5 Of The Best Beaches in Crete
Ahhhh THE BEST BEACHES IN CRETE ?
So, rewind back to researching Crete and Chania, I found information on Chania itself but the video I initially saw on YouTube was to do with a beach around Chania.
It looked stunning! And so naturally, I had to go ahead and research and find some of the best beaches in Crete. Boy oh boy we found some gems.
To be honest, there was so many listed for around the Chania area that we had to scale back and go off photo’s we saw online and we also went ahead and researched some ‘off the track’ beaches as we were keen to get away from the main hotspot areas.
Since we visited during off peak season – March / April – All the areas we visited were really nice and quiet.It started picking up towards the back end of the trip. Perfect timing!
The great thing about Chania is that it’s situated close to the beaches mentioned down below. The max we were driving was 2 hours to any one of them and we were there. We had hired a car so it was super easy to get to them all. If you’re considering a trip to Crete, I would definately recommend a car hire!
By the way guys, this list is in no specific order, they were all so stunning that I couldn’t put them in any order!
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So let’s get right to it.
5 of The Best Beaches In Crete (in no particular order of course)
1. Balos Beach – Balos is situated in Kissamos. I believe you can get there by boat but we took alternative route and option of driving. The roads were pretty crazy and it’s a 40 minute or so drive on the off road type road, it’s then around a 20 minute or so hike down by the time you have stopped off to take photos etc. The views are stunning on the way down and colours change with the sun so I’d recommend getting them on the way down depending on weather. The drive isn’t for the light hearted if you are afraid of heights, the views are surreal but they will knock you sick if you’re not a fan of heights or not too much of an adrenaline junkie.
2. Sweet Water Beach (Glyka Nera Beach)- This beach is situated between two towns – Chora Sfakion and Loutro. We drove over to Loutro to find out how to get there, the daily boat had already departed so the other option was to access it by foot. We asked some kids where we should be headed to and they let us know – thankfully in the right direction! We parked up on the side as there was no parking specifically for the place, we saw a car already there so followed suit. I can’t clarify if this is the right thing to do but we felt safe in where we left it so it’s entirely your choice! We walked down for a few minutes and saw a sign for Sweet Water Beach along with a trail off the highway. The hike was down hill and across the edge of the coast. Again, views were stunning and we stopped alot for photos on the way down. It was around a 40 – 50 minute hike. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have issues with legs / feet and if you’re cardio levels aren’t great as it’s a bit of a mission. You will need to be quite flexible too! The beach was stunning and we had the whole place to ourselves ?
3. Elafonissi – Elafonissi was about the only beach we went to which wasn’t a hike or trek to get to. I think for that reason, it was one of the busiest beaches we visited but even then, it wasn’t super busy plus it WAS the weekend. This place is PARADISE you guys. The tone of colours you see are majestic and just stunning. You see pink hues when the ocean wave crashes into the sand, you see the different tones whilst just standing by the rock. It’s simply stunning.
4. Kedrodasos Beach (Cedar Forest) – Again this beach was a off road drive and we parked the car up by a spot we found. We found that it was sheltered from the wind compared to Elafonissi which was great to send the drone out from. The region was full of olive trees and beautiful Cedar Trees which was so amazing to see. We also came across a huge tomato farm en-route. So cool! The hike down was easy enough and again we were greeted with an empty beach ? The water was a darker blue than the others & just had a total different feel to it. Simply gorgeous!
5. Georgioupolis – Ok so this place isn’t exactly a beach per se but it’s simply stunning. It’s around the Lake Kournas region and so you can do both things on the one day if you wished to do so, if I remember right, it was around a 7 minute drive from here to Kournas. We found the most amazing chapel on the end of the pier there, I literally fell in love with it. It’s called Agios Nikolaos Chapel. It’s really a must see ?
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