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Beaches near Rodopós, in Chania region

Here is list of closest beaches to Rodopós

  • 2.4 km
  • Afrata beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue

Afrata is a quaint village nestled 3.5km north of Kolymbari and 28km west of Chania, situated at Cape Rodopos. Just 1km east of the village, within a serene bay, you’ll find the charming beach of Afrata.

The beach, with its pebbly terrain and appealing water hues, is a popular spot among locals, as it remains untouched by the area’s winds. The raw beauty of Rodopos Cape, coupled with the tranquil sea and the picturesque village, makes Afrata an ideal destination for a peaceful getaway. The beach features a small canteen for food and water purchases, and shade is provided by umbrellas and tamarisk trees.

The road to Afrata from Kolimbari is paved with asphalt, but caution is advised due to its narrowness. After passing through the village, the road leads to the beach via a stunning gorge. Along the way, just below Odigitria Gonia monastery, you’ll encounter the quiet, rocky coves of Odigitria.

The route from Kolymvari to Afrata also takes you past the historic Panagia Odigitria Gonia Monastery and the Orthodox Academy. The Monastery is a significant part of the island’s history. The Turkish occupation of Crete began here in 1645, and in 1897, it was the landing point of the Greek army, triggering the Greek-Turkish war. Located near Kolymbari port, the Monastery comprises the main temple, an inner courtyard, monks’ cells, and walls that served to protect against pirates, Turks, and other invaders. On the northeast side, within the walls, you can still see the damage caused by the Turkish gunfire against the Monastery.

Additionally, north of Afrata is the Ellinospilios cave, an archaeological treasure trove. However, the path to the cave, due to the region’s rocky landscape, is rather challenging and recommended for experienced walkers only. Specialized knowledge and equipment are necessary for cave entry. The cave’s entrance is positioned just above sea level and the path continues northeast.

  • 3.1 km
  • Ravdoucha beach
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue

Ravdoucha’s beachfront, situated approximately 21km west of Chania and close to the village of Ravdoucha on the peninsula Rodopos’ western coast, offers truly splendid scenery. The area is characterized by its towering mountains, rugged rocks, and olive groves, and is peppered with several small bays featuring beautiful rock formations and pebbly beaches. The sea, regularly influenced by the western winds, provides an excellent spot for snorkelling. Ravdoucha also boasts several renowned fish taverns and basic tourist facilities. Although there are no umbrellas on the beach, shade can be found under the trees.

One can reach Ravdoucha by car via a well-maintained paved road from the Chania – Kisamos highway. The village is constructed on a height, providing an overlook to the sea. En route to the beach, travellers will encounter the cave-like chapels of St Marina and St Onoufrios, which are worth photographing.

The northernmost beach in the area, named Neratzia after a small tavern of the same name, is a peaceful sandy beach. There’s a small pier on the side that serves as a modest harbour.

  • 3.5 km
  • Kolimbari beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue

Kolimbari, a quaint seaside town housing over 5000 residents, is situated 24km west of Chania, on the eastern edge of the Rodopos Peninsula. This picturesque town is quite developed, primarily due to its stunning, lengthy beach that extends from the village to Tavronitis in the east. The sandy beach at Kolimbari is occasionally dotted with small pebbles, and while the waters are shallow, they tend to be wavy, a typical characteristic of northern Crete’s open beaches. The area adjacent to the beach offers ample choices for accommodation, dining, and entertainment.

For those seeking a more serene beach experience, the tiny coves near the Gonia Monastery, just 1km northwest of Kolimbari, are worth visiting. Boats frequently depart from the Kolimbari port to the Rodopos Cape, renowned for its majestic cliffs and tranquil beaches, with Menzies being the most popular.

The historic Gonia Monastery, reminiscent of a fortress, is located 1km northwest of the town. It’s dedicated to the Virgin Mary Odigitria, also known as the Guide, and houses a notable collection of Byzantine icons. The Orthodox Academy of Crete, a venue for nationwide and global conferences on theological and general topics, is also located near Gonia.

  • 4.4 km
  • Skotini beach at Ravdoucha
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue

Skotini, a stunning beach, is nestled between Ravdoucha and Agios Vasilios at Cape Sideris, near Panagia Myrtidiotissa at Choni. It is found at the end of a narrow, steep gorge. The beach is reachable via a striking trail that begins at Saint Marina (Agia Marina) in Ravdoucha and extends to Nopigia. Approximately 20-25 minutes into the hike, after passing the rock above Ravdoucha beach, you divert from the path and descend towards the dilapidated iron ore transhipment facilities that were operational in the early 20th century. Historically, there existed a small settlement, Skotini, inhabited by mining workers.

Before arriving at the rugged coastline, you’ll discover a sizable cave that provides refuge for the local goats. After cautiously navigating through the mine and natural saltpans, you will reach Skotini beach, noted for its rocks and cavities, and also referred to as Metalio (mine). The beach features pebbles and crystal blue waters. However, it is significantly impacted by the west winds that carry litter across the Kissamos bay. The beach provides an idyllic relaxation spot during the south winds, when the waters are clear.

  • 4.5 km
  • Agios Vasilios and Skotini beaches