Beaches near Soúda, in Rethymno region

Here is list of closest beaches to Soúda

  • 340 m
  • Souda beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue, Green

Souda is nestled 41km to the southwest of Rethymno city, and a mere 3km east from the bustling resort of Plakias. Don’t mistake it for Souda Bay, the natural harbour of Chania city. It is, in fact, the final beach along the Plakias seafront, known as Yialia, commencing at Shinaria many kilometers away. Situated at the mouth of a verdant valley, Souda is crisscrossed by the Finikas river, which flows all year round. Cretan palm trees of Theophrastus, native to the area, flourish along the river and numerous other locations, establishing Souda as a significant refuge for the species.

In the midst of this stunning landscape, a sandy beach stretches out, adored by all who visit. However, this affection can quickly turn to annoyance when the northern winds whip up the sand, blasting unsuspecting swimmers. The landscape today bears no resemblance to the secluded paradise of the 90s, where a narrow dirt path led to a rocky shoreline and a sparsely populated nudist beach. While nudists still frequent the area, they no longer enjoy the same level of comfort. The beach is now more accessible with paved roads, organized facilities, umbrellas, and showers. There are several taverns and accommodations nearby. The rocky beach edges offer ideal conditions for fishing and snorkeling. A few benches can be found above the eastern rocks on the main road, offering panoramic views of the South Cretan Sea.

  • 490 m
  • Fotinari beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue, Green

Situated 37km south of Rethymno, nestled between Plakias and Souda’s beach, Fotinari (also known as Foteinari) offers two serene beaches resting in a compact bay rich with vegetation. The rocky seabed provides a perfect spot for fishing and snorkelling activities.

These adjoining pebbly beaches lack organisation, however, you can easily find accommodation and dining options nearby. As you approach from Plakias, heading towards Souda beach, the first beach you’ll encounter is the Small Fotinari, also referred to as Fotinaraki, due to its smaller size compared to the following beach, the Big Fotinari.

Both beaches are conveniently located near the main road, which runs directly over them. Two brief stone paths cut through a pair of small woods, leading straight to the beach. Additionally, Big Fotinari offers shade beneath the towering rocks that surround it.

  • 1.2 km
  • Pefkias beaches
  • Fine Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue

Perkins is a remote and dry area of southern Crete, nestled between the villages of Rodakino and Plakias, 43km to the south of Rethymno. This harsh terrain is dotted with a handful of secluded beaches, accessible either by boat or via the off-road route linking Souda beach to Korakas beach. From east to west, the beaches include Kokkinos Volakas, Stavri, Filadelfi, Parahoristra, Agios Antonios, Hohlakas, and Klimata.

The primary beach in Pefkias is located near the Souda bay and is known as Kokkinos Volakas (Red rock), named for the reddish rock found at its eastern end. A small beach alongside the rock houses a tiny cave and a small cluster of Cretan Date Palms, which originated from the neighboring Souda palm grove. The beach is pebbly and rocky, making it a perfect spot for fishing and snorkeling. Also, due to the lack of natural shade and minimal visitors, it is an ideal location for nudists.

To the east lies the smaller beach of Stavri, which is equally isolated and deserted. Visitors are unlikely to encounter anything or anyone else here. Like Kokkinos Volakas, Stavri can also be reached via the same off-road path connecting Souda to Rodakino.

  • 2.9 km
  • Plakias beach
  • Sand
  • Shallow
  • Blue

Situated 36km to the south of Rethymno city, Plakias is a charming tourist haven nestled at the mouth of a fertile valley just beyond the Kouroupa range, where the Kotsifos river meets the sea. It owes much of its popularity to the impressive Gialia beach, stretching for 1.3km from the edge of the town to the east, ending at Cape Mouri. This fully-equipped beach, characterized by its crystal-clear, cool waters, is an ideal location for leisurely walks or cycling along the adjacent road. It features numerous hotels and restaurants, as well as beach essentials such as umbrellas, water sports facilities, beach volley courts, snack bars, changing rooms, and showers.

Paligremnos, the eastern portion of the beach, boasts fine sandy shores and is well-appointed with various amenities close to local accommodation and eateries. Noteworthy are the tall, vertical cliffs nearby that prove to be a magnet for climbing enthusiasts. This spot, also known as “Gonates” (knees), is steeped in local lore; it’s said that the epic hero Digenis knelt here to drink from a local spring. An intriguing phenomenon takes place here every full moon from September to January, as the moon’s reflection on the sheer cliffs draws large squids to the beach, which locals catch with long sticks. A few meters south of Paligremnos, you can also discover tunnels once used for transporting coal to waiting cargo ships.

  • 3.8 km