. The golden sandy beach and turquoise water make it an idyllic location.
   

KIANI AKTI

This beach is 1klm west of the village of Kalives. It is well organised and offers a sandy beach with gently sloping access to the sea. It is comparitively quiet and is popular with families as there are tavernas and ‘kantinas’ – usually caravan type vehicles which serve drinks and snacks – close by. The river Kiliaris bisects the beach as it allows the melting snow to flow into the sea.
   

KALYVES

Although not a large beach, it is very attractive and well organised. The beach is sandy and tavernas, bars and cafeterias all jostle for business. Beach beds and umbrellas are available to hire. There is a car park next to the beach so you do not have to walk far which makes this beach very appealing to those who like to take airbeds and such like to the beach.
   

ALMYRIDA

A very popular beach in the village which has one long sand and shingle beach as well as a smaller more sheltered cove. Both have sun beds and umbrellas for hire and water sports are also available on the main beach. Tavernas, shops, bars and cafeterias are all close at hand.
   

PETRES

This is just one part of a long beach which stretches from the area of Petres all the way to the village of Georgioupolis a distance of approximately 16 miles. A few tavernas are dotted along the beach and some offer sun beds and umbrellas for hire but it is generally there are few facilities available. However on calm days there are few other beaches which offer such perfect swimming conditions.
   

RETHYMNON BEACH

This is a very large beach offering something for everyone. It is mostly sandy with the side nearest to the harbour offering shallow water whilst the eastern side is shelving a little more but the beach is very popular with both locals and tourists. All facilities are available so a day out combining sightseeing and sunbathing is easy to acheive.
   

ADELE KAMBOS

This is a quiet beach but sun beds and umbrellas can he hired from the hotels and some hotel facilities can be used. Watersports are also available at one of the nearby hotels. This is also an area where the Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs so visitors are respectfully asked not to touch the cages covering the nests during the hatching period.
   

BALI

The small village of Bali is a half hour drive from Rethymnon and offers lovely coves which have facilities close at hand. Although access into the water is pebbly, the wonderful crystal water makes this a wonderful place to swim. The village also boasts some of the best fish tavernas.
   

AGHIA MARINA

Aghia Marina Beach is located on the Northwest of the island. The beach has crystal waters and a long sandy beach for everyone to enjoy, there are also beach bars and tavernas.
   

KALATHAS BEACH

Kalathas Beach is located in the northeast of Crete and is in a large natural bay on the Akrotiri peninsula. The beach has lovely golden sand and crystal waters which are lovely to take a dip in or a swim.
   

LOUTRAKI BEACH

The seaside resort of Loutraki is located 16km east of Chania, near to Souda. Loutraki is a small beach with crystal clear water and a beach bar.
   
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