The Prefecture of Rethymnon is ideal for summer holidays since it boasts a large number of beautiful and clean beaches. Magnificent sandy beaches can be visited on the north coast, at the Cretan Sea as well as on the south coast of the island, at the Libyan Sea.
We would like to detail below some of the more characteristic beaches:
Rethymnon Beach: Organised sandy beach more than 20 km long, stretching from the town of Rethymnon in an easterly direction towards the areas of Perivolia, Platanes, Adelianos Kampos, Skaleta.
Episkopi Beach: Large sandy beach west of Rethymno, partly organised
Panormo: This coastal village is situated 20 km east of Rethymno. It boasts an organised beach as well as a variety of tavernas, hotels and rooms right by the sea.
Bali: Nestling in the surrounding mountains of the bay of Bali you will find the coastal village of the same name 34 km east of Rethymnon. Visitors may choose from which of the small inlets to enjoy bathing at organised beaches. The area offers a large number of tavernas, hotels and rooms.
Plakias: The village of Plakias is situated 40 km south of Rethymno. This resort boasts a superb sandy beach, and the well-organised infrastructure includes hotels, rooms, tavernas and restaurants. The organised beach offers both bathing and various water sports.
Damnoni: Organised sandy beach west of the village of Plakias and south of the town of Rethymnon. It offers a few tavernas and rooms are also available.
Ammoudi: Small sandy beach near Damnoni not organised and fairly isolated.
Preveli Lagoon: 38km south of Rethymno, shortly before you arrive at the historic Monastery of Preveli, a track on the left hand side leads downhill to a parking place. After approximately 15-minutes downhill walk you arrive at the beautiful sandy beach with palm trees, where the River Kourtaliotis empties into the sea.
Triopetra: The beach of Triopetra, which was named after the three distinctive rocks in the sea, is situated approximately 50 km south of Rethymnon. Follow the road to Aghia Galini and turn left after 40 km in the direction of Akoumia. Continue until you arrive at the huge sandy beach, which is not organised and fairly isolated.
Agios Pavlos: The magnificent sandy beach of Agios Pavlos is found 58km south of Rethymno. Follow the road to Agia Galini and after 46km turn right at the crossroads of the village of Kria Vrissi. Continue until you arrive at the seaside. Bathing in one of the isolated inlets, which have formed between the rocks, and seeing the sand dunes will be an unforgettable experience. In the village of the same name you will find rooms and tavernas.
Agia Galini: This resort is situated 58km south of Rethymnon. Apart from the plentiful tourist infrastructure the village also boasts beautiful and clean beaches, which are situated in various picturesque inlets in the area.
Korakas: This beach is also situated on the south coast, more precisely south of the village of Rodakino, 42km from Rethymnon. The sandy beach of Korakas is organised and the area offers hotels, as well as a large variety of rooms and tavernas.