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Beaches near Agía Rouméli, in Chania region

Here is list of closest beaches to Agía Rouméli

  • 220 m
  • Agia Roumeli beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Deep blue

Situated 56km south of Chania city, Agia Roumeli is a quaint village nestled in the wide bay at the exit of Samaria Gorge. This serene village, set against the rugged and mountainous backdrop of Sfakia province, attracts thousands of visitors every day who descend through the gorge. The village can be reached either by trekking through the gorge or by taking a ferry from Chora Sfakia, Loutro, Paleochora, and Sougia. The village offers basic amenities like traditional taverns, accommodation facilities, cafes, a mini market, internet access, and a telephone.

From 13:00 to 16:00, the village and its beaches are bustling with visitors, but it regains its tranquillity after the departure of the ferries. An overnight stay in the village offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the beauty of this place, its warm-hearted inhabitants, delectable food, and breathtaking natural beauty.

The magnificent beaches of Agia Roumeli spread over a length of 3km or more. The area near the village is more crowded and organized, with Gialos beach in front of the taverns being the most developed and crowded. Other beaches include beautiful pebbly beaches at Zeromouri, Mashali, and beaches near the caves known as Spilies sto Marmaro or Caves in Marble.

The Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe at 18km, is a prime attraction, drawing thousands of tourists in summer who trek the distance in about 6 hours. Some tourists visit Crete specifically to traverse the majestic gorge. If time is a constraint, you can start from Agia Roumeli and walk backwards.

Agia Roumeli is built on the ruins of the Roman settlement, Tara. The ruins of the Temple of Apollo (or Artemis) and the old church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) built in 1500 can be found west of the village. A ruined Turkish castle (Kule), offering spectacular views of the village, the Libyan Sea, and the islands of Gavdos and Gavdopoula, sits atop the hill above the village. Nearby, you can visit the beautiful church of St. Anthony nestled in a rocky cavity.

About 2km north of the village, within the gorge, lies the old village of Agia Roumeli, surrounded by greenery. Here, you can find ruins of old houses and some restored homes. The village, devastated by floods in 1954, was relocated to its current location in Agia Roumeli.

Agia Roumeli’s people and food are attractions in themselves. The locals are true Cretans, warm and welcoming, offering home-bred meat, cheese, vegetables, and honey in their restaurants. Despite the influx of tourism, Agia Roumeli has retained its authenticity and charm, offering visitors a chance to experience traditional Cretan hospitality, savor local delicacies, and enjoy the serenity of nature.

  • 610 m
  • Zeromouri Beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Deep blue

Nestled 56km south of Chania city, Agia Roumeli is a quaint village that sits on a broad bay at the mouth of the Samaria Gorge. This spot sees a daily influx of visitors who descend the gorge to primarily swim along the central beach, which is conveniently located right before the beachside taverns. However, several picturesque and peaceful beaches are also available for exploration in the vicinity.

One such tranquil beach can be found on the east side of the settlement, past the Samaria Gorge river and beneath the remnants of ancient Tarra. Here, at Zeromouri, stunning rock formations and cavities give way to pebbly beaches that are typically deserted. As one ventures further, the beach transitions into a rocky terrain suitable for nudism and snorkelling, extending eastwards all the way to the beach of Selouda or Agios Pavlos.

  • 650 m
  • Mashali beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Deep blue

Agia Roumeli, a quaint isolated village, lies 56km to the south of Chania city, situated in a broad bay at the mouth of the Samaria Gorge. It’s a popular spot for tourists who descend the gorge daily, basking in the sun on the main beach, Gialos, which stretches before the taverns. More adventurous travellers can explore the serene and picturesque beaches in the vicinity, with Mashali, the western part of Agia Roumeli bay, being one of them.

A secondary boat dock, associated with a solitary tavern that offers rooms, is present. Two stunning beaches with fine pebbles are adjacent to this dock. The tavern provides complimentary sunbeds, umbrellas, and canoes. Large rocks on these beaches offer shade and privacy, making it a haven for nudists. Care must be taken while traversing the main road from the tavern to the dock, due to occasional stonefalls caused by mountain goats. While these stonefalls are not highly dangerous, it’s safer to walk on the left side, away from the mountain walls.

Venturing further from Mashali by swimming or kayaking beyond the beach’s western edge, leads to three caves. These caves are fronted by small pebbled beaches, referred to as Spilies to Marmaro, or ‘Caves in Marble’.

  • 2.0 km
  • Kalogeros beach
  • Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Deep blue

Kalogeros is a pristine beach adorned with deep blue waters and fine pebbles, situated 57km to the south of Chania city, 11km to the east of Sougia, and 1km to the west of Agia Roumeli. Its proximity to the western edge of Agia Roumeli is worth mentioning.

The beach is a haven of tranquility, making it a favorite spot for nudists due to its seclusion. It is surrounded by pine trees and features a small cave providing shade and a place to camp. However, there are no amenities nearby, and the only way to reach this place is either by boat or by swimming from Agia Roumeli, which takes around an hour.

The beach’s name, Kalogeros, is derived from the Greek term καλόγερος (transliterated as Kaloyeros), meaning monk. This name was inspired by a massive vertical rock in the sea that resembles a monk.

Kalogeros is an ideal choice for those seeking solitude, which is a common trait among all the surrounding beaches. Between Kalogeros and Agia Roumeli, the coastline is dotted with small beaches nestled among gigantic cliffs. These are known as Spilies to Marmaro, translating to “Caves in Marble.”

  • 2.4 km