Chania beaches

Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or colored pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania in western Crete. Many Chania beaches are among the best on the island, such as Balos, Falassarna, and Elafonissi. Apart from organized beaches in Chania Greece, 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 of the best beaches in Chania Crete.
Except for the beaches, there are also many places for sightseeing. Discover the best things to see in Chania.

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Guide to 41 beaches

Discover our guide to 41 beautiful Chania beaches. They are all presented with a 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.

Elafonisi beach

Elafonisi beach

Partly Organized, Windsurfing, Sandy, Nudism Friendly
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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.
Balos beach

Balos beach

Sandy, Secluded, Non Organised
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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.
Falassarna beach

Falassarna beach

Partly Organized, Windsurfing, Sandy, Family Friendly
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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.
Frangokastello beach

Frangokastello beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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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.
Pahia Ammos beach

Pahia Ammos beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly, Water sports
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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.
Georgioupolis beach

Georgioupolis beach

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, 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.
Sfakia beach

Sfakia beach

Family Friendly, Pebbled, Organised
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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.
Agioi Apostoloi beach

Agioi Apostoloi beach

Diving Club, Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 3 km west of Chania Town
Description: This sandy beach gets very popular in summer due to its closeness to Chania Town. It provides a lovely environment to relax.
Loutraki beach

Loutraki beach

Sandy, 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.
Maleme beach

Maleme beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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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.
Souda Beach

Souda Beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly, Secluded
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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.
Agia Marina beach

Agia Marina beach

Diving Club, Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports
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Location: 9 km west of Chania Town
Description: This is a popular tourist resort close to Chania Town. It has many tourist facilities and the beach is well-organized.
Drapanias beach

Drapanias beach

Pebbled, Non Organised
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Location: 35 km west of Chania Town
Description: Drapanias is a pebbled beach close to Kissamos, the second biggest village of Chania Prefecture. As it doesn't have many tourist facilities, it provides a relaxing and family spot.
Finikas beach

Finikas beach

Pebbled, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 80 km south of Chania Town
Description: Finikas is a remote beach on the southern side of Crete, accessible on foot from Loutro.
Germaniko Pouli beach

Germaniko Pouli beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 2 km west of Chania Town
Description: This is a long sandy beach close to Chania Town, which gets very popular in summer.
Gialiskari beach

Gialiskari beach

Partly Organized, Pebbled, Secluded, Nudism Friendly
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Location: 80 km south west of Chania Town
Description: A small beach near Paleochora, Gialiskari has soft pebbles and clean water.
Glyka Nera beach

Glyka Nera beach

Pebbled, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 73 km south east of Chania Town
Description: Glyka Nera is a narrow, secluded bay close to Sfakia, on the southern side of Chania. It is the ideal place for total isolation and the wild landscape amazes visitors.
Golden Beach

Golden Beach

Diving Club, Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly, Harbor, Water sports
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Location: 1 km west of Chania Town
Description: This is the closest beach to Chania Town, in a walking distance from the city centre, therefore it gets very popular in summer.
Grammeno beach

Grammeno beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 75 km south west of Chania Town
Description: In close distance to Paleochora, Grammeno is a large beach with soft sand and clean water. Some parts are organized, while others are secluded.
Kalamaki beach

Kalamaki beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 7 km west of Chania Town
Description: A golden sandy beach in close distance to Chania Town, Kalamaki is a popular and organized tourist resort.
Kalathas beach

Kalathas beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 15 km north east of Chania Town
Description: This is a lovely beach resort in the peninsula of Akrotiri, in a close distance from Chania Town.
Kalyves beach

Kalyves beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 20 south east of Chania Town
Description: This is a picturesque tourist resort close to Chania Town. Well-developed with many tourist facilities, Kalyves has a long, golden beach.
Kiani Akti beach

Kiani Akti beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 17 km south east of Chania Town
Description: This is a beautiful beach between the popular resorts of Kalami and Kalyves, on the south east of Chania Town.
Kissamos beach

