INTRODUCING YOU THE BEST CRETE BEACHES YOU’LL LOVE!

Crete is considered to have one of the most beautiful and exotic sand beaches NOT ONLY in Greece, but in the whole world too!

CRETE ISLAND IN gREECE FROM ABOVE
Crete island from above; I took this photo from an airplane


Situated between the southern side of the Aegean Sea and the northern side of the Libyan Sea, Crete represents a pure hidden gem of Mediterranean. Although the island gets busy during summer, you are still able to find your peace and a hidden beach just for yourself! Do not forget that island is huge and if you rent a car or any similar vehicle, I assure you will be finding your own little piece of heaven.

Aerial photo from an Transavia airplane towards Crete island
We were flying with Transavia from Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Heraklion, Greece



And the best part is: Crete beaches have remarkable natural beauty, crystal-clear water, amazing turquoise color, red/black/white/pink sand, wilderness…In this wild island you can find both secluded and organized beaches with more than 100 of them being labeled with a Blu Flags which indicate cleanness, helpful amenities, safety…

Underwater photo of Cretan sea

Whether you are couple, a solo traveler, family, a group or elderly couple, Crete has something for every taste! If you are visiting Crete during late summer months, pay attention to strong winds blow during those months creating large waves, and do take extra care of yourself by avoiding swimming near cliffs especially if you are not a skilled swimmer.

This post covers my top 10 Crete beaches so keep scrolling to get inspired and refresh your bucket list!

A sea star and a shell from Cretan sea, Greece

1. KEDRODASOS BEACH

Kedrodasos beach in Crete

Kedrodasos beach has hardly any development around, being peaceful and quiet. I have never seen such a beauty in my life, at the same time whitest and the darkest sand. Lush jungle and emerald waters that remind you of a pool are looking like a pure paradise. I almost couldn’t believe it is real.

Kedrodasos beach in Crete island, Greece

This beach is my favorite beach in the whole world – so far due to its uniqueness and preserved ecosystem. Surprisingly, I have not seen many bloggers or sites mentioning this hidden gems, which is in a way-great! I would not be happy seeing this places overcrowded same as Elafonisi. So please, if you plan to stroll over this beach and take a swim, make sure to not leave any traces behind.

Cedar forest beach or Kedrodasos Beach lies well hidden on the south west coast, right next to the hustle and bustle of Elafonisi beach (1km).

Kedrodasos beach, Crete island

Kedrodasos is surely still a remaining paradise on the island. Framed by one of the few cedar forests of Crete, it has some dunes and some rocks. This is certainly due to hard-to-find way, and the entirely unsuitable dusty rough road for tour buses (how nice!). When you park your car, you will still need to walk down around 10 min. Believe me, it is a really nice path and you’d totally enjoy the route.

Kedrodasos white and black sand beach in Crete island

AMENITIES: Fortunately, there are no facilities nearby, making this secluded beach as one of the last untouched paradises in Europe and completely different from all other Crete beaches. Only trash bins are amenities here so keep it clean and take the trash with you when you leave. Kedrodasos is a nudist friendly, although it is not officially a nudist beach.



PRO TIP: The path to the beach is a bit tricky and you better have a look on the map before going there or just follow GPS like we did! To get easier there, follow the European path E4 crosses Kedrodasos (there are yellow and black signs everywhere).

2. RED BEACH

Footsteps in Red Sand Beach in Matala village, Crete island Greece

Red Sand Beach, also called Kokkini Ammos Beach has one of the most remarkable and untouched landscapes featuring azure waters, incredibly red-orange like-sand, and the occasional visit by local goats.

Funny goat in Red Beach Crete island

The beach is named after the reddish rocks of the region. The gorgeous blue water is just stunning and makes a perfect contrast to the white limestone cliffs and red sand.

Red Sand Beach in Matala Crete

You can get here either by boat or hiking. This beach is quite isolated but it can get crowded during the day so make sure to come early. Besides, hiking 30 minutes on a heavy sun can be exhausting but also dangerous.

Hiking to Red Sand Beach in Crete

You can get here either by boat or hiking. This beach is quite isolated but it can get crowded during the day so make sure to come early. Besides, hiking 30 minutes on a heavy sun can be exhausting but also dangerous.

