Crete is well known for its beautiful beaches. The closest beach to the villa is on the villa grounds which is a small bay with direct water access. There are 2 bays located either side of Villa Lygia, one sandy and one pebble. Both have tavernas, are organised and are great snorkelling spots. There are also long stretches of sandy beach within a few minutes drive, such as at :
- Episkopi: the beach of Episkopi starts just beyond Petres and marks the start of a long stretch of sandy beach with golden sand, very well organized with numerous beach bars and restaurants that offer umbrellas with sun beds, showers and changing rooms.
- Georgioupoli: has two beaches which are located either side of the harbour. Known for its fine golden sand and shallow, crystalline waters, it’s a great spot for families. With sunbeds, umbrellas and plenty of restaurants, cafes and facilities
- Rethymno beach lies just east of the city centre and is a beach with golden sand and shallow water, very well organized and close to all amenities of the city. It offers numerous beach bars, restaurants and cafes that offer umbrellas with sun beds, showers and changing rooms. Additionally on Rethymno’s beach you may find water sports facilities. Furthermore, there is a promenade which is ideal for afternoon walks by the sea, or simply shopping or dining.
On the South coast of the island you can also discover some of Crete’s most amazing natural beaches such as “Schinaria”, “Damnoni”, “Triopetra”, “Agios Pavlos” and "Preveli". The distance to the South coast from the villa is about 40 minutes by car and all the above beaches are located near to Plakias village where you can find shops and many taverns.