Self-Guided Beach Day near Rethymno

Rethymno is one of the few Greek cities with its own beach (and the only main city in Crete to have one). The locals call it Adelianos Kampos, but if you say "the beach of Rethymno," everyone will know what you're talking about! It's conveniently within walking distance from the Old Town

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. 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!
Read more about some of the best beach excursions in Greece and other interesting activities on Crete.
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Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 14 Days

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.