Wherever you travel in Crete – from the western region of Chania, through Rethymno, Heraklion and on to the eastern shores of Lassithi – you will find an irresistible story of beaches, a complete holiday lovelist, from coast to coast.

Preveli beach

On the southern side of Rethymno is a place of great natural beauty, Preveli. This beach is where a river flows into the sea, passing through exotic palm trees and forming a lake close to the sea. There are water sports in this lake to explore the river, while the sandy and unorganised beach of Preveli is a wonderful place to swim.

Balos beach

Balos is located on the northwestern side of Crete, in the region of Chania. This natural miracle is like the Caribbean side of Greece. With exotic waters, soft white sand and a huge island with a Venetian Castle on top, the beach of Balos amaze all visitors at first sight. It can be reached by car through a track road from Kissamos or by excursion boat from Chania Town and Kissamos.

Matala beach

Matala was famous during the 1960s and 1970s as a hippie place. Many hippies would come and spend many days or even months in the caves above the beach of Matala. Today, the seaside village attracts many families for its long, sandy and beautifully organised beach.

Elafonisi beach

Located on the southwestern side of Crete, Elafonisi is a fantastic beach with exotic crystal waters. A real heaven on earth, with soft white and pink sand and with cedar trees reaching the coastline, Elafonisi is a magical place that should not be missed during your trip in western Crete.

Falassarna beach

Falassarna, an endless beach with golden sand on the western side of Crete, within a close drive from Kissamos town, is perfect for families with kids due to organised facilities and soft sand. It is also nice for windsurfing and in fact, there is a windsurfing station there during summertime.