Cretan Beaches

Crete has over 1000 kilometers of coastline to offer, along which have formed beaches to cater for every taste: beaches with endless stretches of sand, beaches made up only of pebbles; some organized and cosmopolitan in tone, others yet deserted and pristine; beaches suited to unhampered (unsupervised) camping, beaches for diving , fishing and water-sports.

This section itemizes the island’s seashores – and gives you full instructions on how to reach them.


You can browse and navigate to the Cretan Beaches by using the map above, or you can drill down in them by selecting below the Area of your Interest or by using the Smart Search Tool listed on bottom right!

Crete-North Coast Beaches

Beaches of Crete

Here are concentrated the more organized and cosmopolitan beaches on the island, around which have developed the biggest tourist complexes.

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Chania-West & South Coast

Beaches of Crete. Beaches at the South Coast of Chania

The Chania Prefecture encompasses some of the most famous and striking beaches in Crete: Frangokastello, the turquoise waters of ElafonisiFalasarna, the iconic Balos ...

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Rethymno-South Coast Beaches

Beaches of South Crete. Beaches at Rethymno

In Rethymno you will find some unique landscapes – the sand-dunes of Aghios Pavlos and enchanting Triopetra, as well as the unusual ecosystems of the Preveli-Lake ..

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Heraklio-South Coast Beaches

Beaches at the South Coast of Heraklion

In Heraklio South many options exist. From Keratokampos to LendasKommos with its Minoan port and – of course – Matala with the cliff-face caves...

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South & East Coast Beaches

Beaches at Ierapetra, Makrigialos, Zakros, Vai

In the east are some of the best known and most photographed locations – VaiChrysi (Gold, aka Gaidoronisi or the Isle of Donkeys) and Zakros.

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