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Accommodation Chania Crete Greece

Beach Stays - Just walking distance to the water

Accommodation Chania Crete Greece - we have chosen small guesthouses next to the beach, our guideline is that it must be within walking distance to the water, just right for a comfortable beach holiday.

Chania is the home of white sandy beaches, high mountains and dramatic gorges. Chania town elegantly flourishes around one of the prettiest Venetian harbours in the Mediterranean.

Samaria Gorge beckons adventure-seekers to this region of Xania, and beaches such as Falasarna and Elafonisi entice nature lovers and mermaids alike. 

Beach side accommodation is shown on the map below from west to east in Chania.

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Kastelli Kissamos - West Crete

Beach at Kastelli Kissamos in CreteStay by the Beach in Crete

There are many of things to see when in Kissamos; the town was active during the Greco-Roman period and relics from this period are still to be found. The ruins of Roman baths, cemetery and the mosaic pavements can be seen in town.

Kissamos Beach, Crete

In town there are shops, restaurants and a small fishing port, fringed with tavernas, just outside the centre. In town are car hire facilities, internet cafés, supermarket, petrol station and banks. A little further outside is the port of Kastelli, where ferries to the mainland and Kythera come and go.

South of Kastelli are the ruins of the ancient city of Polyrhinia, a once powerful Dorian city. One of its ports was Falassarna, the westernmost town of Crete.

See more about Kastelli-Kissamos town, and the beautiful Balos Bay.

Accommodation Chania Crete Greece - in Kissamos, a small town just 40 km from the capital Chania in the west of the island, are these modern apartments only 30 metres from the beach.

Kissamos Bay, surrounded by long peninsulas, is beautifully protected and the beaches are lovely.

Mediterranean Apartments, Kissamos - exterior
Mediterranean Studios Apartments - exterior with gardens
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Mediterranean Studio Apartments

Says the owner Dimitri Skoutelis "The area is surrounded with many trees and flowers in a large garden with kiosks near by our big pool, where you can sit and relax having a drink in our bar. You can also enjoy your meals in our restaurant. We can serve you traditional Cretan, Greek and European cuisine. This a good selection for hotels in Chania".

Mesogios Beach Hotel near Kissamos in Crete
Mesogios Beach Hotel in Crete
Mesogios Beach Hotel on Kissamos Bay, western Crete
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Mesogios Beach Hotel - Did we say by the beach? We mean right on the beach, exactly on the beach, at the beach, and access to the beach. Yes, this is a lovely simple family-run hotel on Korfalonas Beach, sitting in the Kissamos Bay, only 4.5 km from Kissamos and 36 km from Chania town.

Here the Zouridakis family will look after you and make sure your stay is comfortable, with delicious breakfasts and true Cretan 'philoxenia' and love shared naturally. Walk from here to many traditional tavernas in Kissamos town.

Getting away from it all in the off-season? Stay at this hotel for long periods at very reasonable rates in March/April/May or October. Choose from an apartment with a sea front view or studio with a front sea view terrace balcony with self catering options.

Palaiochora is a vibrant village on the south west of Crete's glorious beaches. With plenty of history, local activity as well as a busy tourist season in summer, Palaiochora town is a fascinating Cretan town in Chania prefecture, 75 km from Chania town.

Close by are the White Mountains, and Elafonisi Beach , and Palaiohora has a ferry connecting the unspoilt southern beaches of Chania and Rethymnon such as Sougia, Loutro and Preveli.

Aris Hotel, Paleochora - exterior with entrance and gardens
Aris Hotel, Paleochora - interior
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The small Aris Boutique Hotel, run by the Liatakis family, is close to the town and beaches of Palaiochora. Days on the various beaches, or windsurfing, swimming, boating and dolphin watching are relaxed and easy from this town full of Cretan character.

This is a simple friendly hotel, ideal as a base to explore Palaiochora Beaches and western Crete.

Eftihia Studios Palaiochora
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The affordable Eftihia Studios are close to the bus stop and convenient to everything in the village, with friendly staff and clean, simple rooms near to the beach. With happy flowers everywhere, you will be looked after by the locals in this family-run, homely place.

The beach at Palaiochora (image by RGFotos)The beach at Palaiochora

The beaches from Elafonisi to PalaiochoraThe beaches from Elafonisi to Palaiochora

Accommodation Chania Crete Greece
Maleme & Platanias Beach

Maleme Beach, north coastMaleme Beach

Maleme is a small historical seaside village 20 km from Chania on the north coast of Crete. With a lovely long sand and pebble beach, it is a quiet, relaxing beach destination close to more upbeat coastal resorts and the large city centre of Chania. This is a less crowded and organised beach than others on the north coast.

Summer Lodge, Maleme Crete
Summer Lodge Maleme Crete
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Summer Lodge is a great choice for budget travellers, just 400 metres from the beach close to Platanias village and Chania town, this is a tranquil, small, simple hotel run by a lovely family who really attend well to their guests. Easy to get to by local bus.

With a shady, leafy garden and pool (pictured above), this is the perfect place for relaxing on those hot summer days, and the white washed walls inside and out lend to the very Greek feeling of the place.

Most rooms have private balconies or terraces, and breezes from the flower gardens. Vassili is ever helpful and can advise plenty of excursions, from simple groceries or shopping to exploring historic sites and further afield to the inland gorges.

Accommodation Chania Crete Greece
Map of Beach Stays

See the location of beach accommodation in Crete on the map below.

Getting Here

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

More on flights and ferries below.

Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.

When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and easy online booking. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid, electric or regular vehicles.

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