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beaches in Crete - The hidden gems

Elafonisi Beach

Best suited for those staying in the romantic town of Chania, Elafonisi is the very definition of beach perfection with pure white sandbars and crystal clear, turquoise waters. Many have described Elafonisi beach as a literal heaven on earth with multi-tonal colours playing out across both the sand and sea. Although most will require a car to reach this little slice of paradise, what awaits you at the end of your journey is truly worth the drive. For peace and tranquilty, Elafonsi is an unbeatable choice and also perfect for families with young children due to the calm waters and options to rent umbrellas on the beach.

OUR TOP TIP: Best visited out of high season to avoid the crowds and tour buses - but absolutely worth a trip at any time of the year.

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Kiani Akti Beach 

Just 1.5km from Kalives lies this pleasantly uncrowded beach which boasts a long and relatively secluded sandy beach. Also known as Kyani Akti, this charming stretch of sand is within easy driving distance of both Kalives and Chania - far enough from the main crowds but also blessed with helpful amenities. The crystal clear waters are ideal for snorkelling and also very safe for small children. A great choice for those who require a quieter beach that is still within easy distance of amenities and the town of Kalives.

OUR TOP TIP: If travelling with children be sure to pack some little floating toys as the river Kiliaris is situated in the middle of the beach - feeding water into the sea from the White Mountains. Great place for young adventurers to play!

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Fallasarna 

Less than 40 miles west of Chania lies one of the most famous beaches in Greece. Fallasarna has been awarded the accolade of both "Best beach in Crete" as well as one of the top ten beaches in Europe in recent years. Not surprising, considering the incredible beauty of this stunny white sandy beach. The main beach at Fallasarna is Pacheia Anmos and stretches to a length of 1km. With snack bars and cafes, visitors can choose to eat here rather than pack a picnic - particularly handy for those travelling with young children.

North of the main beach lies another long stretch of tropical sand which is divided in half by a sand dune. For those wishing to appreciate a quieter atmosphere this beach has no facilities and as such, affords more privacy and solitude. The chapel of Agia Paraskevi can be found nearby together with a charming little fresh water spring. Perfect for those wishing to explore beyond the sand!

The area surrounding Falassarna is a Natura protected region and is incredibly romantic at sunset. For a beach that is perhaps more suited to be situated in the Carribean than Europe, travellers who brave the 37 mile drive from Chania will certainly not be disappointed.

OUR TOP TIP: This area can get rather windy so a great choice for those wishing to windsurf!

Call us now on 0330 111 0061 and we will be happy to talk you through which of our beautiful villas are situated closest to this beach.