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Whether you are seeking breathtaking natural landscapes, crystal blue seas, shallow waters, or seaside taverns- discover the best beaches in Chania, from our list of favourites! 

Seitan Limani 

From the breathtaking scenery to the magical views and pristine water, Seitan Limani boasts rocky land, beautiful coves, and emerald waters. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, as you need to walk down quite a few steep steps but it’s worth the effort! Tip: it’s not an organised beach so make sure you come prepared with water, sunscreen, a hat, and snacks! 

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania

For a morning swim and a great Freddo (cold coffee), head to Loutraki beach, which has a  great cafe, and lots of sunbeds that are located on both the grass hill (with steps to the sea) and the sandy beach end. 

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania

This is the perfect spot for families!  With two beaches to choose from- both are sandy and organised. Here you will also find a range of traditional taverns that serve local dishes and delicacies! 

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania

This has been voted the best beach in Crete and one of the ten best beaches in Europe! Featuring a huge bay, which consists of five exotic beaches, Falassarna has pink sand, stunning blue waters, and a wonderful landscape.

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania
Stavros Beach 

Where “Zorba the Greek” was filmed, this is a peaceful and organised sandy beach that is less crowded than most. Actually a lagoon, it’s nestled in a bay and protected from the strong winds. The striking mountains that surround it create a unique scenery that you won’t find elsewhere. 

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania
Balos Lagoon

One of Chania’s most popular beaches (for a good reason) the waters at Balos are warm and shallow, while some parts of the beach also boast pink sand! Located near Kissamos, Balos beach can be reached either by car from Chania or by boat from Kasteli. 

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania

Another must-see beach that offers both organised and unorganised sections. One of the most photographed beaches in Greece, Elafonisi is a perfect day trip from town- where you can spend hours swimming and relaxing. 

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania
Gramvousa Islet 

A 15-minute cruise from Balos, this 200-metre-long beach is one of the most stunning in all of Greece. Boasting soft golden sand and crystal-clear turquoise water, it’s the perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling.

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania
Golden Beach 

Often named one of the best beaches in Chania, here you will find golden sand and clear, calm waters. It’s one of the closest beaches to Chania Town and has a range of sunbeds and umbrellas to choose from. Perfect for families, as there are so many kid-friendly activities available here too. 

Insights Greece - 9 Best Beaches in Chania
Getting to Chania

Flights to Chania from Athens are around one hour, otherwise, you can take a ferry. There is one ferry line that takes 6.5 hours, or you can do an overnight trip, which is roughly nine hours. 


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