Crete is an island where you can swim in 4 different seas. Let’s take a closer look at this subject.
Since the Mediterranean Sea is intercontinental, it was conditionally divided into several basins, and after a while people began to call them “adjacent seas” or “water areas of the Mediterranean”. The island of Crete itself is washed by 3 of these seas: the Ionian, the Libyan and the Cretan. They can be called related, because they all take their sources from one single sea. However, each of them has its own unique features. The 4th sea is the The Cyprus (Carpathian) Sea, which is part of the Aegean (Cretan) Sea.
The Ionian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea and is located between the Apennine and Balkan Peninsulas, also between the islands of Sicily and Crete. The Ionian Sea is washed by the western part of the island of Crete, where such resorts as Agia Marina, Maleme, Platanias and Gerani are located. The western Crete has a greener and more flourishing nature than the rest of the island, but there are not too many attractions here.
South Crete is washed by the Libyan Sea, which is considered to be always a couple of degrees cooler than the Cretan Sea in the north of the island. The southern part of the island is more suitable for those who love a relaxing beach holiday.
Here you will find small quiet villages scattered along the coast, and due to the lack of roads, some can only be reached by ferry. One of the most favourite places for families with children on the south coast is Plakia.
The northern coast of Crete is very popular among tourists, and the reason for this is a large number of beautiful sandy beaches with smooth entries and their well-being. The beaches of the Cretan Sea are the holders of the largest number of “Blue Flag of Europe” for the purity of the sea.
It is believed that the Cretan Sea is warmer than the Libyan Sea, located in the south, but it is also very unpredictable. It can both delight you with calm water throughout your holiday, and cause inconvenience with decent waves rising because of the north wind.
There are many beautiful sandy beaches on the Cretan Sea, the best of which are located in the village of Bali, in the area of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos in Mirabello Bay.
Officially, such a name for the eastern sea is practically not mentioned anywhere, but the locals themselves call it that way. However, if you look at the map of the island, you can see that it really is more of an independent water area than part of the Aegean (Cretan) Sea. The beaches on the east coast are varied – from sandy to pebbly, most of which are hidden in secluded bays.
In general, the Carpathian Sea is more like the Libyan Sea, where there are many natural plates, pebble coves, turtles laying eggs in the sand and, of course, crystal clear water, peace and tranquillity.
The sea on different coasts of Crete is really different. The Ionian Sea is more suitable for families with children, the Libyan and Cyprus – for a romantic getaway, and the Cretan – ideal for everyone. In such a wide variety, every tourist will find his favourite corner.