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The top beaches of Heraklion, Crete

Crete ● Heraklion ● Malia ● Matala ● 09 June 2017

Heraklion, the largest city of Crete, belongs to a wider area, which is a popular tourist resort with great things to do, like the Cretaquarium and the archaeological sites of Knossos and Faistos. The prefecture of Heraklion (Crete) has also famous, astonishing, party and family-friendly beaches, which are perfect to swim and enjoy the crystal waters of the Aegean and the Libyan Sea.

1. Matala

Matala is the famous during the '60s and 70's beach as a hippie place. The caves above the beach created a perfect scenery for the hippies to stay and have fun, but today, this long, sandy, organised beach is ideal for families that want peace and leisure. Matala is also a popular touristic town and nightlife spot with many taverns, bars, cafés and hotels.


2. Ammoudara

Located only 5 km from Heraklion town (Crete), Ammoudara gets very crowded during July and August. But it is not only its close location to Heraklion town (Crete) that makes Ammoudara so popular. It is also a very long, sandy, organised beach, with water-sports facilities and diving club, which make the place ideal for families as well as for young people.

3. Malia

Malia Heraklion is the most famous beach resort in Crete. It usually attracts people, who want to party and have fun since the town of Malia Heraklion is a perfect nightlife spot with clubs and thousands of tourists, who enjoy the international parties there. Thus, the beach of Malia Heraklion is ideal for this kind of vacations, and the beach bars of the area give you the opportunity to combine sea, swimming, sunbathing and fun.


4. Agia Pelagia

Calm waters, thick sand, a developed seaside settlement and close distance to Heraklion (10 km) make the beach of Agia Pelagia Heraklion popular and a nice option for a relaxing day with your children. Next to Agia Pelagia beach, is situated the beach of Psaromoura, which is beautiful too.

5. Voidomatis

Two big rocks emerging from the sea and a huge cave create the amazing scenery of this off-the-beaten-path beach, which is located 60 km south of Heraklion. Due to the 3 km of dirt road to access the beach from Treis Ekklisies village, the place is secluded, peaceful and relaxing. If you are searching something uncrowded to be in touch with the nature, this stunning beach is the perfect choice.

6. Lentas

Lentas is a tranquil beach on the southern side of Crete, in the Libyan Sea. It is located near a lovely fishing village with taverns and rooms, and thanks to its remote location and its privacy, it is a nudism-friendly beach.

7. Agiofarago

Another off-the-beaten-path choice is the beach of Agiofarago that can be accessed either on foot hiking through the gorge for about 45 minutes or by boat from the village Kali Limenes or Matala. The landscape is just astonishing!

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Georgia Hotel
8.9 10
Georgia Hotel
10, Vagias Str., Amoudara, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

Hotel Georgia is a family run hotel located in the area of Amoudara, just 100 m from the long sandy beach. The distance from the center of the lively and bustling capital of Crete, Heraklion is 3.2 km. The international airport of Nikos Kazantzakis is at 10 km and the main port in Heraklion is 7 km away from the property.

Appartment in Heraklion, Greece Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala, 70200 Heraklion, Greece

Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel is located in Matala, Crete, just a 10-minute walk from the popular beach. The Ancient city of Faistos is just a 15-minute drive away. Heraklion International Airport is 70.6 km away.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
11th km of old road Heraklion-Rethimnon, Tílisos, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel is located in a complex of buildings representing traditional Cretan village 12 km away from Heraklion. The distance from the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion is 15 km. The distance from the beach is 5 km.