Aspri Limni (i.e. White Lake) is one of the most gorgeous beaches in Crete, that almost nobody knows. This is a small secret beach, located 500m west of Chrysoskalitissa monastery and 70km southwest of Chania. Thousands of visitors are attracted by the nearby exotic Elafonissi lagoon, but actually nobody has heard of this magnificent neighboring place.
The beach has fine white sand and is surrounded by smooth rocks, reminding of a small white lake inside the sea. Fortunately, the beach is unexploited by touristic industry and remains an untouched paradise. There is no natural shade in the area.
In order to come here, you have to turn right in Chrysoskalitissa village and follow the signs to the small Phoenix theofrasti (Cretan palm date) habitat, located around the lake. Otherwise, just ask one local to show you the way.
Aspri Limni is a Natura 2000 protected area because it is the westernmost habitat of Phoenix theofrasti, the endangered palm tree of Crete. The palm species is also met in other groves of Crete such as Vai, Preveli, Agios Nikitas and Souda, but also small colonies exist in Canary islands and South Turkey. Among them, the palm grove in Vai is the largest.