The Best Beaches Of Crete

Now that the summer holidays are over and the prices of holidays are starting to go down again, it is a brilliant time to start looking at going on holiday. The kids are all back at school and holiday resorts will have fewer children visiting the holiday destinations. Because of the position of the Greek islands in the Mediterranian, it is an excellent choice for a holiday later on in the year. With the sun shining until mid to late October, you know you will make the most of the late sun.

One of the most popular destinations for beach holidays in Greece is Crete, the biggest of the Greek islands. It is surrounded in crystal clear waters and the beaches are lined with white sand and it can take days to get around and start to see as much as you can. But a trip to Crete is well worth the visit. There are many popular beaches to visit in Crete and we want to help you to choose your holiday resort. 

Preveli Beach Crete, Rethymno

Preveli is to be found on the south coast of Crete and with the freshwater river that comes from the mountains, flows through Preveli and finishes in the Libyan Sea, So when the weather is hot, you can take a soak in either the freshwater of the river or the saltwater of the sea. You can hire canoes and small boats at the mouth of the river and spend time relaxing on the river that is surrounded by palm trees that give the beach a real tropical feel.

Lasithi Istro Beach, Crete

Lasithi beaches can be found in the easternmost area of Crete and are not so popular as the beaches of west and south Crete, but Istro Beach. Has the most crystal clear sea waters and white sand to walk along and these are the two features that make this beach so popular with locals and tourists. Green hills and high vegetation surround the beach and it leaves a magical background to relax in whilst you lay on a sunbed on the beach.

Balos Beach Crete, Chania

September is really one of the best months to visit this beach because the sun will shine down on you all day long. You can get to the beach either by getting a boat from Kissamos.or driving down the dirt track road and parking in the mountains. Then you walk down to the beach. The water is clear and the sand is white with a tint of pink in it. It is the perfect beach for watching the sunset. Balos beach is on the northwestern side of the island.

Glyka Nera Beach Crete, Chania

Glyka Nera Beach is also called Sweet Water Beach and it has a pebble beach but the water is a deep blue colour. You will find the beach 75 Km south of Chania and although it is easily accessible by a boat, you can also drive to it and park the car. It is a 30-minute walk to the beach down a pathway and it is one of the best on Crete, so it really worth a visit.

Kedrodasos Beach Crete, Chania

Kedrodasos beach (Cedar forest) is another beautiful beach on Crete. You can find it 76km southwest of Chania and the famous lagoon of Elafonisi is 1 km West of the beach. This beach is very secluded and unspoiled but there aren't really any facilities nearby for you to enjoy. There are tree's on the beach and it is all very natural. It has many rocks on the beach for you to explore and the water is clear and the sand is white.
Falassarna Beach Crete, Chania

The beach of Falassarna can be found 59km west of Chania city and about 17km west of Kissamos, at the western base of Cape Gramvousa. The northern end of the beach has ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Falassarna. With white sand that is covered in sunbeds and umbrellas. With the tropical-looking seawater, this is one of the most popular beaches on Crete. It is a kilometer long and has snack bars and cafes so you can get food and drink. 

How To Get To The Beaches

With all of these beaches to visit (and many more beaches that we haven't mentioned), you will need to be able to get to them. Most of the beaches on Crete are accessible by boat but they can be expensive with them being about 30 euro's a person. The better option is to hire a car from Rental Center Crete and then you can travel the island and visit the beaches at your own pace. The cars also come with premium insurance and free cancellation if your holiday plans change. If you take a boat trip, they can be lovely and relaxing but you are restricted with the times of the boat and a few different people use the boat. Traveling the island by car means its a more personal experience for you and your friends or family. It is also cheaper than using boats to get to the beaches. 

Because some of the beaches are secluded, it makes them even more special, so whether you are on a family holiday or a couples holiday, make sure you get to visit them. 

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