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Tripiti beach - Sfakia

  • Tripiti beach - Sfakia


The rocky beach of Tripiti is located 5km east of Sougia and 68km south of Chania city, at the ending point of the wild gorge of Trypiti. It is absolutely secluded, like all the beaches of the wider Sfakia area. Access to Tripiti is possible either by boat or by walking on a difficult path from Sougia (three hours). The vertical cliffs near the beach provide natural shade. If you walk 500m east to the beach, you’ll meet the much nicer pebbly beach of Sendoni, used by beekeepers.

Tripiti is believed to be the site of the ancient town Pikilasos with the protected natural harbour. The port has been converted to a reef with incredible formations after some geological changes during the 4th AD century. Inscriptions have been discovered in the area, revealing the existence of a temple dedicated to Serapis (Greco-Egyptian god of antiquity). Moreover, archaeologists have discovered several tombs, carved in the rocks.

On the beach, there is a cistern with water, a goat pen and the picturesque church of Agios Nikolaos. If you are in the area on July 19, you can take part in the celebration of the Prophet Elijah, which celebrates on July 20. The pilgrims arrive by boat in the afternoon on the beach of Trypiti and then walk on the path leading to the chapel of Prophet Elijah, 400 meters above sea level. They spend the night there with food and traditional Cretan songs and leave the next day. On the peak of the same hill, there are the ruins of Fort Voukelasi.



FAQ about Tripiti beach – Sfakia

What is the best time to visit Tripiti beach?

The best time to visit Tripiti beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Is Tripiti beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Tripiti beach is suitable for families with children. The beach has shallow waters and a gentle slope, making it safe for children to swim and play.

Are there any water sports activities available at Tripiti beach?

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

Is there a restaurant or cafe near Tripiti beach?

No, there are no restaurants or cafes near Tripiti beach. Visitors are advised to bring their own food and drinks.

Can I camp at Tripiti beach?

No, camping is not allowed at Tripiti beach. Visitors are advised to find accommodation in nearby villages.

Is Tripiti beach accessible by public transportation?

No, Tripiti beach is not accessible by public transportation. Visitors are advised to rent a car or take a taxi to reach the beach.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has fine pebbles and rocks in some places.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is deep.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the beach?

There are no facilities available at the beach.

What are the modes of access to the beach?

The beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

What other features does the beach have?

The beach is nudism friendly and ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing. It also has tree shade and rock shade.

Beach facilities


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Deep

Beach sand type

  • Fine Pebbles
  • Rocks in places

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Boat

Other information

  • Nudism friendly
  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Tree Shade
  • Rock shade

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