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Maherida Beach

Beach description

Macherida, a small beach, is situated 14km northeast of Chania and 1km west of Chorafakia village, in close proximity to Tersanas. Its name is derived from the Greek word “machairi” meaning “knife,” inspired by the knife-like appearance of a rocky cape at its northern end. Another theory suggests it was named after the Gladiolis italics flower, known as “macherida” in Greek.

The bay, facing southwest, is typically calm. At the heart of the bay lies a beautiful beach with white sand and turquoise water, enclosed by sharp rocks. The water clarity here is exceptional due to the sea currents that frequently change direction, sweeping away any rubbish. While the beach isn’t developed, there has been some residential construction in the vicinity in recent years. Macherida beach, with its seclusion, is a popular spot for nudists and is one of the preferred beaches for the gay community in Chania.

The surrounding coastline serves as a unique habitat for various wild species. Close to the main road, amidst the rocks, is the Macherida pond that resembles a crater with saltwater springs. This provides a sanctuary for water snakes, turtles, and seagulls. The city bus route to Stavros passes through Tersanas and runs close to Macherida beach.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Maherida Beach?

Maherida Beach is located in the Akrotiri peninsula, about 20 km northeast of Chania, Crete.

Is Maherida Beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Maherida Beach is suitable for swimming. However, visitors should be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty.

What is the best time to visit Maherida Beach?

The best time to visit Maherida Beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Is there any shade available at Maherida Beach?

No, there is no natural shade available at Maherida Beach. Visitors are advised to bring their own umbrellas or sunshades.

Is there any parking available at Maherida Beach?

Yes, there is a small parking area available near the Maherida Beach. However, it can get crowded during peak season.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Maherida Beach?

No, there are no restaurants or cafes near Maherida Beach. Visitors are advised to bring their own food and drinks.

Is Maherida Beach suitable for families with children?

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.

Is there any accommodation available near Maherida Beach?

Yes, there are several hotels and apartments available near Maherida Beach, in the nearby villages of Stavros and Kalathas.

What is the water colour of the Maherida Beach?

The water colour of the Maherida Beach is turquoise.

What type of sand is found on the Maherida Beach?

The Maherida Beach has white sand.

How deep is the water at the Maherida Beach?

The water at the Maherida Beach is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Maherida Beach?

The sea surface at the Maherida Beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Maherida Beach?

The Maherida Beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Maherida Beach?

The Maherida Beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.

How can I access the Maherida Beach?

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

Is the Maherida Beach nudism friendly?

Yes, the Maherida Beach is nudism friendly.

What activities can I do at the Maherida Beach?

The Maherida Beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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