Central Crete beaches



Ligres beach
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Ligres is located 51km south of Rethymno and 7km south of the village Kerames, at the foot of the imposing mount of Siderotas. It is actually the north part of the beachfront called Akoumiani Gialia, starting from Mellissa cape to the south.

Ligres is a vast beach with coarse sand and fantastic deep sea. The relatively tough access has fortunately kept the development of tourism away, making it one of the nicest, tranquil and most secluded beaches on the island. The beach is not organized, but there are taverns and a few rooms on the west part of the beach, which can be accessed by car through a bad asphalt road. At the west end of the beach there is a beautiful waterfall having water all year round, which falls next to the sea!

Beside the northern part of the beach, which is known as Katsouni, there is a nice beach mainly preferred by nudists, and is completely secluded. However, there are many places where you can swim nude in this vast and emtpy beach.

You should walk the beachfront to Triopetra, till Xiromilia area, with the amazing rock formations. In the middle of Ligres, a nice reddish big rock stands near the sea.

Katsouni beach

The beach Katsouni is located south of the village Agalianos between Ligres and the dorp of Agia Fotini. Katsouni is a fantastic sandy beach with lovely waters and large rocks rising all around, protecting you from prying eyes. It is a nudism-friendly beach, but it’s not "forbidden" to wear your swimsuit! The beach is so long and secluded that you might meet nobody around when you come here, especially in late or early summer. The beach can be reached either by walking westwards from Ligres waterfall.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture, West Crete, South Crete, Agios Vasilios area (Plakias)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Fine Pebbles
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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