The best beaches in Crete – our top picks!
Crete is an island well-known for its wild natural beauty, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that its beaches are stunning! From exotic lagoons to endless pink sand shores, Crete is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
If you want to discover the best beaches in Crete and what makes each one of them unique, keep reading!
Shutterbugs, honeymooners, nature lovers, and explorers.
The paradisiacal and exotic setting of Balos beach is something else! If you climb up the mountain behind the beach at sunset, you can take some stunning photos -it’s worth the workout!
Couples, families, and swimmers, nature lovers, and windsurfers.
Falassarna is one of the best sunset-watching spots on the island! If you visit the beach in the afternoon, make sure that you stay until sunset time to take in the breathtaking view.
Nature lovers, hikers, adventurous travelers, and swimmers.
One of the best things about Preveli is that it gives you the option to swim either in salty or sweet water! What’s more, if you love exploration, you can walk under the palm trees and take stunning photos of the forest. Our tip: To enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty of this beach without the crowds, come early.
Nature & adventure lovers, couples, families.
The natural beauty of Vai beach is out of this world! The palm trees, the fine sand, and the crystalline waters will make you not want to leave this beach. However, keep in mind that it can get overcrowded in the height of summer, so be there early!
Naturists, nature lovers, and hikers.
If you are a mojito fan, then this beach is a must-visit for you! Although you won’t find any food on Red Sand beach (we recommend bringing some snacks with you), there is a mojito bar, which serves refreshing yet quite strong mojitos!
Couples, families, explorers, and shutterbugs.
If swimming in cold water is not your cup of tea, you’re going to love Elafonisi! This beach has crystal clear warm waters, which make swimming here a luscious experience -just make sure you get there early in the morning.