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Crete Greece Beaches - experience the beauty of the seaside with the pleasure of good local food.
Our top 7 tavernas with local food in Kriti are known as 'paradosiaki' or traditional tavernas. There you will find much more than food. A true welcome, hospitality, friendliness and genuine local fresh produce for a start. Get to know your new friends at a taverna.
Combine that grounded, delicious experience with the dazzling azure and turquoise sea, the sparkles on the bay and the light breezes and you will just begin to unwind and understand the calm, relaxed Greek way of life.
Crete Greece Beaches - do you like remote beaches with plenty of space to swim, lie on the beach, walk away from other swimmers and feel the wind in your hair?
Do you like to relax on the sand or pebbles away from it all, swim in clear waters and then sit by the bay for a hearty meal for lunch or dinner?
This is summer in Crete, and we are so delighted to share our top seaside experiences with you.
Crete Greece Beaches - this remote beach on the very western coast of Crete is wide, sandy, pebbly and spacious and well worth the drive just for this taverna. Run by the same family for over 40 years, this is as authentic a local fish taverna as you can find in Greece. Simple dishes done well. Sit right on the beach, under the trees.
At Captain Fidias Taverna try freshly caught fish of the day - depending on the catch on the day - like Red Mullet, Scorpion Fish, Blackfish and Swordfish. Try seafood favourites like octopus, lobster, calamari and shrimp. Don't forget the tasty little fried whitebait for meze!
Driving to Sfinari Beach from Chania town, there is a bit of a steep winding road to get here, but it is well worth it and plenty of shade under large tamarisk trees. The journey is 60 km from Chania and 30 km from Kissamos.
If you have walked here to complete the very first section of the E4 Walking Path in Crete, that is a hike of 22 km and you deserve the very best seafood stin skara - on the grill - and a mighty ouzo or raki! Well done! Bravo!
Crete Greece Beaches - Dialeskari or Chrysostomos Χρυσόστομος Taverna is on the remote Marmara Beach at the mouth of Aradena Gorge in the south of Sfakia in western Crete. Get there by boat, walk in from Loutro or visit after your hike of the gorge.
The beach here is a combination of pebbles and sand, the sea is clear and there are stunning white rocks jutting into the sea. Explore sea caves, snorkel, swim and walk the gorge, or walk here by the coastal route from Loutro.
Then take yourself to the taverna for a refreshing drink, some shade and a view over the blue, blue Med.
Try the authentic Cretan cooking, which includes slow-cooked goat, Sfakian pies and wild greens. Try the local seafood and don't forget the calamari.
You can get a water taxi here or kayak from Loutro or Paleochora or surrounding beaches. Walkers also come here on the E4 European Walking Path of Crete.
Crete Greece Beaches - this beach can be reached by a short 35 minute drive from Rethymnon town, more information is available here on our Agia Fotini page...
Take a moment to visit the village of Spili on the way, to see the cooling fountains which is especially lovely in the heat of summer.
Although the beach is named Agia Fotini, the taverna here is named Agia Fotia and has been run by the Perakis family for years...
Sitting right over the western end of the bay, you are just a few footsteps from the clear, azure water of the Libyan Sea. The south-facing aspect means wonderful sunsets over the sea, where you can sit gazing metaphorically to Africa.
Stavros, Vicky and their now adult children Vangeli and Evgenia will meet you with their friendly local service, and recommend the fresh fish caught that day.
Enjoy the simple pleasure of home-made potato chips with calamari, or red snapper and prawns.
Above the taverna are simple rooms for rent, just like in the good old days. But watch out, they get booked out quickly.
Crete Greece Beaches - Triopetra Beach can be reached by a 50 km drive from Rethymnon, via Spiliand Akoumia, which takes about 1 hour, but with stops along the way to visit the villages and take in the mountain views, it is a lovely scenic journey of about 2 hours.
Triopetra's stunning beach is remote and dominated by three large rocks on its southern point - hence the name - trio for three and petra for rock.
Just to the east of the rocks, the next cove around from the big wide beach is the small Triopetra beach, where you can find Apanemia Taverna with traditional food, good service and a beachside location.
Stelios and Georgia will make sure you are looked after. Fresh salads, grilled meat, fresh seafood, local olive oil and home made drinks.
This is one of our favourite places in the south of Heraklion, where we love to eat seafood with our feet in the sand.
This is a traditional seafood taverna or 'psarotaverna' just minutes from the harbour where the fishermen bring the daily catch. With wood and raffia chairs and blue and white checked tableclothes, you are going to pinch yourself, because you are really in Greece now.
Enjoy the atmosphere under the large shady trees, the gorgeous wide beach and the open spaces, and of course, fresh, fresh seafood.
Crete Greece Beaches - Matala is famous for its ancient caves and hippy years in the 60s, and now for its music festival. Yet you really need to visit for the fresh seafood and live music at Scala Fish Taverna. This is one of the hippest places to spend your evening in Matala, with plenty of local cuisine with modern touches.
Enjoy Matala Beach for its clear waters, snorkelling, atmosphere and caves, as well as visiting the nearby beaches of Red Beach and Komos Beach.
Manos and Hara will look after you. Ask for the octopus on the grill - stin skara - and you will receive the large tentacles, soft and marinated, then cooked to perfection on the open grill. Mmmm. Just add olive oil, a little dill and lemon juice and you are in heaven!
Our friend Pete wrote to us to tell us all about his favourite tavernas by the sea in Mochlos.
Hi to all fellow lovers of Crete, I recently wrote two children's books which have been published ....all about the adventures of three dogs and a cat. All the action takes place in eastern Crete and that's what I want to tell you about.
It is a very beautiful part of the island, full of interest and brimming with history. Together with my wife Annie and our adventurous pets, we live on the outskirts of a small village called Sfaka which is surrounded by such beauty.
A ten minute drive brings one to the picturesque fishing village of Mochlos. It boasts a variety of little tavernas on the seafront with varied menus. Ask Dimitri to prepare you a seafood platter, try Georges for a selection of Greek dishes known as meze, and you haven't lived until you have had Gaby's fresh calamari. Then there are two little bars on the rocks....just perfect for sun downers.
Between and below George's taverna and Gaby's is a small beach but the clear blue sea is easily accessible from the rocks off Gaby's place and beneath the surface of the sea is a treat for snorkellers. An underwater gorge, sunken ruins and clear blue waters.
There is a small island approximately 150 meters from Mochlos called Mochlos Island by the locals which was at one time part of the town. At the time of the Santorini earthquake, it was separated from the mainland and sunk.....hence the ruins. There is a small church on the island, church of Agios Nikolaos, patron saint of seafarers and fishermen plus an archaeological site of Minoan origin. A dig is still in operation there.
Incidentally, we always enjoy New Years Eve at George's Taverna with live music lovely and reasonably-priced food and a roaring fire. Brilliant!
Crete Greece Beaches - our selections for accommodation right on the beach with a seaside taverna for your complete enjoyment of a Greek summer...
Platanos Villa and many others are close to Sfinari Beach in western Crete...sit with your toes in the sand at Captain Fidias Taverna.
Villa Niki in Loutro allows you to take your pick from many wonderful tavernas every evening, or walk to Marmara Beach for lunch...
The Matala Caves Seafront Apartment is just a stone's throw from Scala Fish Taverna in Matala, Crete.
Skalaki Villa Home-Away-From-Home is a short drive to Mochlos Beach with many seafood tavernas to choose from...
Crete Greece Beaches - getting here by flights, ferries, bus and hire car below: