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Seaside settlement of Agios Pavlos is located 58 km south of Rethymno, west from Agia Galini, on the edge of Akrotiri Melissa. To get here you have to pass the villages of Akoumia or Saktouria.

Ag. Paulos it is a quite tranquil place, hidden in a windy bay, suitable for family holidays or one day relax. In the bay there is a beautiful beach with deep green waters and a wonderful sandy beach. Nearby there are several rooms for rent and taverns, where basic services (umbrellas, beach bikes, etc.) are provided.


the perfect beach attracts most of the visitors, some of them prefer to visit St. Paul village itself, to have short accommodation and food there. The Akumiani Gialia, is located behind the western edge of the bay and is probably the best beach in Rethymnon area.. You can get there from a path that starts from St. Paul village. According to newer researchers, Saint Paul visited this beach and harbour for the start of his trip to Rome.

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When you arrive in Chania (or planning to) you will certainly hear the word “Elafonissi”. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece that you should definitely visit. Let’s see why is that.

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Elafonisi is located 76 km west of Chania and 5 km south of Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, in the south-westernmost point of Crete. It is protected by Natura 2000 so, we advise you not to remove any plants, animals or even sand because it is highly forbidden. Unfortunately for all of us who like camping, you are not allowed to camp as well. All these due to the fact that many endangered animals like Caretta caretta find shelter there.

This beach seems like exotic (only if you go there will you understand) with turquoise waters and white, pinkish sand. The colorful sand appears so owing to numerous broken shells. The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is well organized and has the most people. There are umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms. Also, near the beach there is a huge area for parking and, even further, a few rooms to let. The last few years more and more people come to Elafonissi for kite surfing so, if you are an adventurous person, there are many sports you can try.

You can visit Elafonissi by car or bus. It will take up to 2 hours to get there (from Chania) and about 4 hours from Heraklion. But it worth – the scenery will surely amaze you!

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As the largest island in Greece, Crete has quite a bit to offer travelers. Rugged mountains stretch across the island while olive trees fill the valleys.

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Visitors often indulge in the local cuisine, long celebrated for its healthy qualities, and embrace the country’s artistic culture by purchasing handmade pottery and jewelry. Additionally, the many ruins left behind by ancient civilizations like the Minoans can be explored throughout the island. All in all, Crete’s rich history and stunning locale is enough to make anyone want to hop on the next plane over, but what really draws the crowds are the numerous beaches lining the shore. Here are the top sandy stretches to hit next time you find yourself on the Mediterranean island.

Elafonísi Beach

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The turquoise water is beautifully contrasted by pink-tinted sand  making this beach on the southwestern tip of the island extremely You’ll find yourself wading through warm water with access to multiple white sandbars or the natural islet sheltering the beach from rough waters. Elafonísi draws large crowds throughout the year, particularly in the summer months. So, if you want seclusion, head there in the spring.

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Mátala Beach

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Mátala was known as a hippie hangout in the ’60s and ’70s. Today, romantics from all over the world enjoy sipping on a late night drink while the nearby caves are illuminated. During the day, visitors flock the beach for a dip. The consistent crowds have resulted in convenient amenities like a bathroom and lifeguard.

Sweetwater Beach

HORA SFAKION, CRETE, GREECE - 2014/05/21: View of secluded Sweetwater Beach between the villages of Hora Sfakion and Loutro on the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete. (Photo by Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Those looking for seclusion will love this stretch of sand in Crete’s Sfakia region, as it’s isolated between mountains and is only accessible by foot or boat. The small springs underneath the beach’s pebbles provide fresh water–hence the name–allowing for trees to grow and provide welcome shade. You may want to pack your own lunch as there is only one small café serving the beach.

Vai Beach

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This beach at Crete’s northeastern tip is famous for its palm trees–there are so many you may fool yourself into thinking you’re in the Caribbean. The summer season brings large crowds, and the beach is often packed tight with sunbathers. Instead, beat the masses and arrive in the early morning or plan your trip for the early spring or late autumn.

Balos Beach

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Relax on the soft white sand lining this beach in northwestern Crete. From the lagoon, you can see the island of Gramvoussa. If you’re feeling adventurous, venture to the top of the island where the remains of a Venetian castle offer stunning views of the surrounding area.

Mýrtos Beach

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Mýrtos has been luring bohemian sun-seekers since the 1960s, and the laid-back vibe still exists today. You’ll find sunbathers lounging on the numerous free sunbeds scattered across the beach. Additionally, the surrounding area is known for multiple ancient Minoan sites. Make sure to check them once you’ve had enough sun.

Frangokástello Beach

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A Venetian castle, long used to guard the town against pirates, anchors this beach on the southern coast. The area’s history is rich and visitors can explore the castle as well as other ruins after a day on the beach. According to locals, you may even catch a ghost roaming the castle from time to time.

Source: Apokronasnews.com