Agia Pelagia Crete

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Crystal Clear Waters

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.

There are a series of beautiful coves to visit within the immediate area including:

  • Agia Pelagia Beach
  • Filakes Beach
  • Kladissos Beach
  • Mononaftis Beach
  • Psaromoura Beach
  • Mades Beach

Psaromoura BeachPsaromoura Beach
Inside the grounds of Out of the Blue ResortAgia Pelagia, Crete

There is plenty of parking in Agia 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 peninsulas 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...

Scuba Diving is very good in Agia Pelagia, 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. This is good diving in Crete.

Cafe Bar by the Water...

Almyra Bar Cafe - right by the water

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. 

Almyra - dining by the bay

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

Accommodation in Agia Pelagia Crete

Out of the Blue Elite Resort

One of the garden studios of Out of the Blue Resort

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 Crete. 

Out of the Blue Resort - overlooking the pool to the coves beyond

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

Out of the Blue Resort, restaurant next to the clear blue bay

Family Accommodation
Bellevue Hotel

Accommodation Crete - A 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.

Bellevue Hotel, a good family hotel

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...

Stylish Apartments

Aquarius Apartments - courtyard and poolside at dusk

Aquarius Exclusive Apartments - (above) in lovely grounds with a pool, are set back from the beach and would be ideal if you have a car. These apartments make a great base from which to explore the whole island of Crete. With only five studios and nine apartments, this is a small boutique garden enclave with plenty of privacy and style. Reminder - there is a steep hill to access the beaches of Agia Pelagia from here.

From here you can explore the hills and valleys of Heraklion region, visit Knossos Palace and you are only 20 km from Heraklion town and 60 km from Rethymnon town, with its charismatic Venetian architecture.

Agia Pelagia Images

Some more beautiful images below of Agia Pelagia - a most enchanting bay - enjoy your Crete travel images and come and visit soon!

Agia Pelagia Beach - such clear waters (Image by Micael Goth)
One of the most stunning and characteristic little coves on Crete - bright umbrellas and pretty bay (Image by Micael Goth)
Looking across the bay to the apartments and olive groves...

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