Aspri Limni (i.e. White Lake) is one of the weirdest beaches in Crete, that almost nobody knows about. This is a small secret beach, located 500m west of Chrysoskalitissa monastery and 70km southwest of Chania city. Thousands of visitors are attracted by the nearby exotic Elafonissi lagoon, but actually, nobody has heard of this magnificent neighbouring place.
The beach has fine white sand and rocks in places and is surrounded by sharp rocks, reminding of a small whitish lake inside the sea. Fortunately, the beach is unexploited by the tourist industry and remains an untouched paradise. There is no natural shade in the area.
In order to come here, you have to turn right in Chrysoskalitissa village and follow the signs to the small Phoenix theofrasti (Cretan palm date) habitat, located around the lake. Otherwise, just ask one local to show you the way.
Aspri Limni is a Natura 2000 protected area because it is the westernmost habitat of Phoenix theofrasti, the endangered palm tree of Crete. The palm species is also met in other palm groves of Crete such as Vai, Preveli, Agios Nikitas, Souda, etc, but also small colonies exist in South Turkey. Among them, the palm grove in Vai is the largest.
Aspri Limni means “White Lake” in Greek.
Yes, Aspri Limni beach is suitable for swimming as the water is clear and calm.
No, there are no water sports activities available at Aspri Limni beach.
No, Aspri Limni beach is not accessible by public transportation. Visitors need to have their own transportation to reach the beach.
No, there is no accommodation available near Aspri Limni beach. Visitors need to stay in nearby towns or villages.
Yes, Aspri Limni beach is suitable for families with children as the water is calm and shallow.
No, there is no restaurant or cafe available at Aspri Limni beach. Visitors need to bring their own food and drinks.
The water colour of the beach is turquoise.
The beach has white sand with rocks in some places.
The water at the beach is shallow.
The surface of the sea at the beach is usually calm.
The beach is usually quiet.
There are no facilities available at the beach.
The beach can be accessed via a dirt track.
The beach has palm trees and is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.
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