The Best Beaches in Rethymnon That You Must See When Visiting Crete!

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The Rethymnon region proudly presents its visitors with some of the most spectacular beaches on the island. From long sandy shores to secluded lagoons, private coves, and rocky bays, here you will find a comprehensive list of the best beaches in Rethymnon.


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Best Beaches in Rethymnon Region, Crete

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Triopetra

When visiting Crete, it’s a great idea to spend some time exploring the coast of the Rethymnon region.
There are stunning beaches both on the north and south coasts and with very different characteristics.
As with the rest of the island, there are beaches for every taste!

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Preveli.

You can check some of Rethymno’s best and less crowded beaches in the southern part of the region, including Plakias, Triopetra, and the famous Preveli.
On the northern coast, it’s quite easy to access most beaches since they are close to the city of Rethymnon and near most of the best resorts in the area.

best beaches in Rethymnon
Ligres Beach

You can check this full article which includes the best beaches in Rethymnon, but you can also discover great beaches in the article about the best beaches in south Crete.
Some of the most secluded shores in Rethymnon are nudist-friendly, you can read on to check where to swim without clothes, or you can also bookmark this guide to the best nudist beaches of Crete.

Beaches Near the City of Rethymnon

Don’t want to leave the city area? No problem, these are some of the beaches you can check close to Rethymnon city…

City Beach of Rethymnon (Paralia Rethymnis)

Latitude: N 35.367687 | Longitude: E 24. 487151
Characteristics: Sandy beach, fully organized with a great choice of beach bars.

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City beach, Rethymnon.

Rethymnon city has a great long sandy beach stretching from the Main Marina to the city suburbs. 
The beach is well maintained with all the necessary amenities. It offers a variety of water sports as well as places to play beach volleyball and tennis.

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Paralia Rethymnon.

The seawater is clean on calm days, but if it is wavy it can be a little bit turbid due to the sand. Rethymnon beach has clean soft sand and it’s easy to access the sea.  
The beach is divided into small areas that are kept by private beach bars that are in charge of the beach organization.

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Paralia Rethymnon.

The sunbeds are usually free if you order something to drink or to eat.
Sometimes you need to pay extra for the beach sofas.
All the orders are delivered to your sunbed so you can fully relax on the beach.
When visiting, remember to pay attention to the signs, as this is a sheltered area for Caretta Caretta turtles during the summer months.

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Platanes Beach

(Also known as Platanias)
Latitude: N 35.371789 | Longitude: E 24.528512
Location: Less than 10 km from Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Partly sandy, partly pebbled beach; crystal clean sea, it has few beach bars renting umbrellas and sunbeds

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Sunset at Platanes, Rethymnon.

Just outside the city of Rethymnon, heading east, towards Heraklion, this beach is spacious and features clean sand and colorful pebbles.
The access to the sea is great and easy, so it is also nice for families with children. There are a few venues to rent a sunbed. 
They also serve great drinks and tasty snacks. If you order something from the bar, then the sunbeds are free.
If you prefer to rent just the umbrella and a couple of sunbeds, the price will be around €6. A small mountain river divides the beach from the suburbs of Rethymnon.
Be aware of the signs, this beach is also a sheltered area for the Caretta Caretta turtles in summer.

Adelianos Campos

Latitude: N 35.374815 | Longitude: E 24.541229
Location 9 km east of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Sand mixed with pebbles, fully organized, and featuring a few water sports centers

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Adelianos Kampos, Rethymnon.

Another great choice if you want to get out of the city, but you don’t feel like going too far. 
The beach is divided into areas that are kept by different beach bars, some of the most popular ones are Siroccos and Roulis Beach Bar, and they are equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas that you can rent. 
There are also two water sports centers, Tzagas Water sports, and The Beast Water Sports. 
This beach gets full during the high season especially in the afternoon hours and during weekends as it is popular among the locals. 
Also here, Caretta Caretta turtles seek refuge in summer, so be aware of the signs.

Kamari Beach

Latitude: N 35.361758 | Longitude: E 24.407515
Location: Less than 7 km west of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Rocky with pebbles and some sandy areas, slightly organized

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Kamari Beach, Rethymnon.

