VISIT OUR FAMOUS EXOTIC BEACHES.
BY BOAT OR BUS!
Looking for that perfect sandy beach in Crete? Visit Crete’s absolut top beaches! Even if you appreciate the culture and all the lovely food here, having a fantastic beach experience is still on top of the list for most of our summer visitors. On the west coast we have world famous beaches such as Balos and Elafonissi, both child friendly with shallow waters. Falassarna beach is a bit closer to Chania and perfect if you want to find a beach closer by. The south coast has also a lot of beautiful places to see such as Previlli, Sougia and Paleochora, book one of our Private Excursions to get the best experience. If you like a bit more action check out our boat excursion for a day with Sea & Sun, and fun!
Balos beach is often called ”tigani” (a frying pan) by the locals due to its shape. It is located in the end of the Gramvousa peninsula and can be reached by jeep or by boat. Most of the visitors choose a boat trip, because the road is unpaved , there’s not much place for parking and you have to walk the last 2 km until you reach the beach. A boat trip is simply more relaxing and this way you have the possibility to visit Gramvousa island and also enjoy the amazing view of the Balos lagoon. Absolutely one of the top beaches in western Crete!
Elafonissi beach is the most well known beach in Crete and approximately 2 hour drive from Platanias. Thousands of visitors want to experience this beautiful fine sandy “pink” beach which is often referred to as the “Cretan Maldives”. Elafonissi beach is part of Natura 2000 –program due to its unique nature and therefor under the nature protection. However you will find all the basic services by the beach like showers, toilets, sunbeds and umbrellas as well as simple cantinas for snacks and drinks. One of the Top 10 beaches in the world!
Falassarna beach is approximately 45 min drive from Platanias village to the west. This shallow and fine sandy beach is ideal for small children and known for having the most beautiful sunsets in the whole island. You will find a few small mini markets and taverns very close to the beach and even small hotels for accommodation. On the beach you have the possibility to rent sunbeds and umbrellas and participate in different water activities. You can visit Falassarna by local bus or by renting a car.