Breathtaking mountain landscapes, beautiful sunsets, idyllic beaches! Can you think of anything more romantic for you and your beloved? Whether you want to organize the marriage proposal of your dreams, or a honeymoon or just a romantic getaway, we collected the best Crete romantic destinations for your holidays!
1. The Old Town of Chania – The Most Popular Romantic Spot in Crete
Take romantic walks in the Old Port of Chania!
At night, the lights are reflected in the water!
The Old Town of Chania is full of historical memories which unfold before your eyes through the architecture of the buildings, the picturesque alleys and the beautiful Venetian Port. Take part in the game of sensations and travel back in the past times! Enjoy a romantic stroll, have a breakfast or a coffee and enjoy your meal in one of the many cafes and restaurants. You can also take a tour of the Old City on a carriage or just sit on a bench and enjoy the view of the imposing Lighthouse and the beautiful buildings of the Old Port.
2. Loutro in Chania – A Well-hidden of Crete Romantic Destinations
Loutro in Chania is a perfect romantic spot for couples
About 70 kilometers south of Chania and at short distance from Sfakia, lies the picturesque yet cosmopolitan littoral village of Loutro. The only way to reach Loutro is taking the boat from Sfakia. Besides its incredible natural beauty, it is perhaps, the only place in Crete that never gets windy, since the bay forms a natural harbor. The waters are deep blue and green, while the buildings are in the colors of white and blue. The ideal night in Loutro for both of you, may include a fresh fish meal in one of the taverns and then, the observation of the starry sky under the candlelight on the quiet beach. The ultimate romance in Aegean scenery!
3. Falassarna – The Beach With the Most Amazing Sunset Views in Chania
The perfect sunset from Falassarna beach
Take a walk hand-in-hand along the sandy beach of Falassarna and experience the magic of the colors.
Those who state that the sunset is everywhere the same, it is almost certain that they have never visited the beach of Falassarna in Kissamos, West Crete. The sunset in Falassarna is a mystery, a ritual which enchants everyone who will be there at the right time of the day. Swim in the blue green water and have a snack or a drink in one of the canteens of the beach.
4. The Old Town of Rethymno – The Renaissance Romantic Setting for your Love Story
Did you know that Rethymno is one of the favorites Crete Romantic Destinations for many couples, who choose to have their wedding ceremony there? The splendid medieval setting and the beautiful churches ensure that this day will be exactly as you have dreamed off.
So take your love and go for a romantic trip to the Renaissance Rethymno, even for honeymoon! The beauty of the Old Town, which is a mosaic of monuments that still remain alive throughout centuries, will capture your heart. Venetian fortifications, Orthodox and Catholic churches, mosques, houses with Renaissance elements, arched passageways and narrow alleys create a unique atmosphere.
Do not miss a romantic walk in the Old Venetian harbor and a visit at the Venetian fortress “Fortezza”, offering an impressive view of the Cretan Sea.
5. Triopetra beach – Amazing Lunar Landscape in South Rethymno
The amazing sunset of Triopetra
Triopetra beach is a perfect place for long romantic beach walks.
In South Rethymno, 13 km from Akoumia village, lies Triopetra village and its beach, which is vast, peaceful and has grey sand! The three huge rocks on its one side are really spectacular, as the sun plays with their shadows throughout the day. To many visitors, the scenery is reminiscent of the Far West, which, in itself, creates an erotic atmosphere.Over the rocks, you will find two taverns offering excellent Cretan dishes, while the makeshift beach bar is one of the few options in the area for evening drinks. Small Triopetra beach, behind the three rocks, is limited to a small cove with sand and romantic mood. The carved rocks on the beach create a lunar landscape. In the evening, you can walk along the beach under the moonlight or lie on the sun loungers and enjoy a glass of wine with some fresh fruit.
6. Agia Galini in Rethymno – A Combination of Active Life and Peaceful Holiday Isolation
This can be your perfect spot for your romantic proposal!
