West Crete beaches



Nopigia Beach
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The seaside village of Nopigia is located 6km east of Kissamos and 30km west of Chania. It is built on the east side of the Kissamos Bay, next to the basis of Rodopos Cape and after the east end of Drapanias beach.

In front of the village lies a vast beach, which stretches to the west up to Kissamos. The beach is sandy with clear and shallow waters. Nopigia village is just off the beach, thus you will find all the necessary touristic facilities there, such as umbrellas, showers, restaurants and accommodation. Nopigia is an ideal choice for holidays in a tranquil environment.

If you walk to the east, the beach becomes rockier and more secluded. There are several pebbly and rocky coves to the east.

Historical references

It is assumed that Nopigia exist since ancient times. According to tradition, during the return of Agamemnon from Troy, he landed in the area to offer sacrifice to the gods, but had to leave immediately, because the Trojan prisoners tried to set fire to his fleet.

What to see

Within small distance from Nopigia, following the road to Koleni, are the ruins of the ancient town Mythimna, surrounded by olive groves. Nearby, you can visit the cruciform Church of St. Panteleimon, with its cylindrical dome and the rectangular floor shape. West of Nopigia, you can visit the ruins of a Roman settlement and a church with Byzantine frescoes, dedicated to Saint George. The orientation is from North to South, and not according to Greek Orthodoxy from East to West. Presumably, this is because it was built on the site of an earlier Roman temple, the direction of which was retained. East of Nopigia, there is a small seaside theater, which has been built in 1992 with the standards of ancient Greek theaters and has very good acoustics. Finally, 200m from the main street of the village, there is the cave of Rizospilios, in which an underground river is located.

Choni beach

2km east of Nopigia we meet the rocky coast of Choni. In order to access it, you have to follow the seaside road from Nopigia to the East. After the little square theater of the Orthodox Academy, follow the dirt road leading to Choni and the church of Panagia (i.e. Santa Maria). Breathtaking rock formations give a unique wild beauty in the area. In some places there are small rocky coves where you can swim. The water is crystal clear and has a bright blue and green color, fantastic for swimming on windless days. Few trees provide natural shade to the visitors and there is absolutely nothing reminding of civilization. However, Nopigia are within walking distance.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Chania
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports
  • Other Information: Tree Shade
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road
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