Famous Beaches in West Crete
If you're in search of the perfect beach in the Chania region, you will be lost for choice. A 10-minute walk from the Akali Hotel will lead you to Chania's city beach, Kalathas, relatively close to the town is sandy, shallow and very lively during the warmer months. It is where the well-known Zorba the Greek was filmed as well. For a really perfect beach make your way to Falassarna, nominated as one of the most stunning in Europe and boasting a party atmosphere in summer. Elafonissi is another outstanding white beach on the tip of the Crete that connects sandy islets together in a surreal landscape.
Yet there are many other beaches in the Chania district like Balos, Kolimbari and Grammenos that all compete for beauty. The island of Gavdos on the south side of the island and the azure natural Kournas Lake are other outstanding attractions that you absolutely must visit in the Chania region. Away from shore, the delightful villages of Paleochora and Sougia, as well as the Samaria Gorge for a long yet amazing hike must also be on your itinerary. If you take a car and drive around this region, you will be met by many curiosities, surprises and warm welcomes from the local inhabitants. The Akali will guide you to these wonderful places and help you discover all corners of this magic island. This is Crete at its very best!