Visiting Crete’s beaches by car
Visiting Crete’s beaches by car

Crete’s beautiful beaches

With 1,000km of coastline to explore, Crete offers something for everyone. Whether it’s small and secluded or sandy and sprawling, you can reach any stretch of beach when you hire from our extensive range of rental cars in Crete. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best beaches to make the most of your rental car:

Georgioupolis – where three rivers meet

Georgioupolis is a popular resort right on the sea, close to the border with Rethymno and Chania. It is one of the most visited summer destinations in the northwest of Crete for travellers and locals alike. The 9km Georgioupolis beach is the main attraction of the area, with Kalyvaki beach on the other side of the river. Nearby Lake Kournas is also a popular excursion.

The wide sandy beach with large sand dunes and shallow water is great for a family day out and offers safe swimming in the sea, although the water is on the cooler side due to the rivers that flow into it.  With umbrellas for hire, showers and water sports facilities, it’s a great place for fun in the sun.

Triopetra – ‘three rocks’ beach

About 52km south of Rethymno, in the middle of the vast coastline of Akoumiani Gialia, lies one of Crete’s most impressive beaches. Named after the three big rocks, which protrude from the sea and can be seen for miles around, this beach is popular with locals because of its special rock formations. Promising a great adventure in your Crete rental car, an asphalt road leads onto a route through green olive groves at the foot of the Siderotas mountains. It’s ideal for nature lovers and holidaymakers seeking peace and quiet due to its beautiful landscapes, stunning sunsets and tranquil waters.

Plakias Crete’s widest beach

Plakias lies 36km south of Rethymno and boasts a long and wide bay. One of the most famous holiday resorts on the island, it welcomes thousands of visitors each year. The spacious Plakias beach extends east from the village and offers something for everyone. There are showers all along the beach and ample parking spaces, plus you’ll find plenty to do with beach volleyball courts and a range of bars, tavernas and hotels to visit.

Explore more

Why not take your rental car in Crete to explore some of the other lovely nearby beaches? There is Damnoni, Amoudi and Mikro Amoudi, plus a little further away are Lefkogia and Schinaria – both popular with scuba divers. If you fancy a break from the beach, the mighty vertical rocks at Paligremnos in the eastern part of the island attract adventure seekers and climbing enthusiasts from around the world.

What are you waiting for?

With over 40 car models to choose from, comprehensive insurance, a free second driver, lots of convenient pick-up and collection points and competitive prices, rent a car in Crete today to start your adventure. Contact our Customer Service team on +30 28340 51505 between 07:00a.m. and 21:00p.m. (MET) 7 days a week or email [email protected] to see how we can help.

We look forward to seeing you in Crete!

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