Cretan Beaches

Crete, the largest Greek island, boasts a coastline adorned with some of the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean. Elafonisi Beach, located in the southwest, is renowned for its unique pink sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Visitors are captivated by the shallow lagoon, creating a surreal blend of colors as they explore the small islet just offshore.

Matala Beach, situated on the southern coast, is not only a picturesque stretch of golden sand but also holds historical significance. Famous for its sea caves carved into the cliffs, Matala was a hippie haven in the 1960s and ’70s. Today, it welcomes travelers with a laid-back atmosphere and the opportunity to explore the intriguing caves.

For those seeking a more secluded escape, Agiofaraggo Beach, accessible by a scenic hike through a gorge, offers a pristine setting. The secluded beach is surrounded by towering cliffs, creating a sense of tranquility and seclusion. Its clear waters make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Venturing to the northwest, the Gramvousa and Balos beaches are a dynamic duo of natural beauty. Gramvousa, accessible by boat or a challenging hike, is crowned by a Venetian fortress offering panoramic views. Balos, adjacent to Gramvousa, is celebrated for its shallow, turquoise lagoon and the striking contrast of white sand and pinkish-hued shells.

Each of these beaches contributes to Crete’s reputation as a paradise for sun-seekers, offering a diverse range of landscapes and experiences for those exploring this enchanting island.

Things to Do in Crete

Crete Tours and Activities

Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour
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Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour

Kissamos Port - Gramvousa Island - Balos Lagoon
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52.00
14 hours75
Elafonisi Beach Excursion
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Elafonisi Beach Excursion

Elafonisi Beach - West Crete Coast
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39.00
14 hours50
Matala Beach Excursion
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Matala Beach Excursion

Matala Beach - South Crete
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35.00
9 hours75
Preveli Tropical Beach Excursion

Preveli Tropical Beach Excursion

Preveli Tropical Beach
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35.00
9 hours75
Kritsa and Myrtos Beach Excursion

Kritsa and Myrtos Beach Excursion

Kritsa Village - Olive Oil Factory - Myrtos Beach
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35.00
9 hours75
Chrissi Island Cruise

Chrissi Island Cruise

Ierapetra Port - Chrissi Island
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56.00
9 hours75
Jeep Safari to Sarakina Gorge

Jeep Safari to Sarakina Gorge

Kritsa Village-Katharo Plateau-Sarakina Gorge-Voulisma Beach
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75.00
9 hours16
Jeep Safari to Tripiti Beach

Jeep Safari to Tripiti Beach

Asterousia Mountain-Agios Myronas-Tripiti Beach
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75.00
9 hours16
Jeep Safari to Agiofarago Gorge
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Jeep Safari to Agiofarago Gorge

Odigitria Monastery-Agiofaraggo Gorge-Matala Beach
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75.00
9 hours8
Jeep Safari to Lassithi Plateau

Jeep Safari to Lassithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau - Cave of Zeus
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70.00
8 hours16
Quad Safari Sissi Route - Single Rider

Quad Safari Sissi Route - Single Rider

Panagia Vilgiotisa Monastery - Olive Mill - Sissi Village
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120.00
6 hours16
Quad Safari Sissi Route - Shared(2on1)

Quad Safari Sissi Route - Shared(2on1)

Panagia Vilgiotisa Monastery - Olive Mill - Sissi Village
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70.00
6 hours20
Land Rover Safari Secrets of South Crete

Land Rover Safari Secrets of South Crete

Viannos Village-Kavousi Gorge-Richtra Waterfall
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70.00
8 hours16