Located in western Crete, in the Chania region, is Falassarna beach. This is an endless, wonderfully sunny strand that is well known for its amazing sunsets. For these reasons it is considered by many to be Greece’s finest beach. However, Falassarna Bay contains a number of smaller, yet very attractive and sandy, beaches. These are all easily accessible from the very old town of Falassarna, to the north.
In western Crete, in the Rethymnon region, are the twin sandy beaches of Amoudi and Mikro Amoudi. The word ‘amoudi’ is a variant of ‘amos’, which in the Greek language means sand. ‘Mikro’ means little. Both beaches are just a short stroll from Damnoni. Mikro Amoudi beach is quite small, but very popular with naturists; as a result it is often overcrowded. Despite this, it is well organised, with rental facilities for sun beds and a good choice of eating establishments, whatever one’s gastronomic preferences. The water is also very clean, and the clear waters make visibility excellent, so this is a great location for snorkelling. Just a short distance down the road is Amoudi beach. Continue reading
14 miles south of Athens is the very scenic Vouliagmeni Beach, with picture postcard views of the sea. This is a very well equipped beach (one of the best in Athens), with volleyball and tennis facilities, kids playground, water slide, café and even your own changing hut if you like! The peninsula itself is renowned for its mineral water lake, whose effects are best felt at the nearby health spa. Here, the weather is exceptionally agreeable whatever the season, so visitors can feel the benefits of the mineral waters throughout the year.
Just under 17 miles south of Athens is the sandy Varkiza Beach. Its distance from the city centre of Athens means less people come here – hence you will not be jostling for space in the surf and on the sand. The adjoining hotel offers a host of facilities to beach patrons such as tennis, green spaces, parkland, café, pub, etc. On the beach itself you can also rent out a volleyball or tennis court by the hour. Kids also have their own section where they can play safely.