Beaches, Crete Island
While staying in Stalis although the beach there is not bad I prefer sissi , sissi is a very picturesque village and a lot of boat trips come here and stop for a swim and lunch. we drove the short distance from Stalis to sissi going through the town of malia and just after malia you come to sissi. The water is extremely clean and its a lovely relaxing little place, had a lovely lunch and nice swim.
Fondest memory: Crete is a beautiful and diverse island, you can find all different activities and things to do every time i leave I plan to return. The food is excellent and always traditional, I think the food is mostly the thing I miss when not in crete.
Around the eastern end of Crete there is a wide range of beaches from the long, sandy and barren beach near Ierapetra, to golden sands of Vai, the tiny, rockier Mochlos and the busier but lovely Siteia beach.
If you are travelling by car there are usually parking spaces but be sure to get there early to guarantee a space at the busier, smaller beaches such as at Aghia Fotia. Parking is usually free except at Vai which was Euros 4.50 for the day.
There are often tavernas on the beach front: Kato Zakros had a particularly good beachfront, family run restaurant. Mochlos had a wide selection of tavernas and Tholos has a small but friendly bar /restaurant which apparently is good for lunch.
Most of beaches had a shower for rinsing off after swimming and some had toilets - the ones at Vai were very good but a about 150 metres away in the Car park.
Sun loungers and shade umbrellas are available at many of the beaches; costs varied from 4.50 each at Vai to 6.00 for two in Siteia. We tended to try to find natural shade from trees at the beach edge; they come for free!
Many of the beaches were Blue Flag beaches - the highest standard of beach quality throughout Europe. Vai, despite its popularity was Blue Flag as was the Aghia Fotia. As you would expect the best beaches for snorkelling and viewing marine life are the Blue Flag but you're more likely to find greater variety of fish and invertebrates if you swim around the rocks. That was a reason we liked Vai and Aghia Fotia because both have rocky edges.
Rethymno is a major town in Crete on the North Coast east of Iraklio. It is also a major resort, with a long beach (for a large part quite narrow) stretching along the front.
Currently, this is only a partial page as the main purpose is to show beach pictures in response to a forum question.
There are so many really unknown or with difficulty accessable beaches... Especially in south Crete, at the Libyan Sea (Africa is close...), you can find such forgotten beaches...
Do you have a tent?
This beach, Preveli, used to be a quiet one, but the... civilization came here too. At the nearby beaches of big northern cities, there are thousands of umbrellas under the hot sun...
It is your choice where to go...
What to say about Elafonissi?
It is one of the most beautiful beaches on Crete, tropic-or-Caribian like, with pink sand, water here is in many blue and green shades...