THE BEST SECRET BEACHES IN GREECE
Just 1.5km from Kalives lies this pleasantly uncrowded beach which boasts a long and relatively secluded sandy beach. Also known as Kyani Akti, this charming stretch of white sand is within easy driving distance of both Kalives and Chania – far enough from the main crowds but also blessed with helpful amenities. The crystal-clearwaters are ideal for snorkelling and also very safe for small children, making it ideal for families. A great choice for those who require a quieter beach that is still within easy distance of amenities and the town of Kalives.
Falasarna is another great all-around beach for families with kids, a group of friends, or couples. There’s plenty of space and things to do for both adults and kids on this beautiful sandy beach in Crete. You can enjoy the sun and the sound of crashing waves on a comfortable sunbed. Or do some watersports if you’re looking for a bit more action. There are also lifeguards on duty at Falassarna beach. So you can enjoy a cocktail or two whilst the kids enjoy a swim. And the cherry on top? You can find pink sand at Falasarna beach too! But without the tourist crowds you’ll find at Balosor Elafonissi beach. Falassarna is also one of the best beaches for watching the sunset in Crete!
Seitan Limania used to be a remote beach that only a lucky few knew about. But now it’s become one of the most famous beaches on Crete island thanks to Instagram.Seitan Limania literally looks like some magical beach conjured from an epic fantasy novel. It may be missing a dragon or two. But the wild goats and breathtaking scenery kinda make up for it. Unlike Elafonissi and Balos, Seitan Limania is not the most family-friendly beach to visit. The drive there is challenging and the hike down a steep, rocky slope, is even more so.
Voulisma Beach, North East Crete
If you’re dreaming of a long, white, sandy beach with crystal clear, turquoise blue waters, then you’ll love Voulisma beach. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s easy to get to too. It’s a short and sweet 15 to 25 minute drive from the coastal towns of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. And you can easily get to Voulisma beach by public bus too. The bus stop is literally a hop and a skip away from Voulisma beach. As you can imagine, Voulisma is one of the most popular beaches in Crete. So it can get quite crowded, especially during the summer months.
Not only is Vai one of the most famous beaches on east Crete. But it’s also one of the most family-friendly beaches on this side of the Greek Island. Vai beach is renowned for having the largest palm tree forest in Crete and entire Europe! Needless to say, thisbeach comes with all the bells and whistles. There are restaurants, outdoor showers, toilets, sunbeds and umbrella rentals, and parking is close by too. All the ingredients required for you and your family to spend a relaxing day at the beach without too much planning. It doesn’t hurt that the beach itself is gorgeous too. Picture fine, golden sand, crystal clear waters with a backdrop of palm trees as far as the eye can see. And you’ll feel like you’ve teleported to some tropical island far, far away.
Preveli Beach, South Crete
Preveli beach may no longer be an off the beaten track hidden gem. But it’s definitely one of the most beautiful and unique beaches you’ll find in Crete. Its landscape is simply one-of-a-kind. The beach itself has been carved out by the ocean on one side, and a river and palm tree forest on the other. Preveli beach is one of those magical places that you have to see to believe in. Unfortunately, you can’t reach the enchanted beach of Preveli on flying broomsticks or teleportation. And it’s not an easy drive there either.