West Crete beaches

Koutelos

Chania

Koutelos beach
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Koutelos is a calm, unorganized beach with large round pebbles, near the village Nomikiana. It is located about 9km east of Chora Sfakion, 4km west of Fragokastelo and 76km south of Chania.

To get to the beach from Sfakia, take the road to Fragokastelo and shortly after Vouvas and Nomikiana, take the road on the beach. There is also a sign to Koutelos. Koutelos is worth a visit, especially if you live in the region, but you should not come solely for this beach. You can combine your visit to Fragokastelo with a visit to Koutelos for quiet moments or eat at the fish tavern.

You can eat at the traditional fish tavern of Perogiorgis, which is located on the beach and stay in the few rooms next to it. Moreover, on the beach there are a few tamarisk trees, under which you can find shade. Next to the beach, you can visit the cave of Anapsis or camp at the small bay of Pera Koutelos west of the main beach. Between Koutelos and Vatalos beach, there are the rocky beaches of Psilou Roumi Cape.

Some meters west of Koutelos beach, there is the secluded beach of Leska. Its name means “Steep Place” or “trap” in Cretan dialect and is taken after the steep cliffs around the beach. It is a pebbly beach with sand in some places, while on the west there is a very small cove with stony seabed. It can be accessed mainly on boat, as walking along the coast from Koutelos beach is risky due to the collapsing grounds and the high cliffs.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Chania
  • Sea water color: Deep blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby
  • Other Information: Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing, Tree Shade, Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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