Best Sandy Beaches of Crete: Hotels, Reviews, Descriptions

Best Sandy Beaches of Crete: Hotels, Reviews, Descriptions

Which beach in Crete is better

Which beach in Crete is best for a summer vacation? And which one is suitable for a holiday with children? Overview of the most popular with descriptions and photos. Resorts with white sand. A selection of hotels with their own beach with high ratings and positive reviews by tourists. Map with beaches of Crete.

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Beach holidays in Crete

There are about 340 days of sunshine a year in Crete. At night there is an unusually vast starry sky, and during the day there is the beauty of the beaches with palm trees and clear blue or turquoise water. In addition, a mild subtropical climate, a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese and wine. In general, everything is just as on the most beautiful pictures of travel guides and advertisements.

According to tourists, the island is considered one of the most popular resorts in the world and is designed for a variety of options for active, passive recreation and shopping – where else without it. You can choose from the best beaches of Crete and a wide range of hotels for different budgets. Of course, there are far fewer 5-star apartments than in Turkey, but the complexes of 3 * and 4 * offer good conditions with food and services. And since Crete is also considered a family resort, where people come even with one-year-old babies, many hotels provide small electric stoves and children’s furniture.

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Hotels in Crete with a sandy beach

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The best hotels with a sandy beach

Crete is considered the birthplace of the famous god Zeus and the place where the ancient Minoan culture transitioned into the ancient culture. Territorially, the island is divided into four regions.

The eastern part is occupied by Lassithi. Here are the best sandy beaches of Crete, according to the reviews of the tourists. Thanks to the gentle inlet of the water the whole coast is literally dotted with elite hotel complexes. Therefore, the best “star” accommodation is in Lassithi. And this part of the resort is also famous for the beautiful Mirabella Bay and the salt lake Vulizmeni.

The best first-line hotels according to reviews of tourists with sand and pebble beaches in Lassiti:

Hotels in Crete with its own sandy beach

(Photo: / Royal Marmin Bay Boutique & Art Hotel)

The northern part of the island is occupied by Rethymno. The coast is dotted with a mixture of sand and fine pebbles. Families with children love to spend their holidays here, because the descent to the water is gentle. There is a beautiful freshwater lake Kournas with the beach. The center of the resort is always bustling and fun, but the villages are quiet and pleasant to rest. Rethymnon combines Venetian and traditional oriental architecture, so the historic buildings look beautiful and original.

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Best hotels in Rethymno with its own sandy beach on the first line:

First Line 4 Star Hotels in Crete

(Photo: / Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort)

The center is considered Heraklion. The coast is designed for those who want to relax in a fun, noisy and exciting way. In this part of the island there are a lot of attractions for young people, there is an aquarium and 2 water parks.

The best hotels in Heraklion with its own sandy beach on the first line:

Best 5 Star Sandy Beach Hotels in Crete

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To the west is Chania, probably the most exotic part of the island. Here you will find the most diverse vegetation and the best sandy beaches of Crete, as well as a beautiful and scary serpentine road. If you come to see the historic monuments of architecture and culture, you will also find something to do. On the west coast there are many temples and mansions built in the ancient Venetian style.

The best hotels with its own sandy beach on the first line in Chania:

The choice of accommodation is wide, from a fashionable hotel to an inexpensive campsite. And the best beaches in Crete, most of which received the prestigious Blue Flag award in the new season, complete the vacation.

Sandy beach resorts in Crete

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The best sandy beaches in Crete

The best part is that all beaches on the island are considered municipal. There are no fenced areas by the water, intended only for the guests of a particular hotel. Therefore, any vacationer will be able to settle next to a fashionable hotel or camping on the shore. The only thing is that all the accessories on the shore will have to be paid for. However, no one will chase you away, if you come to one of the statistically best sandy beaches of Crete with your umbrella and a small mat.

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In terms of fame, popularity and beauty, Elafonisi beach is one of the best beaches in Crete. With its unusual pink sand, azure colored water and shallow bottom, it is a paradise for children. There are no waves, there is a bar and free parking nearby. The always crowded coastline is located in the southwestern part of the island. You can get to the vacation spot by cab, rented car or a shuttle bus from nearby Kissamos. Tourist buses also stop by this part of the area.

