Agia Pelagia Beach

Crystal Clear Waters in Crete

Agia Pelagia CreteAgia Pelagia Crete

This beautiful beach is about 20 km west of Heraklion Crete, easily accessed 2 km from the national road.

This little cove is gorgeous for swimming and has everything you would expect in a little Greek harbour town; crystal clear waters, sandy and pebbly beaches, and a string of tavernas right on the beach.

On the western end of the beach is exclusive access for the Out of the Blue Capsis Resort, a large resort set in beautiful gardens, that also has access to another beach on the other side of the point, inside Ligaria Cove.

It is worth the walk up the hill to visit the resort for a meal or a drink or a coffee, as it is very beautiful and you can walk around the lush green gardens to the point.

Agia Pelagia CreteAgia Pelagia, Crete

There is plenty of parking in Ag. Pelagia or it can be reached easily by bus from Heraklion. Various rooms, domatia and hotels are dotted about, be careful when booking as some are up the steep hills behind the bay.

This is a busy little resort town with nightclubs and bars, tourist souvenir shops, a supermarket, pharmacy, ATM and boutiques.

Back from the beach, the hills rise up quickly and most hotels and rooms have good views over the bay, which is a picturesque sweep of water.

The beach is well inside the surrounding peninsulars and so is quite a protected spot, good for swimming, with calm seas. It is a good spot for snorkelling or diving, and water bikes can be hired. Mononaftis Bay is to the west.

With all these facilities, the little cove has not lost its cosmopolitan charm and the promenade is romantic day and night.

We visited during a full moon, and swooned whilst looking at the fishing boats in the harbour, and seeing the pebbles through the clear, clear water. 

Diving in Clear Waters...

Agia Pelagia, Crete - clear waters make for good diving - Mediterranean Jellyfish - Cotylorhiza tuberculoMediterranean Jellyfish - Cotylorhiza tuberculata

Scuba Diving is very good here, due to the clear waters and underwater rock shelves, and there are beginners classes, advanced classes and night dives offered here.

There are beach dives, boat dives and snorkelling trips just for fun. For the more experienced, certificate courses PADI, CMAS and NITROX are offered.

Diving locations include El Greco Reef and Cave, Mononaftis, Daedalos and even Dia Island.

A rich marine life can be experienced including stingrays, squid, octopus, moray eels, salemas, banded and saddled bream, sea rabbits, scorpion fish, sponges, sea anemones, conger eels, cuttlefish, shrimps, groupers, snappers, crabs, beautiful sea horses and jellyfish like the Mediterranean Jellyfish pictured above.

Cafe Bar by the Water...

Agia Pelagia Crete - Almyra Bar Cafe

An excellent spot is Almyra (above), which has a bar, café and restaurant, all just a heartbeat from the water, and serves fresh local food, with great service. 

Agia Pelagia Crete - dining by the bay

Agia Pelagia is one of our favourite beaches in Crete. It is still very Greek and charming. 

Accommodation in Agia Pelagia

Out of the Blue Elite Resort

Agia Pelagia, Crete

This resort offers privacy, style and luxury with stunning views over the Med in a lush garden setting.

Offering health retreats with full detox programs, spa, massage, the Dukan diet and a variety of experiences to choose from, with 9 restaurants, 3 bars, 5 pools and access to its own private beach.

Check availability and rates at the beautiful leafy green luxury  Out of the Blue Resort in Agia Pelagia. 

Out of the Blue Resort, Agia Pelagia Crete

The Sea Salt and Rosemary Restaurant within the resort (below) - great views over Agia Pelagia Bay.

Out of the Blue Resort, Agia Pelagia Crete

Family Accommodation
Bellevue Hotel

One small family-run hotel in Ag. Pelagia is the Bellevue (below), situated quite high up from the water, being 1200 metres from the bay and 800 metres from Ligaria beach, this small collection of studios and apartments has a gorgeous view to Dia Island, and guests receive a warm welcome from George Pantounakis and his family. This will suit those on a budget looking for the real Cretan hospitality.

Agia Pelagia, Crete

With lush gardens and a pool there is plenty of space to enjoy the sunshine, and a taverna serving authentic Greek meals in a friendly atmosphere. When walking down in the village you are sure to find George in his gift shop 'Dedalos' and he can show you to his cousin's bar.

More about Hotel Bellevue...

Agia Pelagia Images

Some beautiful images below of this most enchanting bay:

Agia Pelagia - such clear waters (Image by Micael Goth)
Agia Pelagia Beach - one of the most stunning and characteristic little coves on Crete (Image by Micael Goth)
Agia Pelagia Beach, Crete - Fishing Boat and the colours of summer (Image by Micael Goth)
Agia Pelagia Beach, Crete (Image by Micael Goth)

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