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Glika Nera beach

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Glyka Nera, translated as “sweet water” ranks as one of Crete’s most picturesque beaches, adorned with captivating deep blue waters and charming pebbles. In 2003, it earned a place amongst the top 20 European beaches by the London Times. Positioned 43km west of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania, its unique name stems from the freshwater springs that bubble up amongst its pebbles.

Typically, Glyka Nera is most readily accessible via boat. However, for thrill-seekers, two hiking paths offer an alternate route: a 30-minute journey from the closest parking spot near Iligas beach, and an hour-long trek from Loutro. Despite the trails bordering steep edges, safety is ensured by regular maintenance from local authorities, given the paths are part of the renowned E4 European footpath.

A quaint tavern perched on a rock offers food, refreshing drinks, and loungers. You need not carry water as the spring water is drinkable. Interestingly, even in the peak of summer, the sea remains refreshingly cool due to these springs. Tamarisk trees generously provide shade along the beach. If given the chance, a visit to Glyka Nera is a must.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the meaning of Glika Nera?

Glika Nera means “sweet water” in Greek.

Is Glika Nera beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Glika Nera beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm.

Are there any water sports activities available at Glika Nera beach?

No, there are no water sports activities available at Glika Nera beach.

Is there any shade available at Glika Nera beach?

Yes, there are some trees and umbrellas available for shade at Glika Nera beach.

Is there any accommodation available near Glika Nera beach?

No, there are no accommodation available near Glika Nera beach.

Is there any restaurant or cafe available at Glika Nera beach?

No, there are no restaurants or cafes available at Glika Nera beach.

What is the water colour of the Glika Nera beach?

The water colour of the Glika Nera beach is deep blue.

What type of sand is found on the Glika Nera beach?

The Glika Nera beach has pebbles as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the Glika Nera beach?

The water at the Glika Nera beach is deep.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the Glika Nera beach?

The Glika Nera beach is usually quiet with fewer crowds.

What facilities are available at the Glika Nera beach?

The Glika Nera beach has nearby food and water facilities, umbrellas and beds, and sports facilities.

What are the ways to access the Glika Nera beach?

The Glika Nera beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

What other information should I know about the Glika Nera beach?

The Glika Nera beach is nudism friendly, ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing, and has tree shade.

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