Top 5 Best Beaches in Crete

Elafonissi The crystal clear waters of Elafonisi Beach, also known as Ελαφόνησος. This perfect beach and islet are at the far southwest coast of Crete. The clear, turquoise waters have beckoned travellers for centuries, but thankfully this area has a restricted development order in place. This natural, near pristine beach, with its pure white sandbars and natural islet, remains virtually untouched.  It is listed in the top ten beaches in…

Vai Beach

Vai beach is on the eastern side of Crete, 25km east of Sitia. It is most famous for its palm tree lined beach. The name of the area, Vai, comes from vayia, the Greek word for palms. The palms are Cretan date palms and it’s the largest date grove in Europe, with nearly 5000 palms and existing for 2000 years. This beach has a more Caribbean feel, with its white sandy…

Matala

Matala is on the south coast of Crete, located 65km southwest of Heraklion. It is most famous for its stunning, carved out caves and the hippies of the 1970s. There is a beautiful beach with a mix of sand and fine pebbles. The water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming or snorkeling. Located up on the cliffs are the famous caves which can be explored by foot. Many of…

Surfing in Crete

  Crete is the largest island in Greece and although it’s known for its glorious beaches with calm, turquoise sea, it does host a few areas which are surfable. There are a few beaches in which waves from 1.5m to 2.5m form, especially during the winter season. For this reason, Crete is an ideal surfing spot for those chasing the waves, sun and Greek culture. In general, the west side…

Stavros Beach

Stavros is located on the Akrotiri Peninsula, 16km from Chania and only a short drive from Chania airport. It has a sheltered bay with a lovely backdrop of a mountain ‘Vardies’ which was featured in the film ‘Zorba the Greek’. Stravos was once a small fishing village, but now hosts a variety of small hotels and tavernas. The semi-circular lagoon has golden sand, and the turquoise water is shallow, making…

Ombrosgialos (Octopus Bay)

Ombrosgialos, also known as Octopus Bay with the locals, is a stunning, turquoise bay. It is located on the east coast of Drapanokefala, near the villages of Kefalas and Drapanos. It has rocky areas with deep, aquamarine water. There is a flat concrete platform in which you can enter the deep water which is fantastic for swimming and snorkelling. A taverna is located next to the harbour which is open…

Koutalas Bay

Koutalas Bay is a hidden gem, located only 5km from the fishing village of Almyrida. It is a small cove, with steep cliffs each side and a pebbly beach. There is a small pergola created by locals, which provides shade in the heat of the day. The cove has crystal clear water and is perfect for swimming or snorkeling. Goats visit the area regularly and can be seen and heard…

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Elafonissi Beach & Lagoon – cretan real estate

The crystal clear waters of Elafonisi Beach, also known as Ελαφόνησος , This perfect beach and islet are at the far southwest coast of Crete. The clear, turquoise waters have beckoned travellers for centuries, but thankfully this area has a restricted development order in place. This natural, near pristine beach, with its pure white sandbars and natural islet, remains virtually untouched.  It is listed in the top ten beaches in…

Falassarna Sunset Beach

The sandy and large beach of Falassarna is one of the few beaches in Crete facing West and you can see perfect sunsets from here. Falassarna actually consists of 5 beaches located at the western base of Gramvousa peninsula. However the 2 central ones are the most populated. Due to the size of the beach (3km in total), it is never too crowded and there is something for everyone here….

Balos and Gramvousa

Balos lagoon is one of Crete’s most famous beaches with its turquoise waters and expansive views, it ranks in the top beaches of Europe and the world. It’s located 56km of the city of Chania and northwest of Kissamos. The lagoon lies between the Cape Gramvousa and Cape Tigani. Standing above the beach on the hills, the views are spectacular and wild. Balos lagoon has white sand and crystal clear…

Seitan limania

Seitan Limania is a well-hidden corner of the northeast side of the Akrotiri peninsula. Located 22km northeast of the city of Chania and only a short drive from the airport, there you will find a beach that differs from many other beaches. Nature created three inlets between the steep cliffs of the peninsula. In one of them is located the well-hidden beach – Stefanou Beach. It is a small cove…

Loutro and Sweet Water Beach

Tiny blue and white village on the South Coast of Crete. You can only reach this calm place on earth bu boat or bu foot. Walk from Aia Roumeli or Chora Sfakion on the european walking trail to Loutro. Enjoy one of the good fish tavernas. On the way walking from Chora Sfakia to Loutro you pass the Sweet Water Beach (Glyka Nera), a beach with high rocky mountains behind…