Get to know the way of life on Crete, in the island's far west region of Chania. With the 8-day version of this itinerary, you'll experience culture, scenery, and cuisine within the island's historic villages. Enjoy historical walking tours, Greek cooking lessons, and guided day trips to the surrounding countryside.
However, if you're up for an excursion, there are a few other great beach options near Rethymno. Depending on your personal preferences, here are some suggestions:
- Preveli Beach. Set on the southern coast of the Rethymno region, you can enjoy a day of swimming at the picturesque Preveli Beach. Enjoy its warm, clear waters and scenic palm forest. Then, a short hike or boat ride gets you to the sandy portion.
- Agia Pelagia. You'll find this beach on the northern coast on the way to Heraklion. It's a long and narrow stretch of sand that curves around a cove and features that picture-perfect turquoise hue known to Crete. It's near a town, so you'll find many options for amenities, watersports, and diving excursions.
- Matala. In Matala, there's a beautiful beach that stretches almost 1,000 feet (300 m) long. The beach is sandy, but the water's edge contains fine gravel, so the sea is deep and crystal-clear! But the real highlight is the rock formations that bookend the beach, with a huge cave at the northern end. If you're feeling brave, climb to the top and dive into the pools below, as some of the locals do!
Itineraries with Beach Day near Rethymno
Come to Crete with childlike enthusiasm on this 12-day itinerary. After an Athenian mythology tour, the island awaits you, with Venetian architecture, sprawling natural landscapes, historic stone villages, and more ready to be explored.
This two-week itinerary gives you and your school-aged children plenty of time to get their hands on Greek cultural activities in Athens and the major cities of Crete. Start in Athens, where you can paint the Parthenon and exercise like an Olympian at the Panathenaic Stadium. You'll fly to Crete, where you'll participate in mosaic-making workshops, archaeological adventures, and botanical treasure hunts, alongside plenty of time to wander at your own pace or relax on the beach.