Lassithi beaches

Lassithi beaches

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 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.

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Guide to 20 beaches

Discover our guide to 20 beautiful Lassithi beaches. They are all presented with 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.

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Location: 94 km north east of Agios Nikolaos
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.

Type: Family Friendly, Organised

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Location: 13 km south of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Istro is an amazing beach with soft golden sand. It is organized with umbrellas and protected from strong winds.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Diving Club

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Location: 60 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
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.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised

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Location: 103 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
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.

Type: Sandy, Non Organised, Secluded

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Location: 90 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Palekastro is a calm beach on the eastern side of Lassithi Crete. Unorganized and secluded, this beach is great for relaxing.

Type: Sandy, Non Organised, Secluded, Windsurfing

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Location: 1 km north of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Havania is a sandy, organized beach in a walking distance from the centre of Agios Nikolaos.

Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Organised

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Location: 106 km east 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.

Type: Pebbled, Non Organised, Secluded

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Location: 5 km south of Agios Nikolaos
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.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports

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Location: 47 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
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.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Secluded

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Location: 26 km north west of Agios Nikolaos
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.

Type: Sandy, Organised

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One of my favourite coastlines, the spectacularly stony and stunning Plaka, pure paradise!
A dilapidated cafe, Plaka, Crete
In the early morning hours, when many of us are cursing - oops! - I mean, hitting -  the snooze button for a few more precious minutes of sleep, before facing tedious traffic on the ride to work, this fisherman in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, has just finished his shift, and quietly docks his boat next to the only other vessel on the shore, until his next traffic-free trip out to sea.
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Freshly caught octopus, a Cretan specialty, is offered by most seaside taverns, like this one in the fishing village of Plaka.