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Agia Pelagia
The cosy town of Agia Pelagia has a wonderful main beach, which in summer time is full of people who are enjoying the bright clear sea water, the sun and the lively boulevard with its many bars, taverns and restaurants. The beach has fine sand and sunbeds and parasols can be used . Watersports are also available here and you find it in the middle of the beach, opposite of the main street.

Mononaftis
This lovely beach is in Agia Pelagia. If, from the main beach, you walk passed Capsis and continue in that direction, you will eventually end up at the beach of Mononaftis. The word mononaftis means lonely sailor. It is the third beach in Agia Pelagia. This is a very quiet beach and it is sheltered by a large rock, giving the beach plenty of peace and privacy

Psaromoura
The second beach you come across when walking in western direction from Agia Pelagia’s main beach is Psaromoura. Many people consider this a very nice and quiet beach, where there is also a small shop that sells soda and ice cream.

Kladissos
One beach west of the main beach in Agia Pelagia is Kladissos. This beach is less crowded than the main beach but still close to the centre of the cosy town of Agia Pelagia. It is nice to take a stroll to the smaller beaches of Agia Pelagia if you are looking for more quiet, peaceful places to sunbathe or enjoy the clear water of the sea.

Capsis beach
Agia Pelagia has a luxury resort called Capsis. The resort is located on the “peninsula” of the bay, overlooking the sea. Capsis also has its own private beach for customers

Ligaria
The wonderful bay of Ligaria is a bay to the east of the main beach of Agia Pelagia. This bay is sheltered by rocks and it is a great place for snorkeling. On the beach are also sunbeds and parasols for rent. From the centre of Agia Pelagia you can walk to Ligaria in 45 minutes or rent a waterbike to go there. This lovely bay is definitely worth a visit.

 

Matala
Matala, located on the southcoast of Crete, has one of the finest sandy beaches of Crete. The large nice sandy beach and the clean seawater make this a wonderful place to swim or snorkle. Furthermore, there are the holes carved out of the rocks here that were made in antiquity and were inhabited by the hippies in the 1960s. The town still has the relaxed atmosphere.

Preveli beach
The small beach at Preveli, where the similar monastery is located, is also on the southcoast of Crete, south of Rethymnon. The same type of palmtree that grows on Vai beach, also grows here. From the monastery there is a small path down to the sea. Fresh water is coming from the mountains, mixing with the salt seawater, causing brackish water.

Mirtos
Mirtos is located on the southcoast of Crete, some 10 km from Ierapetra. It is a wonderfully quiet place with a just as quiet and beautiful beach on the Lybian coast. The seawater is warm, because of the near “African” climate. Mirtos has a small boulevard with some great authentic taverns.

Lentas
Lentas lies at the peaceful southcoast of Crete and is a small town with an authentic Cretan atmosphere. Here you also find a lovely quiet beach, perfect for a relaxing swim. 

Elafonissi
Elafonissi is well known place on Crete. It is famous for its ros coloured sand and the perfect blue sea. It lies in the far southwest of Crete. The island of Elafonissis can only be reached wading through the water.

Gramvoussa/Balos
On the northwest side of Crete lies Kissamos (Kastelli). From here, boats leave for Gramvoussa island and the lagoon Balos. An old Venetian castle can be visited at Gramvoussa island, carrying the legend of a pirate’s treasure. From the castle on has a panoramic view over the bay below. Most boats also sail to Balos, a wonderful lagoon, where the water is turquoise and the bottom of the sea bright white.

Elounda
Elounda is a cosy place and lies across the island of Spinalonga, the former lepre island. Elounda has a nice harbour with many good fish restaurants and some good beaches for a pleasant swim. The town became famous for the fact that the tv series “Who pays the ferryman?” was shot here.

Vai
Vai is the famous palmbeach in the far east of Crete. This beach became famous after a commercial was shot here. Ever since the beach is also called “bounty” beach. In the highseason, it is crowded here. Many tourists pay a visit to this place.

Georgioupolis:Geogioupolis is a town in between Rethymnon and Chania. This nice town has a long stretched beach. It used to be fisherman’s town, but it developed into a touristic place. However, it is a nice stop for a plunge in the fresh clean sea.