On the way to Chania, about 7 km from the city of Rethymnon, lies a small rocky beach known as Kamari.
Parts of the beach are hidden by rocks, so you can easily find natural shade on sunny days. 
Kamari is perfect for snorkeling as the waters here are crystal clear and full of fish… And the underwater rock formations are amazing! 
For older kids, it’s great fun for them to climb the rocks and discover the small hidden caves.

There are a few umbrellas, but it is better to come with your beach mat and to pack a lunch. The beach is not so popular, so it is doesn’t get crowded… well, maybe only during the weekend.
Next to the beach, there is a lovely tavern and the picturesque small church of Panagia Kamariani.
There is also a river coming from a small gorge and it is a favorite place for ducks and geese.

You might also want to read: Best restaurants in the area of Rethymnon.

Beaches on the North Coast of Rethymnon

The northern coast of Rethymnon is a collection of nice shores for you to choose from, ranging from hidden rocky coves to wide sandy beaches, take a look!

Vythos Beach

Latitude: N 35.358070 | Longitude: E 24.369721
Location: 13 km west of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Small rocky beach with calm clean waters; organized with umbrellas and sunbeds

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Vythos, Rethymnon.

This small beach is located in a picturesque lagoon surrounded by palms.
It is mostly rocky but has some parts featuring sand mixed with pebbles and shells.
The sea rocks create a natural pool and protect the lagoon from the waves. 
This place is great for snorkeling. The sea is clean and you can see the bottom in full detail. You can access the beach from the bar which offers sunbeds and umbrellas for free.
It is a great idea to order some drinks, but I don’t recommend this place for food as it is overpriced. 
All in all, it’s a great beach not usually overcrowded. 

Episkopi Beach

Latitude: N 35.355919 | Longitude: E 24.338984
Location: 14.6 km west of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Long beach, pebbled and sandy, partly organized; exposed to the winds

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Episkopi Beach.

This long beach spreads for almost 3 kilometers and you can choose exactly where to stay for the day.
You can either go to the organized beach tavernas with all the necessary amenities or you can enjoy some solitude in the part of the beach that’s not organized.
In both cases, you will have soft sand with some pebbled parts and comfortable access to the sea.
The crystalline waters are perfect for a swim.

This beach is great for children, especially if you stop in some beach taverna as they have great playgrounds that kids simply adore! 
Episkopi Beach also offers amazing views of the White Mountains and the Akrotiri Peninsula.
Unfortunately, this beach is exposed to the northern winds, so it can be unpleasant on days with Meltemi.

Skaleta Beaches

Latitude: N 35.396821 | Longitude: E 24.613268
Location: 20 km east of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Sandy beaches with pebbles, rocks in the sea; organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, and a few beach bars available

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Sunset hour in Skaleta.

The village of Skaleta offers a few great beaches. As you enter the village from the East, there is a beach with golden sand and pebbles, but the seabed is rocky with some big flat rock formations not far from the water edge. 
This part of the beach is great for small kids as the waters are shallow and the rock formation creates a safe pool that doesn’t allow children to swim further into the sea. 

The beach is organized with free sunbeds and umbrellas at the beach bars. If you are searching for a photo shooting place, then this beach is perfect as it has great scenery and offers amazing sunsets with all the shades of gold, red and purple.

Do remember that this area is also a shelter for Caretta Caretta turtles in summer.
The eastern beach in Skaleta is a mix of sand and pebbles with crystalline waters, perfect for snorkeling. The beach ends with a scenic cliff too. 
Over there, you will also find the lovely small church of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos).
It is very popular for wedding ceremonies, as the atmosphere in the evening is very romantic.

Spilies Beach

Latitude: N 35.41965 | Longitude: E 24.636834
Location: 36.5 km east of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Fully organized pebbled beach under the rocks; clean turquoise waters.

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Spilies Beach.

This picturesque small beach hides between the rocks next to the bridge of Geropotamos. 
As its name suggests, the area is dotted with several coves and caves (spilies translates as caves)
You need to follow a small dirt road to reach the area, which is also quite beautiful and gives some jungle vibes.
The beach is pebbled with free sunbeds, and it is surrounded by stunning rock formations of red and white colors. 

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Spilies, rocky formations.

The sea has amazing turquoise color and is crystal clear. There are few sea caves near the beach that can be seen if you swim close to the rocks.
The sea is rather deep, so it is not the best idea to leave small kids unattended.
There is also a beach taverna that offers food and drinks. The prices are reasonable and the service is great.

