Your 3-day itinerary. Discover Crete; hidden beaches

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Continuing my “3-day itinerary” series, I am now back with this page to suggest a new route during which you’ll have the chance to explore some of the most beautiful and important to say “hidden” beaches while in Crete!

Well, let’s also say that you’ve got some time, you have saved some money and a strong motivation to travel around Crete, urges you to do a small and quick research on the beaches that worth a visit. Where would you go?

Crete is one of the most popular islands and a worldwide top holiday destination. Known as the most diverse Greek Island, Crete just has everything a tourist needs for an ideal & unforgettable summer holiday; sandy beaches hidden among soaring mountains, palm tree forests growing in the middle of sprawling plains, and bustling modern cities that share coastlines with centuries-old structures. Crete is an island that will astonish you while its people’s hospitality and positive mood will definitely create the best memories and experiences!

In the itinerary that follows, I’ve prepared a few suggestions that would definitely steal your heart, whether you’re travelling to Crete during winter or summer! Well, in this case travelling during summer is strongly recommended! Let’s start!

Day 1. Seitan Limania beach

After having explored the stunning city of Chania, Seitan Limania beach is a place that should be definitely added to your travel map. Trust me. Seitan Limania, (also known as Seitan Limani) is a remote beach located at the northeast part оf the Akrotiri Peninsula, in proximity to the magnificent city of Chania. In fact it is not a beach like the ones we’re used to; it is a narrow canal locked between high sea cliffs with white sands and pebbles and of course with transparent vivid blue waters. Sounds like a paradise right? Just have a look at the picture below!

All these, along with its isolation from crowded areas, make it a quite extraordinary place which wаs known only to locals a decade ago! Ready to explore it?

Seitan limania beach in Akrotiri
Seitan limania beach in Akrotiri
Seitan limania, Ακρωτήρι, Ελλάδα

Day 2. Falassarna beach

Moving towards the western part of the island, Falassarna is one of the most idyllic beaches of Crete and it is located only 58 kilometers away from Chania. It consists of pure and soft golden sand and incredible clean and turquoise waters. Falassarna has been declared as one of the cleanest beaches in Greece (it holds the famous blue flag) and it is ideal for people traveling with family and kids. While there, the view is astonishing and the sunsets are really magical. A few accommodations, family complexes, supermarkets, and taverns with local delicious food can be found easily around the area!

Falassarna Beach in Chania
Falassarna Beach in Chania
Φαλάσαρνα 734 00, Ελλάδα

Day 3. Balos beach, the blue lagoon

Balos is one of the most impressive beaches of Greece and of the Mediterranean. It’s a real hidden gem and in fact, the beach is also known as Crete’s tropical lagoon! It’s located on the northwest Crete, and in general, I wouldn’t say that it’s easily accessible. The only practical way to get there is by boat from the harbour of Kissamos. If you’re an adrenaline seeker though, you can also reach the beach on a 4×4 vehicle, or on an appropriate motorcycle, since the only road leading to it is a remote mountain path full of dirt and paddles!

Balos is a special beach. It has white and pink sand and many-many seashells! The waters are shallow, crystal-clear and warm. As Balos is a lagoon, swimming there is like swimming in a vast but very picturesque pool! A thing you should know before getting there is that there are not any trees or shades, so you better get prepared (umbrellas, sunscreens, water etc). At the same time, you won’t find any taverns, amenities, or accommodation around it since it is considered to be a natural landscape and therefore it is protected!

Balos Beach in Chania, Crete
Balos Beach in Chania, Crete
Main Street, Kaliviani Kissamos 734 00, Ελλάδα

Ready to explore them all? More tips and similar itineraries are about to be revealed soon! All you have to do is just stay tuned on our page! Cheers!


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Chrisa Lepida

Chrisa Lepida

My name is Chrisa and I come from Greece. As nature lover, winter sports addict and Erasmus obsessed, I’m always writing about these topics.

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