Crete is a magnificent island all year round, but when it comes to summer, you can be certain that you won’t be short of beaches to choose for your itinerary.
The island of Crete is home to over a thousand stunning shores, some of them famous, some of them very well hidden, beaches that only an insider will really know about. If you want to know all about them, when to visit, how to get there, roads to access and driving there but also how to visit using public transport, you’re in the right place.
And if you want to discover all the things to do on the beach and the nearby places of interest… plus what you should and should not take with you… then this is your place to be!
Best Beaches in Crete
Check down below all the beaches that you must see this summer!
In this section, you will find all the beaches of Crete that you should make time to visit on your next trip to the island!
They have been divided by:
- Things to do nearby
Do you have your beach bag ready? Sunscreen, flip flops, and beach towel at hand?
Then, if you are really ready, let’s go to the beaches of Crete!
All the beaches in Crete
TOP +40 BEACHES IN CRETE
In the blog, you’ll be able to find several different guides to unique beaches in Crete. There are guides to beaches grouped by region, and group by interests too. Yet, this article includes the best of the best beaches in Crete.
3 Top beaches in Crete
Arguably the best beach you can visit in Crete, the pink sand beach of Elafonisi is on the southern coast of Chania, about 70 km from the center of town. Check this complete guide to visiting the area.
The breathtaking beauty of Balos Bach and Lagoon is made of a shallow emerald sea, soft white sand, and the spectacular landscape. Balos Beach is one of the most popular spots on the island you can visit.
The splendid bay of Falasarna (also Falassarna) is on the west coast of Crete. The beach is in a very quiet area with a magnificent mountainous backdrop and boasts the best point on the island to watch the sunset.
>> Check the best Airbnbs in Elafonisi.
West Crete Beaches
The region of Chania is an area that concentrates the most spectacular beaches on the island. In this list, you will find the best-known ones and many more.
South Crete Beaches
The beaches in Crete can be split into two categories: the crowded beaches on the north and southern Crete, home to some of the most spectacular beaches of the island.
East Crete Beaches
Lasithi, the easternmost region of Crete, is a place ideal for a quiet holiday and perfect to relax on the heavenly beaches, some of them completely overlooked and isolated.
Beaches for kids
Crete is a great destination for families! Kids of any age can enjoy the fantastic coast of the bays that are as calm as lagoons, virtually waveless, and perfect for children.
There are wonderful beaches hidden in the region of Chania, along the coast of the Akrotiri Peninsula. This visit guide will help you find each and every one of them!
Those who prefer to enjoy the beach without clothes will be happy to discover the most beautiful hidden coves which for years have been a paradise for naturists.
More beaches in Crete
The following generic guides also include thorough sections to plan a trip to some of Crete’s best beaches. Take a look!
In this guide to the 10 best things to do in Rethymnon, there’s a complete section about the best beaches in the region, both on the north coast and in the south.
This complete guide to Matala presents a list of the best beaches in the region, including the legendary hippie beach, the caves, and other shores in the area.
Here you will find more than the best things to do in Ierapetra. The guide has a complete section about local beaches and tips to visit the uninhabited Chrissi island.
This island at the end of the continent boasts some of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Crete. Take a look to this Gavdos Island guide.
This complete guide to Chrissi Island features every beach on this tiny islet off the southern coast of Crete. Discover also how to get there on a day trip.
Are you ready to explore Crete? It can be the trip of your lifetime. Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your itinerary. Crete’s best beaches are mostly located on the western coast of the island. Check this guide if you’re touring West Crete. You’ll find detailed info about where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more!
Coming to Crete any time soon? These fantastic resources will help you organize the trip!
- Start by heading right to my post with helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete, which goes over every detail you need to know, from when it’s best to travel to what documents you need, or how to get a SIM card. You can also check my post to plan a Crete trip with kids!
- Probably, you’re also planning to spend some time at the beach on the island. Check my guide to the best beaches in Crete to choose the one you like the most. Read this article to decide what area suits best to stay in Crete, or check this post is you still don’t know all the things you can do in Crete.
- Finally, to have updated information about the island, join my private group on Facebook about Crete and download a copy of my West Crete Travel Guide to have it always with you on the island!
Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!
- I never move around the island with any of these… my Osprey backpack has been the most loyal travel partner over the last 5 years. It’s sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable! I just love it. To visit the old town, archaeological sites, and museums, this little crossbody bag is always around.
- When driving around Crete, I always pack my Michelin map, clear, accurate, and easy to read and my Nikon D7200, I’m lost without any of them. In summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.
- Greece, and especially Crete, is a fairly safe destination, however, I’m sure you know that it’s always better to travel with an insurance policy for complete peace of mind. My favorite? World Nomads. Already left home? Buy your travel insurance online now!
- Always bring with you a good travel guide to Crete! The best Crete Travel Guide I’ve found so far is the one published by Lonely Planet. It has all the information you need.
- Airfares to Crete can vary immensely from one airline to the other, make sure you always compare ticket prices with a powerful search engine. Getting to Crete can be really comfortable with an airplane, but nothing beats the romantic experience of traveling by sea. I always choose Direct Ferries to visit other Greek islands or to travel directly to Crete from Athens. It has a powerful search engine to get the right ticket you need!
- If I need to book accommodation in Crete or anywhere else, I personally use Booking.com. Their Genius Loyalty Programme allows me to find better fees. As they say, the more you stay with them, the more rewards you get.
- Road trips in Crete are the most authentic way to explore the island. Find the cheapest rental car using a good car rental search engine. Discover Cars searches over 500 trusted rental companies for you to find the best deal. Compare prices for rental cars in Crete here.
- Sometimes, the best way to get to know a place better and make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has a great selection of proposals that help you save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and even airport transfer!
Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!
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About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round.
I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete.
I’m a beach freak and on this island, I’ve found heaven on earth!
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