It is an undisputed fact that the Cretan seaside is spectacular. Along the coast of Crete, one may find beaches which have been voted as the best in the world, year after year. (Elafonisos, Balos, Vai and Chrissi)

As breathtaking as they are, these popular beaches attract an extremely large number of people, especially during peak season in July & August. A visit as a photo opportunity may be desired, but it is surely preferable to spend the majority of your time on quieter, less populated beaches, suited to your individual preference.

After 20 years of beach hunting, we have discovered an ideal spot in Koutsounari. This 5km of pristine beach is comprised mostly of fine pebbles, slightly larger than grains of sand, which do not creep into every nook and cranny of one’s body and clothes. The surface of the beach is soft enough to lay and walk on even barefoot (except at midday, when it is hot). Visitors may choose to spend their leisure time at well-organized seaside areas which offer amenities such as sunbeds /umbrellas, beach bars, restaurants, restrooms, parking, and service (at low prices) or may choose to spend their time enjoying the sun and serenity at the vast virgin coastal areas. These natural beaches are, and one can enjoy the sound of the rolling waves breaking on the shore.


The beach is mostly calm (due to prevailing northern winds) with a relatively steep descent from the shoreline to the seabed. The waters are so crystal clear that one may be tempted to drink it. There is easy access with readily accessible car parking. Suitable for children, couples, groups, and the elderly. You can enjoy snorkeling, fishing, watersport, SUP, windsurfing.

Other notable beaches

Agios Andreas
Agios Andreas

For toddlers and senior citizens, the rock pool formation at Aghios Andreas


for the golden sand lovers “Voulisma”

Agia Fotia

for the romantics “Agia Fotia”


For the hikers, the adventurous and young “Dragons Cave – Bianco Beach Bar” & “listis”


For the up and coming next new World best unspoilt beach “ xerokampos“

for those windy days “Mirtos”

Makry Gialos

for the shallow water / sand lovers “Makry Gialos”

for windsurfers “Kouremenos”


for best photos “Vai –Palm Forest” and “Chrissi Island – Cedar Forest” … unique and exotic beaches.

For discovering the unspoilt “Erimoupolis Beach”

And so many more….