Best beaches of Crete
Explore the best beaches of Crete you must see when visiting the island. Find brief info about these destinations on Crete, that you can easily access with your rented car.
Elounda, a charmer of a port, once the ancient city-state of Olous. Its numerous colourful fishing boats lent a charming backdrop to
this tourist town and the phalanx of eating establishments were testimony to the popularity of dining by the waterside.
While the waves lapped we stepped out over the water and sat down to courgettes and fried sardines as we awaited the arrival of our ferry to Spinalonga and thought how good life was. Definitely worth a look during your trip.
Bali, between Rethymno and Iraklio, is a beach resort. part of Rethymnon region. It is 34 km from Rethymnon, 50 km from Heraklion and 100 km from Chania Airport. In recent years, Bali has grown a lot and become a popular resort for families, thanks to its excellent beaches. There’s very little traffic - the road going into Bali is a dead-end. The nights are pretty quiet here since there are no nightclubs. The peninsula juts out away from the coast and faces east, creating a natural bay with many curves and shallows.
Bali Μπαλί has many cove beaches – creating the little inlets of Livadi, Kouskouras, Limani (main harbour of Bali), Varkotopos and Karavostasis. These are all protected by the rocky peninsular and the calm seas are perfect for children; young families find these waters very relaxing.
The steep rocky sides of each cove make for good walking and lovely views over the bay to Mount Kouloukonas (known as the Talean Mountains), part of the Psiloritis Range and the coastline to the east. If you are not planning on steep walking, ensure you book a place close to the water’s edge.
The island of Spinalonga (Greek: Σπιναλόγκα), officially known as Kalydon (Καλυδών), is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, in Lasithi, next to the town of Elounda. The island is further assigned to the area of Kalydon. It is near the Spinalonga peninsula ("large Spinalonga") – which often causes confusion as the same name is used for both. The official Greek name of the island today is Kalydon.
Agia Pelagia is a small coastal town with a lovely beach, suitable for relaxing holidays in Crete.
20 kilometres west of Heraklion, as the national road drifts high above the coastline, you'll begin to see the first impressive pictures of Agia Pelagia – the type of pictures that postcards are made of.
The large deep cove of Agia Pelagia itself is surrounded by the smaller Ligaria Cove on the east and Mononaftis Bay on the west. The picturesque white buildings, the bluish-green of the Mediterranean and the varying shades from sandy brown to lush green along the shore, create a landscape of rare beauty.
Agia Pelagia is an awe-inspiring example of the beauty of Cretan Nature and it's almost impossible to resist taking a closer look. Don't miss this trip.
The beach of Almyros is quite long in length and very well organized by the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos. It is sandy and the water is very shallow and cold due to the river and the underwater springs. There are beach bars in the area, and there are also options for water sports. On the south side of the beach, there are small hotels and apartments for rent and pedestrian bridges have been installed to cross the river.
A little further south of Almyros and on the other side of the beach hotels in Akrotiri, and almost on the road to Ammoudara, a tiny beach is formed, unknown to most people. The sandy beach is not organized at all and the waters here are icy, as the wetland is very close. Despite the proximity to the road, it is not visible, due to the dense vegetation of skins.