Over the past few years, Crete has become a rather popular destination for gay travelers in Greece. Given the fact that gay life in Crete is not particularly developed, we can only presume that this is the result of the amazing natural beauties of Crete in combination with the hot, hairy, Mediterranean Cretan guys.

So don't expect to find massive gay clubs and vivid gay neighborhoods in Crete. However, as you may already know, there other ways to make new friends! In addition to the popular "we-all-love-to-hate" dating sites and applications, a great way to meet new people, locals and tourists, is by visiting a gay friendly beach.

Below you will find some of the most popular beaches on the island among gay men. Moreover, some attention is required here, since none of the beaches is exclusive gay but gays are welcome. So, feel free to visit any of them and of course enjoy your "hunting in the nature".

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1. Sarantari Beach near Hersonissos 

Heading from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, right after Hersonissos, you will meet the Creta Maris Hotel and the Hersonissos Maris Hotel. After these two hotels there is a tavern named Sarantaris. Right in front of this tavern, after climbing down the rocks, you will find an amazing nudist beach, which is one of the most crowded gay friendly beaches in Crete! The water is spectacular and it is almost sure that you will end up meeting several interesting guys. It is definitely the number one choice if what you are looking for in Crete is a gay beach. Just use the coordinates in Google Maps to locate it easily! See the best hotels for gay travellers in Hersonissos >> or a Sarantaris beach map with nearby hotels >> 



2. Komos Beach near Matala  

Matala is a must see location when in travelling in Heraklion, Crete. Very close to this popular village (just use the coordinates in Google Maps) you can easily find one of the most popular beaches for gay travelers in Crete. Keep in mind that it is near a village named "Pitsidia". See the best hotels for gay travellers in Heraklion >>

3. Kavros beach near Georgioupolis 

After the Village of Kavros and before Georgioupolis, there is a wide space near the main road where you can park your car. Right after the small dunes and woods, you will find yourself on a beautiful sandy beach which is considered to be a hot meeting point for gay travelers. Use Google Maps and find it easily! See the top hotels for gay holidays in Georgioupolis >>


4. Maherida near Chania

Macherida beach in Chania is becoming more and more popular to gay men staying in Chania or the nearby regions. Close to the spot of "Akrotiri", you will meet gay men strolling around looking for good company.  Locals claim that there are also some gay spots in other nearby beaches like Agia Roumeli and Agioi Apostoloi, but I will leave it to you to find out if the rumors are true. See the top hotels for gay holidays in Chania >> or a Maherida beach map with nearby hotels >>

5. Kolokitha Beach near Elounda

Heading from Elounda to Kolokitha Island, just after the windmills, take a turn towards Agios Fokas. You will see the sea on your right hand. This is a place where you can enjoy some nudism in the earlier hours of the day, while gay guys are seen sunbathing all over the rocks. Google Maps will be useful for locating the beach. Do not miss to check out the top hotels for gay holidays in Elounda and all around Lasithi

6. Ammoudaki near Rethymno

Near Damnoni and Plakias, look for the spectacular beach named Amoudaki. There is a nudist area, and many of the gay travelers of the area choose this beach for enjoying the hot greek sun! See the top hotels for gay vacationers in Rethymno >>

7. Peristeras Beach near Ierapetra

Around 5 km from Ierapetra, and while on the beach road leading from Ierapetra to Sitia, you will see a gas station of EKO brand. Right after this you will find the beach named Peristeras. The beach is about 1 km long and there you will meet several gay men swimming, sunbathing, flirting and enjoying the beach. Check out  Google Maps for easy locating the beach.See the best hotels for gay holidays in Ierapetra >>

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