Beach Accommodation Crete

Just walking distance to the beach

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Beach Accommodation Crete - we have selected some wonderful small guest houses near the beach on the island of Crete in Greece.

Our selections are located right on the beach or within easy walking distance, and are family-run by local families of Crete.

We have chosen simple, small rooms or guest houses; for the real experience of Crete.We have also chosen a few excellent spa resorts, just to keep you pampered and relaxed in Crete, and again because of their beach front locations.

Chania in the West

Paleochora in the south west of Crete

Beach Accommodation Crete -  Chania

  • Mediterranean Studio Apartments on Kissamos Beach
  • Mesogios Beach Hotel on Kissamos Beach
  • Aris Hotel in Paleochora
  • Summer Lodge in Maleme
  • Poseidon Studios on Georgioupolis Beach

Use Chania Airport CHQ

Rethymnon in the Central West

Just walking distance from the beach - this is Thalassa House in Plakias

Beach Accommodation Crete -  Rethymnon

  • Thalassa House Apartments in Plakias
  • Plakias Suites in Plakias
  • Captain's House Traditional Apartments in Panormos
  • Akti Damnoni Pension in Damnoni
  • Palm Beach Apartments in Rethymnon

Use Chania Airport CHQ

Heraklion in the Central East

Matala Beach is just walking distance - Hotel Nikos

Beach Accommodation Crete -  Heraklion

  • Aquarius Apartments in Agia Pelagia
  • Yannis Apartments in Ammoudara
  • Hotel Nikos in Matala

Tip - Use Heraklion Airport HER

Lasithi in the East

Stonehouse in Lasithi, this is absolute beachfront

Beach Accommodation Crete - in the East

  • An apartment by the sea in Plaka
  • The Stonehouse in Karavos Beach
  • Villa Plori beach side in Makrigialos
  • Villa Amalia in Palaikastro

Tip - Use Heraklion Airport HER or Sitia Airport JSH

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Map of Beach Accommodation Crete

With our criteria of small places - just a short walk to the beach

Prefer a Villa or Spa Accommodation?

Villa Petra in Chania is set amongst olive groves, perfect for a family or a romantic couple's holiday

We have dedicated pages about town hotels, rural guesthouses and spa accommodation in Crete.

Your other option for a holiday is to rent a villa. We have quite a few villas featured on our site, for families or larger villas for family groups, accommodating 8+ easily for your family reunion, engagement or wedding party.

Mini-Guides by We Love Crete

Our e-book Five Days in the West of Crete

We have outlined a journey to visit the west of Crete, in our e-book Five Days in the West of Crete. This book is designed for independent travellers with a car or motor bike, and takes in some of the unseen countryside of Crete as well as Knossos Palace. This journey can be changed or tailored to your own interests, and incorporate many of these beach locations.

Our e-book Five Days in the East of Crete.

We have put together our suggestions for a car or motorcycle trip in the east of Crete, in our second e-book Five Days in the East of Crete. This trip also begins in Heraklion and takes in Knossos Palace, then back via country roads and beautiful scenery in Lasithi including beach locations.

Our e-book Five Days in the East of Crete.

West Crete by Bus includes many options and you can amend it to suit your needs. Take 5 or 7 or 10 days or longer, the choice is yours. With good information for those who want to take local buses.

Our trip ideas to see Knossos, Heraklion, Rethymnon and the historic Arkadi Monastery. Visit the long wide beach of Georgioupolis and the narrow laneways of Chania Old Town, then decide with our guidance how you want to visit the south coast of Chania and see the remote beaches, including Elafonisi Beach in the protected natural zone.

East Crete by Bus e-book

East Crete by Bus includes many options and you can amend it to suit your needs. Take 5 or 7 or 10 days or longer, the choice is yours. With good information for those who want to take local buses.

Learn the secrets of the Minoans at the Knossos Palace, get around easily, see Agios Nikolaos and experience history at Spinalonga. See Vai Beach and Palm Forest, Chrissi Island and Kato Zakros beaches.Discover Zakros Gorge and the undeveloped eastern Lasithi.

Beach by Beach

Beach Accommodation Crete - we have travelled from Elafonisi Beach in the west to Vai Beach in the east - from tip to tip of Crete.

Here we give you our suggestions of where to stay, close to your favourite beach in Crete.

Chania Beaches

Delfini Hotel Apartments on Mavros Molos Beach, Kissamos

For the beautiful beaches around Kissamos Bay and Balos Lagoon we suggest the budget option - Apartments Delfini across the road from a tiny beach just out of town. Best to have a vehicle to stay here.

The village of Paleochora sits on a peninsula surrounded by beaches

To visit all the beaches near Palaiochora you need a good long holiday. Stay close to the village and walk everywhere. Choose the Aris Hotel for good family atmosphere and attentive service.

