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The picturesque Domata beach, positioned 7km east of Sougia and 58km south of Chania city, resides at Tseses. This beach marks the end of the Klados gorge, a wild and rugged landscape. Its unique natural beauty is a result of the erosive power of water. The name Domata, translating to “roofs”, is derived from the layered structure of the surrounding conglomerate rocks, reminiscent of enormous walls. The beach owes its creation to the large amounts of pebbles and dirt deposited by the gorge, and the continuous oscillation of the sea and air.

The beach is striking, with its fine pebbles and transparent blue waters. By digging in the sand, you can discover fresh water from subterranean springs. As anticipated, the area is devoid of roads and infrastructure. However, the abundant pine trees near the beach provide natural shade and ideal camping spots. The southernmost section of the beach, separated from the main beach of Domata by rocks, is known as Kolotrividis, named after the adjacent cape.

You can reach Domata via the E4 European trail, which heads east and guides you to Agia Roumeli (a 3 -4 hour walk). Be cautious though, as the trail ascends to an altitude of 700m, with some sections being steep and potentially hazardous.


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The water colour of the Domata beach is deep blue.

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The Domata beach has pebbles and fine pebbles.

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The water at the Domata beach is deep.

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

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The Domata beach is usually quiet.

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The Domata beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

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Yes, the Domata beach is nudism friendly.

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Yes, the Domata beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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Stays near Domata beach

  • 8.8 / 10
  • Agia Roumeli

Set 400 metres from the centre and featuring a restaurant serving homemade dishes prepared with local produce, the family-run Sweet Corner Masxali offers pet-friendly accommodation, 350 metres from Agia Roumeli Port.

All units are air conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is also a kitchen, equipped with a refrigerator. There is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer in each unit. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Sweet Corner Masxali also includes a sun terrace. Guests can enjoy a meal and delicious breakfast at the on-site restaurant. At the restaurant you will also find traditional meals with locally produced ingredients. The property also offers packed lunches. Free sun loungers and umbrellas are available on the beach.

You can engage in various activities, such as snorkeling and diving, while 2 water bikes and 6 canoes can be provided free of charge. Free shuttle service from Agia Roumeli Port is provided.




  • 3.9 km
  • 9 / 10
  • Agia Roumeli, Sfakia

Located 60 metres from the beach of Agia Roumeli, the quietly located Artemis Studios offers split-level, self-catering accommodation with side sea view towards west, garden or mountain views from its balcony. It features a family-run restaurant.

The air-conditioned studios of Artemis have an open-plan kitchenette with seating and dining area. Each is equipped with a fridge and cooking hobs. The private bathroom comes with shower and free toiletries. Free WiFi is offered.

Guests can start their day with a continental breakfast served daily at the Artemis Restaurant, where traditional Cretan dishes can also be enjoyed at discounted prices for lunch or dinner.

Mini markets can be found within a short walk from the property. The village of Agia Roumeli is accessible either by crossing the Samaria Gorge or by ferry from Sfakia, Sougia or Paleochora. Guests have the chance to participate in a 4-day activity programme at Samaria Gorge.




  • 4.4 km
  • 9.5 / 10
  • Agia Roumeli Sfakion

Calypso Hotel is located just 20 metres from the beach, in Agia Roumeli village. It features rooms with air conditioning and a furnished balcony with Libyan Sea views. The on-site café-restaurant serves breakfast.

Calypso rooms are fitted with tiled floors and wooden ceilings and include a refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi access is offered in all public areas.

Sun beds and umbrellas are available on the beach at an extra charge. Staff can provide information on organized excursions, such as a hike of the Samaria Gorge.

Calypso Hotel is 75 km from Chania. Nearby Sfakia and Loutro are accessible by boat. Free public and private parking are available.




  • 4.5 km
  • 8.5 / 10
  • Αγία Ρουμέλη

Located in Agia Roumeli, 200 metres from Agia Roumeli Beach, Paradise features rooms with sea views and free WiFi. There is a restaurant serving Greek cuisine, and free private parking is available.

At the hotel each room has air conditioning, a wardrobe, a balcony with a city view, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

Paradise offers a sun terrace.

The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 88 km from the accommodation.

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  • Soúgia

Just 10 metres from Sougia Beach in Crete, Santa Irene features a snack bar with a furnished terrace. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout and self-catering units with views over the Libyan Sea or the garden.

Opening to a balcony, all studios and apartments of Santa Irene are air conditioned and have a well-equipped kitchenette with dining area. A safe, a satellite TV and a bathroom with a shower and hairdryer are available.

Guests can start their day with a continental breakfast served daily at the dining area. Drinks, coffees and light meals can be enjoyed at the sea side snack bar. Taverns and mini markets are within a short walk.

Chania Town is located 60 km from Santa Irene, while Chania International Airport is 78 km away. The small coastal town of Paleochora is 34 km away. Free public parking is possible on site.

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  • Sougia

Situated just 200 metres from the beach of Sougia, 3-star Syia Hotel offers self-catering rooms with private balcony. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.

Syia open-plan studios and two-room apartments are bright and very spacious. They include a well-equipped kitchenette with coffee maker, toaster and fridge. Climate control, a satellite TV and a hairdryer are included.

Guests can start their day with the breakfast served at the property’s dining area. They can also enjoy a drink from the bar either at the lounge area or at the furnished terrace overlooking the Libyan Sea.

Syia serves as a convenient starting point for exploring the beaches of South Crete, such as Palaiochora located a 30-minute drive away. Free on-site parking is possible.




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