of Chania or Hania
Well hidden from the national road that passes some hundred
meters on the north.
Balos - Cape of Gramvousa
The most famous landscape of Crete and it is definitely worth
it. All the shades of blue and green, a warm, shallow lagoon
bursting with sea shells. It is accessible after a half hour
march, or you can take the boat departing from Kissamos.
Crystal clear blue waters, a submerged ancient city, cyclopean
walls, a stone throne of unknown time and origin, Crete in
all its splendour.
There’s something exotic here: A cluster of small beaches
with pink sand and shallow never ending waters, splashed with
rocky small islands push you straight to dreamland. The downside
is everybody loves dreaming during summertime: one of the
most popular and crowded destinations in Crete.
Stavros – Akrotiri near
Chania (North-Western Crete)
Facing the mountain where “Zorbas” of Kakogiannis
was filmed. Everyone remembers the scene where Anthony Queen,
interpreting the Kazantzakis hero, built a quarry which spectacularly
Menies - Cape of Diktinna (North-Western
Here you can visit the sanctuary of ancient Diktinna, where
processions of believers from the entire known world visited
to devote their vows. Forty-five minutes of relatively demanding
dirt road or you can take the boat departing from Platanias.
Kedrodasos near elafonissi
Or “Cedars Grove” in English. The real issue is
how long will the name apply to the area since cedars grow
only a centimeter per year, and certain humans (?) cut roots
and branches of the trees for their campfires.
Pachia Ammos – Paleohora
Could a beach full with umbrellas and sunbathing
seats have it’s place in this article, presenting the
most beautiful beaches of Crete? The answer is yes, if we
are referring to Pachia Ammos, and this is our suggestion
for those who don’t want or cannot wander far away from
where they have parked their car.
Krios – Koundoura near
Paleochora (South-western Crete)
The most southwestern part of Crete. Crystal-clear, icy waters,
welcome you after the walk on the E4 European mountain path.
You can certainly drive all the way to Krios, but would the
feeling be the same?
Lissos near Sougia (South-Western
An hour’s walk from Sougia, archaeological ruins testify
to the existence of one of the largest cities of ancient Crete,
destroyed on the 9th century A.C.
Sougia (South-Western Crete)
Ancient Syia was here, famous for it’s oak tree forests
and its pigs.
As in nearby Paleohora, a cape delimits two distinct beaches,
if one is windy we choose the other and vice-versa…
Hora Sfakion (South-Western
The sun is burning making the crystal-ice blue water and the
shade of the cave welcome!
Sarakiniko (Island of Gavdos)
The most cosmopolitan beach of the island of Gavdos, meaning
there are two taverns and two or three camps…
Potamos (Island of
An evanescent glimpse to the supernatural, a landscape charged
with metaphysical vibrations
Pirgos (island of Gavdos)
For lucky captains of small boats or for the adventurous walkers
who are willing to defy the wild and long route (and also
the Odyssey to reach the southern part of Europe, Gavdos).
Water, taverns, or kiosks are nowhere to be found, just sun,
sea, peace and isolation.
You can spot its characteristic arks from the National Road
connecting Herakleion and Rethimno. Once you get down and
harbor in, you will forget about roads and traffic…
Agios Pavlos (Southern
Behind the protected creek, 30 meters high dunes and an amazing
sunset at “Triopetra”, the “three-rocks-cape”.
Trying to climb up the sand hills on your way back is not
an easy task, especially when the sun is burning - and it
really does burn around here!
Plakias (Southern Rethymnon)
A series of small private beaches for total tannning…
The Venetians built the castle bearing the same name during
14th century as a watchtower over the surrounding area and
the sea. Today its ruins dominate the underlying lagoon of
green-blue, or blue-green if you prefer, waters.
Rodakino (Southern Rethymnon)
Your bathing suit is optional, your sunscreen products mandatory.
Lakki east of Frangokastello
Something here for everyone: shallow waters for the young,
rocky parts for line fishing, Frankokastelo is not far away
if you like to immerse yourself in Medieval Cretan history…
Liggres between Agia Galini
and Plakias (Southern Rethymnon)
Piece and tranquility without electricity, telephone and other
Preveli (Southern Rethymnon)
The most photographed beach of Crete. Early in the morning
and late in the afternoon, when the day-trips depart, you’ll
understand the reason why the hippies once considered it a
spiritual centre of meditation and inner peace…
Triopetra (Southern Rethymnon)
Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Platia Permata, Kala Limania, a dirt
road bordering some of the most beautiful and “private”
beaches of Crete.
Orthi Ammos – Frangokastelo
Early in the morning, a few days per year, Drosoulites, the
lost souls of Fragokastelo, appear behind the dunes
Stavros - Fodele (near
A 100-meter drop into the deep blue, not exactly the place
for an easy swim,
Mononaftis (near Heraklion)
With characteristic green waters the most secluded beach in
the overdeveloped area of Agia Pelagia.
Trachoulas – Lendas (Southern
Authentic hermits from all around the world have settled down
to isolate. Behave accordingly!
Tsoutsouras (Southern Heraklion)
Inner tourism from the surrounding villages of Crete, little
tavernas on the waves which will undertake the mission of
frying the fishes just out of the fish-boat; it’s so
nice being in Crete in summer time!
Kali Limenes (Southern
Can you enjoy your swimming and your holidays when a modern
oil transfer base lays in the vicinity? Many tourists - especially
the local ones - answer positively, and enjoy the clean waters.
Only sun and sea, no constrains of civilisation, no unnecessary
Region of Lassithi
Kouremenos near Paleokastro
A real magnet for windsurfers from all over the world, who
find ideal wind-wave combinations.
Rihti - Exo Mouliana near Mochlos
Three to four hours walk through a gorge or a “nasty”
dirt road will take you to one of the most secluded beaches
of the island.
Istron or Kalo Chorio (North-Estern
A place filled with legends and traditions – but you
will find quality tourism services too.
Maridati South of Vai beach
Two big rocks are the landmarks of this beach that remains
unknown to the masses.
A village filled with fish taverns with a view of the Pseira
Island, and lots of archaeological findings.
Kato Zakros (Estern Crete)
If you follow the two hours long footpath through the “gorge
of the dead” you will be rewarded with the view of a
magnificent beach but also of the Minoan Palace of Zakros
destroyed on 1450 B.C. possibly by a Thira (Santorini) volcano
Hiona near Paleokastro (North-Estern
Shallow waters for the kids and young swimmers, and a well
known - all over the island - local fish soup.
Aghia Fotia - Sitia (South-Estern
We are not talking about the district with the same name at
Ierapetra, here we find ourselves 7 kms east of Sitia in an
area where the biggest cemetery of Minoan Crete was discovered.
Xerokambos – Sitia (South-Estern
Thousands of lilies at the eastern part of Crete fill the
atmosphere with sensual vibes.
Source Stigmes, Crete's