The beaches on Crete are some of the best beaches in Greece. Soft, golden sands and crystal-clear waters create the idyllic settings that draw many vacationers to the island. Crete has a mix of pebble beaches and sand beaches, so it is important to do your research before planning a beach vacation and also consider the type of experience you are looking for. Each has its own look and feel, but regardless of the kind of beach-goer you are, you'll find something to your liking.
The beautiful beaches on the north coast tend to be busier and are often backed by restaurants and shops. On the remote south coast, facing the Lybian Sea, is the famous Matala beach and some incredible stretches of sand in very dramatic settings, at the base of cliff walls. Vai, located in the wild and rugged east end of the island, is a little out of the way but worth the trip, and on the west side of Crete is Elafonissi, where crushed shells give the beach a unique pink hue.
If you are looking for a beach town to relax for a week, or if you want an escape from the crowds and tourist shops, you can find it here. Begin by having a read through our list of the best beaches on Crete.
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