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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.

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The sandy beach of Georgioupolis

The longest sandy beach of Crete is located on the north coast of the island between the cities of Chania and Rethymnon. The beautiful sandy beach extends from the fishing village of Georgioupolis, where the Corissia Hotels are located, for about 10 km towards the east. The beach goes shallow into the water and is considered very clean. This makes it particularly suitable for bathing holidays with children. If you are dreaming of a relaxing beach holiday with all comforts, Georgioupolis is the right place for you.

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The sandy beaches of the city of Chania

In the western part of the city of Chania there are several small bays with golden, gently sloping sandy beaches: Nea Chora, Aptera, Chrissi Akti and Agii Apostoli. The well-organized beaches are regularly awarded the Blue Flag and are also very popular with the locals. The area up to Agii Apostoli is mostly covered with small parks with pine and eucalyptus trees. The beaches can be easily reached by bus from Chania as well as on foot.

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The sandy beach of Falassarna

This beach is regularly voted the best beach in Crete and also always occupies a place in the top ten beaches in Europe. The beach of Falassarna is a fantastic destination for a day trip among sun worshippers. Perhaps it would be better to say: several destinations are waiting for you here. In fact, what is commonly known as Falassarna Beach is actually made up of five different beaches - each with its own distinctive character, from fine-grained dunes to pebbly rocky bays. The sea here can be a bit rougher, which makes surfers especially happy.

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The lagoon of Balos

In the northwest of Crete lies Balos, the blue lagoon, a breathtaking bay with a fantastic sandy beach on the west side of the Gramvousa peninsula. The lagoon of Balos takes you from the Mediterranean directly to the Caribbean. Here you will find white sand, exotic, warm and shallow water and an almost unbelievable palette of colours ranging from glittering turquoise to deepest sky blue. You can reach the bay either with the ferry from Kíssamos or you take a few kilometres of gravel road and a short hike to discover this Caribbean bathing paradise individually. There are no taverns here, but there is a panorama that you will not forget so quickly. It is worth getting up early to have the lagoon almost to yourself.

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The sandy beach of Elafonissi

At the south-western tip of Crete you will find the beautiful sandy beach of Elafonissi with the small island of the same name, which can be reached on foot over a flat sandbank. The shallow bay shimmers in the most beautiful colours, the sand is very light and fine. You can almost always wade over to the islet, sometimes even dry feet. The special thing here: The sand of the island contains innumerable fine shell parts, which make it shimmer pink. Because of the rare beach hyacinths, the area is also under nature protection, which is why no taverns are allowed in the immediate vicinity - a heavenly place! On the island there are other, less frequented beaches. A wonderful destination for a total relaxation.

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The palm beach of Preveli

At a small bay of the Libyan Sea on the south coast of Crete is the unique palm beach of Preveli. Behind the sandy beach there is a mountain stream that flows into a gorge lined with Cretan date palms. This unique 'tropical landscape' is certainly one of the most photographed bays on the island. Do as the locals do and enjoy the view again and again during the descent.

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The sandy beach of Triopetra

The sandy beach of Triopetra

In the south of the island you will also find the beautiful sandy beaches of Triopetra, which are little known by many holidaymakers. A small peninsula with the characteristic three-rock formation ('Triopetra') stretches between two quiet and usually deserted beaches. A great place for bathing holidaymakers who are looking for peace and quiet and togetherness.

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The sandy beach of Agios Pavlos

The sandy beach of Agios Pavlos

11 km as the crow flies west of Agia Galini, coarse sand awaits you almost without end. Where the taverns stand, it is only about 200 metres long. In the west of this mini beach steps lead up to a bare plateau. On the other side of the plateau you can descend to a kilometre-long, very sparsely populated coarse sand beach, which reaches almost to the Triopetra.

