Situated 91 km east of Agios Nikolaos, 22km east of Sitia, and 2km east of the quaint town of Palekastro, Chiona is a beautifully serene sandy beach. Its pristine white sand and crystal-clear shallow blue waters make it a popular spot despite its relatively small size.
The name ‘Chiona’ translates to ‘carob storehouse’ in the local Cretan dialect, a nod to the storage facilities that were typically built near Cretan beaches for transferring carobs via ship due to the lack of roads. Indeed, the area was traditionally known for its carob trade.
Visitors to Chiona can enjoy a perfect day out, especially when combined with a meal at the renowned local fish taverns. While the beach offers minimal facilities (primarily near the taverns), there are tamarisk trees along the coast that provide a respite from the sun. To the east of the main beach, several secluded coves offer a peaceful spot for swimming, including the first sandy beach, Bondalaki, which is possibly the best in the entire area.
From Chiona, one can spot the small Grandes islands. Just beside the beach, in the location of Roussolakkos, the remains of an ancient Minoan port and settlement can be explored. Heading north from Chiona will bring you to the lengthy Kouremenos beach, Crete’s most famed spot for windsurfing. Lastly, a walk to the peak of the hill Kastri, located at the west end of the beach, will reward visitors with stunning views of the sea and the remnants of an old fort.
The name Hiona (Chiona) beach comes from the Greek word “χιώνα” which means “snowy” due to the white sand on the Hiona beach.
Yes, Hiona (Chiona) beach is suitable for swimming as the water is clear and calm.
No, there are no water sports activities available at Hiona (Chiona) beach.
Yes, there are some trees and umbrellas available for shade at Hiona (Chiona) beach.
No, Hiona (Chiona) beach is not accessible for people with disabilities as there are stairs to access the Hiona beach.
Yes, there is a small parking area available near Hiona (Chiona) beach.
The water colour of the Hiona beach is blue.
The Hiona beach has sand.
The water at the Hiona beach is shallow.
The sea surface at the Hiona beach is usually calm.
The Hiona beach has normal crowds.
The Hiona beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, showers, and a Blue Flag.
The Hiona beach can be accessed via a paved road.
Yes, the Hiona beach is nudism friendly.
Yes, there is tree shade available at the Hiona beach.
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