Charakas is a region situated approximately 36km to the east of Rethymno and 44km to the west of Heraklion, near Bali. Just half a kilometer east of the Panagia Charakiani Church, a small peninsula forms where the petite beaches of Glaros and Katevati can be found. The major highway that links Heraklion and Rethymno is conveniently close by.
Located on the western edge of this peninsula is the small but charming Katevati beach, known for its large pebbles. It boasts spectacular views of the rugged Talean Mountains to the south. Its rocky underbelly makes it an ideal spot for fishing and snorkeling. However, it is unregulated, so visitors are advised to come equipped with necessities such as an umbrella, food, and water. Furthermore, it is shielded from the prevalent northern winds due to its eastern positioning. To the north of the beach, on a hill, there are ruins from an ancient settlement.
A short distance to the north of the first beach, accessible via a trail starting north of the highway, are the three beautiful beaches of Glaros (also referred to as Glaria or Peristeri) which face west. The beach gets its name from the small, greenish islet of Glaros that’s separated from the shore by a very narrow canal (less than 2m in width). While the shore is sandy, the seabed is rocky, making it an ideal spot for solitude seekers and snorkeling enthusiasts. The northernmost beach, which can be reached by crossing a hill with a Minoan settlement, is considered the most beautiful.
Situated below the Panagia Charakiani Church is a beach with large, round pebbles that attract snorkelers and spearfishermen. This beach can be easily accessed by following a trail that starts from the church. It is easily identifiable by a small islet located directly opposite the beach.
Glaros beaches are located in Crete, Greece.
Yes, there are several nearby attractions such as the Venetian Fortress, the Archaeological Museum of Chania, and the Old Venetian Harbor.
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.
Yes, there are several water sports available at Glaros beaches such as jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding.
No, there is no fee to access Glaros beaches.
The best time to visit Glaros beaches is during the summer months (June-August) when the weather is warm and sunny.
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.
Yes, there is parking available near Glaros beaches. However, it can get crowded during peak season so it is recommended to arrive early.
The water colour of the Glaros beaches is green.
The Glaros beaches has a mix of sand and pebbles.
The water depth at the Glaros beaches is normal.
The surface of the sea at the Glaros beaches is usually calm.
The Glaros beaches is usually quiet.
There are no facilities available at the Glaros beaches.
The Glaros beaches can be accessed by walking.
Yes, the Glaros beaches is nudism friendly.
Yes, there are rock shades available at the Glaros beaches.
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