Koum Kapi beach

Beach description

Situated at the eastern edge of the scenic port of Chania, in front of the historical Bedouin district, is Kum Kapi Beach. This location was once inhabited by African economic migrants who lived in rush-made huts during the Ottoman period, having initially arrived on the island as slaves. Presently, the only visible structures are a long coastal street lined with cafes and nightclubs, with no huts in sight. The area derives its name from the Turkish phrase Kum Kapisi, translating to the Gate of Sand, which was a gate on the Venetian Walls adjacent to this sandy beach.

Kum Kapi Beach stretches for approximately 1km to the east beneath a pedestrian road. In previous years, the beach was a popular swimming spot in Chania, but the deteriorating quality of seawater led to swimming being banned. Recent developments in the biological cleaning infrastructure of Chania city have improved the water quality, making it safe for swimming according to the city’s Water Supply and Sewerage Authority. However, Kum Kapi Beach remains unorganized and is still not trusted by locals.

To the west, the ocean meets the road’s wall with no beach in between. On the east side, a strip of sandy beach is formed where most people swim. Further east, a beautiful cove is formed, although locals still avoid swimming there.

Kouloura Pond, Halepa
In the Halepa suburb of Chania, next to the Agia Kyriaki chapel and beach, you’ll find Kouloura – a small rocky pond. This spot is a favored “pool” amongst Halepa residents, each of whom has a unique tale to share about the place.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Koum Kapi beach?

Koum Kapi beach is located in the city of Chania, on the island of Crete, Greece.

Is Koum Kapi beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Koum Kapi beach is suitable for swimming. However, it is recommended to check the water conditions before entering the sea.

What activities can be done at Koum Kapi beach?

At Koum Kapi beach visitors can enjoy several cafes and restaurants nearby.

Is there a parking area near Koum Kapi beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Koum Kapi beach. However, it can be crowded during peak season, so it is recommended to arrive early.

Are there any nearby attractions to Koum Kapi beach?

Yes, there are several nearby attractions to Koum Kapi beach, including the Venetian Harbor, the Archaeological Museum of Chania, and the Municipal Market of Chania.

What is the water colour of the Koum Kapi beach?

The water colour of the Koum Kapi beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Koum Kapi beach?

The Koum Kapi beach has sand as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the Koum Kapi beach?

The water at the Koum Kapi beach is shallow.

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

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

What facilities are available at the Koum Kapi beach?

The Koum Kapi beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.

What is the access to the Koum Kapi beach like?

The Koum Kapi beach can be accessed through bus services and a paved road.

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