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Peristeres beach

Beach description

Peristeres, situated 47km southwest of the city of Rethymnon, is nestled between the villages of Fragokastelo and Rodakino. This beach is a well-known spot among Greeks due to its association with Alexis Tsipras, the former Prime Minister of Greece, who loved this beach. The beach extends from the western side of Kastelos hill all the way to Agia Marina. It comprises two separate coves and is typically tranquil, given its less accessible location compared to nearby Korakas and Polirizos beaches. There are no amenities on the beach, only a few small taverns. The beach is pebbly with some rocky patches, and is often frequented by nudists and campers who find respite under the large carob trees.

In Greek, Peristeres translates to ‘pigeons’, a name originating from the small sea caves at Kastelos cape where pigeons nest. These caves, located beyond the eastern end of the beach, are strikingly beautiful with arches, massive boulders, and tiny sandy beaches inside. The sea bed, reminiscent of an aquarium, is a perfect spot for snorkelling.

This beach also holds historical significance as it was from here that German General Heinrich Kreipe was transported to Egypt. Kreipe, the general commander of the land forces of “Fortress Crete” or Festung Kreta, was captured in Heraklion by two British officers and Cretan resistance fighters. After evading German patrols and traversing the mountains, they reached the southern side of the island where a British Motor Launch picked them up on May 14, 1944. This daring operation infuriated Hitler and is considered one of the most audacious of the Second World War. A resident of Rodakino village still possesses Kreipe’s handcuffs. The bay was also used by allied submarines and destroyers to bring in supplies for the battle against the Germans.

To reach Peristeres, one can either take the paved road from Polirizos heading west and then turn left onto the first dirt road, or use the 4km dirt road that connects Lakki, near Skaloti village, with Polirizos.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Peristeres beach?

Peristeres beach is located in Greece, on the island of Skopelos.

Is Peristeres beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Peristeres beach is suitable for swimming. The water is clear and calm.

Are there any water sports available at Peristeres beach?

No, there are no water sports available at Peristeres beach.

Is there a restaurant or cafe at Peristeres beach?

No, there is no restaurant or cafe at Peristeres beach.

Is Peristeres beach accessible by car?

Yes, Peristeres beach is accessible by car. There is a parking area nearby.

Is there a fee to enter Peristeres beach?

No, there is no fee to enter Peristeres beach.

Is there a lifeguard on duty at Peristeres beach?

No, there is no lifeguard on duty at Peristeres beach. Swimmers should exercise caution.

Is Peristeres beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Peristeres beach is suitable for families with children. The water is shallow and calm.

Is there a walking trail near Peristeres beach?

Yes, there is a walking trail near Peristeres beach that offers scenic views of the coastline.

What is the water colour of the Peristeres beach?

The water colour of the Peristeres beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Peristeres beach?

The Peristeres beach has sand, with rocks in some places.

What is the water depth of the Peristeres beach?

The water depth of the Peristeres beach is normal.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Peristeres beach?

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

What is the crowd like at the Peristeres beach?

The Peristeres beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Peristeres beach?

Food and water are available nearby.

What is the access to the Peristeres beach like?

The Peristeres beach is accessible via a paved road.

What other information should I know about the Peristeres beach?

The Peristeres beach is nudism friendly and ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing. There is also tree shade available.

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