South Crete beaches

Louros beaches

Rethymnon

Louros beaches
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Louros is a rocky area between the settlements of Agios Georgios (near Agia Galini) and Agios Pavlos, hosting several small stony beaches. There is a road running along the coast having great views to the two islets Paximadia; driving west from Agios Georgios, we soon meet the small beaches of Armenopetra (i.e. sailing rock) named after a lonely boulder in the sea. These beaches are ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing.

We meet another beach 2km before reaching Agios Pavlos settlement at Agios Markos or Ligiolakos position, opposite the rock that locals call Prasonisi. In Prasonisi the sea is usually calm and you will see mostly families from the area of Melambes. The seabed here is also ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing. East of Prasonisi there are some more similar beaches, accessed mainly on foot.

The next beach is called Aniforas or Vigdolidi and is currently hard to access due to private land blocking the way. The beach is formed very close to an impressive rocky cape and is accessed by descending a short difficult path. The beach itself is nothing special, but the imposing rock above it makes the place perfect for some nice photos.

The last beach, 500m east of Agios Pavlos, is formed at the exit of a stream, on the banks of which there are date palm trees of Theophrastus (Cretan date palms) since ancient times. Due to these palm trees (finikas in Greek), the pebbly beach is called Finikidia

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture, West Crete, South Crete, Agios Vasilios area (Plakias)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Accessibility: Paved road, Dirt track
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