Magnificent beaches can be found along the coasts of Lassithi, such as the unique Vai Beach with the incredible palm forest, Istro with the picturesque surrounding, Elounda beach with a view to Spinalonga islet and the exotic beaches on Chrissi islet. Lassithi beaches are magnificent, with crystal water and a relaxing atmosphere. Most organized beaches in Lassithi are found on the northern coasts, while the southern side remains more secluded. You will find below a list with the best beaches in Lassithi Crete.
Except for the beaches, there are also many places for sightseeing. Discover the best things to see in Lassithi.
Guide to 20 beaches
Discover our guide to 20 beautiful Lassithi beaches. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Lassithi. For the most popular spots, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
Description: Vai is a sandy beach surrounded by the only palm forest in Europe. This forest has about 5,000 palm trees and it is a protected area.
Description: Istro is an amazing beach with soft golden sand. It is organized with umbrellas and protected from strong winds.
Description: Makrigialos is a lovely fishing village that develops into a tourist resort over the last years. The region around Makrigialos has some fine beaches.
Description: A lovely beach on the south eastern side of Crete, Xerokampos has a quiet and family atmosphere, which is not at all affected by tourism.
Description: Palekastro is a calm beach on the eastern side of Lassithi Crete. Unorganized and secluded, this beach is great for relaxing.
Description: Havania is a sandy, organized beach in a walking distance from the centre of Agios Nikolaos.
Description: Zakros is a large, secluded beach on the easternmost point of Lassithi. It is close to the Minoan site of Zakros.
Description: Amoudara is a long and beautiful beach close to Agios Nikolaos. It is tourist organized with sun beds, umbrellas and some fish taverns on the shore.
Description: This is a calm tourist resort with nice beaches. The area is surrounded by pine forests and a small chapel of Agia Fotia is located near the beach.
Description: The picturesque beach of Sissi is surrounded by small rocks and many taverns with fresh fish. This is a nice family place to relax.
Description: The beach at the port of Elounda is pebbled but clean. There are many other beautiful beaches in the region.
Description: This is a beautiful beach south of Agios Nikolaos, in the edge of Mirabello Gulf.
Description: Hiona is a lovely beach with soft sand and crystal water. It is located on the eastern side of Lassithi, close to Palekastro.
Description: Almyros is a popular tourist resort in close distance to Agios Nikolaos. Due to its location, the sandy coast and the watersports centres, it gets very popular with tourists.
Description: This is a small and pebbled beach close to the town centre of Agios Nikolaos. It is organized and a few hotels surround it.
Description: Located on the eastern side of Lassithi, Itanos is a small and secluded beach close to Hiona and Palaikastro.
Description: A secluded beach on the eastern side of Lassithi, Maridatis is not that frequented with tourists. It is located between the resorts of Vai and Palekastro.
Description: Myrtos is a lovely tourist resort in the borders of Lassithi and Heralkion. Watersports in the beach rent equipment for windsurfing.
Description: Located close to Sitia, Papadiokampos is a remote beach with clean water and pebbles on the shore.
Description: Located on the way to Sitia, Tholos is a large bay affected by strong winds in summer.