Maleme Beach is a long sand and pebble beach west of Chania town, Crete

Staying at Maleme Beach, you will have plenty of cafes, bars, tavernas and restaurants to choose from, save on accommodation costs by choosing the budget Summer Lodge, set just a little back from the beach. Catch the bus here easily.

Lissos is a remote uninhabited beach near Sougia in southern Crete

Staying in Sougia is peaceful. This tiny little beach is remote and quiet. Galini Studios are a comfortable choice, ideal for walkers along the coastal paths, rest with tranquillity all around.

There are plenty of beach activities at Agia Marina Beach

Staying at Agia Marina Beach, you will never lack for beach activities, water sports like Stand Up Paddle and even surfing and you will be minutes from the capital town of Chania. Stay at the stylish Vergina Beach Hotel.

Agia Roumeli looking back to Samaria Gorge (image by Mark Latter)

If you have walked down Samaria Gorge or taken a ferry to Agia Roumeli, or perhaps you are walking the coastal E4 route, your stay at the Gigilos Hotel will be enjoyable right on the beach, which is quiet after all the day trekkers have left.

Loutro is a tiny seaside harbour village (image by Alistair Young)

In the tiny seaside village of Loutro stay at Villa Niki which is a delightful little pension. Walk here along the E4 path or via Aradena Gorge, or walk or take a ferry from Chora Sfakion, there are no roads and no cars here. Relax in one of the prettiest villages in Crete.

Stavros Beach is perfect for young children

At Stavros Beach you can dance in the footsteps of Zorba, eat at beachside tavernas and be very close to the old town of Chania.  Stay at Skamagkas Apartments where the family will look after you.

Rethymno Beaches

Flisvos Rooms - Greek blue and white next to the sea

Beach Accommodation Crete - in Frangokastello in the south of Rethymnon, meet ghosts and history at pretty beaches. Stay at the affordable Flisvos Rooms - 50 metres from the sea and easy on the budget. 'flis-vos' is the sound the soft waves make on the shoreline as they roll back and forth. Hear the waves from your room.

The pretty river mouth of Georgioupolis Beach

At Georgioupolis enjoy the river, the cutest little chapel in Crete and a 9 km wide sandy beach. Stay at the budget Poseidon Studios with beach frontage.

Plakias Suites are across a small road from the beach

In Plakias Beach, just across a small local road from the beach, are the beautiful Plakias Suites. Self-contained, perfect for a romantic holiday, and a short walk from wonderful tavernas, enjoy this fabulous beach, and peaceful quiet area with stunning scenery.

Preveli Rooms have absolute beachfront

Walk to Preveli Beach from Preveli Rooms and enter a wonderworld of palm grove, river lagoon and beach. This small guesthouse provides peaceful surrounds with complete sea views. A good budget choice.

Agia Fotini Beach in south Rethymnon, Crete

At Agia Fotini Beach you will find the tiny rent rooms at Taverna Fotia, a world away from everywhere surrounded by blue.

Caramel Boutique Resort, Crete

On Rethymnon Town Beach you will find stunning resorts and small family-run places as well as the exquisite spa resort at Caramel Boutique Resort right on the beach.

Beach Accommodation Crete
Heraklion Beaches

Lidia Beach Suites - walk to local tavernas

At Kokkinos Pirgos Beach in southern Heraklion you will be at a long, wide and sandy beach, close to the ancient sites of Phaistos, Gortys and many other lovely beaches. Stay beachside at the Lidia Beach Suites.

Matala Beach Seaview Apartment

At the extraordinary Matala Beach stay next to the harbour at this Matala Caves Seafront Apartment with the wickedest view.

Agia Pelagia bay is a combination of beautiful colours because of the sandy sea floor

At Agia Pelagia Beach be sure to stay close to the water and not up one of the steep hills that surroud the bay. Andy's Plaza is a budget option in close and flat walking distance to the beach and tavernas.

Georgia Hotel Bar

At Ammoudara Beach you can relax in comfort close to the beach at the Georgia's Garden Hotel, just 7 km from the capital, Heraklion.

Eastern Beaches

Plaka Sea View Apartment

In the hamlet of Plaka, gaze across the bay to Spinalonga Island from The Island Sea View Apartment. Ideal for couples, this accommodation welcomes 3 guests in comfort.

Sitia Windmill HomeAway

Relax in the restored windmill by the water just outside Sitia town. The Sitia Windmill will surprise and delight you with plenty of room for 4 guests.

Terra Minoika Villas, with views to the bay and Zakros Gorge, Crete

Discover the quiet life surrounded by things of stone and wood at Kato Zakros at Terra Minoika Boutique Resort, with views to the bay and Zakros Gorge.

Getting Here

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.

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