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Beaches near Loutro, in Chania region

Here is list of closest beaches to Loutro

  • 30 m
  • Loutro
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Deep blue, Green

Located roughly 71 km south of Chania city on Crete Island, Loutro is a quaint seaside village at the edge of Cape Mouri. This charming village is steeped in history, once being the site of the ancient city of Phoenix and the port of ancient Anopolis. It later served as a winter port for Chora Sfakion, its naturally formed harbour providing safe anchorage for ships even amidst harsh weather conditions.

Loutro makes for an excellent base for exploring the neighbouring beaches, accessible by taxi boat, canoe, or on foot. A small ferry can whisk you away to the stunning Glyka Nera beach to the village’s east. Alternatively, you can opt for a canoe ride or a hike along the E4 trail to the secluded pebbly beaches of Timios Stavros and Pervolaki, with your journey continuing to Glyka Nera. If you prefer to stay within Loutro, the village’s own beach and the extended Keramos beach to the east offer a serene retreat, especially during strong southern winds. These well-maintained pebbly beaches boast calm, crystal-clear waters in shades of deep blue and green. Nearby beaches of Likos, Finikas, and Marmara are also within easy reach by boat or on foot.

Loutro is a haven for those seeking a unique experience away from the bustle of mass tourism. This picturesque fishing village in southwest Crete is devoid of large hotels and swimming pools, crowded streets, restaurants, and beaches, and even cars! The only means of access is by boat or a 1.5-2 hour trek from Chora Sfakion. Daily ferry services operate to and from Chora Sfakion, Sougia, Gavdos island, Paleochora, and Agia Roumeli.

Things to do in Loutro

While in Loutro, you can revel in nature’s beauty by exploring the scenic mountain landscape, valleys, and gorges. Start with a visit to the Koules fort situated above Loutro, then head to the small port of Finikas. The village brims with historic sites, including the Old School, which served as the Chancellor of Sfakia’s seat in 1821, and the ancient Church of Panagia nestled next to it. Marvel at the tall Cretan date palm trees and the ruins of the Castella fort, part of the ancient town Phoenix, and the temple of Apollo just south of the village.

For the more adventurous, a climb to the idyllic village and plateau of Anopolis awaits. This entails a two-hour ascent on a 2000-year-old mule track, culminating in a selection of inviting taverns at the top. You can also explore the Aradena gorge or snorkel in the local waters, home to frequent sea turtle visitors.

Loutro, which translates to “bath” in Greek, was named after the baths discovered in the area, their waters once directed towards nearby Anopolis.

  • 1.0 km
  • Lykos beach
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue

Likos is a coastal hamlet featuring a diminutive port, situated 900m west of Loutro and 83km south of Chania, on the outskirts of the virtually uninhabited village of Livaniana. Nearby to the east lies the somewhat larger community of Finikas (Phoenix), with a rocky hill serving as a border between them.

The beach at Lykos, in comparison to Finikas, is considerably rocky and houses a small dock for boat arrivals, although it is exposed to southern gusts. Despite not standing out as a beach, its serenity and abundant marine life make this secluded spot worth exploring. Traditional taverns, offering a limited number of rooms, provide a chance for visitors to escape their hectic daily routines.

The European pathway E4, connecting the Marmara beach at the exit of the Aradena Gorge with Loutro, traverses Lykos. The most frequent means of arriving, however, is by private or rented boat from Hora Sfakion or Loutro. Another option for those preferring to arrive by car is to drive from Chora Sfakion to Anopolis, then continue to the village of Livaniana. A dirt road from there leads to Likos and Finikas. The drive from Anopolis, taking approximately half an hour, is thoroughly enjoyable due to the stunning natural beauty and untamed landscape.

  • 1.2 km
  • Finikas beach
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Deep
  • Blue

Finikas, also known as Phoenix, is a quaint harbour situated in the Sfakia province, about 83km south of Chania city. It lies approximately 700m west of Loutro, within the broader Livaniana village area. The area was named after the ancient town of Phoenix, whose remnants can still be found near Loutro. It served as the port for the ancient city of Anopolis. The European E4 hiking trail that links Marmara beach (the Aradena Gorge exit) to Loutro village traverses through Finikas. A massive rock to the west separates Finikas from the Likos harbour.

Within the Finikas port, there is an attractive pebble beach. It’s reasonably well-equipped with umbrellas and canoes. Visitors can take advantage of the reasonably priced boat trips to and from Loutro and Marmara. There’s also a charming tavern right on the beach and several rooms where one can unwind and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

You can access Finikas via a drivable dirt road from Livaniana (through Anopolis). Alternatively, the easiest way to reach the beaches is by taking a boat from Chora Sfakion or Loutro.

  • 1.8 km
  • Perivolakia and Timios Stavros beaches
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue

The trio of neighbouring coves – Small Perivolaki, Large Perivolaki, and Timios Stavros – are nestled 2.5km west of Chora Sfakion and 74km south of Chania city. Situated in a rugged mountainous region, they lie midway between Glyka Nera beach and Loutro on the E4 European walking trail.

Small Perivolaki is the first beach to the west, followed by Large Perivolaki, with Timios Stavros being the furthest east. These beaches are characterized by pebbles and large rock formations. Their secluded nature makes them a favoured spot for naturists and snorkelling enthusiasts. However, there are no amenities nearby, with Loutro being the closest at 1km to the west. There is also a lack of natural shade, making it essential to bring your own umbrellas. Access to these coves is either by a 1km walk from Loutro to Glyka Nera or by boat.

A few meters west of Timios Stavros cove, you’ll find the small chapel of Timios Stavros, or Holy Cross. The chapel stands on the site of a former Venetian fortress, the ruins of which can still be seen scattered around the church.

  • 1.9 km