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The sandy beach & Red Beach of Matala

On the south coast of Crete, on a beautiful bay of the Libyan Sea, there is the sandy beach and the 'Red Beach' of Matala. Although Matala is only a tiny village with less than 100 permanent residents, it is world famous. It owes its reputation to the hippies who lived here in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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The sandy beach of Stavros

The bay of Stavros, located in the northwest of the Akrotiri peninsula, with its super fine sandy beach is almost circular, the shore is very shallow and toddler-friendly. And the water often shimmers so beautifully blue and turquoise, as if someone had added coloured bathing salt. The rock opposite tempts to invent stories: Many recognise it as a camel. The beach has already written history anyway: In 1964, Anthony Quinn danced the famous Zorba Dance for Hollywood and the world.

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The sandy beach of Domata

Wide, beautiful and extremely secluded: On the beach of Domata you will experience unspoiled nature! Whoever takes the effort of the journey will be rewarded with a breathtaking scenery and wonderful solitude. Domata Beach is still an insiders' tip - simply because it is located so far away from the world.

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The beach of Ilingas

The main attraction of the south-facing beach, which is sheltered from the wind, are its spectacular caves with sandy bottom. Welcome to Crete's very own version of Cathedral Cove, the world famous New Zealand attraction. Natural protection from the sun inside the cave is free of charge.

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The beach of Sougia

Sougia, the tiny south-coast hamlet on a pebble and coarse sand beach about 1 km long, lies completely isolated between Paleochora and Agia Roumeli, the harbour for the Samaria Gorge. Especially hikers like to stay here for one or more nights, walking along the European long-distance hiking trail E4 from Paleochora to Chora Sfakion. Along the only 200 m long promenade there are some taverns and cafés, one lives in small pensions. It starts at a dry stream bed and ends at a small boat harbour.

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The sandy beach of Frangokastello and Orthi Ammos

Directly in front of the castle of Frangokastello there is a shallow sandy beach which is very suitable for small children. But for swimming, it is better to go 600 m in eastern direction to the Orthi Ammos (Engl.: Vertical Sand) Beach with its 20 m high, dune-like sand drift. Here you can discover a rare natural phenomenon: If you dig in the sand only a few centimetres, you might, with a little luck, come across about 30 to 70 water veins, depending on the season, which flow towards the sea under the sand.

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The sandy beach of Plakias

The sandy beach of Plakias

The mountains form a semicircle around Plakias, the second half of the circle belongs to the Libyan Sea. The beach here is about 2 km long and ends in a small dune area in the east. In the west of the beach is the centre of the village. Behind the village the slopes soon rise uphill. Small roads and hiking trails lead up to three mountain villages, which look down on Plakias from above. All three are worth a walk.

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The sandy beach of Paleochora

'Old main village' is the name of the beautiful village, which stretches on a flat, long peninsula into the Libyan Sea. The long tip of the peninsula is occupied by the ruins of a fort built by the Venetians as early as 1282, which is now a popular meeting place, especially at sunset. Tistles, thyme and a few tamarisk trees form an overgrown garden.

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The white sand bays of Koufonisi

From Makry Gialos, an excursion ship navigates almost daily during the summer half year from mid May up to mid October to the uninhabited island Koufonisi. The small island in the southeast of Crete is a beach paradise with wonderful white sandy bays and gently sloping shores. The water is crystal clear, shimmering in all possible shades between green and blue. There is no natural shade anywhere, nor is there a rental of deck chairs and sunshades or even a beach bar. It is better to bring water and a picnic.

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The beach of Loutro - Glika Nera

Loutro is now the only place on Crete that can only be reached on foot or by water. On foot or by boat you can reach the sandy beach Glika Nera with a nice beach bar. In the other direction, it is a 30-minute walk along a stony path past the ruins of a medieval castle to Finix Bay with a small pebble beach and some ancient remains.

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The cove of Seitan Limania - Hordaki

The cove of Seitan Limania - Hordaki

The beautiful cove of Seitan Limania, located in the northeast of Akrotiri, about 20 km from Chania, catches the eye with its extraordinary shape. Like a flash of turquoise-blue water, the sea makes its way into the steep rock face. The huge rocks surrounding the small beach are perfect for diving. The heavenly bay was for a long time an insider tip only for the locals, but in the internet age it is no longer a real secret! The access to the beach is not easy, a long descent through a narrow path is necessary.

