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Spilies beach

Beach description

Spilies, also known as “Tou Maliou to Riaki” or Maliou stream, is a hidden gem located 15km to the east of Rethymnon city. Nestled between Skaleta and Geropotamos, the area is serene and tranquil, despite its proximity to the main highway that links Heraklion and Rethymno.

This hidden paradise is nestled in a small rocky bay, boasting of a pebbly beach with crystal clear and deep waters, shielded by towering cliffs. The defining feature of the cove is the stunning cavernous rocks that shelter the small beach from the west. Beyond the western and eastern ends of the beach, several sea caves and rock formations with extraordinary shapes adorn the landscape. Unfortunately, a portion of the eastern caves collapsed in the winter of 2011-12. These caves serve as crucial habitats for endangered species like the Mediterranean monk seal.

For an adventurous day, explore the rocky shores east of the beach, leading to the remarkable natural rocky arch of Geropotamos.

The beach provides basic amenities such as umbrellas, beds, and a small canteen. However, be wary of waves, which are a common occurrence due to the northern winds.

To reach the beach from Rethymnon, take the main road to Heraklion. After passing Skaleta, you’ll spot “Creta Farm”, followed by two gas stations on either side of the road. A short path to the beach begins behind the gas station on your left, marked by a sign to Spilies (ΣΠΗΛΙΕΣ). To avoid a left turn on the national road, it’s recommended to enter the station on your right and then turn back towards Rethymno.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Spilies beach?

Spilies beach is located in the village of Kastri, on the southern coast of Crete, Greece.

Is Spilies beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Spilies beach is suitable for swimming. However, visitors should be aware of the rocky seabed and the possibility of strong currents.

Are there any caves or rock formations to explore at Spilies beach?

Yes, Spilies beach is known for its unique rock formations and caves that visitors can explore.

Is Spilies beach a good spot for snorkeling or diving?

Yes, Spilies beach is a great spot for snorkeling and diving due to its clear waters and interesting underwater landscape.

What is the best time of day to visit Spilies beach?

The best time to visit Spilies beach is in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too strong and the Spilies beach is less crowded.

Is there any nearby accommodation available for visitors?

Yes, there are several hotels and apartments available for visitors in the nearby village of Kastri.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Spilies beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes in the nearby village of Kastri where visitors can enjoy a meal or a drink.

What is the water colour of the Spilies beach?

The water colour of the Spilies beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Spilies beach?

The Spilies beach has pebbles as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the Spilies beach?

The water at the Spilies beach is deep.

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

The sea surface at the Spilies beach is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the Spilies beach?

The Spilies beach has normal crowds.

What facilities are available at the Spilies beach?

The Spilies beach has food and water nearby, as well as umbrellas and beds.

What is the access to the Spilies beach like?

The Spilies beach is accessible via a paved road.

What other information should I know about the Spilies beach?

The Spilies beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing, and there are rock shades available.

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