Sougia baySougia
Sougia is one of the most popular sea resorts of south Crete. Sougia is some 65 km south of Chania. Sougia was built on the ruins of ancient Syia. In the area of Sougia are the ruins of the Dorian city Lissos. This city flourished during the Roman and Byzantine area. Sougia can be reached by water, but also by car via the towns of Alikianos and Agia Irini. It has a nice harbour and in the town are good restaurants and cafes

Georgioupolis:Geogioupolis is a town in between Rethymnon and Chania. This nice town has a long stretched beach. It used to be fisherman’s town, but it developed into a touristic place. However, it is a nice stop for a plunge in the fresh clean sea.

Sougia baySougia
Sougia is one of the most popular sea resorts of south Crete. Sougia is some 65 km south of Chania. Sougia was built on the ruins of ancient Syia. In the area of Sougia are the ruins of the Dorian city Lissos. This city flourished during the Roman and Byzantine area. Sougia can be reached by water, but also by car via the towns of Alikianos and Agia Irini. It has a nice harbour and in the town are good restaurants and cafes.

Remote LoutroLoutro
Loutro is a small village on the southcoast of Crete, between Chora Sfakion and the Samaria gorge in the district Chania. This remote town is only accessible by the water or by foot. The ferry from Agia Roumelli to Chora Sfakion also stops in Loutro.
The few inhabitants of Loutro mainly live off tourism. In the surroundings of the town are several beaches and places where you can swim from the rocks. Loutro has a beautiful and pure atmosphere.

Agia RoumelliAgia Roumelli
Agia Roumelli is mainly known for the fact that is the end of the Samaria gorge. The cosy town is only accessible by boat or by foot. Here you can have a good refreshing swim.

Chora SfakionChora Sfakion
Chora Sfakion lies in the Sfakia region. It is a nearly untspoilt area with high mountains, plateaus and a rough coastline. Chora Sfakion is the “capital” of the Sfakia region. From Agia Roumelli there is a boat connection to Chora Sfakion. Chora Sfakion has a wonderful surrounding with some nice beaches for a good swim.

Agia Galini beachAgia Gallini
The nice village of Agia Gallini lies at the southcoast of Crete. Originally a fisherman’s town, it has developed into a cosy town. The beach is only a five minutes walk from the town. It is a wonderful place for a swim, the sandy beach is clean and the seawater warm. Furthermore, it is a safe place for children.

Nudist beaches
In all of Greece, naturism is officially only allowed on some approved places. However, in some other places a blind eye is turned. These are usually quiet and remote places, such as small bays and beaches. It is possible that nudism is not allowed in the weekends or in july and august, when the Greeks have holidays as well. You should therefore always take the sensitivities of the local population into account. You are a guest in their country and the Greeks are sensitive to nudism. Topless sunbathing is usually no problem, as long as the beach is not visible from the village. 
Below you find the beaches of Crete where naturism is allowed generally speaking. Most beaches where you can sunbathe naked are on the southcoast of Crete. However, these are no official nudist beaches, so you should always take the above tips into account.

Paleochora:
A part of the long sandy beach is used by naturists. A bit further to the east is also the beach of Anidri.

Sougia:
The eastern part of the beach is a naturist beach.

Agia Roumeli:
Away from the main beach to the east, on the other side of the Samaria river is a nudist beach.

Agios Pavlos
1 hour walk east of Agia Roumelli is a long and nearly deserted beach.

Sweet water beach (Glykanera):
This is a spectacularly beautiful beach halfway between Loutro and Chora.

Plakias:
A long beach with a part for naturists.

Damnoni, Preveli:
The situation changes here regularly. A bit further to the east is a very long beach that continues all the way to Agios Pavlos. Here are several places for naturists.

Komos beach:
North of Matala is probably one of the best naturist beaches of Crete. Komos is known for its breeding place of the protected sea turtles, so you should take care not to disturb the animals.

Lentas
In Lentas are also some possibilities for naturism.

The northcoast has hardly any nudist beaches, apart from a small bay here and there. An exception is Georgioupolis beach, in between Chania and Rethymnon. The sandy beach is 9 km long and at the eastern part naturism is possib

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