The town of Rethymno is the ideal starting point for daytrips, especially to the south coast.
located almost 36 km south of Rethymno. Plakias is one of the most popular resorts of Crete, while its beach constitutes one of the longest (1.4 km) and most beautiful of the island. The beach is well organized with umbrellas and sun beds, water sports, beach volley fields, snack bars, locker rooms, douches etc. Further, Plakias features many traditional taverns worth trying. If you are a climber, you will be interested to know that the east end of Plakias Beach features huge vertical rocks, called Paligremnos, ideal for both beginners and experienced climbers.
is also perfect for a daytrip. It is a small village between Rethymno Prefecture and Chania Prefecture. The beach of Georgioupoli is safe for children and provides all necessary amenities (umbrellas, douches) plus many choices for those who love water sports. At the beach there is also food. Two rivers, Almyros River and Perastikos, pour their water into Georgioupoli beach, bringing the temperature of the waters down. The beach continues until it naturally connects to the beach of Kavros, creating a seafront of 10 km approximately.
at the south, in the middle of a huge seafront called there is a wonderful beach called Triopetra. Although it is not famous, Triopetra is one of those places you do not visit only once. Its waters are crystal clear and cold, while the beach is sandy. Here, you can find umbrellas and sand beds plus a small traditional tavern, where you can enjoy authentic Cretan dishes. Triopetra is ideal for those who seek relaxation and peacefulness, since it is never crowded. Oh, and make sure that you stay until the sunset. We guarantee you will not regret it. Keep your camera with you.
a leeward, magic bay on the north side of Crete, with emerald sandy beaches. Bali is a small fishing village which achieved significant touristic growth over the years. It features taverns, shops, bars, coffee houses and hotels. It has four beaches engulfed in equal small bays. They are very clear, safe for children and organized, providing a variety of water sports, sun beds and many other options. It is worth spending a whole daily in Bali. If you decide to come, take the time to visit the church of Panagia Charakiani, right on the National Road next to Bali. Its energy will bring you peace.
a small village 61 km from Rethymno and 68 km southwest of Heraklion. Galini means tranquility; no wonder why sea people love it and use it as a retreat.
The large beach of Agia Galini starts from the port and extends to the east. Close to the port you will find all necessary comforts. It has thin small pebbles and cold waters due to the river. The sea temperature is 18o C all year long. If you want more privacy, move a little further east, across the river from the bridge. This part is less organized. It is more isolated further east. This is why this part is preferred by nudists.
is not just a beach. It is an ecosystem of rare beauty. For some, it is a true paradise on earth. Preveli beach is formed at the exit of the daunting Kourtaliotis Gorge. The gorge is crossed by Megas Potamos (Great River), which gives life to the entire ecosystem. On the riverside there is a native colony of the famous Theofrastos’ Palm Trees, which gives the whole area a tropical character. The colony was destroyed to a large degree by a fire in 2008, however, in just a few months ‘Theofrastos’ Palm Trees were resurrected! The beach is sandy with crystal waters and pebble seabed, whereas the waters are quite cold due to the river. It is poorly organized, without umbrellas.