Chania South Coast Beaches

Some of the best beaches on the South Coast of Chania. Gallery with photos

The beaches along the south coast of Crete are usually shallower and the water is slightly warmer. Discover some of them

Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli is some 56 km south of Chania, just at the exit of the Samaria Gorge; a long pebble beach within a cove, affected by the south winds and well organized. The beach is mainly used by the many hikers who take a refreshing dip after completing the Samaria Gorge.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Chania by regular public buses to Omalos (38 km) and then on foot via the Samaria Gorge (18 km, 6-8 hours). Another alternative is by boat either from Chora Sfakion, Loutro, Paleohora or Sougia

Agios Pavlos

Agios Pavlos is some 3 km east of Agia Roumeli and 6 km west of Loutro; a remote, long pebble beach with deep clear waters, affected by the south winds. The beach is very beautiful, not organized at all and never crowded since access is difficult. Nearest accommodation facilities can be found in Agia Roumeli and food in 1 taverna near Agia Roumeli.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Agia Roumeli either by boat or on foot (approx. 2 hours) and from Loutro either by boat or on foot (approx. 4 hours).

Anidri

Anidri is some 81 km south of Chania and 2 km east of Palaeochora; a nice pebble beach affected by the south winds, not very organized.
Facilitites: tavernas, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Paleohora and from there either by car, motorbike or on foot via a dirt road.

Elafonissi

Elafonissi is some 82 km southwest of Chania; this exotic lagoon is one of the most famous beaches on Crete and therefore very frequented. It can get very crowded in the peak season when tens of excursion buses arrive. An amazing beach with pink sand and shallow waters affected by the south winds and well organized.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas, canteens, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: by public buses from Chania and by excursion buses from Chania, Rethymnon and Heraklion.

Frangokastello

Frangokastello is some 80 km south of Chania. The beach in front of the castle has white-pink sand and very shallow, warm waters. It is affected by the south winds and well organized.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, restaurants, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses

Frangokastello West

Frangokastello West is some 80 km south of Chania; west of the castle is a pebble beach with a rocky seabed and therefore ideal for snorkeling. The beach is affected by the south winds and well organized.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, restaurants, tavernas, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Frangokastello and from there on foot.

Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera is some 75 km south of Chania and 3-4 km west of Chora Sfakion; a fascinating pebble beach with very clear and fresh sweet water which comes out of the earth, not affected by the south winds, basically organized and ideal for nudism. Nearest accommodations can be found in Chora Sfakion.
Facilities: canteen, few sun beds and umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Chora Sfakion and from there on foot (30 min.) via a path starting from the road to Anopolis or from Loutro either on foot (1 hour) via a difficult path or by boat (departure: 10:00 return: 16:00).

Ilingas

Ilingas is some 74 km south of Chania and 2 km west of Chora Sfakion; a beautiful pebble beach with very clear waters and a large cave, not affected by the south winds and not very organized.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Chora Sfakion and from there either by car or on foot.

Kedrodasos

Kedrodasos is a few hundred metres west of Elafonissi; one of the most beautiful beaches. A hidden paradise for many years since only few knew how to actually get there. A fantastic place to camp and enjoy some serenity away from the thousands of tourists who invade nearby Elafonissi. The beach has sand and rocks and a beautiful cedar forest.
Facilities: none
Accessible: by public buses from Chania or excursion buses from Chania, Rethymnon and Heraklion to Elafonissi and from there on foot via a dirt road which starts a few metres before the entrance of Elafonissi leading west.

Keratides

Keratides is some 80 km south of Chania and 1 km east of Palaeochora; a long pebble and stone beach affected by the south winds with no facilities at all. Ideal for snorkeling and fans of calmness and isolation.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Paleohora and from there on foot.

Lissos

Lissos is some 70 km south of Chania at the South and 3 km west of Sougia; a remote pebble beach affected by the south winds and not organized at all. Nearest accommodation and food facilities can be found in Sougia. Nearby are the ruins of ancient Lissos which can be reached on foot inland (50 min.).
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Sougia and from there either by boat or on foot (2 hours).

Loutro

Loutro is some 80 km south of Chania; a small and very beautiful pebble beach just in front of the homonymous resort of Loutro within a cove featuring very clear and calm waters and a rocky seabed which makes it ideal for snorkeling. The beach is protected from the south winds and very well organized.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, restaurants, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: only by boat from either Chora Sfakion, Paleohora or Agia Roumeli

Lykos

Lykos is some 83 km south of Chania at the South, and 2.5 km west of Loutro; a pebble beach with a rocky seabed which makes it ideal for snorkeling. The beach is affected by the south winds and not organized at all. Nearest accommodation and food facilities can be found in Loutro.
Facilities: none
Accessible: only by boat from either Chora Sfakion, Paleohora or Agia Roumeli to Loutro and from there by boat or on foot (45 min.).

Marmara

Marmara or Dialiskari is some 85 km far south of Chania and 5 km west of Loutro; a pebble beach with a rocky seabed which makes it ideal for snorkeling. The beach is located at the exit of the Aradena Gorge and very popular even though it is not easy to reach. Nearest accommodation facilities can be found in Loutro.
Facilities: taverna
Accessible: only by boat from either Chora Sfakion, Paleohora or Agia Roumeli to Loutro and from there by boat or on foot (1 hour)

Pachia Ammos

Pachia Ammos is some 79 km south of Chania; Paleochora’s main beach is long and sandy, affected by the south winds with high waves on windy days which make it ideal for surfing. It can get rather crowded in peak season; however, its western end is less frequented and popular with nudists.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, apartments, restaurants, tavernas, cafes, beach bars, sun bed, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Chania by public buses

Paleochora East

Paleochora East is some 79 km south of Chania and east of Paleochora; a pebble beach affected by the south winds. Less organized than nearby Pachia Ammos, it is less crowded.
Facilities: tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Paleohora and from there on foot

Phoenix

Phoenix is some 82 km south of Chania and 1.5 km west of Loutro within a small cove; a pebble beach with a rocky seabed which makes it ideal for snorkeling, affected by the south winds and not very organized.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas
Accessible: only by boat from either Chora Sfakion, Paleochora or Agia Roumeli to Loutro and from there by boat or on foot (30 min.).

Plakaki

Plakaki is some 81 km south of Chania and 2 km west of Palaeochora within a small cove; a beautiful pebble beach, not organized at all. Nearest accommodation and food facilities can be found in Paleochora.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Paleochora and from there either by car or on foot (30 min).

Sfakia

Sfakia in front of the is some 72 km south of Chania at the South; the pebble beachvillage of Chora Sfakion is not affected by the south winds and well organized.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, restaurants, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses

Sougia

Sougia is some 67 km south of Chania; the long pebble beach of the homonymous village of Sougia has a rocky sea bed and is thus ideal for snorkeling. The beach is affected by the south winds, fairly organized and quite popular for camping thanks to its shade offering tamarisk trees. The eastern part of the beach is frequented by nudists.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, apartments, tavernas, cafes, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Chania by public buses or from Paleochora, Agia Roumeli and Loutro by boat

Vritomartis

Vritomartis is some 72 km south of Chania and a few minutes drive from Chora Sfakion; a remote pebble beach affected by the south winds, not very organized and frequented by nudists.
Facilities: few rooms and cafes
Accessible: from Chania by public buses to Chora Sfakion and from there by car

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