Here are concentrated the more organized and cosmopolitan beaches on the island, around which have developed the biggest tourist complexes.
For the most part, they have been awarded the ‘Blue Flag’ status by the EC for their cleanliness and infrastructure. Thus they will offer a range of amenities and services: lifeguards, showers and changing rooms; restaurants and cafes; water-sports and so on.
As well, north Crete has hidden away quite unspoilt coves and quiet stretches of sand: our guide will make it worth your while to seek them out.
Here, on the east side of the Rhodope Cape, between two neighbouring and sheltered bays are to be found two quiet beaches – Diktenna and Aghios Georgios.
A visit to the Monastery of Panagia Odigitrias, or Moni Gonias, as it is locally known, on the southeast flank of the Rhodope Cape should include a soothing swim at the beach in front of the monastery or in one of the coves nearby.
Kolymbari is a seaside village with quite a lot of tourist development, it is located 24 km from Chania, with the Rodopou peninsula to its west. A very long beach with both sand and pebbles it has relatively deep waters. The beach is organized.
The beach of Rapaniana is organized and has a lifeguard. It has both sand and pebbles, because it is open to the winds, it is very often wavy.
The beach of Tavronitis is pebbly with clean waters. It is essentially an extension of Kolymbari. As there, so here when the north wind blows, many waves appear.
This in practice part of an extensive coastal stretch of beaches all along the north shore that are every summer filled to bursting with Greeks and foreigners alike.
On the 2 km-long beach are many sites preferred by the loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta) for its eggs. So if you come here, you need to pay attention to where you tread, especially in the evening.
This is rife with nightlife: many big hotels, apartments and rooms for rent, numerous tavernas, restaurants and bars abound. You can get anything you need: banks, chemists, medical centres and the police.
The beach of Agia Marina has clear water, a broad strand and enjoys views of the island of Thodoros opposite.
Stalos is located just beyond Agia Marina and is 7 km from Chania. As with much of this area, so Stalos too has experienced a strong growth in tourism. The beach has sand and clear waters. It is fully organized.
Basically a cluster of three small and sheltered bays separated by rocky outcrops: they have sand, blue-green waters and plenty of vegetation all around. The name, the Holy Apostles, comes from a church near there.
A mere 2.5 km from the city of Chania, Chrysi Akti beach consists of two sandy beaches with clear and shallow waters which are separated by a small hill. The west beach is organized with all the amenities: umbrellas, sunbeds, a lifeguard, facilities for water sports, while the eastern beach called Aptera is less organized and less busy.
On the northwest flank of the Akrotiri peninsular is Stavros (the Cross) – a sheltered bay with sand and turquoise waters. It is organized – umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and a lifeguard, and plenty of chances for water-sports.
Seitan Harbour (or Stephanos) is 22 km from the city of Chania and 2 km from the village of Chordaki. Set on the east side of the peninsular, it is a small beach hidden in a inlet in the rocks. With its sand and gravel beach and blue waters it looks like a small fjord.
Marathi is sited on the southeast side of the Akrotiri peninsular, 17 km from the city of Chania. This is actually two beaches, both with sand and shallow blue water – both are fashionable with many Greeks and foreigners that congregate in the summer.
A fairly long and sandy beach with shallow waters. Kyani Akti is situated 18 km. east of Chania and next to Kalives. It is organized in some sections. One can partake of various water sports. Canteens and restaurants exist for snacks, coffee or food.
Located 19 km from Chania, Kalyves is a coastal tourist village: The beach in front of the village, from which it takes its name, is a quiet bay with very shallow water, sand and a few trees that offer shade.
Almyrida is a seaside resort, located 23 km from Chania. It has two small sandy beaches separated by a small peninsula. The water is clean, calm and shallow, making it perfect for families with children. There are also facilities for water sports.
A small, secluded beach with pebbles and stones, ideal for those seeking seclusion - but with no amenities. Koutalis is 25 km from Chania and 1 km from Kokkino Chorio, on the edge of Cape Drapanos.
Ombros Gialos lacks a typical beach as the terrain is quite rocky, but has clear blue water and a beautiful seabed worth exploring.