The Mirror’s best Cretan beaches

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The Mirror — Crete boasts some seriously spectacular beaches whether you’re after a scenic stroll or want to make the most of golden sands.

Crete continues to be a firm favourite with tourists looking for a sun-soaked beach getaway and it’s home to some of the world’s most picturesque beaches.

The Mirror’s best Cretan beaches:

1. Potamos Beach , Malia

While Potamos Beach is popular with holidaymakers, it remains relatively quiet compared to other tourist hotspots.

2. Balos Beach, Kissamos

Surrounded by the turquoise waters of a breathtaking lagoon, Balos is a must-visit for nature-lovers and the sporty.

3. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi
With its fine white sands and turquoise waters, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d ended up in the Caribbean when staying on this beach.

4. Falassarna Beach, Chania

One of Crete’s biggest beaches, Falassarna has everything you need for a brilliant beach break from quieter spots to bustling areas packed with beach bars, sun loungers and plenty of impressive waves that make for a fun afternoon.

5. Matala Beach, Matala

This beach is ideal for the more adventurous holidaymakers thanks to the surrounding caves waiting to be explored, not to mention the crystal clear waters that make it an ideal snorkeling spot.

6. Red Beach, Matala

With its eye-catching red sands and cliffs, there’s nothing ordinary about this beautiful beach. Unsurprisingly it continues to draw in tourists looking to take in the breathtaking scenery.

7. Frangokastello Beach, Sfakia

Located on the south coast of Crete, Frangokastello makes for a brilliant day out thanks to the fine sand and crystalline waters that make up its shore.