Crete: Hidden Gems

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is a popular holiday destination for a variety of reasons including its fantastic beaches, fabulous cuisine, stunning scenery and ideal climate. The island is also perfect for a spot of rest and relaxation and is home to a fantastic array of lesser known great escapes, where you can simply get away from it all. So here we take a closer look at some of Crete’s many hidden gems which are well worth exploring for yourself.


Myrtos is a small village located on the island’s south east coast and is considered by many to be one of the jewels of Crete. This picturesque village has a very laid back atmosphere which really is infectious, and a stroll around its whitewash walled streets is both a relaxing and cultural experience.

 Myrtos also boasts one of the best beaches in all of Crete and there are plenty of places where you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy spectacular views over the sea front and its mesmerising turquoise blue waters.


Another of the island’s great escapes, perfect for simply getting away from it all and enjoying a quieter pace of life, is Loutro. This charming fishing village is largely untouched by mass tourism and is an ideal destination for those looking for a bit of tranquillity.

No roads lead to the village and as such it’s only accessible by boat or by foot, giving it a  rather secluded charm. This peaceful village is also surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains and countryside, complete with an array of breathtaking valleys and gorges, which provide plenty of opportunities for walking.


This peaceful area in the south west of Crete is technically an island, however it can be accessed on foot. The waters here are crystal clear and sky blue and are complemented perfectly by the beach’s magnificent golden sands, which feature a unique pinkish hue. The area remains unspoilt by tourism and is an ideal place for enjoying a bit of peace and quiet.

Balos Beach

This secluded beach offers amazing scenery and has got to be one of the most photographed beaches in all of Crete. The beach is famous for its wild natural beauty and pristine turquoise waters. It’s a little off the beaten track and can only be accessed by taking a walk down a 2km path, however it’s definitely worth the effort once you arrive.

Aspri Limni

This small beach is a hidden paradise and is relatively unknown to tourists, making it a great place to visit if you are looking to get away from the crowds. This secluded beach is simply magnificent and features a beach of fine white sand. It’s also surrounded by a series of interesting rock formations which circle the beach, making it resemble a lake.

The beach is of great environmental importance too, and is a protected area given that it’s the habitat of the phoenic theofrasti, an endangered species of Cretian palm tree.


Asterousia Mountains

The Asterousia Mountains are a stunning mountain range which run parallel to the south coast of Heraklion and are home to some truly stunning landscapes which possess an unspoilt natural beauty. Interestingly, in addition to these dramatic mountain landscapes the area also features some of the best secret beaches in all of Crete.

If you’re planning a trip to Crete then these are just a selection of the island’s fantastic hidden gems, all of which are well worth a visit. Here at Pure Crete we can offer you the ideal place to stay during your visit and have a fantastic selection of Crete villas and holidays.

For more information about our villas and holidays please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01444 880 404 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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