Crete Greece Beaches
with Seaside Tavernas

Drying the octopus by the seaside

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.

Eviva! Cheers!



Our Top 7 Beaches with
Tavernas by the Sea in Kriti

Relax by the sea in Crete - here are our top 7 beaches with a seaside taverna serving local 'traditional' food

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.

Fresh fish caught today - eaten tonight by the bayFresh fish caught today - eaten tonight by the bay (image from Fotia Taverna)



In Chania

Captain Fidias, Sfinari Beach

Sfinari Beach, Crete

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!


Sfinari Beach is lined with large tamarisk trees

Sfinari Beach showing Korakas Headland, climb over the zig zag track to the little cove of Platanakia to the southSfinari Beach showing Korakas Headland, climb over the zig zag track to the little cove of Platanakia to the south. Or sit and have another ouzo. Your choice.


Taverna Marmara Beach
near Loutro

Marmara Beach at the mouth of Aradena Gorge, Crete

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.



Marmara Beach near Loutro (image by Yatmandu)Marmara Beach near Loutro, southern Crete



In Rethymnon

Agia Fotini Beach

Sit and relax by the sea or swim at this tiny cove at Agia Fotia TavernaSit and relax by the sea or swim at this tiny cove at Agia Fotia Taverna

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.



Table for two next to the blue at Agia Fotia Taverna, in southern Rethymnon, CreteTable for two next to the blue at Agia Fotia Taverna, in southern Rethymnon, Crete

Clear waters for snorkelling around Agia Fotini BeachClear waters for snorkelling around Agia Fotini Beach

Taverna and rooms at Agia Fotia, swim in the Med to get your appetite backTaverna and rooms at Agia Fotia, swim in the Med to get your appetite back


Crete Greece Beaches
Apanemia Taverna, Triopetra Beach

Triopetra Beach, CreteThe three rocks are clearly visible here...

Crete Greece Beaches - Triopetra Beach can be reached by a 50 km drive from Rethymnon, via Spili and 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.

Apanemia Taverna is on small Triopetra BeachApanemia Taverna is on small Triopetra Beach

Triopetra is a wide sandy beach in the south of CreteTriopetra is a wide sandy beach in the south of Crete, well worth the drive to get there, it makes a perfect day trip, with lunch at Apanemia


In Heraklion

Red Castle Fish Taverna
Kokkinos Pirgos Beach

Kokkinos Pirgos has an active fishing harbour (image by Rookuzz)Kokkinos Pirgos has an active fishing harbour

Crete Greece Beaches - 70 km from Heraklion town in the small seaside village of Kokkinos Pirgos is the Red Castle Fish Taverna.

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.

Red Castle or Kokkinos Pirgos Seafood Taverna is right on the beachRed Castle or Kokkinos Pirgos Seafood Taverna is right on the beach


Scala Fish Taverna, Matala Beach

Scala Fish Taverna, Matala BeachScala Fish Taverna, looking out over Matala Beach

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!


Octopus served at Scala Fish Taverna MatalaCrete Greece Beaches with Seaside Tavernas - Octopus served at Scala Fish Taverna in Matala


In Lasithi

Fish Tavernas
Mochlos Beach

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!



Chill out on the beach, on the rocks or make your way over to Mochlos Island (image by Oliver C)Chill out on the beach, on the rocks or make your way over to Mochlos Island


Crete Greece Beaches Accommodation near
Seaside Tavernas

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 is 9 km from Sfinari Beach

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 - set a little bit back from the harbourside

Villa Niki in Loutro allows you to take your pick from many wonderful tavernas every evening, or walk to Marmara Beach for lunch...

Matala Caves Seafront Apartment looks across the bay to the ancient caves on the rocky peninsula

The Matala Caves Seafront Apartment is just a stone's throw from Scala Fish Taverna in Matala, Crete.

Azure Heights home away from home is a short drive to Mochlos Beach with many seaside tavernas to choose from

Azure Heights Home-Away-From-Home is a short drive to Mochlos Beach with many seafood tavernas to choose from...



Getting to Crete

Crete Greece Beaches - getting here by flights, ferries, bus and hire car below:

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Flights from Athens ATH to Chania CHQ

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Ferries from Athens - Pireaus Port - to Chania Port

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Ferries from Athens - Pireaus Port - to Heraklion Port

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Bus Info & Timetables

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Pre-book a hire car from Chania or Heraklion







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