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  • Falassarna beach
  • Rocks in places, White Sand
  • Normal
  • Turquoise

The stunning Falassarna beach is situated 59km to the west of Chania city and about 17km to the west of Kissamos, at the western end of the Gramvousa peninsula. The northern end of this beach features the remains of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Phalassarna. Widely acclaimed, Falassarna is home to some of the most celebrated beaches in Greece, having been awarded the best beach in Crete and recognized as one of the top 10 European beaches multiple times. The area spans a large expanse and is made up of five consecutive beaches, with the two central beaches being the most popular.

The whitish sand on Falassarna gives the water a tropical hue. Visitors may find themselves entranced by the beach and its turquoise waters, provided the west wind is not blowing (which is rare in west Crete). The main beach, Pachia Ammos, is a 1km long and 150m wide exotic beach. Despite being the most popular, due to its size, it never seems too crowded. There are a few snack bars, cafes, umbrellas, and services for water sports and beach volleyball courts.

To the north of the main beach is another 800m long beach that is divided into smaller beaches by a sand dune and some rocks. This beach is quieter than Pachia Ammos and offers no facilities. A small cove facing south near the archaeological site is also an option for those who prefer isolation, although it has a rocky seabed. A long sandy beach at Livadi, located to the south of Pachia Ammos, is great for snorkelling and is surrounded by a wetland area that attracts many birds during winter. South of this beach, near the small harbour of Limeniskos settlement, there is a small pebbly beach, which is ideal for those who prefer not to stay remote.

Falassarna is situated in a protected nature reserve, and the sunset considered the best in Crete, is a romantic sight to behold. However, one drawback is that the beach is typically wavy due to its westward orientation, although this is desirable for windsurfers. The area’s greenhouses are also rumoured to pollute the sea with fertilizers and waste, which is unfortunate if true. Visitors who lack transportation can take the bus from Chania or Kissamos.

  • Damnoni beach
  • Sand
  • Shallow
  • Blue

Situated 35km south of Rethymnon and 5km east of Plakias on Crete island, Damnoni beach is a well-known tourist destination. The resort is fully developed and well-structured, featuring a wide bay with turquoise waters and coarse, whitish sand. Visitors can enjoy numerous facilities including umbrellas, snack bars, showers, changing rooms, and water sports. Additionally, there’s a scuba diving centre, top-notch hotels, restaurants, and a horse-riding centre.

The westernmost part of the beach, which is highly organized, is home to a small river that maintains water nearly all year round. The eastern end of the beach is more serene and connects to the neighbouring Ammoudakii beaches via a short unpaved road. Beyond the western end of the beach, you’ll find several secluded small coves with sand and rocks, located right next to the area’s small harbour.

  • Listi Spilios beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue

The picturesque Listi Spilios, situated 7km south of Agios Nikolaos along the old road to Sitia and Ierapetra, has become a bustling tourist spot over the years with a variety of accommodations, ranging from large hotels to smaller lodges. The beach is characterized by its rocky terrain and sandy patches, with a charming smaller beach nestled to the north of the main area. Unfortunately, recent extensive alterations by a major hotel in the vicinity have significantly changed the original rocky nature of the coastline, including the construction of a pier to retain sand. Visitors can enjoy amenities like umbrellas, a snack bar, water sports and a beach volleyball court. The quieter western side of the beach, boasting lush vegetation due to nearby freshwater springs, provides a serene escape.

The beach’s intriguing name, Listi Spilios, translates to ‘Robber’s Cave’ in Greek. This stems from a tale from the Middle Ages when the primary road used by locals to commute to island cities ran through this area. On the beach’s west end, there’s a petite peninsula home to several small caves, which, as the legend tells, were used as hideouts by robbers who targeted travellers on the road.

  • Ahlia beach
  • Fine Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue, Deep blue

Ahlia, also known as Achlia, is situated 50km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 15km east of Ierapetra, within the jurisdiction of the village Schinokapsala. It’s a small community nestled in a cove, with the Thrypti Range’s steep slopes and pine trees surrounding it. The cove opens up into a stunning beach with coarse sand and vibrant blue water. The beach has minimal development, with only a few umbrellas, water sports, and some nearby accommodations, mini markets and taverns. Tamarisk trees provide shade for visitors, and the sea is usually calm. This location is perfect for a tranquil vacation, particularly for families.

The Achlia Gorge, which is small but reasonably wide, begins west of the Skinokapsala village at the Kipos location. The gorge, covered in pine trees, ends at Ahlia beach. During winter, water from the Thripti Range forms a river with several waterfalls (between 5 to 8 meters high) along its path. As the sandstone walls are not narrow, hiking is relatively easy without the need for canyoning equipment.

To get to Ahlia, take the main road east to Makrigialos, following the southern coastline of Crete, until you see the signpost for Ahlia. East of Ahlia, before reaching the Agios Panteleimonas community, you’ll find the small beach known as Bonda or Grias Pidima.