RIDING THE WAVES OF CRETE
Often counted amongst the top beaches in the world, Falasarna is considered to be perhaps the most ideal for surfing in Crete. Often reaching 1.5 to 2 metres, this surf spot suits the needs of both beginners and experienced surfers.
Golden Bay/Chrissi Akti
A large golden sand beach located very close to the town of Chania, Chrissi Akti (also known as Golden Bay), is a beginner-friendly surf spot known for its shallow waters and small waves. This surf spot will not excite the advanced surfers, but it is perfect for people learning the basics.
Located on the southern side of Crete, Paleochora is an excellent tourist beach and surfing spot which has become highly popular in recent years. When the westerly or southerly winds blow in the winter, big and strong swells are created, ideal for surfers from all levels.
Sfinari is a remote and mesmerizing beach surrounded by tall green mountains and lush verdant valleys. During the summers, when the northwestern and western winds blow, waves get produced that are preferred by surfers who like casual surfing in secluded and picturesque settings.
Arina Beach is located very close to Heraklion, the capital of Crete. This beach is also known for being quite wavy, allowing surfing activities to take place. The waves get pretty strong in the summer, making it a good place for intermediate and advanced surfers.
There’s sometimes a wave that makes its way into the large bay of Kasteli Kissamoss, a port town about an hour’s drive west of Chania. It’s usually well protected from winds and it breaks towards the western end of the bay.