West Crete beaches

Agia Roumeli


Agia Roumeli beach
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Agia Roumeli is a small secluded village, located 56km south of Chania city, on a wide bay shaped at the exit of the Samaria Gorge. Thousands of visitors, descending the gorge, reach this place every day. Agia Roumeli is a calm place in the wild and mountainous landscape of Sfakia province. The only way to reach the village is either through the gorge or by getting the ferry from Chora Sfakia, Loutro, Paleochora and Sougia

The beaches of Agia Roumeli wider area are magnificent, spanning a length of 3km or more. The closer you are in the village, the more crowded and organized it is. The beach in front of the taverns, west of the harbor, called Gialos, is the most organized and provides a lot of amenities (restaurants, showers, umbrellas, pedal boats, etc.). This pebbly beach is the most crowded beach of all in the area.

Gialos is not the only beach of the area, is however the busiest. On the east side of the bay, beyond the river of Samaria gorge, there are beautiful rocky formations and cavities at position Zeromouri, which have beautiful pebbly beaches in front of them. Opposedly, the west end of the bay of Agia Roumeli is called Mashali and there is a second dock for boats and a lonely tavern with rooms. Next to this dock, there are two beautiful beaches with fine pebble. Lastly, if you swim or kayak beyond the western edge of the beach, you will meet three caves, in front of which "XS size" pebbly beaches are formed! They are known as Spilies sto Marmaro (i.e. Caves in Marble).

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture, West Crete, South Crete, Sfakia area
  • Sea water color: Deep blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles, Fine Pebbles
  • Depth: Deep
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Showers
  • Other Information: Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing, Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Boat, Walking

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