Beaches in Chania could be described as a piece of heaven. Crystal clear waters, exotic landscapes and dramatic coastlines will definitely steal your heart. Many beaches are among the best ones on the island as well as in the world, such as Elafonisi Beach or Balos. The unparalleled natural beauty invites you to experience the most unique moments of your holidays! Apart from the most famous ones you will find many lovely bays and hidden places to enjoy total privacy. All Chania beaches are magical and specially when the sun goes down. Find below a list of the best beaches in Chania and get ready to live the ultimate summer experience into the exotic waters!

Balos Beach in Chania: One of the top beaches in Europe

Fall in love with the idyllic scenery! Balos Lagoon and Beach can easily be compared with an exotic landscape of the Pacific Islands. A popular destination in Crete, located approximately 56 km northwest of Chania and 17 km of Kissamos. It is connected to the mainland by small sand isthmus and it is surrounded by the Gramvousa Peninsula and the Cape Tigani. The beach is accessible by boat or a long hike making it a truly unique spot for beach and nature lovers. At the same time, it combines the Greek beauty with the wild Cretan scenery and create a magical contrast.

Famous for its turquoise waters and the wild beauty, Balos is a dreamy destination and every guest visit it at least once. The sea is shallow and warm while the waters become one with the sky. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, windsurfing and snorkeling or take a stroll along the coastal area. In fact, for those looking for a more adventurous experience, there are many activities like hiking and exploring the nearby coves. Moreover, the lagoon and the wider area boast rare species of flora and fauna which are protected under the Natura 2000 program. No matter what your interest are, Balos Beach will be the highlight of your holidays in Crete.

Panoramic view of Balos Beach in Chania

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Elafonisi Beach

In addition, Elafonisi Beach is one of the most breathtaking beaches you will ever see. The unique landscape attracts thousands of visitors every day during summer and it is one of the most beautiful ones worldwide. It is located on the southwest coast of Chania Prefecture and approximately 16 km away from the town. What makes this beach unique is the stunning pink coastline due to the thousands of broken shells. Apart from that, the waters are shallow in turquoise color and come in perfect contrast with the surrounding area.

Discover the dramatic coast that ends up to the small islet and dive into the blue cold sea. Visitors can also explore the nearby lagoon and the island’s small chapel. Moreover, the area is popular for activities including swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.

pink and black sand at Elafonisi beach, CretePicture by: tupungato

Kedrodasos Beach

Right next to Elafonisi Beach, in a distance of 1 km there is a smaller beach called Kedrodasos. A small piece of heaven that still remains peaceful due to its 10 minutes’ walk path. It is an oasis with turquoise waters and tropical breeze. It is full of cedar trees, which is unique and protected by Natura. Kedrodasos is a fantastic spot for camping, swimming and snorkeling. Many travelers visit the place almost every year, as it is a free camping spot.

The beach is definitely a destination for those looking a quiet and peaceful spot to relax, away from the other beaches’ hustle and bustle. So, whether you are looking for a peaceful escape or an adventure – filled day, Kedrodasos will satisfy you.

kedrodasos beach in crete

Picture by: Nik Shuliahin

Chora Sfakion

At a distance of about 70 km from the town of Chania you will find the famous village of Chora Sfakion. A traditional village with amazing beaches  all along the coastline. Glyka nera or Sweet Water Beach is one of the best beaches of the area as it offers tranquility combined with an amazing landscape. The imposing rock formations create a bay and provide deep shade. They come in total contrast with the deep blue cold waters, as there are water springs that come from directly from the White Mountains and end up to the sea.

A bit further the picturesque fishing village of Loutro stands out with its scenic architecture and the Greek summer essence. What steals your heart is the fantastic landscape with the inviting crystal-clear waters and the hospitable people. However, there are only two ways to get there: either by boat from Chora Sfakion or on foot from the E4 hiking path. The village hash everything and you can also enjoy water sports!

loutro village at Crete

Picture by: Zvetlana Zhukova

Beaches in Chania are amongst the best ones in the world!

Falassarna Beach

Moreover, a once in a lifetime experience is the magnificent sunset in Falassarna. The beach is simply wonderful while it is located only 60km away from the city of Chania on the way to Kissamos. The white fine sand, the light blue waters and the great length of the coastline make it something special. However, most of the times is windy which makes it a perfect destination for water sports! The highlight of your visit will be the stunning sunset as the place boasts about it. The burning sun reflects on the water creating the illusion that sea and sky become one.

falassarna beach in chania

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Seitan Limania in Chania

Last but not least, a famous beach in Chania at a distance of 22km is Seitan Limania. A beach that is recently known to the visitors, as it is well hidden into wild rocks. It is located east of Chordaki Village, next to Chania Airport. Sea strips penetrate vertical wild rocks creating this breathtaking fjord. The view from above will definitely enchant you as the blue waters come in total contrast with the wild incomparable surroundings. In fact, the beach is named after a group of rocks in the sea that are said to resemble the devil, or “Seitan” in Greek, and the word “Limania,” which means “harbors.”

The beach is accessible only on foot or by boat. Visitors must follow a steep and winding path down the cliffside to reach the cove. While the path is somewhat challenging, the stunning views and the crystal-clear waters will make the journey well worth the effort. In addition to the natural beauty of the beach, there are several small caves and hidden coves to explore in the surrounding area. The cliffs above the beach are also popular with rock climbers, and there are several challenging routes for experienced climbers.

beaches in chania

Picture by: Eduarto Teixeira


In conclusion, these were just some of the best beaches in Chania. This town is full with plenty things to see and do, including stunning beaches, nightlife, entertainment and archaeological sites. So, if you are visiting Chania get ready for an amazing experience that will surely last unforgettable. Are you ready to explore them? If you enjoy boat trips and wish to visit some these amazing beahes, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to experience this phaenomenal beauty together. Experience sea life into luxury and comfort.