If you’re staying in one of our holiday villas in Crete and dreaming of sun-kissed, white sands and crystal clear aquamarine waters, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’re sharing five of the best beaches from across this beautiful island.
1. Elafonisi Beach, Chania
If your Cretian adventure takes you to the south west of the island then it is definitely worth paying a visit to the stunning Elafonisi beach. Approximately 80 kilometres from the city of Chania is this perfect paradise for relaxation. This exotic beach lies on the edge of clear, crisp water and has beautiful white and pink sand on which to rest.
2. Preveli Beach, near Rethymnon
Approximately 35 kilometres away from the popular resort of Rethymnon is Preveli Beach. It is often referred to as The Phoenix because of its impressive position at the imposing Kourtaliotiko gorge. This is a large and popular beach, but for something quaint and quiet head to the smaller fishing village of Bali Beach.
3. Agia Pelagia Beach, near Heraklion
If you love diving and snorkelling then this is a dream beach to visit. The small bay features crystal clear water and turquoise, glistening water. Shade is provided by the surrounding green rocks and it is the perfect place to relax.
4. Agiofarago Beach, Southern Crete
If you want a quiet, tranquil and remote beach, far from the madding crowd, then this is the place for you. Close to Matala this is a secluded beach, which is accessed either via boat from Kokkinos Pirgos or a 20-minute journey down the canyon. The beautifully clear, aquamarine water makes it worth the visit.
5. Xrysi Island
Not just a beach, but a tiny island south of Lerapetra. Xrysi is one of the 81 uninhabited islands around Crete and is only five kilometres long and one kilometre wide. The island boasts olive trees, beautifully clear water and white sandy beaches. Don’t miss the pretty port on the south east of the island where you can get a bite to eat at the local tavern.
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