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Afrata beach

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Beach description

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.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Afrata beach?

Afrata beach is located on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, near the village of Afrata.

Is Afrata beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Afrata beach is suitable for swimming. The water is clear and calm, making it a great spot for swimming and snorkeling.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Afrata beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Afrata beach. Visitors can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and drinks while taking in the beautiful views of the Afrata beach.

Is Afrata beach a good spot for sunbathing?

Yes, Afrata beach is a great spot for sunbathing. The Afrata beach is sandy and spacious, providing plenty of room for visitors to relax and soak up the sun.

Are there any water sports available at Afrata beach?

No, there are no water sports available at Afrata beach. However, visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and other beach activities.

Is Afrata beach crowded?

Afrata beach is not usually crowded, making it a great spot for visitors who want to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day at the Afrata beach.

What is the best time to visit Afrata beach?

The best time to visit Afrata beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny. However, visitors can enjoy the Afrata beach year-round, as the weather on Crete is generally mild and pleasant.

What is the water colour of the Afrata beach?

The water colour of the Afrata beach is blue.

What type of sand can be found on the Afrata beach?

The Afrata beach has pebbles and fine pebbles.

What is the water depth like at the Afrata beach?

The water depth at the Afrata beach is normal.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Afrata beach?

The surface of the sea at the Afrata beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd level like at the Afrata beach?

The Afrata beach usually has a normal crowd level.

What facilities are available at the Afrata beach?

The Afrata beach has food and water nearby, as well as umbrellas and beds.

What is the Afrata beach access like?

The Afrata beach can be accessed via a paved road.

What other information should I know about the Afrata beach?

The Afrata beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing, and there is tree shade available.

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