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Another celebrity is the beach of Vai in the Lassithi area. Its coast is surrounded by a huge date grove and a large number of palm trees. It is the greenest beach of Crete with white sand and clear turquoise water. Probably many commercials are shot there. Interestingly, in the 70s of last century, it was a haven for hippies. And now – a protected area, which is marked by “Blue Flag” for its cleanliness and grooming. So, choosing which beach is better in Crete, pay attention to this place. But beware that you will have to rent accommodation in the nearby Palikastro.

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The beautiful and wild beach of Balos features pure white sand and aquamarine water. The lagoon mixes the waters of three water areas, which already sounds mesmerizing. Vacationers can swim simultaneously in the Libyan, Ionian and Aegean Seas. According to legend, pirates once settled in this place, built a fortress and moored their ship. Therefore, there are the remains of a stone building and a shipwreck near the beach. Ships come here from Kissamos and an unpaved highway leads from the peninsula of Gramvousa.


The classic version of a spacious and clean coast with fine sand, sometimes pebbles and a fully developed infrastructure is the village Anissaras. All its beaches are urban and free of charge. However, there are no noisy bars and discos. For some entertainment you can visit the neighboring Hersonissos. Between these two villages is Limanakia. The area is distinguished by its beautiful nature and the nudist beach. You can get there from the airport (20km) to the bus station in Heraklion and from there take a cab or bus. It is best to book a transfer in advance.

Holidays in Crete on a sandy beach

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If you want to see an unusual red beach, then you have to go to Matala. It takes about 40 minutes to walk down the rocks to the water. The bay is managed by one owner, who gives umbrellas and deck chairs and sells water. A small equipped strip is studded with bright red sand. Nearby there are rocks and often nudists sunbathe. This place is exclusively for adults who can endure the road with obstacles to the beautiful and unusual beach.


In Heraklion there is a landscaped beach of Malia. Vacationers in this area are offered diving, jet skiing, yachting. There are lots of bars, restaurants and hotels in Plakias. Its coast is considered the longest on the island and no less noisy.

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Beaches for children are near the village of Agia Marina, the towns of Ierapetra, Sfakia. Sandy coasts with shallow water and always warm sea have long been fancied by parents of kids.

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When is the best time to relax on the beaches of Crete?

The island’s subtropical climate is considered a special feature. Lots of sun, just as much wind and mild transitions between the seasons. Therefore, even in winter, Crete has many holidaymakers, who come for excursions or shopping. Learn more about the weather in Crete by months.

During the winter months, the average temperature is around +16. +17°C. At night it is cooler – around +10 ° C. The temperature of the sea water during all winter stays at +16°C. That is during this period there is no rush and tours fall in price. This is the best time for excursions to interesting historical sites, of which there are many in Crete. Wear sneakers and a light jacket.

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If in March the air begins to warm up by 1-2 degrees, then with April comes real warmth. During the daytime it’s already comfortable (+20°C) and the sea warms up to +18°C. It is from the middle of spring travel begins to get more expensive.

In May, +23°C in the air almost equals +22°C in the water. Although the nights are still cool (14°C), but the beaches are already filled with holidaymakers. Most of them are families with children.

Best white sand beaches in Crete

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June is officially considered the beginning of the season, when the number of tourists increases sharply, the cost of services rises, but the temperature is still comfortable (not higher than +28 ° C). The period is considered favorable for trips with children.

The heat, July, but without the popliteal fluff. The season, prices and temperatures are in full swing. The daytime temperatures can be as high as +30°C, but at night the heat doesn’t drop below +21°C. During this period, the hotels of Crete with the best beaches are fully booked. Book your rooms in advance if you plan a seasonal vacation. But be prepared to pay a lot of money.

The real scorcher begins in August, when the city’s stone-paved streets heat up at 35°C and above, and the sand burns your feet. During this period is saved by the winds, which at the end of summer gain strength. So the flow of those wishing to bathe in the warm sea of +25. +26 ° C and get a beautiful golden tan does not decrease. Prices, by the way, are also “at par”.

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September and October are considered the velvet months with warm weather, but a gentle sun. During this period the sea is really tender, and the rest brings real pleasure. Bathing can be interspersed with excursions, and it will cost much cheaper than in the previous August.

