Chania beaches

Chania beaches

Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or coloured pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania in western Crete. In fact, many Chania beaches are among the best on the island, such as Balos, Falassarna and Elafonissi. Apart from organized beaches in Chania, there are also plenty of deserted coves and lovely bays to enjoy total privacy. All Chania beaches though have crystal waters and look like paradise. You will find below a list with the best beaches in Chania Crete.

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Guide to 40 beaches

Discover our guide to 40 beautiful Chania beaches. They are all presented with detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Chania. For the most popular spots, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.

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Location: 82 km south west of Chania Town
Description: Elafonisi is a small islet with exotic water. It can be reached by boat from Paleochora as the road leading there is track and difficult.

Type: Sandy, Partly Organized, Windsurfing, Nudism Friendly

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Location: 60 km north west of Chania Town
Description: Balos is an amazing beach on the north westernmost spot of Chania Crete. It is accessed through a track road or by tour boat from Kissamos.

Type: Sandy, Non Organised, Secluded

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Location: 58 km west of Chania
Description: Falassarna is a lovely tourist resort with an extended, sandy beach. The area is filled with olive groves and other vegetation. Falassarna stands on the north western spot of Crete, pretty far from Chania Town.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Windsurfing

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Location: 80 km south east from Chania Town
Description: This long and sandy beach is located on the southern side of Crete, in front of an imposing Venetian Castle.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized

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Location: 80 km south west of Chania Town
Description: Pahia Ammos is the most popular beach close to Paleochora, on the southern side of Crete. It is organized and has golden sand.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Water sports

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Location: 37 km south east of Chania Town
Description: This is a popular tourist resort about an hour drive from Chania Town. It has many tourist facilities and a lovely, sandy beach.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports

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Location: 72 km south east of Chania Town
Description: This small beach is located in a walking distance from the village of Sfakia. It has pebbled coast and it is organized with umbrellas and sunbeds.

Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Organised

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Location: 12 km east of Chania Town
Description: Loutraki beach has crystal and shallow water, which makes it perfect for families with kids.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised

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Location: 16 km west of Chania Town
Description: Maleme is a picturesque tourist village with historical importance for Crete. This is where German parachutists landed in 1941 and managed to conquer Crete.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized

Location: 7 km east of Chania Town
Description: The beach of Souda gets pretty popular due to its closeness to Chania Town. It serves as a nice base for excursions in the area.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Secluded

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Judging by the weather outside, summer is almost here and this reminds me of sea and sand. So I decided to delve into the archives and found this. 

The story behind the shot:

Chania is a beautiful town - famous for its characteristic venetian-style houses and the pretty anutique harbour (as well as for being the capital of one of the four Cretan prefectures). A paradise for the photographer - if you have weather on your side.

When I was there the sun was bright and high in the sky and the sky itself was dull blue. Normal people totally fall for this kind of weather - after all, it's warm, it's nice to be outside and the sky is spotless. Not me, though. Because photographers are NOT normal people and need some drama. 

So, while I was strolling around the harbour and taking pictures I saw those two sitting on a bench. Shots of people are not my exactly my element but I couldn't resist capturing this. 

For the record - the lighthouse in the background is a famous building - there are several almost identical buildings all over Crete - one in Rethymno, for sure. Chania is famous with that one, though (as well as with a few other buidings I'll show you some other time). 

The Venetian harbour is crammed with tourists, carriages and all kinds of people so you'll have a harder time getting a shot WITHOUT people in it than the other way round. The harbour is really picturesque in the late afternoon or after the sun goes down but you'll have to find an accommodation in the area.
Springtime Balos - on a 'thin clouds filtered' afternoon
The first 2rists on Balos :-)
Balos Lagoon's emerald sea.