Beaches of Rethymnon

The beach of the city of Rethymnon


The beach of Rethymnon is located 500m away from the city center and has a length of 13 km. It is an organized, sandy beach with clear blue waters. On the beach there are sets of sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports, lifeguards and various empty spots where you can  usε your own beach equipment. Also parallel to the beach is one of the most famous streets of Rethymnon full of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that serve their products to bathers as well. Finally, it is important to know that it is very likely that you will also meet Careta – Careta turtles as they usually lay their eggs on the beach of Rethymno and because of this there are places which are fenced off to protect the turtles from swimmers.




In the village of Panormo, which is located 21 Km away from Rethymno City there are two main beaches and some smaller ones. The beaches of Panormos are sandy with blue and clear waters. Also, the organized beach “Limanaki” is ideal for families and children as it is shallow and protected from the waves. On this beach there are sets of sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports, lifeguards and various shops around it such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. The second beach worth mentioning is called “Limni” and is located 200m away from the center of Panormou. Also this beach is sandy and protected from the waves by a rocky jetty. A little further east, there is a small pebbly bay, ideal for seclusion and swimming. You can access Panormos by direct bus routes from Rethymnon.

Bali Beach

The seaside village of Bali is located in a bay at a distance of 30 km from the city of Rethymnon and 43 km from Heraklion. The entrance of the village is located on the national road that connects Rethymnon with Heraklion, making Bali accessible from every part of the island. Bali has four sandy beaches with clear blue waters. Waves rarely form on the beaches as the bay of Bali protects them from waves. All the beaches are full equiped and suitable for families with children.You can access Bali Village by direct bus routes from Rethymnon.

Preveli Beach


The “Ivacation villas” company recommends you Preveli beach. The beach is located in the municipality of Agios Vassiliou, south of the prefecture of Rethymno and 33 km away from the city center. The beach takes its name from the monastery of Preveli which is located nearby. This particular beach is a very popular tourist destination for its golden sand, clear blue waters, river with palm trees and gorge. On the beach there is a rock in the shape of a heart, called by the locals “the lover’s stone”.

Balos Beach

The company “Ivacation Villas” recommends you the beach of Balos. The award-winning Balos lagoon is famous for its wild natural beauty, turquoise waters and exotic scenery. During the summer, it is visited by thousands of people. The easiest way to get to the beach is by the ferries that run from the port of Kissamos. If you decide to get to Balos by car, a jeep or 4×4 type car will be ideal. In case you don’t like crowds, it is better to avoid visiting Balos in July and August. The images of such a heavenly place will be etched in your mind forever.

Elafonisi Beach

The “Ivacation villas” company recommends you the Elafonisi beach. Elafonisi is one of the most enchanting and admirable beaches of Crete. The beach is one of the most popular destinations in the prefecture of Chania and is located at the southwestern end of the island. The setting is tropical because of the crystal blue waters, the pink sand and because the sea is divided in the middle by a sand alley which makes it look like two different beaches. This unique landscape attracts thousands of visitors every year. Finally, it is worth noting that Elafonisi has been ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Kalypso Beach

The “Ivacation villas” company recommends you the Kalypso beach. The beach is located south of Rethymnon about 36 km away from the city center, between the village of Plakias and the beach of Preveli. Calypso is the least impressive because of the turquoise waters and the pool shape as it is surrounded by high rocks. The beach is fully organized with sets of sunbeds and umbrellas, lifeguards, coffee and restaurants.

Falasarna Beach

The “Ivacation villas” company recommends you the Falasarna beach.The exotic beach of Falassarna is is located 59km west of Chania city center and almost 17km west of Kissamos. At the northern end of the beach there are the ruins of the ancient Grecoroman city of Phalassarna. Falassarna bay hosts some of the most famous beaches in Greece, which has been awarded as the best beach of Crete and voted as one of the best beaches in Europe several times in the past. Falasarna spans a large area and consists actually of five consecutive beaches, with the two most central being the most favorite.The sand in Falassarna is total white, making the turquoise blue water color tropical.

Seitan Limania Beach

The “Ivacation villas” company recommends you the enchanting beach of Seitan Limania. This impressive beach is located at the bottom of a dramatic narrow gorge and used to be one of the most unique spots in Crete. Seitan Limania is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete. With a mixture of white sand and pebbles at the edge of crystal blue water, surrounded by large rocks, it is one of the most photographed beaches of the island. It would be good to wear closed-toe shoes when going down to the beach because of the downhill and the stones that exist.

Triopetra Beach

The “Ivacation Villas” company recommends you the beach of Triopetra. The beach takes its name from the three imposing rocks that dominate on the sea and is located 52 Km south of Rethymnon. In fact is a double organized beach, the main beach has golden sand, wonderful deep and turquoise waters. On this beach there are also sets of sunbeds and umbrellas, cafes and traditional taverns, while the small Triopetra is a small bay ideal for families and children on days with wind and waves on the other beaches.

Glyka Nera Beach

The “Ivacation Villas” company recommends you the Glyka Nera beach. One of the most beautiful beaches of southern Crete which is hidden between the mountains of Sfakia, 5 km west of the country of Sfakia. The beach is covered in smooth stones and named after the fresh water springs that spring up next to and into the sea. There are two ways to approach this maritime secret, either by boat from Loutro or from Sfakia by crossing the mountain path.

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