Want to go to the sea from November to April – no problem. Come in the fall and winter or from early spring. At this time, it is especially easy to breathe near the water. And you can bathe in the warm pool of the hotel.

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Hyperion City Hotel & Spa, Beach Hotel in Chania

Hyperion City Hotel & Spa

Koum Kapi, Chania – 100 m from the beach

Hyperion City Hotel & Spa is located in Chania, 100 m from Koum Kapi Beach. It features a restaurant, free private parking, outdoor pool and fitness center. Hotel was super nice, modern and new, room was big with nice furniture, breakfast were tasty, location near sea and cca 20min to the center, walking on promenade, very small parking place, you need to inform them in advance if you want parking place, otherways parking on the street, we didnt have problem to find place

Christina Beach Hotel, a beach hotel in Kissamos

Christina Beach Hotel

Kissamos – 200m away from the beach

Christina Beach Hotel Aparthotel is located next to the sea in Kissamos. It offers spacious rooms and apartments with sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire property. Comfortable beds, delicious breakfast.

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Creta Maris Beach Resort, Hersonissos Beach Hotel

Creta Maris Beach Resort

Limenas Hersonissos (Center), Hersonissos – 350 m from the beach

The all-inclusive 5-star Creta Maris Beach Resort overlooks the Blue Flag beach of Hersonissos. Large property with tons of pools, beautiful views!

Kavos Hotel & Suites, beach hotel in Stavros

Kavos Hotel & Suites

Stavros – 500m from the beach

Kavos Beach complex is located in a quiet and beautiful place on the coast of Kavos. There is a wonderful view to the Cretan Sea. The design of the apartments/rooms is perfect. Lovely staff, the sea is close. A quiet, peaceful place to spend the summer holidays with the family.

Nautilux Rethymno by Mage Hotels, beach hotel in Rethymnon

Nautilux Rethymno by Mage Hotels

Rethymnon – 40m from the beach

Nautilux Rethymno by Mage Hotels is located in Rethymno, a few steps from Rethymno beach. The staff is the best in the bishop and the hotel itself is like nothing else I have stayed at

Kalypso Suites Hotel, Elounda Beach Hotel

Kalypso Suites Hotel

Elounda – 100 m from the beach

Kalypso Suites Hotel has a garden and free Wi-Fi throughout the property, right next to the beach in Elounda village. Family rooms can be booked at the hotel. There is a terrace for guests to relax on. Wonderful friendly Staff. Complimentary prosecco and cherries were a very pleasant touch. The hotel is decorated beautifully and modern. You have everything you need in the rooms and they are spacious and comfortable. Thank you Kalypso Hotel for a wonderful and memorable stay.

Sea Breeze Hotel, Hersonissos Beach Hotel

Sea Breeze Hotel

Limenas Hersonissos (Center), Hersonissos – 300 m from the beach

Olala Sea Breeze Hotel enjoys a beautiful location in Hersonissos. It offers air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a garden. Room service is available at this 3-star hotel. lovely place and amazing service

Mitos-Suites, Rethymnon Beach Hotel


Old Town Rethymnon, Rethymnon – 550 m from the beach

Mitos-Suites Hotel is located in Rethymnon, 1.6 km from Koumbes Beach. Nearby attractions such as the City Park, Historical and Folklore Museum and Fortezza. Rooms have recently been refurbished with great taste and love, everything was impeccably clean and functional. The receptionists were extremely friendly, the location is great.

Castello Infinity Suites, beach hotel in Agia Pelagia

Castello Infinity Suites

Agia Pelagia – 50 m from the beach

Hotel Castello Infinity Suites is located in Agia Pelagia with a restaurant. This 5-star hotel features a garden. The rooms were excellent and the staff were so attentive.

Eleven Boutique Suites, beach hotel in Stavromenos

Eleven Boutique Suites

Stavromenos – 100m from the beach

Eleven Boutique Suites is located next to the beach in Stavromenos, 100 metres from Eleven Beach. It features a restaurant and a seasonal outdoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available. Delicious breakfast. New hotel. The restaurant has a great view of the sea and the sunset in the evening.

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