Are you looking for Chania secret beaches with emerald waters and idyllic scenery, where you can spend really unique moments? Chania, Crete, is a place full of beautiful beaches, some of them really popular and others, not so.
We collected the Best Chania Secret Beaches which you can visit during your holidays!
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The location of Menies beach is 45km northwest of Chania, on the northeastern point of the Cape of Rodopou and the exit of “Fountas” gorge. It is a lovely secluded beach with pebbles and deep clear blue waters. As the winds blowing in the region do not affect the beach, it is one of the most popular Chania secret beaches and an ideal destination for relaxation, far away from crowds. At a distance of several kilometers there are no amenities at all, so make sure to bring along the essentials.
The access to the beach is a bit rough, as you have to drive on a dirt road for 23 km from the village Rodopou. The road leads you close enough to the beach, but we would not recommend this for low cars. Alternatively, you may take the boat from the port of Platanias to Menies. Also, the steep coasts between Menies and Afrata form many beaches, that are accessible mainly by boat.
Aspri Limni Beach (White Lake)
This secluded beach forms the shape of a lake, hence the locals call it “Aspri Limni” (White Lake). It is one of the most beautiful Chania secret beaches, almost unknown to anyone. It is located 500m. west of the Monastery of Chrisoskalitissa and 70km southwest of Chania. Although crowds of tourists enjoy their swim in the neighboring exotic Elafonisi beach, they ignore the existence of this little earthly paradise.
“Aspri Limni” is a very small unorganized beach with white sand. The rocks, surrounding the beach, create a natural barrier and a lake with white sand. There is no natural shade, and still remains completely unspoilt.
On your trip to Chrysokalitissa and Elafonisi, it is really worth a visit to that beach. In order to get there, you may stop at Chrisoskalitissa and ask the locals, who are really hospitable. Alternatively, you may, simply, follow the small signs that the Forestry has placed, leading to the few Cretan palm trees, existing next to the beach. The first sign is 100m before the monastery of Chrisoskalitissa.
The location of the magnificent secluded beach “Domata” is 7km east of Sougia and 58 km south of Chania. At the beach, ends the wild and rugged gorge of Klados. The water flowing in the area has created a unique natural monument on the beach.
The beach is magnificent with fine pebbles and crystal clear blue waters. If you dig the sand, you may find fresh water. Since in the region around the beach, there are no mini markets or other shops, you should remember to bring with you everything you may need. The pine trees of the beach offer the shade that you need.
“Domata” is one of the best Chania secret beaches, still kept unspoilt, due to its isolated position. In this paradise beach will only be you, the sea, the sun and the pines. You may access “Domata” via the E4 path starting from Sougia, going east and ending to Agia Roumeli (3 -4 hours hiking). However, you should keep in mind that the coast is very steep and dangerous, as the trail ascends the mountain at an altitude of up to 700m.
The small beach “Macherida” is located 14km northeast of Chania and 1km west of Chorafakia village, hidden in a rocky bay. The bay faces the south and is almost always serene. In the center, it forms a beautiful small beach with white sand and turquoise waters, surrounded by beautiful cliffs.
The water here is deep and pure, due to the currents that change direction many times in a day. The beach is not organized, although the area around has been developed enough in recent years. Because of its isolation, it is one of the most famous nudist beaches in Chania.
“Kalogeros” (Monk) is a wonderful beach with crystal clear waters and fine pebbles. It is located 57km south of Chania, 11km east of Sougia and 1km west of Agia Roumeli.
The landscape is idyllic. Nudists prefer this beach, as it is quite isolated. There are a few trees and a cave where you can find shade. As there are not any shops close to the beach, make sure that you bring all the essentials with you.
You may access the beach only by boat, or one-hour swimming from Agia Roumeli. The name of the beach comes from a monk-like reef. The reef stands out from the sea and somebody can see it from far away.
“Afrata” is a small coastal village, 38 km from Chania at Rodopou Cape. The beautiful “Afrata” beach, which is well protected in a peaceful bay, is located 1 km east of the village.
The beach is pebbly and the waters create all the shades of blue. Winds do not affect it, therefore, it is mainly visited by local residents. The wild scenery of Rodopou Cape, combined with the tranquil scenery of the sea and the picturesque village, make Afrata beach an ideal choice among Chania secret beaches. There are umbrellas, small trees and two canteens that will provide you the necessary.
The road from Kolimbari is paved, but you need to be careful, as it is narrow. After the village, follow the road to the beach, which passes through a beautiful gorge with numerous herbs and ends in a small bay.
In case you are one of the “secret beaches seekers” and you have decided to visit Chania in Crete this summer, we can assure you that you will discover your personal paradise in any of the secret beaches of Chania. Have a look also at the Top 20 Beaches In Chania