Iraklion sits between the provinces of Rethymno and Lassithi. As it has been mentioned before its capital is the town of Iraklion. This part of the island attracts visitors by its numerous beaches and historical monuments. A fertile valley occupies the central and northern parts of the province while the rest is dominated by the mountains.
Beaches of Iraklion
Iraklion is famous for many well organized beaches with soft sand and crystal clear water.
Amoudara is about 5 km off the capital city of the island. This sandy beach with developed infrastructure seems to be perfect for families with children.
Matala is another popular well-organized sandy beach.
Komos, a big beach with gray sand and a picturesque landscape on the background, is not far from Matala.
Agia Pelagia is a lovely beach located 20 km west from Iraklion. It is thought to be one of the best beaches of the island’s northern coast.
Hersonissos is the resort of several different sand beaches some of which provide water sports facilities. Children will most certainly like the local aquarium. Hersonissos is a lively place with many bars, discos and clubs.
Malia resort is located 34 km West of Iraklion. It mostly favoured by young guests and those who prefer party-like holidays. Endless beach, lots of bars, cafés, and taverns like a magnet attract visitors from all corners of the world, especially from Great Britain.
Hania takes the Western part of Crete, so do not be taken aback when you hear it is called the “Western Crete”. It borders only with Rethymno. As tradition goes, the main town of the province has the same name of Hania. Though tourism here keeps developing at a great pace the place is still to be discovered by the mass tourism. However a lot of guests may find it a great advantage.
Beaches of Hania
Elafonisi seems to be one of the most popular Western beaches of the island. It boasts pink sand and shallow water.
Falassarna is another remarkably beautiful sandy beach of the island popular for its spectacular sunsets. It sits in the Northwestern Crete.
Agia Marina is a long sandy beach suitable for young people as well as for families with children. The beach also provides different water sports facilities.
Many visitors see Balos beach as one of the most picturesque places on the island. It is located at the very end of Gramvoussa peninsular. Balos owes its attraction not only to the location but also to the white and pink sand that covers the seabed. This gives to the water its marvelous deep emerald hue.
Kalives sits about 19 km East of Hania. Scenic beach, beauty of the place, its relaxed rhythm are the main attractions of the place
The sandy beach of Frangokastello village, doubtless, will attract those who come to enjoy sun and sea in quiet and serene ambience. It owes its name to the well-preserved Venetian castle. The place is also famous for an unusual optical phenomenon called Drosoulites (gr. dew). Once a year early in the morning the ghost army from the remote past seem to approach the castle walls. It is rumored that sometimes even voices and sounds of the weapons can be heard.
Province of Lissithi
Lasithi is located in the Eastern Crete. The Lassithi plateau is encompassed by the Dikti mountain chain. This mixture creates amazing scenic landscapes. Its capital city of Agios Nikolaos is an attractive place with lively night life.
Beaches of Lassithi
An exotic beach of Vai sits in the Northwestern Crete. It boasts one of the biggest palm woods in Europe. This unique blend of crystal clear water, soft sand and pebbles fringed by the palm trees makes Via very popular among visitors.
Elounda is a small and at the same time very attractive resort. It sits 11 km outside Agios Nikolaos town. Elounda offers several well organized sand beaches. This is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy peace and seclusion away from humming cities. Here one can also take a trip to the neighbouring Spinalonga island.
Plaka beach is located not far from Elounda, in 5 km. This beautiful beach with sand and pebbles every time attracts a lot of visitors. Besides, it has a picturesque view to Spinalonga.
Xerokambos is a long sand beach with shallow and clear sea on the background of low hills and small olive groves.
The sandy beaches of Ierapetra resort (gr. holy stone) have always allured visitors with pictures landscapes and crystal clear sea.
Province of Rethymno
Rehymno borders with provinces of Hania on the west and Iraklion on the east. Spectacular mountains, caves and picturesque gorges with rare rivers make up a fascinating picture that was created both by nature and man. Rethymno is the main town of the province.
Beaches of Rethymno
Rethymno is a well-organized sandy beach of 12 km long. It lies west of the capital city. Bali is a group of four different beaches located in Bali bay. This setting provides a good protection of the place from winds. You can also find different water sports facilities there.
The spectacular beach of Preveli is popular not only among foreigners but also among locals. The local landscape is dominated by small waterfalls and a river that crosses the coast and falls into the sea. The whole picture of the place is accomplished by the embedded palm trees.
Plakias beach lies on the Southern part of the island 32 km off the capital. And from the local fishing village you can have a breathtaking view to the boundless sea and the beach of sand and pebbles.