Beaches
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Beaches

Near Anopoli will find wonderful beaches for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea.

Iligas beach

Iligas beachIligas is an amazing turquoise-water sandy beach, 1km west of Chora Sfakion and 74km south of Chania. Iligas is located at the end of Kavi Gorge, that starts close to Anopolis. There are two beaches, separated with a big cavy rock.

The main beach is bigger and can be accessed by walking a short distance from the main road of Sfakia-Anopolis. The second bay that is located on the east of the former can be accessed only by boat or by swimming from the main beach.

There are many caves, in which you can keep yourself in shadow. It's quite easy to access and is close to Sfakia, so you can visit that by walking from Sfakia (taking 10-15 min).

Glyka Nera beach
Glyka Nera beachGlyka Nera (meaning "sweet water") is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, with deep blue water color and nice pebbles. In 2003, the beach was ranked among the best 20 in Europe by London Times. This is located 43km west of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania. This is called like this because of the fresh water that gushes from the pebbles!

Generally, the only way to access Glyka Nera is by boat. However, for extremer and adventurous people, there is a path leading here from Chora Sfakion (takes 30') and another tougher path from Loutro (takes 60' and hiking near the edge is quite stressful). Despite stressful views, the path is safe as it is frequently conserved by the local authorities, as it a part of the European E4 footpath.

There is a small rough tavern on the beach that sells food, cold beverages and beds. You don't need to have water with you, since the water from spring is potable. Sea water is generally cold because of the springs, even in midsummer. There are several tamarisk trees on the beach, offering their valuable shade. If you have the opportunity, you should visit Glyka Nera.

Loutro

LoutroLoutro is a small seaside village situated approximately 71 km south of Chania, at the end of Cape Mouri. It is believed that this was the site of the ancient city of Phoenix and was the ancient port of Anopolis. Later, it became a winter port for Chora Sfakion, due to the fact that the enclosed bay and the small island at its entrance create a natural harbor where ships can be safe even in very bad weather.

You can stay at Loutro and use it as a base for visiting surrounding beaches, either by taxi boat, canoe or on foot. You can visit the magestic beach of Glyka Nera east of the village. Moreover, you can canoe or walk till the adjacent unorganised pebbly beaches of Timios Stavros and Pervolaki that are located 1km east of the village, just before Glyka Nera. However, if you want to stay at Loutro, the small beach in front of Loutro and the longer beach right after the east end of the village, called Keramos, are a very good choice, especially when wind from South is strong. The beaches are pebbly, well-organised and the water is always calm and has an amazing deep blue and green color. Moreover, you could visit the closeby beaches of Likos, Finikas and Marmara. There is a boat that leaves every day to Marmara and Glyka Nera.

Loutro is a place for those people who want something different. A small picturesque fishing village in south west Crete, not yet spoilt by mass tourism. For example there are no big hotels with swimming pools. There are no overcrowded streets, restaurants and beaches, there are no cars! !

Likos & Finikas beaches

Likos & Finikas beachesLikkos and Finikas (or Phoenix) are two adjacent small harbors near Loutro of Sfakia, located 83km south of Chania. The beaches are hidden in two coves, 900m and 700m west of Loutro, respectively. The E4 European path crosses the area.

Likos beach is rocky, while Finikas beach has coarse pebbles and some rocks. It is ideal for very quiet holidays, but avoid it if you want some noise. The rough coastline is a refuge for the monk seals of Crete. You can reach both harbors from Livaniana (on the way to Anopolis) in Sfakia by car, but the dirt road from there is in very poor condition. The easiest way to reach both beaches is by boat from Chora Sfakion, Sougia, Gavdos island, Paleochora or Agia Roumeli to Loutro and then walk the short distance from there. There are some tavernas and rooms to let in both harbors, with Loutro being very close.

You can stay in Finikas, Likkos and Loutro and use them as a base for exploring the surrounding nature. The Aradaina Gorge is 60 minutes walking to the west. The area is also ideal for snorkeling and fishing.

Marmara beach

Marmara beachMarmara (meaning marbles) or Dialiskari beach is a nice secluded small pebbly bay shaped near the exit of the imposing Aradaina Gorge, in Sfakia region. It is located 85km south of Chania and 5km west of Loutro. It is the beach where the ramblers of Aradaina Gorge rest. However, visitors coming from Loutro do usually visit the place.

The name Marmara means "marbles" and is named after the soft colorful rocks that cover the area. The beach is very far from the civilisation since it's 60' walking distance from the closest inhabited beach of Likkos and 75' from Loutro. There are no roads here, so walking and boat are the only possible ways to reach the place. There is one small taverna near the beach, where you can rest, but that's all.

During the summer, there are daily boat routes from Loutro. Once in the Loutro area, visiting Marmara and hiking in the south part of Aradaina Gorge is highy suggested.

Agios Pavlos beach

Agios Pavlos beachAgios Pavlos (Saint Paul) is one incredible beach at Opiso Egiali area, 3km east of Agia Roumeli and 6km west of Loutro, in the exit of the wild Eligia Gorge. The beach is totally secluded from civilization, since the only possible to come here is by boat or by long trekking. The closest harbors are Agia Roumeli and Loutro. Walking from Agia Roumeli takes 50'-60', on an easy path that runs beside the sea.

The beach is covered by clear gray and brown sand and is hidden inside a beautiful small pine forest. Of course, there are no amenities closeby, except a small tavern where you can get water and food. The shade of pines is plenty, but the trees are not on the beach, thus it would be better to have an umbrella with you.

The name Agios Pavlos means "Saint Paul" in Greek and comes from the very old Byzantine church that was built at the place Selouda. The church is on the spot where Saint Paul reportedly baptised people on his way to Rome. It is a very picturesque small church, built on the beach using stones from the beach itself. This is why it is not easy to see the church from far.

The church has cruciform architecture with an equidimensional cross and a dome over the centre and is in a superb natural setting. It was built around the tenth century by Saint John Xenos and the frescoes probably date from the thirteenth century.

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  • Γλυκά Νερά - Glyka Nera
  • Άγιος Παύλος - Agios Pavlos
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  • Παραλία Μάρμαρα - Marmara beach
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  • Άγιος Παύλος - Agios Pavlos
  • Άγιος Παύλος - Agios Pavlos
  • Παραλία Μάρμαρα - Marmara beach

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