The northern coastline of this prefecture features numerous beaches – many popular and packed out, but also other unknown and hidden away in small bays – perfect for peace and quiet.
Moving from west to east, the first one encounters are those of Rethymnon town itself.
Located 14 km west of Rethymnon and named from the village very close by, Episkopi is a tremendously long sandy beach, with shallow waters, is open to northerly winds. When the wind is blowing, waves are formed.
The town of Rethymno is 58 km from Chania and 78 km from Heraklion. The main beach is somewhat on the east side of town, about a mile from the old centre.
At a distance of 8 km east of Rethymnon, in the middle of the valley of Adele is a seaside village, also called Adele!
Scaleta beach is the last part of the long coastline that runs on east from Rethymno: this section is approximately 10 km from the town. Frequent bus services link the beach and the city.
Geropotamos beach is located 18 km from the city of Rethymno. This is small and enclosed within a bay: it has pebbles, sand and quite a few rocks around it.
The settlement is on the sea and a tourist destination which is 21 km from Rethymno; even so, despite the numbers it receives, Panormos yet retains quite a bit of its traditional image..
A popular tourist resort, Bali is yet ideal for a quiet family holiday. It sits on the side of an ancient town – Astali, which the Venetians later shortened to Atali, before the Turks gave it is present name.
It is a quiet and sandy beach with clear waters. At its west end are some ruins of an old customs post, associated with the carob trade.
Korakia beach is 48 km approx. from Rethymno and 39 km approx. from Heraklion. At Korakia there are two small, quiet bays that have sand and clear waters.