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.

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.
Sfakaki Sfakaki beach is a small, organised pebble beach with all facilities including sunbeds, watersports, etc. Some parts of the beach are not accessible during the months of May to September as the beach plays host to the Caretta Caretta - loggerhead sea turtle. As the beach is on the north coast it can be windy especially in August.
Star Beach - Hersonissos

Start Beach is at the eastern end of Hersonissos and is sand and pebble. This beach is where Star Beach Waterpark is.

There are several unnamed coves after Star Beach which has sunbeds and umbrellas. These tend to be more suited to families and are reached by a short rocky path.

Kavros Beach Kavros has an amazing beach that has a long coastline that stretches from Georgioupolis beach and ending at the east to Episkopi. The sea is nice and blue and has golden sand - great for all the family to enjoy!
Istron Bay Iston Bay is located on the north-east coast of Crete, set in its own beautiful private bay it stretches for 600 meters and has clear blue sea and water activities.
Kolymbari Beach Kolymbari sits in the northwest coast, there are cliffs to one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. The beach (which is blue flag) is ideal for a relaxing sunbathe and a swim in the clear blue sea.
Misiria Beach Misiria Beach is located approximately just over 3 miles easy of Rethymnon town and close to the National road that takes you to Heraklion. It is a long sandy beach and well equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas. It is located close to the airport and a good choice for swimming and sunbathing.
Agios Panteleimonas Beach

If a clear blue sea and a sandy beach if what you are after on your Vila Plus holiday than look no further! Aghios Panteleimonas Beach has it… There are umbrellas, showers and watersports – this is a particularly good spot for windsurfing. Located in Kalo Chorio in Lasithi this beautiful beach has been awarded the Blue Flag.

Almiros Beach

This beach is located just east of the town of Aghios Nikoloas and is reached by taking the Old National Road. It is also a Blue Flag beach and is shallow so popular with young children and people with mobility problems. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire and a few cafeterias nearby are available for snacks and meals.

Chrissi Akti Beach

Chrissi Akti Beach is West of Chania Town. It is a blue flag beach with golden sands and shallow waters. There are parasols, sunbeds, showers, watersports, parking, shops and places to eat and drink here. The beach has two coves which are separated by a hill.

Ammoudara Beach

This is a popular sandy beach close to Aghios Nikolaos which attracts both local residents and visitors. A traditional taverna on the beach is handy for lunch or the cafeteria on the opposite side of the road serves snacks as well as drinks. This is an organised beach with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire.

Gouves Beach

Gouves, it is a mixture of sand and shale and is very unspoilt. The beaches dotted along the beach road of Gouves vary from sandy to pebbly. Some having sunbeds and umbrellas for hire.

Elounda Breeze Hotel Beach

Elounda Breeze Hotel Beach is a small sandy beach with clear bue waters. Access to the beach is via a public footpath or the hotel grounds. Its a great place to relax and while away the hours.


 Stalis Beach has a laid back feel and is popular with holiday makers. It has clear blue shallow waters, along with golden sand. There's a great choice of tavernas, bars and restaurants, which are dotted along the coast.

Hersonissos Beach

 Hersonissos Beach has clear blue waters and golden sand. It stretches along the coast and is great for a fun day in the sun.

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