A feather in red sand beach of Crete

The right side of the beach is reserved for nudists: do not be shy and do not stare, nudists are still people. 🙂 Start your route from the restaurant Scala and the Red Beach sign. The hike up to the hill, down and again up, wil last about 30 min depending on your fitness level. The path is not proper, more rough scramble over rocks and marked only by blue arrows painted on the rocks. It all boils down to this: bring enough water, sun protection, a hat, some food and enjoy in Red Beach!

Orange and red sand in Matala village Crete island



AMENITIES: One bar, sometimes sun umbrellas, nudist friendly, soft sand.



PRO TIP: Find a free parking under the mountain on the left side after you enter Matala village. From there you can even hike up to Red Beach. This pathway is faster, but lot harder – only for advanced hikers and people in a good shape.

3. BALOS LAGOON BEACH (KISSAMOS)

Balos Lagoon Crete island

The pure beauty and uniqueness that lagoon of Balos offers is sure to warm your heart.
Balos is a home to dazzling turquoise and blue water with exquisite views. Those views are keeping you glued to many viewpoints by evoking some magical and peaceful states that are part of our mysterious minds. This beach has a stunning white sand with pastel pink shades in some places that indeed add a dreamy feeling to whole atmosphere.

Balos Lagoon in Crete island

I have seen here one of the most beautiful sunsets in my entire life. This heavenly place will remain etched in your memory forever with its exotic blue, warm water and sand that literally cuddles your feet. Did I mention you should bring or buy here a proper diving mask? Let me elaborate…beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water becomes deeper and colder which makes it perfect for snorkeling. Lagoon of Balos has many rare species of flora and fauna so the entire area is protected under the Natura 2000 program.

Sunset view on Baloos Lagoon in Crete island

The Balos Lagoon, Peninsula of Gramvousa and the Tigani Peninsula are under the Natura 2000 program protection. That means the following is prohibited:

  • Leaving your rubbish
  • Taking rocks, fossils, shells, ancient finds, and plants from the area
  • Catching animals
  • Camping and overnight stay
  • Starting a fire and smoking around bushes and woodlands
  • Anything that might threaten the ecosystem

You can get to Balos Lagoon by boat and partly by a car (later a hike). My boyfriend and I choose a car option, and we absolutely recommend it! Why? I will explain…
Renting a fully insured car and enjoying a crazy ride on dirty roads of Crete island is nothing but a pure adventure! Just drive very slowly, and be prepared to constantly swerve back and forth to avoid potholes and goats in the road. Afterall, it is all part of the experience!

The view on Balos Lagoon in Crete

We started from Kaliviani village (around 40 min driving). In the end of the road, we left our vehicle at the parking space and then followed the path for hiking (about 1,5 km – 30 min walking). Unfortunately we were not swimming in lagoon as we started late and reached our goal when Balos was closed.

AMENITIES: sun umbrellas, sunbeds, some food and water

PRO TIP: hike carefully and try not to get distracted while walking down the steps. If you come just before sunset time, be prepared not to experience Balos from down. Balos closes around 8PM and overnight as well as camping is not allowed!

4. MATALA BEACH

Roman tombs in  Matala Crete island

Let me walk you through Matala; one of the most popular destinations of Crete and certainly the most famous beach of Heraklion. Matala has become known for its caves, actually Roman tombs and hippies that found their paradise amd lived in this village in the 60s and 70s. Surprisingly, lots of people still live in caves across this area so don’t be surprised to see them along your adventures and explorations.

Sandy beach in Crete

Each year in summer, you can join Matala Beach Festival where great artists and souls gather to celebrate life and all the good thing that surrounds us. During the past, this place attracted celebrities such as Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens.

Matala village in Crete island Greece



AMENITIES: sun umbrellas, bars, restaurants, toilet, help for disabled persons, Blue Flag, soft sand, trash bins…

Matala village in Crete island

PRO TIP: Walk towards all the bars and restaurants and follow the path to the end. You will encounter two hammock in a cave like place with a stunning view.

5. ELAFONISI BEACH

Sunglasses and drops view

Elafonisi is truly a magical place that consists of a small islet full of white and pink sandy beaches. This place is stunningly gorgeous beyond every measure, with miles of shallow beaches. The pink sand adds to this one-of-a-kind experience. Waters are so shallow and therefore are ideal for families and children.

Pay attention to popularity of this beach. Elafonisi became a tourist hotspot due to placement on TripAdvisor’s 25 Best Beaches in the World list in 2014.

