With a coastal length of over 1000 km, it is not a simple job to point five or ten most fabulous beaches on the island. Some of the most spectacular locations like Balos, Matala or Elafonissi are remote from the main cities. Travelers can find wonderful beaches near the most populated urban areas too. Agia Pelagia, Lygaria, and Amnissos are among the most prominent picks in the Heraklion area. Being in the Chania region, you can see the location where Zorba the Greek movie was filmed. Make a 15-minutes trip north of the city to the Stavros beach. Marathi and Agia Marina are lovely options too.