The Young and Lively are looking for the best lively beaches in Crete that are truly awesome...

You demand from any lively beaches for those looking for a good time…

Cool Sounds

The very latest music to chill to!

Buzzing Beach

Plenty of young free and single guys and gals!

Amazing Scenery

Perfect setting to get the perfect tan!

Clean and Clear Waters

Clean and crystal clear waters to really make a splash!

Awesome Activities

All you could want – waterslides, foam parties, jet skis, parasailing, banana boats, and donuts. The choice is yours!

The best news is that we’ve found the most Young and Lively beaches here in Crete!

Our Young and Lively Beaches Guide...


Aghia Marina Beach

Agia Marina is a very popular tourist resort just 10 kilometres from Chania town. The beach and the resort get very busy at the height of the season – July and August. But the long sandy beach is big enough to accommodate the crowds who adore this resort for the accommodation facilities, food and drink at the sea front tavernas and bars. On the beach itself visitors can also enjoy all the facilities you would expect for swimming, sunbathing and water sports.

The nearest village to the Beach is Aghia Marina.

Rethymno Town Beach

Rethymno Town Beach stretches seemingly endlessly more than 20 kilometres along the sandy shore at Rethymnon. It offers full facilities including lively beach bars and many Tavernas, and is often busy and buzzing. Plenty of watersports facilities can be found on this superb beach. There is also a diving centre, diving trips and diving lessons available.

The nearest town to Rethymno Beach is Rethymno Town.

Hani Kokkini Beach

Just a few kilometres east of Heraklion on the north coast lies this popular and busy lively resort. It is well known for offering plenty of luxurious hotels as well as numerous tavernas, bars and shops. Lots of facilities for great swimming and sunbathing are found here. It’s fully organised, providing all you could want with a variety of water sports. It is very popular with young people with the beach bars playing the latest sounds.

The nearest village is Hani Kokkini.

Malia Beach

The beach at Malia is awesome at 6 kilometres long and is one of the most popular trendy beaches in Crete. It is extremely popular particularly with the 18-30 crowd. The beach is very well organised, offering everything you could want in terms of water sports including jet skis, parasailing, banana boats and donuts.

You can always chill later by stretching out on a sun bed and topping up your tan on one of the best beaches on Crete. The stunning beach with fine white sand and crystal clear water is considered to be one of the top locations in Crete. Malia is always buzzing and has loads of beach bars along the long stretch of sandy coast.

The nearest resort to Malia Beach is Malia Town.

Hersonissos Beaches

There are many amazing beaches along the coast of Hersonisos. It’s one of the most famous, popular tourist resorts on the island of Crete, and is one of the most trendy beaches on the island. It is 27 kilometres east of Heraklion Town, on the northern coast. One of the most popular beaches with young people is Star Beach. It’s the beach in front of the Water Park, and it offers lots of fun activities including giant slides and bungee jumping.

As well as sunbathing on the beach, you can also do some paragliding, rent a water-jet or take a trip on a banana-boat.

Many of the beach bars in Hersonissos have resident DJs playing the very latest music. The beach itself has golden sand and crystalline azure waters.

The nearest village to Hersonissos Beaches is Hersonissos.

Aghios Nikolaos Beach

Slap bang in the centre of the cosmopolitan and chic shopping town of Aghios Nikolaos in the Lassithi region is the unromantic sounding Municipal Beach. Thankfully it is sooooooooo much better than it sounds!

It is very popular because of the great facilities offered. As it shares the space with a Mini Golf course, there is an admission fee, but it well worth it. It is pebbly but has clean and clear waters. There’s a lot of grass and trees for shade too with sunbeds, umbrellas and showers. There are also swimming pools, sport facilities and a bar, in case you need to have a cool drink or a light meal. This is definitely a place to chill before hitting the hot spots at night.

The nearest town is Aghios Nikolaos.


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