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Koum Kapi beach

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Kum Kapi Beach is located at the east end of the picturesque port of Chania, in front of the historic district of Bedouins, who used to live here in huts made of rushes during the Ottoman era. They were African economic immigrants, who first arrived on the island as slaves. Today, you will not see any huts, but only a long seaside street with cafes and nightclubs. The region is named after the Turkish word Kum Kapisi, meaning the Gate of Sand, which was the gate on the Venetian Walls next to this sandy beach.

The beach of Kum Kapi is shaped beneath the pedestrian road and extends to the east for about 1km. The sandy beach of the Kum Kapi used to be one of the most popular beaches for swimming in Chania, many years ago. However, due to the degradation of seawater quality, swimming was later forbidden. In the last years, after the construction of the biological cleaning infrastructures of Chania city, according to the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority of the city, water is now suitable for swimming. However, the beach of Kum Kill remains unorganized and locals still do not trust it.

On the west side, near the Sand Gate, the sea reaches the wall of the road without the beach being shaped between them. On the eastern side, a strip of sandy beach is shaped and this is where people mainly swim. Moreover, beyond the east end of the long beach, a beautiful cove is shaped. However, locals still avoid swimming there.

Kouloura pond, Halepa
Kouloura is a small rocky pond next to the chapel and beach of Agia Kyriaki, in the Halepa suburb of Chania. It is a favourite “pool” for the residents of Halepa and every local has a story to tell you about this place.



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 beach is blue.

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

The beach has sand as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the Koum Kapi beach?

The water at the beach is shallow.

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

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

What facilities are available at the Koum Kapi beach?

The beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.

What is the access to the Koum Kapi beach like?

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

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Shallow

Beach sand type

  • Sand

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Bus services

Other information

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