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The best 4 + 1 sheltered beaches in Crete, for windy days

Updated: Feb 25

If the Mistral blows


Find out about the best beaches in #Crete, for windy days. When wind is blowing is unpleasant, and even dangerous, to swim in the majority of the Cretan beaches, and, believe us, Crete and the Aegean is a windy area…

Old anchorages becoming now top touristic destinations: these are the best beaches for windy days, sheltered by the northerlies and the Mistral, family-friendly (just pay attention, some of the beaches have no lifeguard coverage), usually not overcrowded, suitable even for solitude seekers…


So, it may sound odd, but which beach is the best? Possibly the one that you can go in any case, even in wind days, eh?




#1. Limanakia, Chersonissos, Heraklion area


Limanakia (Saradari) beach

Why this recommendation is the best?

Key factor: #Limanakia are comprised of an array of beaches, who are almost always in calm sea condition even in windy days. The place name Limanakia is corresponding to small ports.

Limanakia are close to #Chersonissos, about half an hour from #Heraklion by car.


Overall score: 4.5/5




#2. Tersanas, Akrotiri, Chania area



Tersanas cove

Why this beach is really one of the best?


Key factor: the beach is almost always in calm sea condition, even in windy days. The place name is corresponding to a shipyard, and port installation, possibly correlated with a monastery or monasteries of the Venetian period in #Akrotiri peninsula, near #Chania.


Overall score: 4.4/5




#3. Karavostasis, Bali, Rethymnon area



Why this beach is one of the best in Crete?


Key factor: in the area of #Bali, in the area of #Rethymnon, there are three small beaches, almost always in calm sea condition, even in windy days. The place name Karavostasis is corresponding to an anchorage, and actually is corresponding to a really scenic beach.


Overall score: 4.25/5




#4. Katholiko, Agios Nikolaos


Katholiko, Agios Nikolaos

Why this beach is really one of the best?


Key factor: the beach is almost always in calm sea condition, even in windy days. The place name #Katholiki is corresponding to a monastery. As a matter of fact, the historic element of this place is significant: a byzantine small church of Agios Nikolaos (the placename of the modern town Agios Nikolaos is derived from this specific church), adorned with the earliest frescoes in Crete, dated to the 8th century, is still standing on the promontory (placename: Nisi) sheltering the cove at the north. Scholars argue that the cove formed the anchorage for the Byzantine fleet in the early medieval period securring #Lassithi and eastern Crete, while this anchorage served as a port for centuries.


Overall score: 4.2/5




... and #5. Agriomandra, Lassithi


Agriomandra, Lassithi. Spot the calmness of the sea inside the inlet in addition to the sea state at the open sea

Why this beach is really amazing?


Key factor: without any doubt #Agriomandra beach in #Lassithi area is a hidden gem: scenic place, picturesque view, ideal for solitude seekers, and a beautiful and sandy beach. Given that the inlet was preferred as a roadstead in the past, the sea is usually calm.


Read more about Agriomandra beach on our foodies blog.




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