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Potamos beach - Chania

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Beach description

Potamos beach, along with its neighbouring Pirgos beach, is situated on the northwest shore of Gavdos island, 7km northwest from the Karave port. The beach’s striking features include its lengthy stretch of reddish sand, shallow waters, impressive clay geological formations, and steep cliffs, all of which emerge from a small canyon. The beach earns its name, Potamos, from the Greek word for river.

This beach, enveloped in pines and junipers, is a popular spot for hiking enthusiasts. Visiting the river area offers a unique opportunity to examine the surrounding rock formations or indulge in a clay spa treatment.

The Lighthouse – Ambelos – Potamos Trail
The principal way to access Potamos beach is by a 1.5-2 hour hike from Ambelos. Before reaching Ambelos, it’s worth visiting the Gavdos lighthouse, situated at an altitude of 368m. The lighthouse, which now functions as a small museum and coffee shop, was constructed in 1880 and could be seen from 40 miles away (ranking it the 2nd longest distance globally). However, it was bombed in May 1942 and later reconstructed. A little further along, you’ll encounter the chapels and deserted houses of Ambelos, where the crumbling stone cottages evoke memories of Gavdos’ bygone era.

The path to Potamos from Ambelos traverses a dense pine forest and provides views of the Gavdopoula islet. The hike is fairly easy, making it suitable for beginner hikers. Alternatively, a dirt road leading to a spot about 500m east of the beach is available for those who prefer not to walk. Midway, you’ll come across the derelict settlement of Neveli.

Bo Cove
As you make your way down to Potamos, you’ll notice Bo’s rocky shore to your left. Bo is a tiny cove facing north with a rocky seabed. The locals claim its peculiar name originates from the sound “bo bo” made by the waves crashing against the rocks.

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Most frequent asked questions

Is Potamos beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Potamos beach is suitable for swimming. However, it is recommended to be cautious of the strong currents.

Are there any water sports activities available at Potamos beach?

No, there are no water sports activities available at Potamos beach.

Is there a lifeguard on duty at Potamos beach?

No, there is no lifeguard on duty at Potamos beach.

Is there a restaurant or cafe near Potamos beach?

No, there are no restaurants or cafes near Potamos beach. It is recommended to bring your own food and drinks.

Is there a parking area near Potamos beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Potamos beach. However, it can get crowded during peak season.

Is Potamos beach accessible for people with disabilities?

No, Potamos beach is not accessible for people with disabilities due to the steep and rocky terrain.

Are there any nearby attractions to visit while at Potamos beach?

Yes, there are nearby attractions such as the Agia Triada Monastery and the Venetian Fortress of Gramvousa.

What is the water colour of the Potamos beach – Chania?

The water colour of the Potamos beach – Chania is blue and green.

What type of sand is found on the Potamos beach – Chania?

The Potamos beach – Chania has sand.

How deep is the water at the Potamos beach – Chania?

The water at the Potamos beach – Chania is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Potamos beach – Chania?

The sea surface at the Potamos beach – Chania is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the Potamos beach – Chania?

The Potamos beach – Chania is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Potamos beach – Chania?

There are no facilities available at the Potamos beach – Chania.

What are the modes of access to the Potamos beach – Chania?

The Potamos beach – Chania can be accessed by boat or walking.

What other information should I know about the Potamos beach – Chania?

The Potamos beach – Chania is nudism friendly, ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing, and has tree shade.

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