Best Beaches in Crete

Crete Island is blessed with natural beauty and an extraordinary history, with places full of life as well as many tranquil areas. Tourists can enjoy the sea or the mountains, the night life of big cities or the silence of traditional villages. From over 1000 km of coastline, it is quite hard to pick the most beautiful beaches. Most of them have fine sand, clear waters and colorful umbrellas that invite tourists to complete relaxation.


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Efalonisi beach, situated in south-west, is renowned for its white sand with pink reflections, owed to the billions of shells. It is the most popular and beautiful Cretan beach, whose exoticism reminds of the Caribbean seashore. Having a very smooth sea entrance, it is perfect for children or people who do not know how to swim. The clear water is perfect for snorkeling. The area is protected by law, so it is forbidden to throw litter on the beach.

Bali beach goes by this name due to the beach beauty that reminds of the Indonesian ones. It is one of the best places for swimming. Situated between Rethymno and Heraklion, the most important Cretan cities, it is accessible from any corner of the island. Water is extremely clear and a little bit colder because of the mountain springs that fall into sea. At Bali, You can find a modern resort, stores, taverns and a snorkeling school. With all facilities, Bali is ideal for romantic and family trips.

Falassarna Beach has been awarded the title of ‘best beach in Crete’ and one of the best in Europe, due to its golden sands and incredibly turquoise water. It also has the cleanest waters in all Greece. The ruins of the homonym city can be found near this beach. They say the best sunset in Crete can be seen on Falassarna beach.

Vai beach is a real Mecca for tourists; it takes pride in being the only European beach that has a palm-tree forest. The beach has become famous after the appearance of the Bounty commercial in the 1980’s, where people could see the beautiful scenery. Here you can practice nautical sports. Paleochora beach is also ideal for sport activities, such as kite surfing or windsurfing.

Those who are interested in finding the perfect holiday by the sea for the next summer should try Crete holidays with Thomas Cook. Crete is the largest Greek island and can satisfy all types of tourists, regardless of age.

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