Where are the best beaches in Greece?
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Iguana Beach, Crete
Lucky Haniá has two lovely, clean, amenitied town beaches, 4km west at the end of a frequent urban bus line. They’re separated by a headland, with a third, westerly cape graced by the little Church of the Holy Apostles, which lends its name to the area. The easterly cove is smaller and crowded, but more protected from occasional surf; the second, universally known as “Iguana” after its quirky kantína and sunbed concession, is bigger and more exposed, but the thick sand shelves gently enough for kids, and the pristine water rates a Blue Flag. The closest recommendable lodging is the Sorta Apartments in Makrys Tihos district, with seven fully self-catering units in somewhat bright colour schemes, or the bigger, nearby Athina Beach Hotel, both friendly, five minutes’ walk to the beach and offering free Wi-Fi.