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Skinias beaches

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Skinias, a secluded region, is situated 94km to the east of Agios Nikolaos and 20km to the east of Sitia, nestled in one of Crete’s most remote eastern corners. This wild terrain is home to three charming little coves, perfect for anyone seeking solitude, located at the end of the Katsara gorge. With no amenities or shade-providing trees in sight, visitors should be prepared with water and an umbrella.

Access to the beach is through a challenging dirt road that leads to the central beach of Skinias. Those with a standard vehicle will need to halt before reaching the beach due to the poor road conditions. The first beach you encounter is the central sandy beach of Skinias, renowned for its stunning water hues. This pebble-strewn beach is recommended for snorkelling and fishing activities. If you tread 200m to the east, following the rocky coastline dotted with numerous caves and vibrant blue waters, you will soon arrive at the eastern pebbly beach of Skinias. Conversely, if you head west from the central beach towards Karoumes, you will find another pebble beach, born from the mouth of a brief, small canyon.


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Most frequent asked questions

What are Skinias beaches?

Skinias beaches are a group of beaches located in the northeastern part of the island of Crete, Greece.

How many beaches are there in Skinias?

There are three beaches in Skinias: Skinias Beach, Limanaki Beach, and Agia Fotia Beach.

Are Skinias beaches suitable for swimming?

Yes, Skinias beaches are suitable for swimming. The water is clear and clean, and the Skinias beacheses are well-maintained.

Is there any marine life in the waters around Skinias beaches?

Yes, there is a variety of marine life in the waters around Skinias beaches, including fish, sea turtles, and octopuses.

Are there any water sports available at Skinias beaches?

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

Is there any accommodation available near Skinias beaches?

Yes, there are several hotels and apartments available for rent near Skinias beaches.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Skinias beaches?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Skinias beaches where visitors can enjoy local cuisine and drinks.

Is Skinias a popular tourist destination?

No, Skinias is not a very popular tourist destination, but it is a great place to visit for those who want to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing beach vacation.

What is the water colour of the Skinias beaches?

The Skinias beaches water colour is deep blue and blue.

What type of sand is found on the Skinias beaches?

The Skinias beaches sand type is pebbles and fine pebbles.

What is the water depth of the Skinias beaches?

The Skinias beaches water depth is normal.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Skinias beaches?

The Skinias beaches sea surface is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Skinias beaches?

The Skinias beaches crowds are quiet.

What facilities are available at the Skinias beaches?

There are no facilities available at the Skinias beaches.

What is the access to the Skinias beaches like?

The Skinias beaches access is via a dirt track.

Is the Skinias beaches nudism friendly?

Yes, the Skinias beaches is nudism friendly.

What activities are ideal for the Skinias beaches?

The Skinias beaches is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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Stays near Skinias beaches

  • 9.1 / 10
  • Chiona Palaikastrou, Sitia

Just a 5-minute walk from Chiona Beach, Rousolakos Apartments is located in Palaikastro Village. It offers a free-form outdoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. The accommodation provides garden and pool views from its balcony.

A kitchenette equipped with an electric kettle, coffee maker and fridge is standard in all of Rousolakos’ air-conditioned apartments. Each includes a TV with satellite and cable channels, small dining table and private bathroom with hairdryer.

Guests are welcomed to use the on-site BBQ facilities. A variety of fish taverns can be found along the beach area.

Rousolakos Apartments is a 5-minute drive away from the Windsurf Club, situated at Kouremenos Beach. The famous palm tree-lined beach of Vai is 9 km away. It is 17 km from the lively coastal town of Sitia.




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  • 9 / 10

Situated in Palekastron, 700 metres from Chiona Beach and less than 1 km from Kouremenos Beach, HIONA STUDIO N2 offers a private beach area and air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to a terrace and free WiFi.

The 2-bedroom holiday home has a living room with a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with oven and fridge, and 1 bathroom with a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at the holiday home.

Vai Palm Forest is 10 km from HIONA STUDIO N2. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 21 km from the accommodation.

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Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a patio, Hiona Cottage is situated in Palekastron. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony, tennis at the tennis court, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home features 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a terrace with sea views.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at the holiday home, while fishing and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Chiona Beach is 700 metres from Hiona Cottage, while Kouremenos Beach is less than 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 21 km from the accommodation.




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  • 8.9 / 10
  • Agathias Palekastro

Featuring free Wi-Fi throughout, Flamingo Apartments is located in the traditional village of Agathia. Each accommodation offers a private entrance and a terrace or balcony overlooking the sea and mountain.

Simply furnished, all the studios and apartments have a small dining table and a kitchenette with coffee maker, kettle, fridge and cooking hobs. They include a TV, as well as free toiletries and a hairdryer in the private bathroom.

The town of Palekastro is only 500 metres from Flamingo Apartments. Restaurants, a café and a mini market are within short walking distance. It is 18 km from the coastal town of Sitia. The property is 8 km from Vai palm forest.The ruins of Ancient Itanos and Ancient Rousoslakos (Eleia) can be reached within a short drive.

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  • Agathias

Family-run Olive Coast Suites features up-scale accommodation with views of the Kouremenos Beach or olive groves. It is located in scenic Palekastro, 900 metres from Chiona Beach.

Olive Coast Suites are air conditioned and include free WiFi. Each has a traditional kitchen with dining area, while a 26” LCD TV with satellite channels is featured in the living room . The stone details, traditional niches and the wooden furnishings create an elegant setting.

A spacious sun terrace with sun loungers and BBQ facilities are also provided at Olive Coast Suites.

Upon your arrival at Palekastro Hotel Olive Coast Suites you will be treated to a complimentary bottle of extra-virgin olive oil, local wine, bottled water and fresh fruit.

Olive Coast Suites provides easy access to the most popular beaches of Eastern Crete; Kouremenos Beach (1.2 km), and the splendid beach of Vai (8 km) with the protected Palm Tree Forest. Sitia is 17 km away, while Sitia airport and port are at 19 km.




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Providing access to a terrace with garden views, the air-conditioned holiday home consists of 1 bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 19 km from the holiday home.

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