To get a taste of traditional Cretan life, you often need to head inland, away from the island’s beautiful beaches. But in Analipsi you get the best of both worlds. Analipsi holidays offer visitors the chance to stay in a peaceful village that’s still beloved by locals, but it comes with the added advantage of several premium beaches. Expect a warm welcome from local residents as you wander the village and explore its bars, restaurants and cafés.
There’s enough going on here to keep things varied, but nothing shatters the sense of calm that makes holidays to Analipsi so special. And if you do want to mix it up with some big-city buzz, Crete’s capital city, Heraklion, is just a 20-minute drive away. Analipsi may not shout loudly about its many highlights, but you’ll feel all the more satisfied when you arrive at this truly special spot.
Why do all your sunbathing in one place? Besides the main beach at Analipsi, you also have the powdery golden sands of Lyttos Beach on your doorstep.
Sink a raki
You won’t have to look far to find this aniseed-flavoured tipple. In fact, Analipsi’s bar and restaurant owners may well share a glass with you.
Hit the surf
Analipsi beach is popular with windsurfers yet spacious enough to cater for beginners, so grab a sailboard (and an instructor if required) and head out.