Heraklion North Coast Beaches

Top North Coast beaches of Heraklion

Discover some of the best Heraklion North Coast beaches

Agia Pelagia

Agia Pelagia - The sandy beach of the popular tourist resort is protected from the north and the northwest winds, thus the sea is usually calm. It’s a very well organized beach and is considered one of the best beaches of the north coast. There is also a small, not organized, sandy beach at about 1 km east of Agia Pelagia and before the beach of Lygaria, offering a calm and isolated atmosphere with some accommodation facilities, food and drinks.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent. If you chose to get there by rental car and via the old road (some 25 km from Heraklion) you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Whichever route you might chose, beware of the strong winds on the last 2-3 km.

Amnissos

Amnissos - The beach of the homonymous tourist resort is part of the kilometer long, sandy beach of the Heraklion bay, some 9 km east of the city and airport. Affected by the north winds, it’s a fully organized beach.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, beach bars, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, lifeguard, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Amoudara

Amoudara - The beach of the homonymous tourist resort is open to the north and therefore affected by the north winds. It’s a very well organized beach with a wide range of facilities. At the western end there is a windsurfing school offering one week courses. For those who prefer a more natural, less crowded environment, there are parts of this long beach that are not organized at all.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, beach bars, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, lifeguard, water sports, wind surfing
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Analipsi

Analipsi - The beach is close to the popular and well developed tourist resort of Kato Gouves, some 20 km east of Heraklion. The well organized, sandy beach is affected by the north winds. The end of the beach is less crowded.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Anissaras

Anissaras - The beach is close to the popular and well developed tourist resort of Kato Gouves, some 20 km east of Heraklion. The well organized, sandy beach is affected by the north winds. The seabed is partly rocky, which makes it suitable for snorkeling.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Fodele

Fodele - The beach is some 3 km north of the village and 23 km west of Heraklion (via the National Road). A well organized, sandy beach affected by the north winds.

 
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent. If you chose to get there by rental car, it is recommended to take the old road. The drive will be slightly longer (2 to 2,5 km), but the landscape is nicer and it gives you the chance to visit the El Greco Museum in the beautiful village of Fodele.

Gournes

Gournes - The beach of the homonymous village is 2 km east of the tourist resort of Kokkini Hani and some 17 km east of Heraklion. It is a well organized, sandy beach affected by the north winds. The short distance of 1 km from the beaches of Gouves to the east and Kokkini Hani to the west, provide good alternatives for swimming. Certainly worth seeing in the vicinity, is Europe’s biggest Aquarium, the CretAquarium Thalassokosmos which also has a Research Centre of Mediterranean Sea life. The Centre was inaugurated in 2005 and it open to visitors all year round (Admission 8 €).
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, showers, lifeguard, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent.

Fodele

Kato Gouves - The beach of the popular and well developed tourist resort is located some 18 km east of Heraklion. It is a fully organized, sandy beach affected by the north winds. The short distance of 2 km from the beaches of Gournes and Kokkini Hani to the West and Analipsi to the East provide good alternatives for swimming.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, beach bars, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent.

Hersonissos Beaches - Limanakia

Limanakia - Located some 28 km east of Heraklion and close to Hersonissos, Limanakia is a collection of tiny, sandy beaches affected by the north winds. These beaches are not organized; accommodation, food and drink can be found in nearby Hersonissos. With no facilities at all, except for some umbrellas here and there, you will be able to enjoy the natural environment and the crystal clear sea. Due to the small size of the beaches and the lack of facilities they are fairly quiet.
Facilities: few umbrellas
Accessible: from Hersonissos by foot.