Geropotamos Beach

Latitude: N 35.413149 | Longitude: E 24.645334
Location: 24.6 km east of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Organized pebbled beach with a small bar on site, clean waters

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Geropotamos.

The first time you see this beach, you might say there is nothing special about it.
But the secret of this beach lies in the rock arch that enters the sea.
You can either swim to the arch and cross under it.
Or you can also walk to the small river on the other end of the beach to have a great view of this unique rocky formation.
It’s especially wonderful during the sunsets when you can admire the sun getting slowly down behind the arch!

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The arch at Geropotamos.

The beach itself is clean with small pebbles and has nice straw umbrellas with comfortable sunbeds. You have easy access to the sea, but it gets deep in a question of a second.
Be careful during windy days when it gets wavy as the currents here are pretty strong. 
The beach bar has a great variety of snacks and drinks.

You might also want to read: Where to Stay in Rethymnon.

Panormos Beaches

Latitude: N 35.425713 | Longitude: E 24.688666
Location 29.8 km east of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Two organized sandy beaches and one wild pebbled beach, clean waters, busy during the high season

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Port of Panormos, sunset in wintertime.

There are several beaches in the village of Panormos. The first one is a little bit outside of the village, and thus it is calmer and quieter.
It is sandy, organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, and is protected from the waves by the rocky pier. 
Right next to it, there is a small pebbled beach, perfect for solitude seekers and snorkeling. 

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Panormos.

The third and main beach lies directly in the small port and it is usually crowded as Panormos is a popular holiday destination. It is well organized, featuring showers, umbrellas, and sunbeds.
There is also a small water sports center.
Both sandy beaches are perfect for children as they have soft golden sand and shallow waters. 

Bali Beaches

Latitude: N 35.421686 | Longitude: E 24.782511
Location: 41 km east of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: There are 4 fully organized sandy beaches with crystal clear waters; protected from the winds

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Bali, Rethymnon.

In the village of Bali, you can find 4 amazing bays surrounded by the mountains.
The first one is Livadi Beach and it is situated directly as you enter the village. It is a very long sandy beach with shallow crystalline waters and it is perfect for children.
Along the beach, you can find cafes, bars, and tavernas.

The second beach is called Varkotopos and it has golden sand and it features some rock formations.
Varkotopos is fully organized and it is a great choice for families with children as it has an inflatable water park to have fun. 
The third beach lies by the main Port and so it is called Limani Beach. It is also sandy and gets crowded in summer.
Nevertheless, the sea is clean and is perfect for a relaxing swim.

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Karavostasis, Bali, Rethymno.

Karavostasis (or Evita Bay) is the furthest and the most scenic beach in Bali. It is also sandy, but it is surrounded by beautiful rocks on both sides.
There are umbrellas and sunbeds directly on the beach and on the green lawn above. 
There are also changing rooms and showers available.

A water sports center offers jet ski and boat walks to visitors. If you climb the cliff from the left side of the beach you will have a stunning view over most of the village of Bali.

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Best Beaches South of Rethymnon

Check the spectacular southern coast of Rethymnon, these are some of the most beautiful shores you’ll find…

Plakias Beach

Latitude: N 35.198611 | Longitude: E 24. 396220
Location: 33.7 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Sandy with little pebbles, this beach offers all the amenities you need. Plakias is exposed to south winds.

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Plakias, Rethymnon.

The main beach in the village of Plakias is well organized. It is quite long so even during the high season it doesn’t feel crowded.
There are sunbeds with umbrellas, but you can also take advantage of the natural shade of the many tamarisk trees.
On the eastern side of the beach, there are huge cliffs, popular among climbers. Along the beach, there is a long promenade with tavernas and beach bars as well.
To the west of the main beach of Plakias lies Skinos Beach. It is divided by the sea rocks into different small natural pools which are perfect for kids as the waters are shallow and calm.

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Plakias Beach.

This beach is also organized but there is an area full of natural coves, wild and ideal for a solitary time by the sea.
It is a great place for snorkeling as the waters are clear and the underwater life is very rich.
Please do check the forecast before heading to the area. Plakias Beach is exposed to southern winds which can be strong.
During windy days you just can’t stay on the beach as the sand blinds you… if you happen to get there when the wind is at its best, then head to Agia Galini Beach, a few kilometers east of Plakias.

