About Maherida Beach
The tiny beach of Macherida is located 14km northeast of Chania and 1km west of the village Chorafakia, very close to Tersanas. The beach is named after the rocky cape in its north end that reminds of a knife (“machairi” means “knife” in Greek). According to another version, it is named after the flower Gladiolis italics which is called “macherida” in Greek.
The bay faces southwest and is almost always calm. A stunning little beach with white sand and turquoise water is shaped in the centre of the bay, surrounded by sharp rocks. The water here is very clear because the sea currents change directions several times a day and remove any garbage. It is not organized, however during the last years some houses have been built near the beach. The secluded beach of Machairida attracts mainly nudists. Moreover, it is one of the most popular beaches for gays in Chania.
The coastline near the beach is a unique habitat for many wild animals. Among the rocks, just next to the main road, there is the pond of Macherida reminding of a crater with springs with saltish water in which water snakes, turtles and seagulls find shelter.
The city bus running to Stavros comes through Tersanas and then passes next to Maherida beach.
Maherida Beach is located in the Akrotiri peninsula, about 20 km northeast of Chania, Crete.
Yes, Maherida Beach is suitable for swimming. However, visitors should be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty.
The best time to visit Maherida Beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.
No, there is no natural shade available at Maherida Beach. Visitors are advised to bring their own umbrellas or sunshades.
Yes, there is a small parking area available near the beach. However, it can get crowded during peak season.
No, there are no restaurants or cafes near Maherida Beach. Visitors are advised to bring their own food and drinks.
Yes, Maherida Beach is suitable for families with children. However, visitors should be aware that there are no facilities available for children, such as playgrounds or changing rooms.
Yes, there are several hotels and apartments available near Maherida Beach, in the nearby villages of Stavros and Kalathas.
The water colour of the beach is turquoise.
The beach has white sand.
The water at the beach is shallow.
The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.
The beach is usually quiet.
The beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.
The beach can be accessed through bus services and a paved road.
Yes, the beach is nudism friendly.
The beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.
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