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Iligas beach

About Iligas beach

Iligas is an amazing turquoise-water sandy beach, 1km west of Chora Sfakion and 74km south of Chania city. Iligas is located at the end of Kavi Gorge, which starts close to Anopolis. There are three beaches, separated by amazing sea caves.

The main beach is long and can be accessed by walking a short distance from the main road of Sfakia-Anopolis. The best beaches are located to the east of the former and can be accessed only by boat or by swimming from the main beach.

There is one small tavern with rooms to let on the main Iligas beach, but there are more amenities in Chora Sfakion. Iligas is one of the nicest easily accessible beaches of south Crete. There are many caves on all three beaches, in which you can keep yourself in shadow. It’s quite easy to access and is close to Sfakia, so you can visit that by walking from Sfakia (taking 10-15 min).




What activities can I do at Iligas beach?

There are various activities you can do at Iligas beach such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and beach volleyball.

Is it safe to swim at Iligas beach?

Yes, it is safe to swim at Iligas beach. However, it is always recommended to be cautious and aware of the water conditions.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Iligas beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Iligas beach where you can enjoy local cuisine and drinks.

Is there any accommodation available near Iligas beach?

Yes, there are several accommodation options available near Iligas beach such as hotels, resorts, and guesthouses.

Can I rent beach equipment at Iligas beach?

Yes, you can rent beach equipment such as umbrellas, chairs, and snorkeling gear at Iligas beach.

Is there any parking available at Iligas beach?

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

Are there any hiking trails near Iligas beach?

Yes, there are several hiking trails near Iligas beach that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Is Iligas beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Iligas beach is suitable for families with children as the water is calm and shallow, and there are several activities that children can enjoy.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is deep blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has pebbles as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is deep.

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 with fewer crowds.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.

What is the access to the beach like?

The beach can be accessed through a paved road.

What other information is available about the beach?

The beach is nudism friendly and is ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing. It also has rock shade.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Deep

Beach sand type

  • Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Deep blue


  • Paved road

Other information

  • Nudism friendly
  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Rock shade

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