Rodakino Beach

Latitude: N 35.181732 | Longitude: E 24.295613
Location: 43 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Sandy with curious rocky formations, partially organized

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The wild landscape in Rodakino.

This great beach is located about 30 km away from Rethymnon. The village of the same name is at the exit of a steep gorge also known as Rodakino.
The beautiful settlement stands on the sides of the gorge overlooking the Libyan sea, the beaches in the area are peaceful and lonely, great for a relaxing time sunbathing or swimming.
The beach features some beautiful coves where it’s possible to enjoy the sun and the crystal clear water completely isolated.

Souda Beach

Latitude: N 35.197560 | Longitude: E 24.365262
Location: 36 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: A fine sand beach, a favorite in south Rethymnon

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Souda Beach.

Fairly close to Plakias (some even consider it a part of that beach), Souda is at the exit of a small green valley where you can even discover the Finikas, a river that gives its name to the area.
Souda is known to be a natural reserve for the local palm tree (native to the island), the same variety you will find in Preveli or Vai Beach.

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The beach, adored both by locals and tourists, offers a spectacular natural landscape. However, just like Plakias, it’s not ideal when the winds blow from the north.
The beach is organized with umbrellas and showers, there are also several tavernas and beach bars in the area.
On one extreme of the beach, there are caves ideal for fishing and snorkeling.

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Korakas Beach

Latitude: N 35.187056 | Longitude: E 24.314797
Location: 43 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Beach with pebbles mixed with sand, a great place for sunset on the south of Rethymnon

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Korakas Beach.

One of the several shores in the area of Rodakinos (often known as Rodakinos) is the beautiful beach of Korakas.
The beach is located at the exit of what used to be a river. The beach features incredibly clear waters, super clean, and calm.
There are a few nice tavernas and beach bars for snacks and drinks when it’s also possible to rent an umbrella to spend the day.
You can also check in the tavernas for rooms to let if you decide to spend the night.
In the eastern part of the beach, interesting caves and rocky formations are a fantastic place either to isolate or to explore.

Kalypso Beach (The Pirate’s Fiord)

Latitude: N 35.1843862 | Longitude: E 24. 398262
Location: 35.8 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Organized rocky beach with very deep waters; diving school on site

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Kalypso Beach, South Rethymnon.

This beach is located at the Kalypso Cretan Village Resort & Spa but it is open to the public. There are sunbeds and umbrellas (€10 for two sunbeds and an umbrella) on top of the rocks.
The sea here is incredibly deep. There is a small part where you can go inside the sea from shallow waters, otherwise, there are stairs directly on the rock (or you can simply dive!). 

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Access to the beach.

This beach is great for good swimmers as the depth here reaches 40 meters! There is a diving school where you can take lessons and receive a certificate.
The sea color is just magical, spanning from turquoise to saturated blue.
Despite the depth, the waters are so clear that you can see the seabed in detail!
Don’t forget the snorkeling mask, as the bottom hides a few surprises, like sunken cars and a blossoming tree!

To read about Perivolia and Pigianos Campos beaches in Rethymnon, check these things to do in Rethymnon.

Damnoni Beach

Latitude: N 35.1809162 | Longitude: E 24. 414035
Location: 32.5 km south of Rethymnon town: 32,5 km
Characteristics: Organized beach with white sand and clean waters; great scenery

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Damnoni, Rethymnon.

This is a popular beach situated not far from the village of Plakias. 
The white sand, in some areas with pebbles, is clean and the waters are shallow, meaning this is a great place for families with kids. 
The beach has all the necessary amenities. During July and August, it gets crowded, so it is better to come in the morning hours.
The beach is also very famous because of its incredible natural beauty and crystalline sea.

Ammoudaki Beach (Mikro Ammoudi)

Latitude: N 35.180116 | Longitude: E 24. 415721
Location: 31,7 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: organized small beach; nudist tolerant; deep blue waters

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Amoudaki.

This small beach is hidden not far away from Damnoni Beach in a small lagoon (actually 10 min walk). It has deep blue and clean sea and sand mixed with small pebbles.
There is a small bar offering refreshments and snacks too, so forget about packing a lot for lunch. 
The paid sunbeds are both on the beach and the green lawn under the shadow of the palms.
Ammoudaki is also nudist-friendly.

