The popular island of Crete is a popular holiday destination for nothing. On this Greek island you will find beautiful nature reserves, cozy seaside resorts and beautiful beaches. It is therefore the ideal island for a holiday full of sun, sea and beach. This way you can already tip off the top 8 most beautiful beaches on Crete, so you will have an unforgettable holiday!
1. Balos Beach
In the northwest of Crete lies the lagoon of Balos. This is perhaps the most beautiful beach on the island. Thanks to the white sand and turquoise seawater, you feel like you are somewhere in the Caribbean instead of Europe. Fortunately, you don’t have to fly far for this spectacular beach, Crete is only a 3.5-hour flight from the Netherlands.
2. Chrissi Island
Chrissi Island is located on the southernmost part of Europe and can be reached by boat. From the port of Ierapetra you are within an hour on the beautiful island of Chrissi. It’s a popular day trip but the spectacular beach makes the trip well worth it. The beach on Chrissi island is easily one of the most beautiful beaches on Crete.
The famous beach of Elafonisi should of course not be missing from this top list of the most beautiful beaches on Crete. The beach not only consists of beautiful white sand, but in some places the sand turns pink through the shells. This special colour combination make this beach a real ‘must’ during your holiday on Crete. It is therefore no wonder that the beach has been one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe for years.
According to many, the beach of Preveli is the most beautiful beach on Crete. This has everything to do with the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. The small river that flows slowly into the sea, the high cliffs and the green palm forest in combination with the white sand and the blue sea form a beautiful picture. Especially from the parking lot you have a spectacular view over this beautiful beach.
If you want to enjoy the sun on the beach, falasarna is the place to be. Here you will find a beautiful, large sandy beach where you can relax. Here too, the shells regularly provide a pink glow, which is a beautiful contrast to the turquoise sea. Falasarna is therefore also one of the most beautiful beaches on Crete.
6. Agios Pavlos
The beach of Agios Pavlos is a beautiful beach located behind sand hills. It therefore takes some effort to reach this beautiful beach, so you first have to cross a verge area. But then there’s something, the beautiful Agios Pavlos beach has not yet been discovered by the general public. This way you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach and the blue sea in peace.
Matala beach is a popular beach among holidaymakers. What makes this beach extra special are the white chalk cliffs in the background. Here you can visit the Matala Caves. In addition, you will find several taverns on the beach where you can eat delicious food with your feet in the sand! Stay on the beach until the evening, you don’t want to miss the sunset here!
Vai is the most famous palm beach in Crete. This beach is located on the east side of Crete and is quite secluded, but is well worth it. This beach owes its name to many palm trees that stand in the area, so “vaia” is the Greek designation for palm branch. The contrast of the green palms, the light-colored sand and the blue sea make this beach a real winner.
These are the top 8 most beautiful beaches on Crete. Are you going for popular Elafonisi or would you rather climb to the remote Agios Pavlos? Or rent a car and take a road trip along the most beautiful beaches on Crete. Can’t wait to discover this beautiful island? Then view all holidays to Crete.