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The lonely beach of Menies

Menies Beach, a pebble beach about 100 m long and 20 m wide, is located in a protected landscape area of the Rodopou peninsula, which extends into the Aegean Sea in the northwest of Crete between the bays of Chania and Kissamos. Rodopou is not yet accessible by asphalt roads at all. Here, a 4x4 off-road vehicle is the right vehicle, because the roads are sometimes very rough. The drive through deserted, but sheep- and goat-rich nature is the greatest experience.

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The sandy beach of Kommos

The sandy beach of Kommos

How about spending a relaxing day on a long, quiet sandy beach, exactly where the port of the minoan palace of Festos used to be? You will reach Kommos on the way to Matala, just before you reach the small, world-famous village. The northern beach area of Kommos is a popular destination for naturists.

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The palm beach of Vai

The palm beach of Vai

The picturesque palm beach of Vai is located on the northeast coast of the island, near Palekastro, about 20 km from the town of Sitia. The wide, fine sandy beach is bordered by an exotic palm forest: the Cretan date palm (Phoenix theophrasti) forms here, with about 5000 trees, the largest natural palm grove in Europe. Legend has it that the many palm trees grew from the seeds of the dates that pirates ate here after they hid in the bay after a successful piracy. The palm grove and the beach are protected, the forest is only partially accessible.

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The cove of Agiofarago

The cove of Agiofarago

The dreamlike beach of Agiofarago in the south of Crete is not so easy to enjoy. It can be reached either by boat from the sea or after a one-hour hike through the beautiful gorge of the same name with its partly vertical walls. For this you will really be loaded on arrival: a breathtaking, usually completely deserted beach with fine gravel and crystal clear water awaits you. Have fun!

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The beach of Kedrodasos

The beach of Kedrodasos

This unusual, beautiful beach is also not directly accessible by car. You have to walk for about 10 minutes through untouched nature to get to the dreamlike beach with white sand and turquoise sea, because it is part of the European hiking trail E4. Kedrodasos is located in the southwest of the island only a few kilometres away from the world-famous Elefonissi sandy beach.

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See also in our Moments magazine:

Crete for Beach Lovers: Top 5 Beaches in Western Crete

Sun, sand and sea: the most beautiful beaches on Crete

Anyone who travels to Crete is confronted with an extensive range of sights, attractions and historical buildings. For relaxation, many holidaymakers visit the island's numerous beaches: These are available in a large variety and belong to the tourist magnets, because white sandy beaches, impressive reefs and small bays invite to swim, sunbathe and relax. In addition, you will benefit from wonderful summer temperatures of around 25 °C - and that between May and November: the pleasant Mediterranean climate makes it possible!

Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean and is almost completely surrounded by beaches. These vary greatly depending on the region and location: Snow white sand alternates with shell sand and fine gravel. Some beaches are considered 'insider tips' among locals and tourists and can only be reached on foot, while other beach areas regularly host large numbers of sun-hungry visitors. So there is a suitable beach for every taste and requirement.

In this context, the sandy beach of Falassarna, which is also one of the five most beautiful beaches in all of Europe, is repeatedly chosen as the top beach. In fact, there is not just one, but five beaches where you can sunbathe, swim and surf to your heart's content. Each beach has its own character: There is hardly any more variety at a destination.




If you like it exotic and a little more remote, the lagoon of Balos is the place for you. It can only be reached on foot or by ferry. The way is worthwhile, however, because the lagoon offers breathtaking plays of colour that are second to none. Divers and snorkelers are also in good hands here and can admire the diverse marine life up close.

Do you enjoy hiking tours that can last several days? Then you should visit the beach of Sougia: The coarse sand beach is also located on the south coast and offers not only an impressive gorge but also many taverns and cafés. By the way, the beach of Sougia is located directly on the European long-distance hiking trail E4.

Those who like to swim naked and indulge in nudism should try the sandy beach of Kommos, as the northern beach section is world-famous in this scene.

The beach Glika Nera near Loutro, on the other hand, has a well-known and well-attended beach bar, but also ancient remains from times long past.

Catering establishments or a deckchair rental service look in vain for visitors to the white sandy bays of Koufonisi. Here it says: Bring your own water and food!

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!