You might also want to read: Most Stunning Beaches in East Crete: Complete Insider’s Guide.

Ammoudi Beach

Latitude: N 35.178656 | Longitude: E 24.417778
Location_ 31 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Sandy beach but rocky sea bottom, bright green waters; fully organized

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Ammoudi.

This is a wonderful beach not far away from the village of Plakias.
It features white sand and it’s organized with paid sunbeds and umbrellas (about €10 for the set).
On the beach, you will also find a diving center. 

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Small coves in the area.

The seabed is rocky which is perfect for snorkeling. Also, the sea rocks give a unique and amazing green color to the waters.
The sea gets deep just steps from the coast so it is better not to come here with small children or at least, keep a close eye on them!
There is also a small restaurant hidden among the trees offering good food and refreshing drinks.

Skinaria Beach

Latitude: N 35.166575 | Longitude: E 24.422983
Location: 34 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Small sandy beach with smooth and fine pebbles, not much organization

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Skinaria.

This beautiful, small beach in Rethymnon is not so well known and is often visited by locals. It’s a beautiful sandy beach with a few areas with pebbles and even rocks.
The color of the sea is intense, the water is crystal clear.

Kids love the small ponds that form on the beach from the springs that carry water from the mountains… There is a lot of green bushes and plants, giving the area an exotic touch.
Skinaria seems to be the perfect place to go fishing or to observe the seabed. There are endless varieties of fish such as morays, octopus, and more.
Many Cretan centers for scuba diving include a visit and an immersion in the wonderful Skinaria in their programs.

You might also want to read: Insider’s Guide to Falasarna Beach.

Preveli Palm Beach

Latitude: N 35.151526 | Longitude: E 24.474685
Location: 35 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Sandy beach, not organized, hard to access but with breathtaking natural beauty

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When the river meets the sea, Preveli.

Preveli is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete. It is hidden between the mountains at the exit of a gorge and there is a mountain river that runs through the beach. 
An amazing palm forest grows along the river’s banks making the landscape exotic and so different from the usual scenes you find on the island. 
Preveli is a natural reserve so here, you won’t find sunbeds or other amenities nor water sports, just a small café serving snacks and drinks.
But there is a grove of tamarisk trees creating natural shade which is quite convenient during our hot summers.

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Palm tree forest in Preveli.

The beach features grey sand, while the seabed is full of rocks that create a bizarre, so don’t forget your snorkeling mask. The seawater is warm, but the water that comes from the river is freezing! 
The Palm forest is a must-see! There is a narrow path leading you through the palms until the gorge.
If you are brave enough you can swim in the crystal, but very cold, waters of the mountain river.
Access to the beach can be described as difficult. There are three ways to come here.

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Very long and steep stairs come all the way down to the beach from Preveli Monastery (and this is the path that most of the tours offer). 
Another way to get here is to pass through a mountain dirt road for 5 kilometers and then again you need to climb down the stairs, it’s a beautiful way to get there, but not so dramatic as the first option.
And the third way to reach Preveli Beach is to go by boat from the village of Plakias.

You might also want to read: Best tours in and around Rethymnon.

Triopetra Beach

Latitude: N 35.125385 | Longitude: E 24.546572
Location: 53 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Slightly organized beach with pebbles and sand, great for solitude seekers

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Triopetra means “three rocks”. The beach got this name thanks to the three giant unusual rocks standing on the eastern side of the beach. However, there are actually two beaches.
West from the rocks it spreads a long sandy beach. It is slightly organized, with a few beach tavernas offering sunbeds and umbrellas.
If you walk to the three rocks, you won’t find a lot of people even in high season and you can enjoy nature.
Next to the rocks, there are few caves where you can hide from the sun and the heat.

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Small Triopetra

East from the Rocks lies a small, but organized beach called Small Triopetra. It is more crowded and has all the necessary amenities. 
Both beaches offer incredibly clear waters.
The seabed is just amazing, a mix of huge rock formations and white sand. This is a perfect place for snorkeling and diving!

Ligres Beach

Latitude: N 35.137884 | Longitude: E 24.530168
Location: 50 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Sand and small pebbles. The beach is not organized but there’s a good taverna overlooking the beach.

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Ligres.

This is among my favorite beaches in the region, Ligres remains rather unknown, ideal for complete relaxation
Ligres is about 5 km from Triopetra, and it’s a perfect place to isolate yourself from the crowds of tourists.