Elafonisi rooms and apartments to rent

The sand is shiny pink shade and soft. I did like the pure softness of the sand although it was not nothing much more softer than on any other sand beach in Crete. The problem is…I did not notice much of the pink sand. And although it is illegal to remove any of the sand, wildlife and plants from the area I guess is really true: everybody wants to take a pink souvenir home.😏 Sad world, if you ask me.

We shall respect the nature everywhere we go, leave no traces, only footprints and take only air.

That same light pink sand gets its hue from tiny pink crushed shells, broken coral pieces, and calcium carbonate materials, all of which fall to floor. The beach is also home to 110 different plant species!

AMENITIES: sun umbrellas, sunbeds, restaurants, bars, shops, trash bins…

PRO TIP: it’s definitely worth a visit but as early as possible in the morning. During the day when it gets crowded, pack your things and head over to close by Kedrodasos beach!

6. KOKKINOS PIRGOS BEACH

Cretan sea and Kokkinos Pirgos beach in Crete

Kókinos Pyrgos is inundated with the bluest of turquoise waters. This place took its name by a castle that was there during the time of Middle Ages and built from red clay earth.

Black sand beach in Kokkinos Pirgos

This small community is located just 2km away from Tymbaki. From its beach, you can enjoy in terrific view on Paximadia islands, two small uninhabited islands in the gulf of Mesara that can be reached via boat from Aghia Galini.

Sun umbrellas in Kokkinos Pirgos beach in Crete

AMENITIES: Docking facilities for sailing and fishing boats, bars, hotels, restaurants

Kokkinos Pirgos Crete island

PRO TIP: Surprise your palate in Red Castle Fish Tavern, feel and eat like a local person. We came back here even three times to have our dinner-it was that good!

7. PREVELI BEACH

Preveli beach view in Crete island

Beach of Preveli (Lake Preveli or Phoenix) is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) flows. During the 60s and 70s, it was a favorite destination for the hippies, same as Matala village. On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of a tropical landscape. Here flows the river, forming a small lake, 1.5km long, and emptying into the sea which makes it a quite cold to swim and dive.

Preveli beach Crete

Kokkinos Pirgos (i.e. Red Tower) is located 67km west of Heraklion and close to the town of Tymbaki. The name is taken after a tower that was built with reddish soil in the mouth of Geropotamos river. It is the seaside village of Timbaki, the main port of the region and developed in tourism. In Kokkinos Pirgos you will find many hotels, rooms, restaurants and cafes. The climate of the region is generally warm and many locals deal with growing fresh vegetables in greenhouses.

Preveli beach in Crete island

The palm tree forest of Preveli is located below the monastery of Preveli, at the mouth of the Kourtaliótiko gorge. It is a forest of endemic Cretan date palm Phoenix theophrastii and the second largest palm forest in Crete after Vai in the East of the island. Fossils and bones of giant tortoises, crocodiles, squirrels, wild boars, antelopes and many other animals have been discovered in this area being unique and dating from ancient times.

Palm trees in Preveli beach in Crete island

The palm tree forest of Preveli is located below the monastery of Preveli, at the mouth of the Kourtaliótiko gorge. It’s a forest of endemic Cretan date palm Phoenix theophrastii and the second largest palm forest in Crete after Vai in the East of the island. Fossils and bones of giant tortoises, crocodiles, squirrels, wild boars, antelopes and many other animals have been discovered in this area being unique and dating from ancient times.

Palm tree forest

AMENITIES: small restaurant, no staying overnight and no any other amenities such as sun umbrellas. However, the beach is not well organized because the area is completely protected.

PRO TIP: the best seasons to visit are spring and autumn; May/June, then September/October when the beach is less crowded.

8. KALAMI BEACH


This beach is a breathtaking and we noticed and already from a near by restaurant located above. Just 500m north from the Kalami village, nature created this beautiful beach with deep water and round pebbles. There are not many pebble beaches in Crete so this was very refreshing. Close by you can find a tiny harbor with boats. This beach is not crowded with tourists but many locals come here to take a swim.

Kalami beach in Crete

AMENITIES: some umbrellas and a few tamarisk trees to provide you shade, many restaurants above the beach and accomodation places, tiny coves near by.

