The beautiful city of Rethymno lies on the north coast of the island. Itâs located between the cities of Chania and Heraklion. Itâs the capital of the prefecture with almost 30.000 inhabitants.
The astonishing beach of Falassarna is located in the western part of Crete, 51kms away from Chania city. It's one of the most popular destinations of the island and has been awarded as one of the best beaches in Europe. The beach is sandy with crystal clear waters and in it's biggest part organized with umbrellas and a beachbar for refreshments. The visitor also has the chance to visit the ruins of the ancient town of Polyrinia that flourished during the Hellenistic times. The only drawback is that if the weather is windy the visitor will unlikely enjoy his time on the beach, so don't forget to check the weather forecast before you decide to head there! Have a nice time!
Elafonissi is a place of unique beauty, located 72kms southwest of Chania city. It's mostly known for the astonishing combination of the islet, the turquoise waters and the pink coloured sand. The sea level between the beach and the islet is very shallow, making this place even more special, giving you the impression that you are in a huge swimming pool. It's the most popular place of the island, so don't expect to find any isolation but nevertheless it's a must see place of you visit Crete. Don't forget to pay a visit to Chrysoskalitissa monastery on the way to the beach. Have a nice time!
Kolokitha beach is located 10kms north of Agios Nikolaos and 3kms east of Elounda. To get there you have to drive from Akti Oloundos to the uninhabited Kalydon island. The road is not asphalted but well paved and there's a small open area where you can park the car. For the last 500m you have to walk to reach the beach. On the way to the beach you'll have the chance to visit the early christian basilica and some ancient roman ruins, as the area used to serve as a port. Don't forget to get water and some light food with you, cause there's no minibar on the beach. Have fun!Â
EloundaÂ is one of the most popular tourist resorts on Crete island. Elounda offers everything the vositor needs from five star hotels to cafeterias, bars, restaurants, tavernas, excursions and other activities. Elounda is ideal for family vacation, nightlife is not hectic and all commodities are nearby. Prices for accomodation have a wide range from luxurious suites & villas to affordable apartments and rooms to let.Â PlakaÂ village, located 5kms north of Elounda, is a small touristic and picturesque village with a perfect view to Spinalonga island. There are a few local tavernas, cafeterias and an organized beach with umbrellas and a minibar.SpinalongaÂ is maybe the biggest attraction of the area. Daily excursions are organized from Elounda, Plaka and Agios Nikolaos. It's great history expands from the Venetian era when the island was fortified to protect Elounda port (15th century), till recently (1903-1957) when the biggest leper colony was established.Â Â
Matala, in the past a small fishermen's village, nowadays a touristic resort and attraction is located 70kms southwest of Heraklion city. Mostly known from the 60's hippie commune and the imposing rockside full of carved caves. The beautiful pebbled beach is organized with umbrellas and along the coast there's a big variety of cafes, tavernas, restaurants and bars. Nightlife is vivid and during summer music festivals are held, attracting thousands of people around the globe. Accommodation is quite cheap, there are a lot of rooms to let, apartments , small hotels and a camping site. Close to Matala, you can visit the very unique Red beach if you follow the indicated trail and walk about 20 minutes. Enjoy!