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Skinaria beach

About Skinaria beach

Skinaria beach (or Shinaria) is located 33km south of Rethymno, 3km south of the village Lefkogia, in the east part of the wider Plakias area. Skinaria is a small beach with soft grey-beige sand and fine pebbles, with crystal blue deep water. The seabed is rocky, but on the north part of the beach, it is sandy.

Life thrives in the area, both inside and outside of the sea. On the beach, there are small ponds with fresh water that comes from springs that carry water from the mountain of Kouroupa. Around these lakes, lush vegetation has been developed, reminiscent of tropical landscapes. Moreover, locals say that life in the sea is as vivid as that on the beach. Indeed, the seabed of Skinaria is one of the richest on the island. It hosts huge morays, blackfish, octopus and generally all types of local marine biology, in abundance. Furthermore, water clarity is really impressive, usually exceeding 40m in the horizontal direction. Indeed, it is no coincidence that most scuba diving centres in Crete have Skinaria in their program.

The beach is slightly organized, with a tavern offering a few umbrellas and refreshments; the last time we visited the beach, umbrellas and sunbeds were free if you bought refreshments. The beach can be accessed via a narrow road that starts from Lefkogia. The very narrow road that starts from Lefkogia leads to the beach after 2km. On the way to the beach, you’ll see an amazing cylindric cave on your left hand, inside a rock.




What is the location of Skinaria beach?

Skinaria beach is located on the eastern coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos.

Is Skinaria beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Skinaria beach is suitable for swimming. The water is clear and calm, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Are there any water sports available at Skinaria beach?

No, there are no water sports available at Skinaria beach. However, visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Is Skinaria beach family-friendly?

Yes, Skinaria beach is family-friendly. The water is shallow and calm, making it safe for children to swim. There are also several restaurants and cafes nearby.

Is there any accommodation available near Skinaria beach?

Yes, there are several hotels and apartments available near Skinaria beach. Visitors can choose from a range of options to suit their budget and preferences.

Is Skinaria beach accessible by public transport?

Yes, Skinaria beach is accessible by public transport. Visitors can take a bus from Zakynthos town to Skinaria beach.

Is there any parking available at Skinaria beach?

Yes, there is a small parking area available at Skinaria beach. However, it can get crowded during peak season, so visitors are advised to arrive early.

Are there any hiking trails near Skinaria beach?

Yes, there are several hiking trails near Skinaria beach. Visitors can explore the nearby hills and enjoy stunning views of the coastline.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is turquoise.

What type of sand can be found on the beach?

The beach has fine pebbles and rocks in some places.

What is the water depth like at the beach?

The water depth at the beach is normal.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.

Is the beach usually crowded?

Yes, the beach is a crowded place.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options, food and water nearby, umbrellas and beds, and sports facilities.

How can the beach be accessed?

The beach can be accessed via a paved road.

Is the beach nudism friendly?

Yes, the beach is nudism friendly.

What activities are ideal for the beach?

The beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds
  • Sports


  • Crowded place

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Fine Pebbles
  • Rocks in places

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Turquoise


  • Paved road

Other information

  • Nudism friendly
  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing

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