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Glaros beaches

About Glaros beaches

Charakas is an area located about 36km east of Rethymno and 44km west of Heraklion, close to Bali. Half a kilometre east of the Church of Panagia Charakiani, a small peninsula is formed on the side of which there are the small beaches of Glaros and Katevati. The highway connecting Heraklion and Rethymno passes nearby.

Katevati beach
At the western part of this peninsula, you’ll find the small beach of Katevati that has large pebbles. It has wonderful views of the wild Talean Mountains in the south. The rocky bottom is ideal for fishing and snorkelling. It is unorganized, so if you ever come here, make sure that you have your essentials with you (umbrella, food, water). Moreover, the beach has an eastern orientation, thus it is protected by the commonly blowing north winds. On the hill north of the beach, ruins of an ancient settlement have been found.

Glaros beach
A few steps north of the first beach, which can be accessed through a trail starting north of the highway, there are the three stunning beaches of Glaros (also known as Glaria or Peristeri) facing west. It is named after the small greenish islet of Glaros, which is separated from the beach by a very narrow canal (less than 2m). The shore is sandy, but the bottom is rocky. It is ideal for seclusion and snorkelling. The northmost beach is the most beautiful and can be accessed by crossing the hill where a Minoan settlement has been found.

Charakiani beach
Below the church of Panagia Charakiani there is a beach with large round pebbles that are preferred by snorkelers and spearfishermen. The beach is easily accessed by following the trail starting from the church. You can locate that easily as there is a small islet just opposite the beach.




What is the location of Glaros beaches?

Glaros beaches are located in Crete, Greece.

Are there any nearby attractions to Glaros beaches?

Yes, there are several nearby attractions such as the Venetian Fortress, the Archaeological Museum of Chania, and the Old Venetian Harbor.

Is it safe to swim at Glaros beaches?

Yes, it is generally safe to swim at Glaros beaches. However, it is always important to be aware of any potential hazards such as strong currents or jellyfish.

Are there any water sports available at Glaros beaches?

Yes, there are several water sports available at Glaros beaches such as jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding.

Is there a fee to access Glaros beaches?

No, there is no fee to access Glaros beaches.

What is the best time of year to visit Glaros beaches?

The best time to visit Glaros beaches is during the summer months (June-August) when the weather is warm and sunny.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Glaros beaches?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Glaros beaches where you can enjoy a meal or a drink with a view of the sea.

Is there parking available at Glaros beaches?

Yes, there is parking available near Glaros beaches. However, it can get crowded during peak season so it is recommended to arrive early.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is green.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has a mix of sand and pebbles.

What is the water depth like at the beach?

The water depth at the beach is normal.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the beach?

There are no facilities available at the beach.

How can the beach be accessed?

The beach can be accessed by walking.

Is the beach nudism friendly?

Yes, the beach is nudism friendly.

Is there any shade available at the beach?

Yes, there are rock shades available at the beach.

Beach facilities


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Sand
  • Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Green


  • Walking

Other information

  • Nudism friendly
  • Rock shade

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