Beach Accommodation Crete

...just walking distance to the beach...

Elafonisi Beach, in the west of the island - clear waters and white and pink sands (image by Wolfgang Staudt)

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.

See the interactive map below to choose by location within Crete.



Chania in the West


Paleochora in the south west of Crete

Beach Accommodation Crete -  Chania...including:

  • 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... including:

  • 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 - Iliaki Pension

Beach Accommodation Crete -  Heraklion... including:

  • Aquarius Apartments in Agia Pelagia
  • Yannis Apartments in Ammoudara
  • The Little Inn in Kokkinos Pirgos
  • Pension Ilaki in Matala

Tip - Use Heraklion Airport HER



Lasithi in the East

Stonehouse in Lasithi, this is absolute beachfront

Beach Accommodation Crete - in the East... including:

  • A Cottage by the Sea in Plaka
  • The Stonehouse in Karavos Beach
  • Villa Plori beach side in Makrigialos
  • Villa Amalia in Palekastro

Tip - Use Heraklion Airport HER or Sitia Airport JSH




This is the budget symbol for Beach Accommodation Crete.



Map of Beach Accommodation Crete

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





Prefer a Villa or Luxury 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 luxury 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 . 

If you have any suggestions or questions please contact us.



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 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 country roads and beautiful scenery in Lasithi including beach locations.



Beach by Beach

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.



The Old Beach House on Keramotis Beach has been funked up

As Elafonisi Beach is a protected area and part of its charm is its remote location, it is best to stay a short driving distance away. Our pick is the wildly romantic Old Beach House on Keramotis Beach, just 12 km from the white and pink sands of Elafonisi.

Falasarna Beach is wide and sandy

The wide expanse of Falasarna Beach gives you five coves to choose from, as well as the ancient site of Falasarna to explore. Our tip for local accommodation is Arodamos Sea House just 30 metres from the beach.

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 Paleochora 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 activies, 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.

Flisvos Rooms - Greek blue and white next to the sea

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.





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