Magnificent beaches are found along the coasts of Rethymno, both on the northern and the southern side of the prefecture. Rethymno beaches on the northern side are more organized and popular, lined up with hotels, restaurants, cafeterias and water sports centers. Most Rethymno beaches on the southern side remain untouched by tourism and ideal for total privacy. A drive around will bring you to fabulous places to relax. You will find below a list with the best beaches in Rethymno Crete.
Except for the beaches, there are also many places for sightseeing. Discover the best things to see in Rethymno.
Guide to 21 beaches
Discover our guide to 21 beautiful Rethymno beaches. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Rethymno. For the most popular spots, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
Description: The beach of Agia Galini is a nice family place, ideal to relax. The ebach is actually a sandy cove surrounded by huge cliffs.
Description: Bali is a sandy beach that gets quite popular in summer due to the wild landscape that surrounds it and its calm atmosphere. A couple of monasteries are located in the area.
Description: The beach is located right at the outfall of a river, amidst lush greenery and palm trees.
Description: Fully organised and with crystal water, Panormos has plenty of taverns and accommodation with an amazing view over the sea.
Description: Some parts of Plakias beach are organized, while others are secluded. In any case, the atmsophere is relaxing and calm.
Description: Rodakino is a lovely beach close to the beach resort of Plakias. Some parts of it are organized, while others are secluded.
Description: Triopetra is a lovely secluded beach on the southern side of Rethymnon. Due to its long distance from most tourist places of Rethymnon, it doesn't get crowded.
Description: Souda is a small bay close to Plakias, a fishing village on the southern side of Rethymnon. Usually it is not crowded, but it is well organized.
Description: One of the most picturesque locations in southern Crete, Agios Pavlos is actually a small bay with sandy coast. Partly organized, this beach is great to relax.
Description: Organized and long, Platanias gets very popular due to its soft sand and the close distance from Rethymnon Town.
Description: Adele is a long, beautiful beach in close distance to Rethymnon Town. The beach is organized and it is surrounded by many tourist facilities.
Description: Damnoni is a lovely, sandy bay close to the popular resort of Plakias. Organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, Damnoni is a nice place to relax.
Description: This is a sandy beach, in a walking distance from the city centre of Rethymnon.
Description: This is a small beach on the way to Panormos. It is not organized and secluded, so it rarely gets crowded.
Description: Misiria is a long sandy beach. It gets a bit crowded in summer due to its closeness to Rethymnon Town. Some tourist facilities are located around it.
Description: Petres is a large beach with sand and pebbles on the coast. Sometimes it gets windy. The surrounding area is calm and great to relax.
Description: Agios Georgios is a secluded beach on the southern side of Rethymnon, close to Agia Galini. It has no tourist facilties, so this is a great spot to enjoy some privacy.
Description: Pigianos Kampos is a sandy beach organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. It is located in close distance to Rethymnon Town.
Description: The long and sandy beach of Perivolia is very close to Rethymnon Town, therefore it gets very popular in summer.
Description: Stavromenos is a lovely beach resort on the east of Rethymnon Town. It is a calm village and even in high season it doesn't get crowded.
Description: The beach of Rethymnon Town is long and sandy. It is located within a walking distance from the city centre and some parts of it are organized.