Seductive waters of the Agia Galini beach, perfect for a night swim
Agia Galini village, located southeast of Rethymno, is chosen by many couples among other Best Crete Romantic Destinations, as it combines active life and isolation. Provide yourselves with water, coffee and snacks, cross the small town of Agia Galini and take the road leading to the point where “Amarianos” river is flowing. If you like exploring, search for the cave of Daedalus and Icarus which is located there, according to myth. But even if you don’t find it, do not be disappointed! You will meet romance in the fantastic scenery of the area, the beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and the secret caves and spots where you can even take off your swimsuit!
7. Agiofarago Beach in Heraklion – Romance in a Secluded Setting of Wild Beauty
Secluded and almost private beach of Agiofarago in Crete
Take a swim in the Vourvoulitis lake and enjoy the peaceful scenery
If you are looking for a truly secluded and inaccessible beach in Crete, only for you and your sweetheart, Agiofarago, in the south of the island and very close to Matala, is ideal. You will discover it nestled in a steep canyon, with pebbles and crystal clear waters. Access is done either by boat for the less – trained, or by crossing the gorge -the journey takes 15-20 minutes. In the afternoon, if you have your sneakers with you, we recommend you to climb the cliffs to the east and reach the top. The view from here is fantastic. Just behind, there is Vourvoulitis, a hidden sea water lake of incredible beauty, communicating underwater with the open sea. The peacefulness of the landscape and the reflection of the steep canyon in the green waters, create the perfect conditions for a fairy tale wedding proposal. Your other half will remember it for a lifetime!
8. Zaros village in Heraklion – One of The Less-known Crete Romantic Destinations
Enjoy a romantic launch with a beautiful view of the Zaros lake
Explore the forest of Rouvas in Heraklion with its beautiful waterfalls
Have you dreamed of an alternative honeymoon in a green mountain village with incredible views of the nature? We recommend you Zaros village, 45 km, south of Heraklion, on the foothills of Psiloritis sierra! Famous for its green surrounding, the waters, the canyon, the Byzantine monasteries and churches, is visited by quite many travelers. Visit its beautiful lake where you can enjoy your coffee over the green waters, feed the ducks and fish and take a stroll around the lake enjoying the beautiful scenery. When you are hungry, you can taste amazing dishes of the local cuisine in the traditional restaurants and cafes (in the menu you will find fresh trout, salmon, food in oven and various Cretan delicacies). Do not miss a romantic visit to the forest of Rouvas, one of the biggest and most beautiful forests in Crete. After all, nature reveals love in all its glory!
9. Chrissi Island in Lasithi – Castaways in Romance
A small romantic canteen in the beach of Chrissi
The gorgeous sunset from Chrissi beach
The colored shells that can be found in the beach of Chrissi
Chrissi island is 8 nautical miles south of the southern point of Europe, Ierapetra in Lasithi. The coasts of the island are surrounded by the Libyan Sea in the Mediterranean. Once you reach Chrissi by boat, you are magnetized by the exotic landscape dominated by cedar trees, golden sand and turquoise waters. The natural images and the rhythm of nature, immediately gives you an unprecedented sense of freedom. The forest, the crystal clear sea, the small bar at the north side, the small restaurant / canteen on the south side, the Orthodox church of St. Nicholas and the lighthouse on the northwest side offer you a great chance for exploration. The special characteristic of the island is the numerous colored shells on the beach. It will be an excellent opportunity for you to give to your mate a pendant made by your hands!
10. Elounda in Lasithi – The Cosmopolitan Side of Romance
Elounda in Lasithi is probably one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Crete and Greece, chosen by many couples for their honeymoon! It has lacy coasts and sheltered beaches with crystal clear waters. It is 10 km from Agios Nikolaos, and gives you the chance to admire the spectacular view of the Gulf of Mirabello!
Right next to the harbor is the main beach, a well organized long beach, ideal for water sports, with many restaurants and cafes. At the east, you can visit the beaches Hiona and Poros, awarded a Blue Flag. Near the church of St. Luke, you will find Kolokytha beach, with turquoise waters.
In the evening, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the five star restaurants of Elounda and then, enjoy your drink by the private infinity pool of your luxury holiday villa. Ask from your other half to gaze the wonderful view of Mirabello and swap your vows of eternal love!
Ierapetra is the largest city in the prefecture of Lasithi – 35 km. southeast …
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