PRO TIP: you don’t want to miss he ancient city of Aptera and the Turkish forts of Intzedin and Aptera that are close by to Kalami beach. Here’s the interesting part: if you go just 100m on the east, you will encounter Atherina, one of the nicest private beaches in this area. You can explore another secret bay on the west.

9. UNKNOWN BEACH

I call this piece of paradise an unknown beach, because I have no idea what is the name of it. Unfortunately, I have lost many of my Google Map locations, so I ended up searching for places. I am still trying to find the name of this beach and hopefully I will succeed (NOTE: Crete has more than 300 beaches so it is not an easy job!)

A hidden beach in Crete island Greece


As soon as I find the name, I will post it on my Instagram Stories!

Crete island beach

For now, all I know about this beach is that you have to drive for a while along diry unprotected road and you end up close to a small monastery with few priests that live there. You have to walk for a while and get down the long stairs to get to this beach. It is a wonderful, hidden and pebble beach surrounded by rocks.

Hidden beach in Crete island

Basically, you will find no one here only Kri-Kri goats which is an incredible.

Kri-Kri goats Cretan Ibex in Greece

AMENITIES: None

PRO TIP: Do not forget your diving mask! Pay attention to goats as they love to sneak on bags and food.

10. UNKNOWN BEACH 2

Crete island beaches

Another unknown beach that is on my list to investigate. It is actually a small hidden cove next to large beach with plenty of crowds, a bar, sun umbrellas and sun beds.
We spot this secret beauty while swimming and we realized we can reach it from the coast side or simply by swimming.

Crete island rocks

If you go a bit deeper inside, some weird looking rocks will make your shade. The sand is super soft, black and brown in some parts. The sea is so crystal clear and you will love diving here. We also found a bunny ear cactus above and we ate some prickly pear fruits.

AMENITIES: None here, but there are some just 4 min walking.

Crete island beach

PRO TIP: Come here early because the beach is so tiny and later you might have some guests.

Black sand in Crete island

HOW TO PRESERVE BEACHES OR PLACES (CONSIDERING POPULARIZATION) THAT ARE THE MOST AMAZING IMAGINABLE?


One of the best ways, through ecological networks such as Natura 2000 & also with the help of environmental associations and stricter site regulations.

If you liked my article and you think it’s helpful for some future travels, share it with others on your social media! ♡

INSTAGRAM: 
https://www.instagram.com/kookylovestotravel/
YOUTUBE:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhw
xpddM1GcemIBK7c9b9w?view_as=subscriber
FACEBOOK:
 https://www.facebook.com/kookylovestotravel
TWITTER:
 https://twitter.com/Kookyloves2

10 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN SENSATIONAL CRETE ISLAND

At the crossroads of three continents, Crete has always been very desirable and constantly occupied by successive invaders.

Crete island map

It’s no wonder why Crete was that popular to invaders. Being surrounded by the Cretan Sea, which is part of the transparent Aegean Sea, this island still has a golden reputation as a sensational Mediterranean destination. Out of all the Greek islands, Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.
Due to its size, I advise you to choose at least a two week trip if you want to explore the whole island properly.

Roman tombs in Matala village
The view in Matala on Roman tombs

WHY TO CHOOSE CRETE IN THE FIRST PLACE?


Crete offers all visitors to become part of the rich gastronomic culture of the island, to admire the remains of great and ancient civilizations, to explore famous and hidden beaches, impressive mountain areas, fertile valleys and steep cliffs.
The island is an artistic and vivid mosaic of many contrasts, starting from sublime mountains, long desert paths to red-pink and black sandy beaches.

The view on Roman tombs from Matala village


It’s an island of special charm with those famous Greek sounds and traditional taverns. An island of culture where Crete locals drink ouzo while playing cards.
And while there’s a whole stack of remarkable things to do in Crete, I decided to pick the best ones, to show you the highlights of this dreamy island. After this post, I promise you’ll be wanting to go there NOW!

The beach in Kokynos Pyrgos
The beach in Kokynos Pyrgos

Have a look at 10 amazing things to do and places to visit in Crete.

1.) RENT A CAR AND BE SURE TO EXPLORE CRETE PROPERLY

Roads across Crete island in Greece
The roads in Crete island

Without a doubt, renting a car and hitting the road is the best way to sneak into every possible paradise corner this island offers. At Heraklion Airport there are various companies. My advice is to book a car in advance especially if you arrive during the summer season (from late June to early September). The reason? Prices and waiting lines.