Hersonissos Beaches - Nudist's Beach

Nudist Beach - Very close to Hersonissos, the Nudist’s beach too is nothing but an even rocky area with sand here and there. Affected by the north winds, it has a rocky seabed and is thus ideal for snorkeling. The beach is not organized; accommodation, food and drink can be found in nearby Hersonissos. With no facilities at all, you will be able to enjoy the natural environment and the crystal clear sea. It’s the only beach in the Hersonissos area where nudism is allowed. However, don’t expect to be completely isolated since the beach is quite close to the road.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Hersonissos by foot

Hersonissos - Nana Beach

Nana beach is located east of Hersonissos, in front of the homonymous hotel and is not affected by the north winds.
The beach is well organized; however, the prices for the umbrellas and sun beds are slightly higher than elsewhere.
Facilities: hotels, tavernas, restaurants, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Beach West of Hersonissos

West of Hersonissos - A long, sandy beach some 28 km east of Heraklion, is open to the Cretan Sea and very affected a by the north winds. It’s a very popular and well organized beach.
Facilities: hotels, tavernas, restaurants, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Hersonissos by foot

Hersonissos - Silva Maris Beach

Silva Maris Hotel - The small, sandy beaches around the hotel, some 28 km east of Heraklion and east of Hersonissos, are not organized and affected by the north winds. With no facilities, the beaches are usually quiet, partly due to their small size, but also due to the high waves on windy days. If you decide to visit them on a windy day, make sure to be extremely cautious when swimming or sunbathing.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Hersonissos by foot

Kokkini Hani

Kokkini Hani - The long, sandy beach of the homonymous village, some 12 km east of Heraklion and almost along the road, is fully organized and affected by the north winds. It is very popular with young people and gets quite noisy and crowded during summer. Featuring beach bars with loud music, it’s the ideal place for all those preferring high volume amusement. The area also offers several small, sandy beaches that are quieter and less crowded. To find them, ask the locals; they will surely show you the way. Bear in mind that these beaches are not organized and do not offer food and drinks, make sure you take water and refreshments along.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, cafes, beach bars, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Linoperamata

Linoperamata - The beach of the homonymous tourist resort is well organized with good accommodation and beach facilities.

 
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent.

Lychnostatis Beaches

Just after Lychnostatis, the Folk Museum of Hersonissos, and some 28 km east of Heraklion, there are a couple of small beaches, affected by the northern winds. These beaches are not organized apart from some sun beds and umbrellas here and there and do not offer any accommodation, food or drink. Due to their small size and the lack of facilities they are usually quiet. Occasionally the beaches are sandy, but usually the winter gales and the high waves sweep over the sand and it is more likely to find them pebbly.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Ligaria

Ligaria - Some 2 km east of Agia Pelagia, and 17 km northwest of Heraklion, is this sandy beach within a small cove, well protected from the winds and fairly organized with tourist facilities, however, less crowded than the nearby Agia Pelagia.
Facilities: hotels, tavernas, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent.

Mallia

Malia - The beach of the famous tourist resort is a more than 6 km long beach, one of the most extended beaches of the prefecture and very popular, although affected by the north winds. Due to the vicinity to Heraklion and Hersonissos, it gets fairly crowded in summer. If you feel like wandering around, the beach of Stalis to the west and the beaches of Lassithi to the east, are some of the choices you have.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent.

Monoaftis

Mononaftis is a beach 1 km north of the tourist resort of Agia Pelagia and some 17 km northwest of Heraklion (via the National Road to Rethymnon). A sandy beach affected by the north winds, it is well organized with accommodation facilities.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent

Paleokastro

Paleokastro - Is some 10 km west of Heraklion and just a few metres off the National Road to Rethymnon. This small pebbly beach is rather protected from the strong north winds and well organized and ideal for snorkeling.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, restaurant, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible:from Heraklionby public buses; schedules are frequent.

Stalis

Stalis - The very well organized beach of the homonymous tourist resort is a shallow, sandy beach affected by the north winds. If you feel like wandering around, the beaches of Mallia to the east and those of Hersonissos to the west, offer very good alternatives. The beaches of the area are all beautiful, some sandy and suitable for swimming and others rocky and ideal for snorkeling.
Facilities: hotels, studios, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses; schedules are frequent.

Tobrouk

Tobrouk - The beach owes its name to a beach taverna and covers the eastern end of the kilometer long, sandy beach of the Heraklion bay, some 10 km east of Heraklion. It’s a well organized beach affected by the north winds.
Facilities: hotels, studios, rooms, tavernas, restaurants, beach bars, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, showers, lifeguard, water sports
Accessible:from Heraklionby public buses; schedules are frequent.

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