West Crete beaches



Filaki and Plakakia
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Beach Filaki (meaning "Prison") is located 3km east of Chora Sfakia and 75km south of Chania. Located close to the only hotel exclusively for nudists in Crete, called "Vritomartis, Filaki and the adjacent beaches of Ammoudi are mainly occupied by nudists.

These beaches are actually the only "official" nudism-friendly beaches on Crete. There is a taverna which is almost totally nude, and many of the visitors walk to the beach and all way back to their cars at the parking lot before dressing. You can't get much more naturist-friendly than this.

The beach of Filaki is pebbly and rocky in places and not open to the winds. It is completely isolated, despite the fact that access by car or walking from the nearby Sfakia is easy. On the beach there are no accommodation services, water sports or lifeguards, but there are sunbeds and a small bar - canteen.

If you head east of Fylaki, you will soon (100m only) reach the exit of the Sfakiano Gorge, with a nice pebbly beach formed. The area is called Plakakia and hosts some of the most spectacular beaches in Crete, formed on small narrow fjords. Indeed, some of them are formed inside small caves! There is a tricky dirt road leading close to the beach.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Chania
  • Sea water color: Deep blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles
  • Depth: Deep
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds
  • Other Information: Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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