Kissamos beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 41 km west of Chania Town
Description: This long and sandy beach is located in a walking distance from the centre of Kissamos. It is surrounded by some fish taverns and small hotels.
Kolimbari beach

Kolimbari beach

Partly Organized, Family Friendly, Pebbled
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Location: 24 km west of Chania Town
Description: Kolimbari is a pebbled beach with crystal water. Tourism is not much developed there, so it provides a calm environment to its visitors.
Koutelos beach

Koutelos beach

Pebbled, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 75 km south of Chania Town
Description: Koutelos is a secluded beach in close distance to Frangokastello, southern Crete.
Krios beach

Krios beach

Partly Organized, Pebbled, Secluded
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Location: 70 km south west of Chania Town
Description: Krios is a seclude beach on the west of Paleochora, southern Crete. It is slightly organized and has a beach bar.
Marathi beach

Marathi beach

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 14 east of Chania Town
Description: This is a picturesque, organized beach with sandy coast and cystal water. An ideal spot for families with kids.
Nea Chora beach

Nea Chora beach

Diving Club, Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly, Harbor, Water sports
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Location: 1 km west of Chania
Description: Nea Chora is the closest beach to Chania Town, just in a walking distance from the city centre. Due to its location, it gets very popular in summer.
Orthi Ammos beach

Orthi Ammos beach

Sandy, Secluded
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Location: 70 km south of Chania Town
Description: A small beach with narrow coast, Orthi Ammos is located close to Frangokastello, southern Chania.
Sfinari beach

Sfinari beach

Pebbled, Secluded
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Location: 60 km south west of Chania Town
Description: Sfinari is a secluded beach on the western side of Crete. It is pebbled and some trees along the shore provide shade.
Sougia beach

Sougia beach

Partly Organized, Pebbled, Secluded, Nudism Friendly
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Location: 70 km south west of Chania Town
Description: This a lovely resort in the southern side of Chania, between Paleohora and Agia Roumeli.
Stalos beach

Stalos beach

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports
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Location: 7 km west of Chania Town
Description: One of the most popular resorts close to Chania Town, Stalos is well developede in tourism and has a lovely beach.
Stavros beach

Stavros beach

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 20 km north east of Chania Town
Description: Located on top of Akrotiri peninsula, east of Chania Town, Stavros is a beautiful beach with clean water.
Tavronitis beach

Tavronitis beach

Pebbled, Secluded
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Location: 20 km west of Chania Town
Description: Tavronitis is a calm beach between Chania Town and Kissamos, the two largest villages in this prefecture of Crete.
Tripiti beach

Tripiti beach

Sandy, Secluded
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Location: 70 km south of Chania Town
Description: Tripiti is a secluded beach on the southern side of Crete, right at the end of Tripiti Gorge. The close villages are Sougia and Agia Roumeli.
Votsalo beach

Votsalo beach

Partly Organized, Family Friendly, Pebbled
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Location: 70 km south of Chania Town
Description: This beach is in a walking distance from Paleochora, the most tourist developed resort in southern Chania.
Votsalo beach

Votsalo beach

Partly Organized, Family Friendly, Pebbled
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Location: 70 km south of Chania Town
Description: This beach is in a walking distance from Paleochora, the most tourist developed resort in southern Chania.
Platanias beach

Platanias beach

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Location: 11 km west of Chania Town
Description: The beach of Platanis is long and sandy. This is a picturesque tourist resort close to Chania Town.
Paleohora Beach

Paleohora Beach

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 80 km south of Chania Town
Description: The beach of Paleochora is large and sandy. Partly organized and partly unorganized, it is ideal for calm family vacations.

Halikia beach

Pebbled, Organised
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Location: 80 km south west of Chania Town
Description: Halikia is a small beach on the southern side of Chania, close to Paleochora and Pachia Ammos beach.

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