Central Crete beaches

Sfakaki & Skaleta


Watch your steps!

From May to September each year you can watch
the comings and goings of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtles
nesting on the beach

Skaleta beaches
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Sfakaki beach

Skaleta beachfront starts 11km east of Rethymno and stretches 3km to the east. It is the last part of the long beach of the Bay of Rethymno. The first beach after Pighianos Kampos is Sfakaki, a very well organised resort.

Stavromenos beach

Following, after 1km you'll meet Stavromenos, named after the homonym settlement of the region. The beaches are generally sandy and very well organized, with some parts that have pebbles and small rocks. As you head to the east, the sand strip gets narrower and fading out, till it disappears in the end of the Rethymno Gulf.

Skaleta beach

After another 1km, you’ll meet the last part of the vast beachfront of East Rethymnon, Skaleta. Like all north-coast beaches, Skaleta beachfront is open to the winds, and is usually wavy. The surrounding area has developed in the recent years, being now full with large hotels and touristic amenities. There are frequent bus services from Rethymno to Sfakaki, Stavromenos and Skaleta.

During summer nights, from May to September, loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand of the Gulf. So, it is usual to see small parts of beach where nests bave been identified, being blocked and not accessible by visitors.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture, Central Crete, North Crete, Milopotamos area
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand, Rocks in places
  • Depth: Shallow
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Normal
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Lifeguard, Showers, Blue Flag
  • Other Information: Seaturtle nesting point
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road
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