Why not enjoy the best of both worlds on a holiday to the picture-perfect resort of Agia Pelagia. This beachside resort is perfect for families or couples looking to enjoy a peaceful Greek getaway. But Agia Palagia is also within easy reach of Crete’s capital of Heraklion. The bright lights of Heraklion are just a 13-mile drive from Agia Pelagia. If you hire a car or flag down the bus, you can combine your beach holiday with a spot of shopping, nightlife or museum-hopping. Many holidaymakers simply choose to stay in Agia Palagia itself though. You’ll soon see why. Agia Pelagia is found in one of the most beautiful bays on Crete’s east coast. The beaches here are as popular with the locals, as they are with tourists. There’s something for everyone on the sands here. Sunbathers can relax on one of the deckchairs for hire, kids can splash in the shallow waters and divers can explore the rocky crags around the bay.
While the beach is the main attraction in Agia Pelagia, there’s lots more to see. If you’re feeling energetic (or fancy a quick spin in the hire car) head up the nearby hillside to the village of Rogdia. There are great views over the bay from here, particularly if you’re enjoying a glass of Cretan wine from one of the local tavernas. You can also wander down the narrow streets of this traditional village and explore an ancient monastery.
Less than a mile away from Agia Pelagia, the beach at Mononaftis is well worth a short stroll along the coastline. It’s a small, but beautiful, beach with a short stretch of sand surrounded by rocks and cliffs. Those who are keen to try their hand at snorkelling or scuba diving are in luck here. The rocky seabed attracts plenty of fish. Energetic holidaymakers can also take part in watersports.
If you’re eager to fill your suitcase with souvenirs for the journey home, then Heraklion is an easy shopping trip to make from Agia Pelagia. There are designer clothes stores on Daedalou Street, or you can try the smaller shops on the side streets. That’s where you’ll find those unique knickknacks. Heraklion is also the place to head if you fancy treating that special someone to a luxury dinner. Many holidaymakers simply head to Heraklion for the museum. The enormous Archaeological Museum houses many of Crete’s ancient treasures.
You’ll need a minute or two to catch your breath if you decide to walk up to the village of Rogdia from Agia Pelagia. It’s quite a climb up the hill looking down over the bay. But it’s well worth the effort. The village’s taverns offer excellent food, along with brilliant views over the area. You can also visit the historic monastery of Savathiana, found nestled in the middle of a nearby wood.
Exploring Agia Pelagia...
Raise the anchor and head out onto the ocean waves on one of the boat trips leaving from Agia Pelagia. The village has a small harbour where you can hop aboard for a nautical excursion. You can visit the beautiful beaches of the village of Bali or head to Dragon and Dia Islands. Dia is a good shout if you enjoy exploring under the waves. There’s an underwater village here to have a peek at.
Crete’s most famous tourist site is just a 15-mile journey from Agia Pelagia. The ancient palace of Knossos was the home of the famed Crete ruler King Minos. You can wander around the ruins dating back more than 3,000 years. It’s astonishing to see what good condition the remains are in. Listen to one of the guides and you’ll be quickly impressed at how sophisticated this palace was.
Snorkelling and diving
Some of the small beaches and bays around Agia Pelagia are perfect for those looking to work on their snorkelling and scuba diving skills. The clear waters and rocky cliffs create ideal conditions for those looking to explore life under the waves. Try the small sandy beach of Ligaria just east of Agia Pelagia or head to the popular nearby spot of Mononaftis.
Beaches in Agia Pelagia
Holidaymakers flock to Agia Pelagia for its range of beautiful beaches. There are small stretches of sand where you can enjoy a spot of peaceful relaxation. But head just a few minutes up the coast and you’ll find livelier spots for fun and games. The shallow sea around Agia Pelagia Beach is perfect for small children to splash around.
The local grub on Crete is dominated by the theme of simple, yet delicious. Make sure you try some of the Cretan cheeses. Each village seems to have its own recipe. You’ll understandably come across plenty of fresh fish in Crete, although roasted lamb is particularly delicious here too. It’s especially tasty when washed down with a glass of the locally made red wine.
Restaurants in Agia Pelagia
There are several restaurants and tavernas nestled along the sea front in Agia Pelagia. You can dine on Cretan, Greek or international cuisine while enjoying the views of the sea. With no real nightlife in Agia Pelagia, chilled-out evenings involve sitting with a glass of Cretan wine and watching the world go by.
You can enjoy a quiet beachside break on a holiday to Agia Pelagia. Golden sands and clear blue waters here make it a popular spot for holidaymakers. But Agia Pelagia’s closeness to Crete’s main sights gives it an added advantage to other resorts. It’s hassle-free to book your holiday to Agia Pelagia with easyJet holidays. You can even save on the cost of your holiday by booking a flight and hotel together with easyJet holidays. Still in two minds? Take a look at our other Crete destination guides.