A collection of the most beautiful Cretan beaches to visit on your holidays.
Crete is the largest and most populous island in Greece. The island is between the Aegean and the Libyan Sea. It broaches the Libyan Sea in the south, the Myrtoan Sea in the west, and the Karpathian Sea at the east.
So, now we will explore the best and most beautiful Cretan beaches in all regional units (Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, Lasithi).
There are a few hundred amazing beaches that you could visit in Crete. Here are some of the most popular and highly recommended Cretan Beaches.
Balos beach (Chania, Crete)
Balos beach will amaze you with it’s exotic waters and soft white sand. The Venetian Castle on top of the island completes this magical landscape.
It might look like the Caribbean sea but it is actually located in Crete.
Elafonissi beach (Chania, Crete)
Elafonissi beach trully is heaven on earth. This beautiful beach with exotic crystal waters, white and pink sand and with cedar trees that “touch” the coastline. Elafonissi means the island of the deer and is a magical place that should not be missed during your trip in Crete.
Chrissi Island beach (Lassithi, Crete)
Chrissi island is located in one of the southern points in Europe, and it is also known as Donkey Island or Golden Island. It has a unique cedar forest, pure white sand dunes, golden shallow sand beaches and a sea with unbelievable tropical colours.
Preveli beach (Rethymno, Crete)
One of the most famous beach in southern Crete had thousands of hippie visitors in the 1960s and 1970s. Palm trees and the sandy and unorganized beach of Preveli make it a great destination to enjoy the Cretan waters.
Kolokytha beach (Lassithi, Crete)
Kolokytha is a small island just opposite of where the famous fortress of Spinalonga stands. Light blue water color and soft white sand make it a “must” for your holidays in Crete.
Matala beach (Heraklion, Crete)
Same as Preveli, Matala beach was the favorite destination for hippies in the 60s and 70s. Hippies might left but the light golden sand beach that extends over 300 meters remains the same.
Agiofarago beach (Heraklion, Crete)
80km south of Heraklion, Agiofarago beach combines hiking and a dreamy beach. To access it first you have to walk cross the gorge for not more than 30-40 minutes.
Glyka Nera (Chania, Crete)
Glyka Nera means “sweet water” and is called like this because of the fresh water that gushes from the pebbles. The beach is one of the most beautiful in Crete, with deep blue waters, and it is located 75km south of Chania.