Chania beaches

Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or colored 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 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.

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Elafonisi

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.
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Balos

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.
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Falassarna

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.
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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.
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Pahia Ammos

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.
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Georgioupolis

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.
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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.
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Loutraki

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.
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Maleme

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.
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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.
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Agia Marina

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.
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Agioi Apostoloi

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.
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Drapanias

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.
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Finikas

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.
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Germaniko Pouli

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.
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Gialiskari

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.
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Glyka Nera

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.
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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.
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Grammeno

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.
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Kalamaki

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.
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Kalathas

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.
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Kalyves

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.
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Kiani Akti

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.
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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.
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Kolimbari

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.
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Koutelos

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.
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Krios

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.
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Marathi

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.
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Nea Chora

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.
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Orthi Ammos

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.
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Sfinari

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.
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Sougia

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.
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Stalos

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.
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Stavros

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.
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Tavronitis

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.
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Tripiti

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.
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Votsalo

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.
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Votsalo

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.
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Platanias

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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.
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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

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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