Beaches near Koumianá, in Chania region

Here is list of closest beaches to Koumianá

  • 14.5 km
  • Nopigia beach
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue

Nopigia, a coastal village, is situated 6km east of Kissamos and 30km west of the city of Chania. Nestled on the eastern side of Kissamos Bay, it sits adjacent to the base of Rodopos Cape and follows the eastern end of Drapanias beach.

A long beach lies ahead of the village, stretching westwards up to Kissamos. The beach boasts sandy shores with clear, shallow waters. As Nopigia village is close by, visitors can easily access facilities like umbrellas, showers, restaurants and accommodation, all set in a peaceful environment.

To the east, the beach becomes rockier and more secluded, presenting several pebbly and rocky coves. After walking 2km, you will come across the church of Panagia and the beautiful remote beaches of Choni.

Nopigia is believed to have a history dating back to ancient times. Local folklore suggests that upon Agamemnon’s return from Troy, he landed in the area to give offerings to the gods. However, he had to leave swiftly due to the Trojan prisoners’ attempt to burn his fleet.

Not far from Nopigia, following the road to Koleni, you’ll find the ruins of the ancient town Mythimna, nestled amidst olive groves. You can also visit the cruciform Church of St. Panteleimon, which features a cylindrical dome and rectangular floor layout. To the west of Nopigia, ruins of a Roman settlement and a church adorned with Byzantine frescoes, dedicated to Saint George, can be found. Interestingly, the church’s orientation is from North to South, unlike the typical Greek Orthodox churches that face from East to West. This is believed to be due to its construction on the site of an earlier Roman temple, the direction of which was preserved. To the east of Nopigia, there is a small seaside theatre, built in 1992, modeled after ancient Greek theatres and renowned for its excellent acoustics. Lastly, just 200m off the main village street, you can explore the cave of Rizospilios, an underground river.

  • 14.6 km
  • Drapanias beach
  • Pebbles, Sand
  • Shallow
  • Blue

Drapanias Beach, situated 5km east of Kissamos and 32km west of Chania, lies between the beaches of Korfalonas and Nopigia. It takes its name from the eponymous village located approximately 1km south of the beach. The eastern part of the beach is also known as Kokkino Metohi, named after a nearby small village whose inhabitants own the surrounding land.

Stretching over a long area of 2km, Drapanias Beach is part of a large beach that extends from Kissamos to Cape Rodopos in the east. Like its neighbouring beaches, it is sandy and shallow but is often wavy due to the northern winds.

The shoreline of Drapanias is dotted with restaurants, cafes and lodgings. It also offers amenities such as umbrellas and showers. Additionally, there are two camping sites located in Drapanias.

  • 15.3 km
  • Korfalonas beach
  • Pebbles, Sand
  • Shallow
  • Blue

Korfalonas beach, nestled between Livadia and Drapanias beaches, is situated 4.5km to the east of Kissamos and 32km to the west of Chania city. The beach takes its name from a nearby settlement of the same name, found a few kilometres to the south of the beach.

The beach of Korfalonas is characterized by its long stretch of sandy shore and shallow waters, forming a central part of the extensive beach that extends from Kissamos to Cape Rodopos. Despite its seclusion, it offers basic amenities such as umbrellas, showers, and nearby taverns and hotels.

Korfalonas is a perfect destination for those seeking a tranquil vacation, with its essential facilities close at hand. Adjacent to the beach, visitors may observe some deserted factories and antiquated buildings.

  • 15.5 km
  • Sougia beach
  • Fine Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Blue

Sougia is a charming village situated at the entrance of the beautiful Agia Irini Gorge, 75km west of Chania city. Once a 70’s hippie haven, it now serves as a peaceful getaway offering relaxing vacations amidst scenic landscapes, equipped with necessary amenities. The village features a variety of restaurants, taverns, accommodation choices, cafes, bars, and mini markets, though larger facilities like gas stations, hospitals, pharmacies or banks are not available in this secluded paradise.

The village is home to a beautiful, long beach adorned with pebbly sand and crystal-clear deep water. The beach stretches an impressive 1.5km from the quaint harbour of Sougia at the Lissos Gorge exit to the east, concluding in a private cove surrounded by rocks. This part of the beach, largely undeveloped, is a favourite among naturists. The beach section facing the village, however, is well-equipped with facilities including umbrellas, showers, sports facilities, and a lifeguard tower. Tamarisk trees dotted along the beach provide ample shade.

In the summer, daily ferries carry tourists from Sougia to various destinations such as Chora Sfakion, Paleochora, Agia Roumeli, Gavdos Island, and Loutro.

Historical Importance and Nearby Attractions to Sougia

Known as Syia (“place of hogs” in Greek) in ancient times, Sougia was once a hub for pig herding due to the region’s abundant oak trees. Today, you can still see the oak trees while trekking through the majestic Agia Irini Gorge, a popular tourist spot in West Crete.

Consider exploring the remains of the Doric town of Elyros, with Syia acting as its port in the past. The ruins are located on Kefala hill, near Rodovani village. Elyros flourished from 500 to 350 BC, being one of the main cities of southwest Crete with approximately 16,000 inhabitants. Known for its weapons manufacturing, Elyros even had its own currency.

Other points of interest include the Church of Saint Panteleimon, built on the site of Syia’s early Christian Basilica, which houses ancient mosaics depicting natural scenes from the 6th century AD. Although the church is usually closed, keys can be obtained at the local kiosk.

Near Sougia, the archaeological site of Lissos, Elyros’ secondary seaport, contains remnants of an ancient theatre, thermal baths, and the Asclepeion, fed by the Lissos spring. Accessible by a boat or a hike through the Lissos Gorge, the ruined city is a two-hour walk away.

Lastly, a two-hour hike east on the E4 trail towards Agia Roumeli will take you to the picturesque St. Anthony Chapel, situated in a scenic cove, and further on, the legendary cave of Polyphemus.

  • 15.8 km
  • Livadia beach, Kissamos