Crete's most beautiful resorts: popular and secret beaches in Crete
Crete is a true paradise for beach lovers. Long golden sandy beaches, rocky reefs and small bays are abundant in Crete.
As the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, Crete has numerous beaches and bays where you can enjoy the wonderful Greek sun from mid-March to mid-November. The Mediterranean climate ensures warm summer days with temperatures averaging around 25 degrees - perfect for a beach holiday!
On the beaches of Crete, delicate strewn sand alternates with white shell sand and fine gravel. Some beaches are small and so remote that they can only be reached on foot or by boat. Others are several kilometres long and reach to the horizon and beyond. Join us on a tour of Crete's beaches and sandy beaches.
Ideal beaches for holidays with small children
If you are visiting Crete with your family, and among them are small children, you will have your own requirements for the beaches you can visit together. Of course, the Greek island also has several child-friendly beaches to offer. These include the sandy beaches of the City of Chania and the sandy beach of Frangokastello, which are characterized by very shallow access to the sea. The same applies to the sandy beach of Stavros, where even the smallest children can already play and splash in the sea.
Most famous among families is the longest sandy beach on the island: the beach of Georgioupolis, which is located on the north coast of the island and stretches for ten kilometres. The shore is very shallow here. The bay of Georgioupolis directly at the picturesque fishing village of the same name is also very well protected from sea currents, which is why the beach with its fine yellow-white sand is especially popular with families with small children.
Remote beaches for adventurers and nature lovers
Not every tourist feels like meeting other travellers on holiday: If you are one of those visitors to Crete who prefer to explore the island and its beaches in complete seclusion, we have a few insider tips for you. For example, visit the sandy beach of Triopetra, which is only known to a few tourists and takes you to two deserted beaches, which are located directly between a rock formation. Also at the beach of Agios Pavlos you can swim in peace and quiet and at often hardly visited coarse sand beaches. Far away from the tourists you will find the beach of Domata. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the untouched nature and the impressive scenery that is offered to them. Playing children and noisy tourists will look for you there in vain: instead, the breathtaking landscape of Crete awaits you.
A special attraction is the beach of Ilingas: Here you will find not only a beautiful beach sheltered from the wind, but also several spectacular caves with sandy bottom, where you can shelter from the Greek sun. In the bay of Seitan Limania - Hordaki - it gets adventurous: The steep rock face is an impressive sight and the bay is considered a paradise among divers - however, access to it is not easy and is only recommended to visitors with a good physical constitution. A similar situation is found in the bay of Agiofarago, which can only be reached by boat or on a long hike. Tourists who make it there are rewarded with a deserted beach and crystal clear water.
Conclusion: Crete offers suitable beaches for every demand and for every target group. Whether adventure, family holiday or party mood; the Greek island is guaranteed to have the right beach for you - variety and diversity included!
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- Discover amazing beaches
- Stroll through old towns
- Drive off-road with a jeep
- Cycle through beautiful nature
- Get inspired in a museum
- Visit secluded monasteries
- Enter stalactite caves
- Admire archaeological sites
- Explore pristine villages
- Dare extreme sports
- Hike through impressive gorges
- Get to know Crete's finest delicatessen