Stefanou beach (Seitan Limania)
Stefanou beach is located near the position of Seitan Limania (i.e. satan harbours), 22km northeast of Chania and 2km east of the village Chordaki, at the east side of Akrotiri Cape. The wider area is named Seitan Limania, after the wild landscape, the steep cliffs and the strong sea streams which are very dangerous. Here are situated three parallel narrow coves, well protected from the waves.
In the middle of this wild landscape, it is not expected to see something tranquil. However, in the northern cove a tiny fantastic beach is shaped, with deep azure waters, namely the beach of Stefanou. The beach has fine pebbles and sand, transferred there from the nearby quarry through the canyon Diplohahalo. On the right and the left sides of the cove, huge marble rocks are standing high to protect the beach from the bad weather. It is quite unknown to most people, even the residents of Chania. This paradise is mostly known to the lucky residents of Chordaki village, who struggle to keep it safe, beautiful and clean. Therefore, please respect this place and keep it clean.
If you do not have boat, access to the beach is not that easy, as there is a narrow steep path leading to the beach. It takes 15-20' to reach the beach from the nearest parking plateau (accessed by asphalt road). In the path, you will see a door, used by the shepherds so please keep it closed. The beach is also known as Saint Rafael, named after the church at the starting point of the gorge. Moreover, another name is Agios Spyridon, after the old cavernous temple closeby.
Some experienced canyoners like descending in the gorge Diplohahalo, which also ends in the beach. After 1-1.5 hours hiking through a rocky landscape and with thyme scents surrounding you, you’ll think you're in paradise. The highest rapel (waterfall) is 38m high. At the middle of this waterfall there is a secret 20m deep cave with rich decor (stalagmites and stalactites), which is unknown almost to everybody, even locals, due to its inaccessible position.
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