Top 5 beaches in Chania

Chania, located on Crete’s northwest coast, is famous for its stunning beaches. Every beach there has something special, like beautiful sand or super clear water, making it a paradise for beach lovers.
Here are the Top 5 beaches in Chania:

Balos Lagoon

Balos beach is a paradise with its turquoise lagoon and soft white sands located next to Gramvousa Peninsula. Accessible by boat or a 15-25 min hike, this beach offers surreal beauty and a sense of seclusion. The shallow, clear waters make it perfect for swimming or simply soaking in the mesmerizing views of the lagoon and the distant islets.
*Steep hill to go down and come back (be prepared).
** limited sunbeds

Elafonissi Pink Beach

Known for its pinkish sand and shallow, warm waters, Elafonissi is a postcard-perfect beach on the southwestern coast. The beach is adorned with small islets and sandbars, making it a wonderful spot for leisurely strolls and exploring. The vibrant colors of the sand, the shallow pools, and the clear sea create a stunning natural palette.
*Around 10 min walking from the parking spot.
** limited sunbeds

Falassarna Beach

With its vast stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters, Falassarna is a haven for both sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts. This Blue Flag beach offers excellent facilities, including sunbeds and umbrellas, along with a backdrop of impressive sand dunes and ancient ruins, adding a touch of history to its natural beauty.

Stavros Beach

Famous for its appearance in the film “Zorba the Greek,” Stavros Beach offers a unique landscape with a crescent-shaped bay surrounded by rocky formations. The shallow waters are ideal for families, and the area boasts a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors can explore the nearby caves or enjoy a meal at one of the tavernas dotting the shore.
* Bring your own beach equipment or prepare yourselves to pay a very expensive sunbed set.

Marathi Beach

Embraced by a scenic bay, Marathi Beach offers a more tranquil and family-friendly atmosphere. The shallow waters and soft sand make it perfect for children. With a few tavernas nearby, visitors can indulge in delicious Greek cuisine while enjoying the stunning sea views.

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