Seitan Limania – The Hidden Paradise Beach In Akrotiri, Crete
Seitan Limania beach is located in the northeast of Akrotiri, east of Crete, 20 km from Chania city. Seawater canals shape small coves in the coasts of Akrotiri. In one of these coves is the beach “Seitan Limania”. When you visit this beach, you will be immediately impressed by the view as it is totally different from all the others.
The word “Seitan” is Turkish and it has remained from the period of the Turkish conquest in Crete. It is translated as “satanic”, so Seitan Limania means the “Ports of Satan”. Despite its name, the beach is rather heavenly. The beach has gravel and sand, blue crystal waters and is surrounded by huge rocks. These rocks are suitable for diving and protect the cove from bad weather. This heavenly small beach is more known to the locals of Hordaki who try to keep it clean and protected from mass tourism. It is also worth to visit the small, old church of Agios Stefanos (Saint Stefan), which is carved into the rocks.
Access To Seitan Limania
In order to reach the beach, you go towards the airport of Chania. After turning towards the airport, you continue to the village Hordaki. At the entrance of the village, you turn right and just before the uphill which leads to the mountain “Skloka”, you turn right again to the church of Saint Rafael. After the church, you follow a twisty downhill leading over the beach, where you can park. Then you go down the path on foot and you reach the charming beach of Seitan Limania. The path is not easily accessible, so it would be helpful if you wear sports shoes. Additionally, there is nothing close to the beach so you must be prepared and have with you at least the basics. You can also reach to Seitan Limania by boat.
Seitan Limania beach is not yet an organized beach and it still keeps its natural character although even more people visit it every year. So, if you get to Chania be sure to visit Seitan Limania and it will seem to you as a small heaven on earth.
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