This is located far away in a remote pocket in the southwest corner of Crete, so you might be forgiven for thinking you might have it all to yourself. But the lake shore is known to many island regulars, and it gets busy on summer weekends. Its raw beauty is undeniable, with aquamarine glass water and swirls of pink pastel sand kissing the beach – a natural phenomenon caused by thousands of shells that have washed away over the years and pricked the white sand. Sunbeds and umbrellas are spread across the main beach and lake; The shallow waters are ideal for families. If you need a little more privacy, do what naturalists do and head out to the island’s coves and dunes for a quieter patch of sand.