An amazing scenery of Crete island in Greece

If you are an avid driver, Crete will delight you because the roads are mostly winding and extremely adrenaline-fueled. Make sure you get a good car so you can drive almost everywhere. We had a Fiat Panda at our disposal and we didn’t had any problems.

2.) SEE THE GORGEOUS VIEWS OF BALOS LAGOON

Balos Lagoon in Crete, Greece island

One of the best hiking routes is around Balos Lagoon. Actually, this is one of the hardest hikes in the whole Crete too, especially when climbing up. Prepare you’ll need an hour, or hour and a half to get down there and back, bring as many water as you can and have a great hiking shoes on.

View this post on Instagram

🇬🇧▪︎STEEP HIKE – STUNNING VIEW▪︎ _ You can get to Balos Lagoon by car or by boat.⛵🚙 We have chosen car option, and we absolutely recommend it!👌 Rent a fully insured car and enjoy a crazy ride on a dirty road. 🚗 Drive very slowly, and be prepared to constantly swerve back and forth to avoid potholes and goats in the road. It’s all part of the experience!🐐 We started from Kaliviani village (around 40 min driving). In the end of the road, leave your vehicle at the parking space and then follow the path for hiking (about 1,5 km – 30ish min walking).🎒 Hike carefully and try not to get distracted while walking down the steps. TIP: If you come just before sunset time, be prepared not to experience Balos from down.🌅 It closes around 20h and overnight as well as camping is not allowed!🙆‍♀️ __________________________________________________ 🇭🇷▪︎STRMO PJEŠAČENJE – ZAPANJUJUĆI POGLED▪︎ _ Do Lagune Balos možete doći automobilom ili brodom.⛵🚙 Izabrali smo opciju automobilom, i apsolutno je preporučujemo!👌 Iznajmite potpuno osigurani automobil i uživajte u ludoj vožnji po prljavoj cesti.🚗 Vozite vrlo sporo i budite spremni na stalno okretanje naprijed i natrag kako biste izbjegli rupe i koze na cesti. Sve je to dio iskustva! 🐐 Mi smo krenuli iz sela Kaliviani (40-ak min vožnje). Na kraju ceste ostavite svoje vozilo na parkiralištu, a zatim slijedite stazu za pješačenje (oko 1,5 km-30 min min pješačenja).🎒 Pješačite pažljivo i pokušajte se ne ometati dok hodate stubama. SAVJET: Ako dođete nešto prije zalaska sunca, budite spremni da nećete doživjeti Balos odozdo.🌅 Zatvara se oko 20h i noćenje te kampiranje nije dopušteno!🙆‍♀️ ___________________________________________________ #crete #travelawesome #travelblogger #travelcrete #ig_greece #greece_travel #myinstatravel #stayandwander #ig_europe #greek_islands #visitcrete #creteisland #traveldrugari🗺️ #passionpassport #CRETE #islands #ig_today #earthpix #thetravelwoman #hello_worldpix #bestplaces #beautifuldestinations #traveler #wonderful_places #exploreobserveshare #island #wonderfulglobe #welivetoexplore #sunsetphotography &#theglobewanderer &#greece_nature &#exploreobserveshare

A post shared by ✈📷 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋 & 𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐇𝐘 (@kookylovestotravel) on

Balos Lagoon in Crete island, Greece during the sunset time

I advise you to start early in morning, or an hour before the golden hour, to avoid the crowds. You are not allowed to camp/overnight in Balos and there are working hours too so make sure to check that advance. There’s also a small boat from Kastelli to Balos if you are not a hiking person.

Balos Lagoon in island of Crete, Greece

The views are rewarding and the water is warm, shallow with pretty pinkish sand. I’ve seen here one of my most beautiful sunset ever. If you go to Crete and you miss Balos, you haven’t seen anything.

3.) TAKE A BITE OF TRADITIONAL DISHES IN CRETAN TAVERNAS

Greek food in traditional Cretan taverna

Avoid ordering pizza, spaghetti and things like that. Crete is an island that produces almost everything locally and all the dishes are beyond delicious, ordering a pizza there is a sin. So, don’t wander around with an empty stomach. If you are a food lover, you and your palate will enjoy in food here.

