Beaches on Crete

Below you will find descriptions of some of the beaches closest to Villa Talea. Both on Crete's north coast and south coast.
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Beaches at Panormos

At Panormos there are sandy beaches with sunbeds available at both sides of the small harbour. Above one of these you can also see the small ruins of the 'Kasteli Mylopotamou' a fortress built by the Genovese pirate Enrico Pescatore in the early 13th century. Here you'll also find cafes and taverns close by. If you look for a more secluded beach you can go past the Club Marine Palace Hotel where you'll find a few small pebbly beaches tucked away between the rocks.

Beaches at Bali

Bali is a small fishing village set around a series of small coves. There are four nice beaches with sand or pebbles in the Bali bay. The water is crystal clear and the bay is well protected from the wind. At Bali you'll find sun beds and umbrellas for sunbathing and plenty of facilities for sea sports. Diving, sailing, canoe, and water-sports are possible and at the harbour you can book day excursions by boat to other beaches and towns.

East of Rethymnon

If from Villa Talea you go along the National Road towards Rethymnon after having passed Panormos you will soon reach a part of the northern coastline which has one of the longest stretches of sandy beaches in all of Crete.

Geropótamos Beach

The first beach you'll come by is the Geropótamos beach beneath the Geropótamos Bridge just of the highway. It lies where the Geropótamos River flows into the sea approx. 20 km east of Rethymnon. It is a sandy and pebbled beach, there's a taverna and you can rent sun beds.

Spilies beach, Crete

Spilies beach

A little further along the mainroad you can turn right at a gas station and follow the road down a small ravine to Spilies beach. A small pebbled beach between some impressive rock arches.

Skaleta, Sfakaki and Stavromenos beaches

Another 5-10 kilometres down the coast you'll reach the Skaleta, Sfakaki and Stavromenos beaches. These are also sandy beaches mixed with pebbles. There are stretches where you can be on your own but also organised areas with beach bars, sun beds and parasols. This part of the coast is where the endangered Careta Careta turtles hatch. (Read more about this in our section about the Cretan fauna).

The beaches at Platanes, Missiria and Koumbes

Between 2 and 4 kilometres east of Rethymnon you'll find these sandy blue flag beaches. There are plenty of hotels, taverns, bars and shops in the area so you'll have no problem finding a place for lunch or to buy something to drink. Sun beds and umbrellas are available as well as different kinds of water sports.

The beaches at Rethymnon Town

The beach continues right into the middle of Rethymnon town. Even in the very centre of Rethymnon near the old Venetian Harbour you can find a clean, sandy beach. It can be very crowded here during the high season but if you go to Platanias beach which is just a few minutes west of the harbour you should be able to find places with less people.

The South Coast

The Beach at the Palm Forest of Preveli

Preveli beach by the palm forest at the Preveli river used to be a favourite destination for hippies. In the 70s and 80s they used to live here in huts made of palm leaves. This is now strictly forbidden. If you come by car you must take the road leading to the Preveli Monastery and leave it at the parking space approx. 1 km before the monastery. From here you must walk for about 20-30 minutes down the steep cliffs to the beach. It's a trip worthwhile as there are wonderful views as you go along. You can however also get a boat that will take you to the beach either from Plakias or Agia Galini.

Agios Pavlos beach, Crete

Agios Pavlos

The Agios Pavlos beach is situated at approx. 14 kilometres from the main road leading to Agia Galini and about 20 kilometres from the village called Akoumia. It is a long sandy beach with nearby facilities such as cafes and taverns, sunbeds and umbrellas. If you go by car on the road to Agia Galini, you must turn right after the village called Nea Krya Vryssi. The beach is another 14 kilometres away from here. The westward beach is rather isolated with few people and therefore tolerant to nudism. But there are no food and drink facilities there.


The Beach in Plakias is a long bay. East of Plakias village you'll find the best streches of the beach. The beach is popular but rarely crowded.


Damnoni beach is a 500 meter long sandy stretch with crystal clear water. There are a couple of tavernas near the beach, sunbeds and umbrellas and also a hotel complex. From the beach diving excursions and diving lessons are arranged. You get to the beach by following the road from Plakias to Lefkogia. After about 2 kilometres you must turn right. The beach is a further 1 kilometre ahead.


Amoudi and Mikro Amoudi beaches are two small sandy beaches within walking distance from Damnoni. Mikro Ammoudi is a naturists' beach.