Nea Chora, which means “new town”, is one of a couple of urban beaches in the beautiful old Venetian port town of Chania.
Koum Kapi is another city beach on the eastern shore of the Venetian Harbor near the ancient city walls.
You need to be adventurous to tackle the steep, rocky goat track down to this extraordinary little beach on the Akrotiri Peninsula.
Three headlands jut out into the sea at this pretty spot to the west of Chania, each protecting a curve of golden sand.
Located some 40 miles northwest of Chania, Balos Beach is one of the best beaches in Greece.
This beautiful swath of pink-golden sand—which gets its color from tiny crustacean shells—and aquamarine water is one of the most magical of Crete’s beaches.
Platanias Beach, a sand and plank beach, is located in front of the long expanse of Platanias village, about eight miles west of Chania.
Gialiskari Beach is your reward at the end of a 90-minute road trip across the mountains if you’re coming from the Chania area.
About an hour from Chania to the south of Cape Gramvousa, Falassarna is actually a string of five beaches.