Blue tones of Greece in Crete island

Village tavernas mainly produce their own meat, olive oil, brandy, cheese and wine, as well as their own freshly caught seafood. You will come across one of the most delicious and natural dishes you have ever tasted.

Traditional tsikoudia drink in Greece

The Cretan diet is one of the healthiest in the world. My advice is to spend your time in Crete in a Greek way. Follow the dish with local wine, and finish it with tsikoudia drink (brandy) which is offered as a digestif after dinner with free fruit and dessert. Tavernas are very recognizable, usually painted in blue tones.

Blue tones in Crete island of Greece

4.) EXPLORE MATALA VILLAGE

Matala village funny poster

This was my favorite village because it’s quirky, lively with many caves and incredible views. Matala is known as a hippie village that hosts a fun festival in the summertime.

Matala village in Crete island Greece
“Welcome to Matala. Today is life, tomorrow never comes.”

It’s nothing unusual to hear artists playing guitars or drums along the way.

Music is my weapon peace is in my soul urban art in Matala village
“Music is my weapon, peace is in my soul.”

The whole place has a great vibe, many artistic symbols, roman tombs and cute tavernas with gorgeous views.

Sunset view in Matala village Crete island

5.) FIND A RED BEACH

Red Sand Beach in Matala village

Kokkini Ammos Beach (“Red Sand Beach”) is located in the south of Matala. To get to this beach, you can either follow the footpath from Matala or take a boat from Matala beach. The beach is isolated, except for a small bar which is not always open, and if it is, works until the sunset.

Red sand in Red Beach Crete island Greece

Red Sand beach has been voted as one of the top nudism-friendly beaches in the world and its surrounding area is protected under the Natura 2000 international program.

A sign of nudist beach

The half of the beach is nudist friendly. The sand is somewhere from orange to red, yellow to golden and super soft. The whole area is surrounded by limestone rocks with many engraved faces and symbols. Personally, this was my tiny paradise in Crete and we came back twice.

Sunset time in Red Sand beach near Matala in Crete island
Sunset on our way back from Red Beach


View this post on Instagram

🇬🇧▪︎SEA DIMENSION▪︎ _ "I love moving in extra dimensions. Not just backwards and forwards, but up and down and around. I love swimming with fins— human feet are practically useless underwater. I love all the unique things you see on each dive. Millions of little aquatic soap operas playing out between all the creatures. And the silence. Well, it’s not really silent down there, but the roar of bubbles blocks any other sound…." Kirsten Hubbard . Photographs taken with: Samsung S7 Edge📷 __________________________________________________ 🇭🇷▪︎MORSKA DIMENZIJA▪︎ _ "Volim se kretati u dodatnim dimenzijama. Ne samo unatrag i naprijed, već gore i dolje i okolo. Obožavam plivanje perajama – ljudska stopala su praktički beskorisna pod vodom. Volim sve jedinstvene stvari koje vidite na svakom zaronu. Milijuni malih vodenih sapunica koje se igraju između svih stvorenja. I tišina. Pa, nije baš tiho dolje, ali tutnjava mjehurića blokira sve druge zvukove…" Kirsten Hubbard . Fotografije snimljene sa: Samsung S7 Edge📷 ___________________________________________________ #crete #kedrodasos #wearetravelgirls #travelblogger #travelcrete #ig_greece #greece_travel #myinstatravel #stayandwander #ig_europe #greek_islands #visitcrete #creteisland #traveldrugari🗺️ #passionpassport #CRETE #islands #ig_today #earthpix #thetravelwoman #hello_worldpix #travelblogger #beautifuldestinations #bestofthedays #traveler #seaphotography #exploreobserveshare #island #diving #seaanimals &#undersea &#underwater

A post shared by ✈📷 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋 & 𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐇𝐘 (@kookylovestotravel) on

6.) EXPLORE PREVELI BEACH

Preveli beach in Crete island

Beach of Preveli (Lake Preveli or Phoenix) is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) flows. During the 60s and 70s, it was a favorite destination for the hippies, like Matala village.
On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of a tropical landscape.

Palms in Preveli beach Crete


The river, forming a small lake, 1.5km long, is emptying into the sea which is quite cold. A big fire in 2010 burnt almost everything of this paradise, but the palms recovered really fast! Now, it’s a palm tree forest of endemic Cretan date palm Phoenix theophrastii. The whole area is protected so there are no many amenities but the flora and fauna are incredible. You can be served to eat and drink in a small restaurant.

