Four Secluded Beaches Between Rethymno and Heraklion

There are so many secrets of nature, historical attractions, and cultural experiences to enjoy in the middle of Crete’s northern coast, right in between Rethymno and Heraklion. Those in search of that perfect secluded beach bliss will find some of Crete’s finest unspoiled cays. Crete’s secluded beaches may lack the convenience of those featuring amenities and activities galore, but they make up in authenticity, splendor, and unspoiled sceneries. Here are four of the most remarkable beaches between Rethymno and Heraklion:


Glaros Beach

This beach is a bit off the beaten path, not far from Bali’s more famous beaches. A stunning stretch of sand and fine pebbles, the beach is picturesque in the extreme owing to the islet of the same name lying just offshore. Once, a Minoan settlement looked out over the lush islet and the perfect beach below. The sea here is ideal for snorkeling, but be sure to bring everything you need – especially snacks and water – since no services or facilities are available.

Kavetevati Beach

Sitting at the western end of a beguiling craggy peninsula, Katevati Beach is mostly pebbly, with a rocky bottom beneath its crystal waters. You’ll seldom find tourists here under the shadow of the magnificent Talean Mountains, even though the beach is protected from northern winds. Another hidden gem near famous Bali, this is another ideal place for snorkeling, and fishers frequent the lovely beach in the season. There are no amenities, as is the case with most of Crete’s hidden beaches, so be sure to bring along essentials like food, beverages, and sunblock.

Almirida Beach

Almirida is a small fishing village just under 40 kilometers outside Rethymno. The beach of the same name is a favorite for locals but unused by tourists. Protected from big seas by a cement pier, the beach is lined with tamarisk trees hugging the sandy shore. Almirida Beach has few amenities, but the nearby village makes a lazy day here seem convenient. Cafes and tavernas are nearby, along with a couple of stores to buy necessities.

Spilies Beach

Spilies Beach is just 15 kilometers east of Rethymnon, in a quiet setting, on the other side of the village of Skaleta. Unknown to tourists, the beach is tucked into a rock-lined bay where aquamarine waters are deep and indescribably beautiful. The pebbly beach is protected by towering cliffs that keep heavy winds from causing turbulent waves. Visitors to this pristine beach are always surprised by the sea caves and curious rock formations that tempt adventurous beachgoers. A few umbrellas dot the seashore, offerings from a small cafe.

Exploring these beaches will give you a sense of what Crete used to be long before the fabulous seaside resorts peppered all over the most accessible areas of the coast. These stretches of sand, pebbles, and curious rocks overlook pristine waters – all inspiring seascapes that turn even amateurish snapshots into postcard-worthy images to immortalize your Cretan memories.

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