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Top 10 Best Beaches of Crete

Written by Basil Daniel.

beaches1Crete has infinite qualities. We can tell you all day how hikes in the Cretan countryside are beautiful and how fishing in its rich waters is peaceful but we are aware that the very first thing you have in mind is finding the perfect beach. From this perspective, we have compiled a top 10 of the best beaches of the island. We have compared the smoothness of the sand, the colour of the sea and the friendliness of the fishes in all of the 1000km of coast of the island and give you the best. Come to visit us at the Rimondi grand luxury beach resort in Rethymno, Crete. Enjoy our private beach; it is 6th of our list.



Elafonisi beach

The Elafonissi beach is situated on the southwest coast of the region of Chania. The colour of its sand sets it apart from the other beaches. The sand is an amazing white, with a touch of pink from thousands of broken shells. This exotic beach with has turquoise shallow waters, reminding of the Caribbean, and is absolutely fabulous for the snorkelling. However, be careful when tanning on the smooth sand as the region is part of the Natura 2000 protected area; you will have to be sure to leave this incredible place the way you found it. Read more about Elafonisi beach !


best beaches of Crete, Bali beach

Bali Beach

The Bali beach gets its name from its beauty reminding the Indonesia Island’s beaches. It is one of the best places for swimming. It is located 30km east of Rethymnon and 43km west of Heraklion and is accessible from any part of the island. The water is especially clear and cool as several springs carry fresh water into the sea. You will find a modern resort with many tavernas, shops, diving school and bars. With all the amenities, it is ideal for family and romantic activities. Read more about Bali Beach!


best beaches of Crete, Falassarna beach

Falassarna beach

The Falassarna beach was awarded best beach of Crete and among the best beaches of Europe. It is 60 kilometres west of Chania on the north west coast. It has soft golden sands and incredible clean and shallow waters. The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Falassarna are abandoned at the northern end of the 1km beach. Our advice is to stay there until sunset as it is considered the best in Crete. However, there were some rumours of pollution, which would be a shame and the water is usually pretty wavy.

best beaches of Crete, Kedrodasos beach

Kedrodasos beach

The Kedrodasos beach has a tropical Lebanese beach look and is a favourite for naturists because of its hidden, secluded and quiet location. There are no facilities nearby. The sand is exceptionally smooth and flat rocks allow the best tanning experience. Just have a sun bath here. Wind and kite-surfing are particularly interesting here as the wind is usually intense and the sea is flat.


best beaches of Crete, StPaul beach

St. Paul Sandhills beach

Located 58 km south of Rethymno, west of Agia Galini, and on the edge of Cape Melissa the St. Paul sandhills beach is a gorgeous site with wild majestic landscape and enormous sand hills. It is a peaceful place, well-hidden in a sheltered bay that protects vacationers from the wind. The view is truly incredible with the green deep waters and the magnificent rocky seabed. It make the St. Paul’s the most original place to relax.



Fournoti beach

The Fournoti beach is a well guarded secret. It is a hidden beach, only accessible by boat located 57km south of Chania, 10km east of Sougia and 1.5km west of Agia Roumeli. With its deep blue water, fine pebbles and pine trees, it is picturesque and unorganised. The beach is secluded in one of the most beautiful Greek places, the rough Mountains of Sfakia.


best beaches of Crete, Peristeres beach

Peristeres beach

47 km southwest of Rethymnon city, between Fragokastelo and Rodakino village lays the Peristeres beach. The only facility of this secluded place is a couple of tavernas. The main interest of the region is the caves, amazingly beautiful with arches, huge boulders and tiny sandy beaches formed around. There is an aquarium-like sea bottom where you must snorkel!



Best beaches of Crete, Rimondi-beach

Rimondi Beach

While staying in our resort, you will have access to our private beach. Reached from the hotel by a little train, you get all the advantages of a private beach; amenities like sun-bed, showers and toys for the kids. It is secluded and as a private beach should be, you will enjoy the calm and tranquillity of a hidden cove.


best beaches of Crete, Gerani beach

Gerani Beach

Situated 13 km west of Chania, between Maleme and Platanias 6 kilometres west of Rethymnon town, the beach is lodge in a verdant valley with olive and citrus groves. With a length of 2.5 km, you can find many touristic facilities; umbrellas, showers, beach bars, water sport services and a lifeguard. The tamarisk trees are perfect to find some shade and it is a great snorkelling site. However, be careful of the Caretta turtles, as the beach is their shelter.


best baches of Crete, Episkopi beach

Episkopi Beach

It is a 3,5 kilometres long beach located 45km east of Chania and 14km west of Rethymnon with the best of both worlds; for those who prefer services, you can find everything a beach can offer, food, drinks activities and safety. It has a lively atmosphere and is perfect for the whole family. Given the length of the beach, you will also find easily a quiet place away from the activity if you are more the desert beach type.


So, whether on a romantic elope or on a family vacation, Crete can give you the best beach experience.We hope the information was useful to you. Stay at our hotel in Rethymnon and have a great time, feet in the water.