View this post on Instagram

🇬🇧▪︎PALM TREE FOREST▪︎ _ The palm treeforest of Preveli is located below the monastery of Preveli, at the mouth of the Kourtaliótiko gorge. . It's a forest of endemic Cretan date palm Phoenix theophrastii. 🌴😍 . This is the second largest palm forest in Crete after Vai in the East of the island.🏝 Fossils and bones of giant tortoises, crocodiles, squirrels, wild boars, antelopes and many other animals have been discovered in the area being unique and from ancient times.🐢🐊🐿 . On the 22nd of August 2010 a fire swept through the palm forest of Preveli.😏 The speed at which the forest was regenerating was amazing!🙏 Fresh palm leaves were everywhere, even sprouting from charred trunks. Almost all the trees had survived. Nature is truly a miracle.🌍🌿 . ADVICE: The best seasons to visit are spring and autumn; May/June, then September/October when the beach is quieter.👌 ___________________________________________________🇭🇷▪︎PALMINA ŠUMA▪︎ _ Palmina šuma Preveli nalazi se ispod samostana Preveli, na ušću klisure Kourtaliótiko. To je šuma endemske kritske palme Phoenix theophrastii.🌴😍 . Ovo je druga po veličini palmina šuma na Kreti nakon Vai na krajnjem istoku otoka.🏝 . Fosili i kosti divovskih kornjača, krokodila, vjeverica, divljih svinja, antilopa i mnogih drugih životinja otkriveni su na ovom području jedinstvenom i od davnina.🐢🐊🐿 . 22. kolovoza 2010. požar je progutao palminu šumu Preveli.😏 Brzina kojom se šuma obnavljala bila je nevjerojatna!🙏 Svježe palmino lišće bilo je posvuda, čak je i izvirivalo iz ugljena. Gotovo sva stabla su preživjela. Priroda je uistinu čudo!🌿🌍 . SAVJET: Najbolje godišnje doba kada treba posjetiti su proljeće i jesen; svibanj / lipanj, zatim rujan / listopad kada je plaža mirnija.👌 ____________________________________________________ #crete #discovergreece #photographylovers #travel_greece #travelcrete #ig_greece #Kings_greece #myinstatravel #palm #stayandwander #sunsetlovers #ig_europe #greek_islands #visitcrete #creteisland #traveldrugari🗺️ #palmtree #CRETE #travellinthroughtheworld #ig_today #earthpix #amateurphotography #hello_worldpix #palmbeach #beautifuldestinations #greece #palms #bestvacations #palma

A post shared by ✈📷 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋 & 𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐇𝐘 (@kookylovestotravel) on


Purple sea urchin Crete island


7.) OVERNIGHT IN A TYPICAL GREEK HOUSE

Traditional Greek house items

In order to get to know the place better, we shall always taste and feel the tradition of certain destination. Don’t you feel the same? Plus, if you meet a local person and he/she tells you more stories and shows you more places around, you’ll end your trip being significantly richer for one more culture.

Traditional Greek stone house in Crete

Greek houses are often cheaper than a regular accommodation because they are rustic and especially cheaper if they’re not so close by the sea. Typical Greek house is usually made from stone, it’s cold (which is perfect for summer vacay) and charming. We slept in one of those houses only for one night and we totally loved it!

8.) TAKE A SWIM IN KEDRODASOS BEACH and EXPLORE THE SEA WORLD

Kedrodasos beach in Crete island

Do you ever find a place that makes you question:
“Is this real?”

Well, Kedrodasos beach (Cedar forest) is one of those places. Covered in black & white sand, cedar trees, some dunes and here and there – rocks, this beach became my fav in Crete. The softness of the sand is so high, you can easily fall asleep on it. This paradise lies well hidden on the south west coast, right next to the hustle and bustle of Elafonisi beach (1km).

Kedrodasos beach Crete

Well, Kedrodasos beach (Cedar forest) is one of those places. Covered in black & white sand, cedar trees, some dunes and here and there – rocks, this beach became my fav in Crete. The softness of the sand is so high, you can easily fall asleep on it. This paradise lies well hidden on the south west coast, right next to the hustle and bustle of Elafonisi beach (1km).

