Heavenly waters, unspoiled villages and impressive rough landscapes; the remote and mountainous region of Sfakia is a must-go destination, south of Chania, ideal to combine your swim in spectacular and solitary beaches with a visit to the traditional village of Anopolis, the well-preserved castle of Frangokastelo and the ghost village and the bridge of Aradaina.
Sfakia Located between the high White Mountains and the Lybian sea, its small bay with turquoise waters is a good choice for those who wish to stay close to the comforts and amenities of the seaside village. Its harbor is from where the ferry runs to Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Sougia, Paleochora and Gavdos island.
Iligas Meaning "vertigo" in Greek, the beach is found at the exit of the homonymous gorge and approximately 2 km west of Chora Sfakion, following the road to Anopolis. Pebbles, thick silver sand and deep crystal clear waters are its characteristics with few sunbeds and umbrellas at the beach for your comfort, but also a couple of caves by the beach, large enough to provide protection from the sun and the wind. By boat or kayak you can reach two totally empty beaches.
Loutro One of the most famous and beautiful coastal villages of the island, its whitewashed buildings and seafront promenade attract Cretans from the North coast who usually come for the weekend. The safest port of Southern Crete is built on the ancient city of Phoenix and a large Roman bath town and is accessible either by the sea from Hora Sfakion, Agia Roumeli, Sougia and Paleochora or by hiking a portion of the E4 path right next to the Libyan sea. The beach is pebbly, well-organized and the water is always calm with an amazing deep blue and green color.
Agia Roumeli The lonely beach is located at the point where the imposing gorge of Samaria meets the Libyan Sea and is rightfully included among the best naturist beaches on Crete. Its pristine crystal clear waters are incredibly refreshing ideal for cooling off the tired hikers.
Marmara Gifted by shiny white peddles and emerald waters, the beach is totally away from the crowds and can be reached in several ways but not by car, either by small boats or by hiking from Loutro (1.5 hours) or through the gorge of Aradaina that exits to the beach (4 hours).
Glyka Nera You can go on foot or by boat leaving Sfakia (Chora). If you prefer hiking, walking towards Anopoli you will find a sign with the sign of the international hiking path E4 and a path that goes downhill to the rocks. In the background, you can see the beach that got its name from the drinking water (Sweet Waters Beach) of the springs that you will see gushing if you dig with your hands the sand. This property makes it unique and at the same time, one of the coldest seas in the area.
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