The vast sandy beach of Ligres has deep shores perfect for submarine exploration and interesting rocky formations. On the western side of the beach, there are a few small waterfalls that add a touch of wilderness to the landscape.
The beach of Ligres maintains a rather secluded atmosphere, with very few tourist structures around.

On the beach, there’s a wonderful tiny taverna serving drinks and snacks but also exquisite fish, local dishes, and fresh salads.

Agios Pavlos Beach

Latitude: N 35.102884 | Longitude: E 24.563461
Location: 54 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Slightly organized beach, amazing scenery, clear turquoise waters

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Organized beach in Agios Pavlos.

Agios Pavlos has two beaches. The first and the main one is organized with umbrellas and sunbeds. There is also a taverna overlooking the beach serving delicious local dishes and refreshing drinks.
The beach is sandy with some rocks. It is great for families with children as the waters are clean and shallow.
From the taverna, follow the stairs and make it directly to the rock.
If you follow them you will find a plateau from where you will have a breathtaking view over the second beach of Agios Pavlos. 

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Sand dunes, Agios Pavlos

This beach is famous for its wild natural beauty and phenomenal dunes!
The sea of incredible turquoise color is perfect for discovering underwater life. This is a great place for a relaxing beach time far away from crowds.
And it’s also one of the top-rated naturist beaches on the island!

Agia Galini Beach

Latitude: N 35.098062 | Longitude: E 24.692567
Location: 51 km south of Rethymnon town
Characteristics: Well-organized pebbled beach; calm waters even on windy days

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Agia Galini is a popular resort place on the south coast of Crete. The long pebbled beach starts from the Main port and stretches all the way to the river. It’s exactly due to this river that the waters are colder, but refreshing on hot summer days.

There are great beachfront tavernas and bars, offering free sunbeds and umbrellas.
The beach is not overcrowded, but if you feel like you need more solitude, then you can cross the river bridge where you will find another beach that is not so popular among tourists.

It has a few sunbeds with umbrellas, but the further you go, the wilder and rockier the beach becomes. 
Because the beach of Agia Galini lies in a natural lagoon, it is protected from wind and waves.
And if it is too windy when you’re visiting Plakias, you can always come here to spend a great day on the beach.

You might also want to read: Best Places to Stay in Crete for Beaches.

Did any of these beaches make it to the list of the nicest bays you can discover when visiting Rethymnon? I’m sure more than one is already on your itinerary and you can’t wait to visit!

Please, help us protect the beaches in Crete. Respect the environment and don’t leave any trash on the beach.


Which is your favorite beach in Rethymnon?
Let me know in the comments below!

You might also want to read these articles about Crete’s top beaches:
The Most Beautiful Beaches in West Crete – A guide to the best beaches in the Chania region.
Best Beaches on Akrotiri Peninsula, Crete – A guide to the top beaches in the Akrotiri Peninsula, Chania.
Top Nudist Beaches in Crete: Complete Insider’s Guide – A visit guide to the best nudist beaches in Crete.
Elafonisi Beach Crete: The Best Beach on the Island – A visit guide to discover Elafonisi Beach.
Balos Beach Crete: Complete Insider’s Guide – A visit guide to making the best of your day in Balos.

Best hotels in Rethymnon
Affordable: Ilian Beach and Summer Drem in Rethymnon Town.
Mid-range: Archipelagos Hotel in town or Veneto Boutique Hotel.
Luxury: Avli Lounge and Rimondi Boutique Hotel in the old town. Or read my review of this top old town boutique hotel.
Check also Rethymnon Accommodation Guide and Rental Homes and Airbnb in Rethymnon.

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Use Ferryhopper and Skyscanner for the best ticket rates.
Find great accommodation deals on Booking.com.
Compare car rental prices with Discover Cars.
– Check the best tours with GetYourGuide.
Visit Elafonisi, discover Balos Beach, hike Samaria, or explore Knossos.
 Pack the Lonely Planet Guide to Crete or get my digital guide to Chania.

Pin this Guide to Rethymnon Beaches for your Next Crete Adventure!

The Best Beaches in Rethymnon, Crete
The Best Beaches in Rethymnon, Crete

About the author of this blog:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and writing for The Tiny Book and her other blogs.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published three travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.

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