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The most famous and most photographed beaches on the island, known for their exotic water and majestic natural environment, are the heavenly lagoons of Balos at Gramvousa peninsula and Elafonissi, which lie in the southwestern edge of the island. Between them, lies the virgin beaches of ancient Falassarna. For those looking for seclusion, there is the hidden paradise of Kedrodasos and White Lake near Elafonissi and the African seascapes of Agiannis and Lavrakas on Gavdos island.

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Karavopetra Coves - 2.7 out of 5 based on 369 votes
Karavopetra Coves

The Coves of Paleochora are consecutive small bays that start 1.5 km west of Paleochora (80km south of Chania) and extend 2.5 km to the west, till Cape Grammenos. The beaches are a complex of adjacent coves with crystal clear waters and spectacular pebbles. The main road, connecting Paleochora and Koundoura, runs along the coves. For this reason, they are not preferred by nudists.

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Kalogeros beach - 2.9 out of 5 based on 350 votes
Kalogeros beach

Kalogeros is a perfect beach with deep blue water and fine pebbles, located 57km south of Chania, 11km east of Sougia and 1km west of Agia Roumeli. The beach is located close to the west end of Agia Roumeli.

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Kalives Beaches - 2.2 out of 5 based on 186 votes
Kalives Beaches

Kalives is a seaside resort located 19km west of Chania, on the southern coast of Souda Bay. This small village is built on a fertile green valley, where three rivers flow. The village's name (i.e. “Huts” in Greece) seems to come from the huts that were built by farmers in their fields, to spend the summer nights.

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Sarakiniko beach - 2.9 out of 5 based on 185 votes
Sarakiniko beach

It is named after the Saracen pirates who once used the island as a base of attacks. Sarakiniko, like all beaches in Gavdos is one of the best beaches in Greece that any description can not fit the beauty. It is located on a large cove bay looking north.

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Mavros Molos beach - 3.1 out of 5 based on 282 votes
Mavros Molos beach

Mavros Molos (i.e. black jetty) beach is located just in front of Kissamos town, 36km west of Chania. Mavros Molos is a long gulf, on which remains of the ancient port of Kissamos have been found.

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Pirgos beach - 3.5 out of 5 based on 184 votes
Pirgos beach

Pirgos has two adjacent emerald sandy beaches, which are absolutely unorganized and isolated. Many campers prefer Pirgos for camping, as it is very far from any tourist infrastructure. The beaches are hidden in the heart of a large bay, surrounded by dunes and junipers and protected by steep cliffs.

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Afrata beach - 2.2 out of 5 based on 305 votes
Afrata beach

Afrata is a small village, located 3.5km north of Kolymbari and 28km west of Chania, at Cape Rodopos. The small lovely beach of Afrata is shaped 1km east of the village, inside a well protected calm bay.

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Anydri beaches - 3.1 out of 5 based on 367 votes
Anydri beaches

The secluded beaches by village Anidri, known as Gialiskari or Dialiskari, are surely some of the most beautiful beaches of Crete. Gialiskari is located 4km east of Paleochora and 80km South of Chania. The beaches are the easternmost beaches of the coasts of Paleochora, having an overall length of 18km.

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Almirida Beaches - 2.2 out of 5 based on 185 votes
Almirida Beaches

Almyrida is located 23km east of Chania, on the south shores of Souda Bay and 1km west of Plaka village. It is a quiet resort with good facilities and superb sea. The unspoiled countryside and the lush oil groves around Almyrida are ideal for walking.

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Lakki beach - 1.8 out of 5 based on 152 votes
Lakki beach

Lakki is located 81km southeast of Chania and 48km southwest of Rethymno city. It’s located close to Fragokastelo, just 2km eastern, near the village Skaloti. A small stream that runs in the Gorge of Sfaggofarago empties to the west of Lakki. The beach is accessed by driving in the road that starts from Skaloti.

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Tripiti beach - 3.4 out of 5 based on 188 votes
Tripiti beach

The beach of Tripiti is located 7km south of Karave harbor and is the southernmost point of Gavdos and Europe. The eastern part of the beach is sandy, while the part close to the "tip" of Gavdos has large stones and pebbles.

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Agia Roumeli beach - 2.5 out of 5 based on 348 votes
Agia Roumeli beach

Agia Roumeli is a small secluded village, located 56km south of Chania, on a wide bay shaped at the exit of the Samaria Gorge. Thousands of visitors, descending the gorge, reach this place every day.

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Kolimbari beach - 2.1 out of 5 based on 300 votes
Kolimbari beach

Kolimbari is fairly well developed, mainly due to the beautiful long beach that stretches in front of the village and extends east to Tavronitis. The beach in Kolimbari is sandy and in some places has small pebbles. The water is deep, but usually wavy (like all the open beaches of northern Crete).

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Marathi Beach - 2.2 out of 5 based on 181 votes
Marathi Beach

Marathi hosts two beautiful beaches with fine sand and shallow calm waters, ideal for children. They are very well protected from the winds, as they look to the south and have nice view to Drapanos Cape and the White Mountains. The beaches are separated by a small pier, which serves as a harbor. It is well organized with all necessary amenities nearby.

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Platanakia Beach - 3.8 out of 5 based on 262 votes
Platanakia Beach

Platanakia beach is located 61km southewest of Chania, 31km south of Kissamos and 5km northwest of Kambos village. The beach is shaped in the exit of the beautiful gorge of Kambos, starting from the homonym village.

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Nopigia Beach - 1.8 out of 5 based on 293 votes
Nopigia Beach

The seaside village of Nopigia is located 6km east of Kissamos and 30km west of Chania. It is built on the east side of the Kissamos Bay, next to the basis of Rodopos Cape and after the east end of Drapanias beach.

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Perivolakia and Timios Stavros - 1.2 out of 5 based on 676 votes
Perivolakia and Timios Stavros

The two beaches of Perivolakia (Small Perivolaki and Large Perivolaki) and the beach of Timios Stavros are three adjacent coves, located 2.5km west of Chora Sfakion and 74km south of Chania. The beaches are located in a very mountainous area, in the middle of the distance between Glyka Nera beach and Loutro, just next to the European footpath E4.

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Agios Onoufrios Beach - 2.3 out of 5 based on 167 votes
Agios Onoufrios Beach

Agios Onoufrios is a small seaside village of Akrotiri, which is located 8km north of Chania and close to Kounoupidiana. The village is actually a suburb of Chania, since it is very close to the city. It is named after the small chapel next to the beach that is dedicated to St. Onoufrios and celebrated on June 12.

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Ombrosgialos beach - 2.2 out of 5 based on 183 votes
Ombrosgialos beach

It is a rocky beach with deep-blue deep waters. There is a small harbor with a dock, from which swimmers usually dive in the crystal waters. Next to the harbor there is only one tavern, very famous for its fish dishes. The coast is not organized and is too far from accommodation choices. The sea around Omprosgialos is ideal for snorkelers.

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Krios Beach - 2.4 out of 5 based on 378 votes
Krios Beach

The beach of Krios is located about 10km west of Paleochora and 90km south of Chania, on the east side of Krios Cape. It is a lovely secluded beach with a length of about 1km, which is divided into three consecutive bays with fine pebbles and coarse sand.

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