West Crete beaches



Koutalis beach
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The beach Koutalis or Koutalas is located 25km east of Chania, very close to the edge of Cape Drepano and 1km north of Kokkino Chorio. The area has several fantastic caves, e.g. the Elephants' Cave or Petsis Spilios. Kokkino Chorio is located near the Koutalis and is famous for its caves, the picturesque houses and a cluster of wells used to collect water. Moreover, here was filmed a part of the film "Zorba the Greek". Lastly, a traditional factory of blowing glass operates here.

The beach Koutalis is quite isolated and actually unknown to most visitors. It is formed at the exit of a rocky gorge and in the hug of a narrow bay. It has large round pebbles and stones, which make swimming tougher. You can combine your visit at the Cape Drepano with swimming at the secluded beach. It is ideal for fishing and staying remote quite. Of course, make sure that you have all the necessities, such as umbrellas, food and water. To get here you should follow the road leading north from the village Kokkino Chorio to the Drepano Cape and then follow the road to Faros. About 700m further north, you will see the sign to Koutalas. From there a very good dirt track leads directly on the beach. Perhaps, you’ll be totally alone. Next to the beach, there is a large cave.

Vraskos beach

Between Koutalis and Almirida, there is another secret beach, called Vraskos. Like Koutalis, Vraskos beach is formed at the exit of a short narrow gorge, but there is no road leading to the beach. The sea bottom is quite rocky and has sand in places. 

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Chania
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Other Information: Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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