Cretan beaches near Heraklion

The best Cretan beaches near Heraklion

Discover the top Cretan beaches near Heraklion, Gouves, Hersonissos, Anissara, Analipsi, and Stalida you must see when visiting Crete. Find brief info about these destinations on Crete, that you can easily access with your rented car.


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Goúves or Kato Gouves  (Greek: Γούβες) is a town and former municipality in the Heraklion regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since 2011, local government reform it is part of the municipality Hersonissos, of which it is a municipal unit. It lies a few kilometres east of Heraklion.
Goúvesor Kato Gouves proper is often confused with its busy summer resort, Kátó Goúves. Besides this well-developed tourist resort with long sandy beaches, the area has some traditional villages and archaeological sites and Eileithyia caves. West of Goúves are the tourist resorts of Kokkíni Háni (also spelt Háni Kokkíni) and Amnísos, both with similar attractions, and, to the east, Crete's largest resort, Hersonisos.
Goúves proper is located about 20 km (12 mi) east of Heraklion. Kátó Goúves, just a couple km north of the village, with its long sandy beach, is the summer resort. There is a variety of accommodation, from large hotels to boarding houses and self-catering apartments, and there are many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops.


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Anissaras is located 25 km east of Heraklion and 1 km west of Hersonissos. The area of Anissaras is part of the unique stretch of Cretan coastline from Kokkini Hani to Malia.
Anissaras is neither a village nor a town – it’s a place – a large, hilly area which springs up just outside of Hersonissos, a stone’s throw away. But the difference between the two is like night and day. Actually, some people refer to it as Hersonissos’ high-class suburb.
There are no bars, no nightlife – outside of the hotels in Anissaras, which are mostly upscale and self-contained. However, there are a few smaller hotels and several tourist apartments in the area. All in all, it is a place for a quieter vacation, yet close to the Hersonissos hot spots.

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Analipsis is roughly 24 kilometres east of Heraklion, shortly after Gouves and before Anissaras. It is also known as Analipsis Hersonissou, as it is very close to the seaside resort of Hersonissos.
Analipsis is built along a long road, running over a kilometre from the old Heraklion - Agios Nikolaos National Road down to the beach.

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Stalida (Greek: Σταλίδα, older form Stalis) is a village that lies between Malia and Hersonissos on the north coast of Crete, Greece. It is a lively resort, attracting tourists from many European countries. It has a long, sandy beach and a variety of bars and tavernas. Popular with families, it is 30 km from Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion.

Quieter than the neighbouring resorts of Malia and Hersonissos, Stalis has a more relaxed atmosphere and still has a wide array of bars and restaurants

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Hersonissos (Greek: Χερσόνησος (meaning peninsula), Chersonisos, pronounced [xersonisos]), also transliterated as Hersonissos and Hersonissos, is a town and municipality in northern Crete, bordering the Mediterranean / Aegean Sea. This community is about 25 kilometres east of Heraklion and west of Agios Nikolaos. What is generally referred to as Hersonissos is actually its peninsula and
Harbor. It is part of the Heraklion regional unit. It is located 25 km from Heraklion Airport and 27 km from Heraklion Port. The seat of the municipality is Gournes .
Limenas Chersonisos is very much influenced by tourism. In the town center there are numerous shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Because of the nightlife on the waterfront, the place is especially popular with younger people. Away from the main streets there are also quieter areas of the town with less touristy restaurants and residential buildings. In addition to tourism, agriculture is another important branch of the economy.
About a kilometer above the village are the villages of Hersonissos (whose small harbor the current coastal town used to be), Piskopiano and Koutouloufari. These are designed more for tourism for families and less for mass tourism for younger people. The main road through these three villages is lined on both sides with a variety of mid-range restaurants.

It's hard to pinpoint the best places to visit in Crete. We only highlight the highlights in this section, but our blog contains numerous other recommendations for wonderful Crete locations.