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Cretan coast length which reaches 1,000 km says it all. Small or large, isolated or popular, organized or "wild", exotic or Mediterranean, all beaches of the largest island in Greece are beautiful. It is by accident that some of them have been globally awarded and continue to do so.

 

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Georgioupoli

Georgioupoli is a small village right on the boarders between Rethymno Prefecture and Chania Prefecture. It is one of the most popular summer destinations in northwest Crete, not only for travellers but also for locals, since it is an ideal choice for a daytrip.

 

Georgioupoli's beach starts from Almyros River which bypasses the village and extends to the east for about 2 km. In 700 m, the beach meets another river, Perastikos. The waters of the two rivers create tides that make sea waters very cold. The beach continues until it naturally connects to Kavros beach, creating a seafront of 10 km approximately. Along the seaside there is sand, large sand dunes and quite shallow waters.

 

The beach of Georgioupoli is well organized, with lifeguards, umbrellas, douches and many choices for those who love water sports. Children's' paradise. At the beach you can also find food.

 

Triopetra

Around 52 km south of Rethymno, in the middle of a huge seafront called Akoumiani Gialia, there is a beach that although hardly promoted can offer you an unforgettable experience: Triopetra. The beach was named after the three large rocks that emerge from the sea (Triopetra = three rocks). These rocks are so prominent that could "give away" Triopetra's location even from miles away.

 

Triopetra's waters – as in all southern beaches – are crystal clear and quite cold, while the beach is sandy. Here, you can find umbrellas and sand beds plus a small traditional tavern, where you can enjoy authentic Cretan tidbits or your coffee. Triopetra is ideal for those of you seek relaxation and peacefulness, since it is never crowded.

 

It's worth staying in Triopetra till late in the afternoon. At your departure just make a stop to enjoy the sunset. It is one of these moments where the nature reveals all of its beauty.

 

The beach is easily accessed by car through asphalt roads, whereas the route which bypasses Siderota's foothill through verdurous olive groves is beautiful.

 

Plakias

Plakias, which is located almost 36 km south of Rethymno City, is not just another village in South Crete. It is one of the most popular resorts of the island and a favorite destination for thousands of visitors every year. To a large extend, this is due to its beach, which constitutes one of the longest (1.4 km) and most beautiful beaches in Crete.

 

The beach is so large that it is impossible for one to feel hard-pressed, whereas the options available are numerous, umbrellas and sun beds, water sports, beach volley fields, snack bars, locker rooms, douches etc.

 

There are several taverns and hotels in the area, while the beach road is suitable for cycling or walking. The eastern part of the beach is called Paligremnos, with huge vertical rocks, attracting many climbing lovers from all over the world.

 

If there is strong wind you can seclude to the small beach of Souda, two kilometers west of Plakias. There are a few taverns there, too.

 

Bali

No, it has nothing to do with the exotic Bali. It is just a leeward, magic bay on the north side of Crete, with emerald sandy beaches. Well? Would you be willing to compromise?

 

Bali is a small fishing village which achieved significant touristic growth over the years. Today, it features many taverns, shops, bars, coffee houses and hotels. It has four beaches engulfed in equal small bays. They are very clear, safe for children and organized, providing a variety of water sports, sun beds and many other options.

 

Accessing Bali is very easy, since the National Road passes right by, 30 km east of Rethymno and 43 km west of Heraklion.

 

It is worth spending a whole daily in Bali. If you decide to come, do not forget to make a stop at Atali Abbey, which is devoted to Agios Ioannis, but also at the church of Panagia Charakiani.

 

Agia Galini

This small littoral village is located 61 km southeast of Rethymno and 68 km southwest of Heraklion, at the exit of Amarianos river. It has managed to achieve huge touristic growth in the past decades. And not unfairly, since its landscape, its beaches and its mysterious sea caves make up an environment of rare beauty.

 

The large beach of Agia Galini starts from the port and extends to the east. If you prefer organized beaches, stay close to the port where you will find all necessary comforts. It has thin small pebbles and cold waters due to the river. The sea temperature is 18o C all year long.

 

If you want more privacy, move a little further east, across the river from the bridge. This part is less organized. Here as well the small pebbles and the crystal cool waters are the main feature. In this area there is the camping of Agia Galini.

 

If you move further east, the beach becomes narrow and rocky. It is more isolated here. This is why this part is preferred by nudists.

 

You can reach the beach by car, turning right after the river at the exit of the village.

 

Preveli

Preveli is not just a beach. It is an autonomous ecosystem of rare wild beauty. For some, it is a true paradise on earth.

 

Preveli beach is formed at the exit of the daunting Kourtaliotis Gorge. The gorge is crossed by Megas Potamos (Great River), which "feeds" the entire ecosystem. Before it pours to the sea, the river gives shape to a large lake. At the same time, on the riverside there is a native colony of the famous Theofrastos' Palm Trees, which gives the whole area a tropical character. The colony was destroyed to a large degree by a fire in 2008, however, in just a few months, Theofrastos' Palm Trees "returned" to life for reasons unknown.

 

It is worth walking along the river, under the shadow of the trees, to enjoy this real natural monument. The most adventurous out there can climb up the gorge. If you make that attempt, make sure that you have the necessary supplies and equipment. You can also rent a pedalo for a river trip.

 

The beach is sandy with crystal waters and pebble seabed, whereas the waters are quite cold due to the river. It is poorly organized, without umbrellas. Maybe, that's why it used to be one of the favorite destinations for hippies.

 

To reach Preveli park your car in the designated area and walk downhill.

 

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