The Top 9 Beaches to swim in Chania

In Chania, you will find some of the most beautiful Greek beaches! Crystal clear, deep blue waters, idyllic landscapes, warm sun, deserted beaches, endless sands, and unparalleled natural beauty invite us to the most beautiful prefecture of Crete for unique moments of water experiences!

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Balos Beach_Chania

Balos Beach

The landscape here is reminiscent of exotic Pacific islands but at the same time combines the beauty of Greek nature, forming an unprecedented setting for the country’s data!

Between the Cape of Gramvousa and the smaller cape of Tigani, the blue-green waters become “one” with the sky and the rocky formations, creating idyllic images that make you fall in love with Balos at the first dive!

How to Get There: Following E.O. Chania – Kasteliou, you will reach the dirt road that leads to the beach after 46 km. You continue on the dirt road for another 8 km. and then you go down the path, which is about 20′ from the sea. The slope is quite steep and needs a lot of attention. Alternatively, there are daily boat cruises from the port of Kissamos.

Falasarna Beach_Chania

Falasarna Beach

At a distance of about 60 km. west of Chania, we find the beach of Falasarna. The white, fine sand, the crystal waters, and its great length are what make it unique in all of Crete, while the huge waves that often rise here make us feel like children again!

How to Get There: You choose E.O. towards Kissamos and head towards Platanos. Then follow the signs with the sign “Falasarna”.

Glyka Nera Beach

The name of the coast in question arose from the fresh waters that spring from the White Mountains and end up in and next to the sea. It is located 4 km. far from Sfakia and 75 km. south of Chania. It is surrounded by large rocks that inspire awe and provide deep shade, while the deep blue waters do not let you get out of their arms!

How to Get There: By boat from Sfakia or Loutro, you will arrive within 5-10 minutes. If, again, you want adventure, then, following a difficult path from Sfakia (30′) or Loutro (60′), you will also be taken there.

Elafonisi Beach Chania

Elafonisi Beach

Here, a rosy carpet of small shells, crystal clear, shallow waters, and golden sand explain why this beach is one of the most loved in Crete. The route is a bit difficult, as it has many turns, but it is worth it! Plus, the umbrellas and sunbeds, are available for anyone interested.

How to Get There: You will head towards Kissamos, follow the signs and you will reach Elafonisi in about an hour and a half.

Agia Roumeli / Agios Pavlos Beach

At the exit of the Samaria gorge, south of Chania, we find this specific beach. You can start from the starting point for the E4 path – which indeed leads to the picturesque church of Agios Pavlos – and you will meet the endless coastline that stretches below it. Plus, the cedar forest that grows there.

How to Get There: You will arrive either on foot or by the sea! If you are a fan of adventure and fitness, get ready for trekking, crossing the Samaria gorge at a distance of 16 km. Alternatively, there are very frequent ferry routes from Chora ton Sfakia. You’ll be there in an hour.

Kedrodasos Beach Chania

Kedrodasos Beach

At a distance of only 1 km. the beach in question stretches from Elafonisi. It is a unique oasis with turquoise waters and tropical breezes. The natural shade offered by the cedars is remarkable (you won’t need to carry a beach umbrella with you)!

How to Get There: You will go by road to Kissamos and then to Elafonisi based on road signs (76 km SW of Chania). Then, before following the road to the last one, you turn left. The road will take you to a square, from where you will have to continue on foot.

Loutro Beach_Chania

Loutro Beach

At a distance of about 70 km. from the city of Chania we find a relaxing retreat. The picturesque fishing village of Loutro. What immediately steals our hearts is the pebbly beach, as its turquoise waters invite us to get lost in their arms and not want to part with them! It is organized and has everything one could want from water sports (canoeing, etc.).

How to Get There: You can reach here from Chora ton Sfakia within an hour and a half. Alternatively, it is only 15 minutes away by boat from Sfakia.

Marathi Beach_Chania

Marathi Beach

A must for couples because of its romantic sunset – it is not unfairly called “the beach of lovers”! It is located at a distance of 15 minutes from the center of Chania by car. Marathi is organized (with taverns and cafés), has fine sand, and is never caught by the waves. Which is why it is also ideal for families with children.

How to Get There: Following the road to the airport by car. At the junction, you will meet the signs that will guide you to Marathi.

Seitan Limani Beach - Chania

Seitan Limania Beach

At a distance of 22 km. northeast of Chania and 2 km. east of Chordaki village, east of Akrotiri, we meet the specific coast. It is also called Stefanos Beach. Sea strips penetrate the vertical wild rocks creating inlets. One of them is Seitan Limania. With its wonderful, clear blue waters is a location of incomparable natural beauty.

How to Get There: You will drive about 15′ from Chania to the airport. Then you will follow the difficult path on foot (about 10′).