View this post on Instagram

🇬🇧▪︎KEDRODASOS BEACH▪︎ _ Kedrodasos beach (Cedar forest) lies well hidden on the south west coast, right next to the hustle and bustle of Elafonisi beach (1km).🇬🇷 Framed by one of the few cedar forests of Crete, Kedrodasos is still a remaining paradise on the island. This is certainly also due to the hard-to-find way here, and the entirely unsuitable dusty rough road for tour buses (how nice!).😋😗 . The path to the beach is a bit tricky and you better have a look on the map before going there or just follow GPS like we did! 🚗 . Once you park your car you need to walk at about 10 minutes down to the beach.⛰ Beleive me, it's a really nice path you'd totally enjoy the route. You simply shouldn't miss out this beach when on Crete❗😊🎒 . Follow me for more info and pics of our travel exploring & nature perfections! 🌱🌊🙏 __________________________________________________🇭🇷▪︎KEDRODASOS PLAŽA▪︎ _ Plaža Kedrodasos (cedrova šuma) nalazi se dobro skrivena na jugozapadnoj obali, tik uz gužvu na plaži Elafonisi (1km).🇬🇷 Uokvirena jednom od rijetkih cedrovih šuma na Kritu, Kedrodasos je još uvijek raj na otoku. To je sigurno i zbog teškog načina dolaska ovdje i potpuno neprikladne prašnjave grube ceste za turističke autobuse (kako lijepo!)😋😗 . Put do plaže malo je težak i bolje je pogledati kartu prije odlaska tamo ili samo slijediti GPS kao i mi! 🚗 . Jednom kad parkirate automobil, trebate se spuštati pješice otprilike 10 minuta do plaže.⛰ Vjerujte mi da je to zaista lijepa staza u kojoj biste potpuno uživali tokom rute, a ovu plažu jednostavno ne biste trebali propustiti kad ste na Kreti❗ . Upratite me ako želite vidjeti dodatne informacije i fotografije sa naših putovanja i savršenstava prirode!🌱🌊🙏 ___________________________________________________ #crete #kedrodasos #photographylovers #travel_greece #travelcrete #ig_greece #Kings_greece #myinstatravel #stayandwander #ig_europe #hiddengems #visitcrete #creteisland #traveldrugari🗺️ #beaches #CRETE #travelsoul #ig_today #earthpix #amateurphotography #hello_worldpix #explorenewplaces #beautifuldestinations #greece #hiddengem #bestvacations #exploreobserveshare #islands &#kreta #bestplaces

A post shared by ✈📷 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋 & 𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐇𝐘 (@kookylovestotravel) on

Sea photo diving in Cretan sea


Framed by one of the few cedar forests of Crete, Kedrodasos is still a remaining hidden gem on the island. This is certainly also due to the hard-to-find way here, and the entirely unsuitable dusty rough road for tour buses. The path to the beach is a bit tricky and you better have a look on the map before going there or just follow GPS. Bring a diving mask or buy one there – it will be your best investment on this island!

9.) WANDER AROUND CHANIA

Chania city in Crete Greece

I fell in love with Chania immediately! This charming city is inhabited since the Neolithic era, around 1700 BC and has a great Venetian Harbor, the narrow shopping streets, waterfront restaurants and old port.

Chanica Crete island

You can sit on one of the historical landmarks and enjoy in the panoramic view. Just stroll around the city and explore it’s corners, you’ll love it!

Chania Crete island


10.) DISCOVER THE FIRST SETTLEMENT IN EUROPE – KNOSSOS

The Palace of Knossos in the south of Heraklion

The Palace of Knossos is situated in the south of Heraklion. The city is built by a civilization that we call the Minoans. It is believed that Knossos is the first settlement about 7000 BC.

The Palace of Knossos

If you like history and ruins, this is a perfect place for you! Although it’s restored, Knossos still has many original parts being big as much as two football fields.
The palace was excavated a century ago. However, there are still plenty questions about the palace and the people who lived there.

If you liked my article and you think it’s helpful for some future travels, share it with others on your social media! ♡

GET SOCIAL WITH ME 🙂

INSTAGRAM: 
https://www.instagram.com/kookylovestotravel/
YOUTUBE:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhw
xpddM1GcemIBK7c9b9w?view_as=subscriber
FACEBOOK:
 https://www.facebook.com/kookylovestotravel
TWITTER:
 https://twitter.com/Kookyloves2

Share on Facebook

Tweet on Twitter

Save on Pinterest

Share on LinkedIn