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.
The best time to visit Tripiti beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.
Yes, Tripiti beach is suitable for families with children. The Tripiti beach – Sfakia has shallow waters and a gentle slope, making it safe for children to swim and play.
No, there are no water sports activities available at Tripiti beach. However, visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.
No, there are no restaurants or cafes near Tripiti beach. Visitors are advised to bring their own food and drinks.
No, camping is not allowed at Tripiti beach. Visitors are advised to find accommodation in nearby villages.
No, Tripiti beach is not accessible by public transportation. Visitors are advised to rent a car or take a taxi to reach the Tripiti beach – Sfakia.
The water colour of the Tripiti beach – Sfakia is blue.
The Tripiti beach – Sfakia has fine pebbles and rocks in some places.
The water at the Tripiti beach – Sfakia is deep.
The surface of the sea at the Tripiti beach – Sfakia is usually calm.
The Tripiti beach – Sfakia is usually quiet.
There are no facilities available at the Tripiti beach – Sfakia.
The Tripiti beach – Sfakia can be accessed by boat or walking.
The Tripiti beach – Sfakia is nudism friendly and ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing. It also has tree shade and rock shade.
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