Agia Pelagia Beach
Agia Pelagia Beach
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ljubimci
Belgrade, Serbia851 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Our hotel manager advised us not to go, he said Agia Pelagia is nice just on internet comments, in reality is not worth the drive from Heraklion at all... but we didn't listen. The road from Heraklion was harder than we thought, a BIG advice for you all - if you're using Google Maps and driving from Heraklion to Agia Pelagia DON'T take the first option to slide right from the national road because you'll end up on an unpaved goat road! Take the next exit, drive a bit more down the main road and take the next exit, it's a lot more convenient and leads you to normal road.
When we finally descended to the beach (also, GMaps show that you can drive directly to the beach but in reality the road stops at the parking), we remembered our hotel manager and his words. It's a narrow, narrow, packed place, full of kids, families, kids toys on the beach and in the water, even the rubber castle for jumping in the water, above it all. It looked like a dirty little place, nothing like on the photos. Well, on the photos it is clear that the beach is narrow, we should've looked better, but in reality it's even more obvious. On top of that, taverna tables are so close to the sunbeds and people are having lunch one meter from another man's towel and slippers... just... inappropriate, especially in Covid era with social "distance".
Don't waste your time, it's a village, nothing special village, and a village-like beach full of yelling and screaming kids packed like sardines on the beach. Go to Bali instead, it's not far away!
Written August 25, 2021
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Voyager829204
Roslyn, NY1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Just came back from Agia Pelagia, stayed there for 9 days with my daughter. She found this area because it is relative close to Heraklion airport and she flew in from Europe. I am from US. For our first 5 days, we stayed in a expensive luxury airbnb, later stayed in a smaller one for rest of 4 days. The area is near the sea, water is clear and warm, the restaurants are all very good. The cons are the area's roads are very narrow and winding and a lots of dirt roads, the first airbnb is above the hills, we had to drive up to very scary dirt road. The second airbnb's bedroom and shower condition is worse than two star hotel. Beaches are relative small and very crowded. At night, it felt isolated and lonely with wind blowing. In the weekend night, the nearly by restaurants's music was loud and wouldn't stop until 2am.
Written September 25, 2023
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Никола А
Republic of North Macedonia1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Crowded but I don't mind. "Sand" was very rough, like sand for construction. No beach bars with the sunbeds, you pay separately so no toilets. You have to go to the restaurants for a bathroom. The water was very clean but you have big rocks and cliffs inside so you have to be very careful. I absolutely do not get why this place is so popular. There are so many better beaches on this island.
Written September 6, 2023
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Deb
Dudley, UK297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited this beach in August, so expected it to be very busy and it certainly was! It is particularly busy at the weekends due to the locals using it more.

The beach is very narrow, only allowing two rows of sunbeds along most of it, some parts only one row. Some of the sunbeds are almost in the sea! We didn't find this to be a problem, it only adds to the character of this little beach.

The beach is cleaned daily and there are plenty of bins around, there aren't any toilets on the beach but plenty of restaurants very close, so you just need to buy a drink to use their facilities. The beach has an active lifeguard and a popular diving centre as well as boat hire. 2 sunbeds with a parasol with set you back 7euros for the whole day.

We enjoyed our days on this beach and would recommend it if staying in the area.
Written August 13, 2021
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28Cath82
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Agia Pelagia has a lovely enclosed bay with plenty of restaurants situated just steps from the beach. The sea was stunning, although it went deep very quickly so this could be dangerous for young children. The beach is a fine stone/sandy beach, but there are quite a few rocks at the waters edge. Sunbeds were chargeable but very comfortable. The beach got very busy at the weekends, but there was usually a pair of sunbeds available during the week at most times of the day in June.
The choice of restaurants and bars was brilliant, all situated along the beach front. I would go there again, but not for two weeks.
Written July 13, 2022
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Gabriel M
Bucharest, Romania78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
It was a very beautiful beach, actually the most beautiful beach that is close to the Heraklion city. I didn t expected to be that beautiful, so it was a nice surprize for me when i saw it for the first time. I really enjoyed the view. Hope to return there some day.
Written August 31, 2022
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Kernow999
Upwey, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We stayed in a nearby hotel and used the beach and the cove as our base every day for snorkelling. There are so many fish! Most swimmers have no idea! Yes the beach is crowded and noisy and beach-shoes are recommended but we headed to the rocks to enter the water. Every day was amazing. It’s worth hiring a boat to go and explore. There’s so much more to see.
So many friendly places to eat. We didn’t have a bad lunch.
We had a fabulous time.

Take a snorkel and mask!!
Written June 28, 2023
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robyngooding
Tokyo, Japan8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Love this beach. Great for kids, lots of good restaurants to eat at and things to do nearby. Go early if you want a spot during busy seasons. We like the sand on the far end near the cliff!
Written October 23, 2020
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Maureen
London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Been here several times and fallen in love with Agia Pelagia. Beautiful place with warm blue seas and the generosity of the Greek people. Great place to visit for couples and families. Fresh seafood and traditional dishes.
Written October 5, 2022
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ScotlandKing
Dumfries, UK75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Hi
Thinking of visiting Agia Pelagia Crete this September, I was wondering what is the place like, are there plenty shops, taverns etc? Does it have a sandy or pebble beach?
We have been to Gouves to Aphrodite Beach a number of times and love Crete, the people are so easy going.
Any information on Agia Pelagia will be appreciated
Many thanks
Written February 7, 2017
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