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The region of Chania is located in the beautiful island of Crete in Greece. It offers visitors a variety of things to see and do. Amongst them are some of the best beaches that can be found in Crete. Last summer I spent my holidays there and I was amazed by the beauty of the place. I have made a list of the nicest beaches in Chania that include:
- Kedrodasos beach
- Elafonisi beach
- Balos beach
- Gramvousa beach
- Falassarna beach
- Glyka Nera – Sweet Water beach
- Seitan Limania beach
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The Best Beaches in Chania Region – Crete
1. Kedrodasos Beach
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.
The easiest way to find the beach is with a GPS. What we did is we found Elafonissi in the GPS and then pressed find interesting places around and there it was. There is car parking at the end of the road, leave your car, go down the path, and you are there… in paradise.
2. Elafonissi Beach
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 to 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. Elafonisi is considered one of the Chania beaches.
If you don’t have a car, take this full day tour to Elafonisi beach from Chania.
3. Balos-Gramvousa Beaches
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 crowded 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 motorbike because the road is very bad or by the ferry that runs from Kissamos port.
The advantage of the ferry is that you will visit the island of Gramvousa with a beautiful castle and wonderful beach. You can arrive at Kissamos port by car or bus in the morning and then choose one of the boats that go to Balos – Granvousa or pre-book from one of the travel agencies. I used the following one.
Click here for more information on a Gramvousa Balos cruise from Chania.
4. Falassarna Beach
Located 59km west of Chania. The bay of Falasarna 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.
5. 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 (it is potable). 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). The path is part of the European E4 footpath.
6. Seitan Limania Beach
Seitan Limania beach in Crete is a picture-perfect cove of white sand and turquoise water surrounded by canyon cliffs and clear blue skies. Situated 22km from Chania, Seitan Limania beach is far enough away not to attract the main family crowds while still being close enough to explore as a day trip.
The easiest way to get to Seitan Limania is by car, with the journey taking around 45 minutes (accounting for time slowing down to navigate the hairpin switchbacks and stopping to take photos) and from there you’ll need to walk the rocky cliffside to reach the bay.
This hike takes an additional 20 minutes so it’s not for the faint-hearted, but the beach-dwelling goats, azure water and cliff-jumping adventures will make it all worthwhile.
I personally chose to stay in Kissamos since most of the above beaches are closer from there, apart from Glyka Nera. What I did was stay most of the days there and spend 2 days at Chora Sfakion so that I could discover the southern beaches. Ideally, you should avoid Crete in August since it’s overcrowded. In order to enjoy your holidays to the fullest, it’s advisable that you rent a car. There are a lot of options available for car hire in Chania area.
Crete island in Greece offers some of the most amazing beaches that you should definitely visit.
Which is your favourite beach near Chania?
Check here more interesting things to do in the area:
- Things to do in Chania – complete guide to Chania town.
- Things to do in Crete – a guide to the best things to see around the island of Crete.
- Best Beaches in Crete – discover the best beaches on the island.
- Crete Itinerary – discover the highlights of Crete with this comprehensive itinerary.
- Things to do in Rethymnon – complete guide to Rethymnon.
- Where to stay in Crete – your guide to the best area to stay in Crete.
- The best time to visit Crete – check out when to visit the island of Crete.
16 thoughts on “Best Beaches in Chania”
Umm please take this post down! My girlfriend says my list of plaaces to see is too big already, and now it just got bigger!
Stunning beaches that I had never heard of and need to track down. Thanks for sharing the great info!
Chrissy, what amazing beaches! It looks like it would be very hard to choose which ones to visit, especially if you are short on time…
I love learning about new places and these are all Greek to me 🙂
I just love the “secret” beaches. Then it is all mine when I arrive. Lovely photos.
Amazing! Your photos just reminded me of my hometown, the Philippines! I’m traveling in Belgium now so obviously, there’s not much sun and not too many sandy beaches. Haha! Anyhow, great post!
Honestly, I’ve never even heard of Chania. But after reading this post it might have to go on my bucket list. Gorgeous!!!
Just in time for my planning of upcoming Summer travels! It’s always good to know those hidden beaches, thanks for the awesome tips!
Such amazing and pristine beach photos! I would kill to be on one of those beaches right now 🙁
I had never heard of Chania but it looks beautiful. Especially Balos!
Wow, I should have went to Crete when I was in Greece! It looks more like I was expecting – beautiful sandy beaches. I went to Santorini and it was gorgeous but very rocky!!
Chora Sfakion is totally on the other way. I would suggest Kissamos
I liked Kissamos, thanks so much! The beaches near there were stellar, among the best in Greece!
Marathi Beach is tops for a regular Kiwi traveler.
Thanks for your comment. There are so many nice beaches in Chania.
Excellent article . Crete has always at least 2 Beaches on the top 20 Best Beaches in the World