The best beaches in Chania
Take a pick of some of the best beaches in Chania and our top choice for a lovely summer day out for the whole family.
Located 76 km south-west of Chania and 1 km away from another favorite Elafonissi beach. It is a secluded beach with white sand and juniper trees. It is ideal for campers and naturists. The beach is totally unorganised so you should bring a snack, water and an umbrella for the sun. If you are lucky, you will find shade under one of the juniper trees.
Elafonissi Beach Crete
Located 76 km south-west of Chania. It is also a Natura 2000 protected area. You can arrive either by car or by bus from Chania. In front of the lagoon, there is a big parking space and a path that takes you the central part of the beach which is organized but very crowded. If you would like more privacy, you can walk along the beach until you find a more secluded spot.
Balos – Gramvousa
This famous beach is located 56km north-west of Chania. Balos is the most photographed beach in Crete; it has pristine waters and white sand. It is very crowed in the summer so try to visit it early in the morning if you go by car. It is partly organized, and it has a small restaurant. It is accessible either by car (4×4) or by the ferry that runs from Kissamos port.
Located 59km west of Chania. The bay of Falassarna consists of 5 consecutive beaches. The most popular one is called Pachia Ammos. The sand is white and the water is turquoise. Most of the time the wind blows and makes this beach ideal for windsurfing. The beach is organized with umbrellas, beach bars and water sports. Also a lot of summer parties take place during the night. It is easily accessible by car or bus from Kissamos and Chania.
Glyka Nera (Sweet Water beach)
Located 75 km south of Chania this secluded beach took its name from the sweet water that comes from the mountain above and springs through the pebbled beach. You will see a lot of Cretan goats coming down from the steep hill to drink water. The beach has a small taverna (where the boat leaves you) a few sunbeds and umbrellas at the one side and it is totally unspoiled at the other side making it ideal for naturists. It is accessible from Chora Sfakion by boat or on foot from a tough path (it takes around 30 minutes). You can also access it From Loutro by boat or on foot (around 60 minutes).