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The beautiful beaches in Chania

Turquoise waters lap against the white sandy beaches, that lie to the west of the city: Chrissi Akti, Agia Marina, Ágioi Apóstoloi, Máleme, Kalathás, Stavrós, Plataniás, Kolympári, Falássarna, Agia Rouméli, Souyiá, Ammoúdi, Fínikas, Vótsala, Loutró, Ágios Pávlos, Pachiá Ámmos, Fragokástello and Gávdos are only some of the beaches where you can bask in the sun

How to get to tha beaches
Access to most of the beaches in Chania is easy and quick through the existing road network. The intercity busline of the region covers the area with frequent routes. In some, mainly isolated beaches, the access is possible only by boat or day cruises. So be pasient.. you will be rewarded and you will enjoy their crystal clear waters.
In the field Routes at the end of the article, you can use the map route for information about the route, the distance in kilometers and the time that you will need for every route.

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On the islet of Elafonissi, a beach with crystal clear waters and white sand dunes will take your breath away! The whole area forms part of the NATURA network.

Water sports
Chania is certainly well known for its beautiful coastline, its beaches and its archaeological sites. But it is even more interesting to approach the island by sailing boat. At the Venetian harbour in Chania, you can hire a sailing boat with an experienced captain and enjoy the amazing experience of sailing in the Cretan Sea. Many northern and southern beaches can be approached by kayak, including otherwise inaccessible coves, and sea kayaking offers the opportunity to enjoy swimming there, as well as a chance to get some good exercise. The morphology of the underwater sea bed and the relative shallowness of the sea around the coast of the Prefecture of Chania also offers ideal conditions for a unique scuba diving or snorkeling experience.

Source: GNTO, Prefecture of Chania


North coast beaches
West coast beaches
South coast beaches
  • Agia Marina
  • Agii Apostoli (east)
  • Agii Apostoli (west)
  • Agios Georgios (Menies)
  • Agios Onoufrios
  • Agios Pavlos
  • Almyrida
  • Aptera
  • Afrata
  • Viglia
  • Gerani
  • Georgioupoli
  • Glaros - Kato Daratsos
  • Drapanias
  • Kavros
  • Katholiko
  • Kalami
  • Kalivaki
  • Kalives
  • Kamisiana
  • Kato Stalos
  • Kera
  • Kladisos
  • Kolivari - Kolibari
  • Korfalonas
  • Koum Kapi
  • Koutalas - Kokkino Chorio
  • Kiani Akti
  • Livadia
  • Loutraki
  • Maleme
  • Marathi
  • Mavros Molos
  • Machairida
  • Menies
  • Mprosyialos
  • Nea Chora
  • Ntamiali
  • Nopigia
  • Odigitria
  • Ravdoucha
  • Rapaniana
  • Seitan Limania (Chordaki)
  • Stavros
  • Stavros (west)
  • Tavronitis
  • Telonio Kissamos
  • Tersanas
  • Chrissi Akti
  • Choni
  • Agios Ioannis
  • Aspri Limni
  • Voulolimni
  • Gramvousa
  • Gilisma
  • Elafonissi
  • Kedrodasos
  • Keramoti
  • Kokkina Gkrema
  • Livadia
  • Balos
  • Xotikospilio
  • Platanakia - Kabos
  • Stomio
  • Sfinaki
  • Falasarna

Beaches in Gavdos
  • Ai Giannis
  • Korfos
  • Lavraka
  • Potamos
  • Pyrgos
  • Sarakiniko
  • Trypiti
  • Agia Kiriaki
  • Agia Roumeli
  • Agios Antonios
  • Agios Pavlos
  • Anydri
  • Vatalos
  • Viena
  • Votsala
  • Vrysi
  • Gialiskari
  • Glika Nera
  • Grameno
  • Domata
  • Iligos
  • Kalogeros
  • Koutelos
  • Krios
  • Lissos
  • Loutro
  • Marmara
  • Orthi Ammos
  • Palaiochora
  • Pachia Ammos
  • Perivolakia
  • Sougia
  • Sfakia
  • Trypiti
  • Finikas
  • Fournoti
  • Fragkokastello
  • Fylaki


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For your stay in Chania, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Chania, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.

Moving around in Chania is easy and convenient by car, via the existing road network.
The best way to explore Chania is to have your own transportation as it is worthwhile visiting places that the local transportation and tours do not reach.
Chania is the ideal place to visit by your own boat, small or big.
You can move around within Chania or to other regions of Crete by bus.

There is frequent coastal link from Piraeus to Chania (Souda Port) with daily routes all year round. During summer ferry routes are more frequent.

Connection to Gavdos is through Paleochora twice a week and the trip lasts 2,5 h from Sfakia and 1,5 h from May until October.

Air coonection is also possible from El Venizelos airport in Athens. Flight duration is 30 min.

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field "“Routes"” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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