West Crete beaches

Agios Haralabos

Chania

Agios Charalambos beach
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The cove of Agios Charalambos is located next to the hotel Vritomartis, exclusively for nudists. It is located 1.5km east of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania, in an area with several adjacent pebbly beaches. The beachfront consists of 3-4 successive isolated coves, the first of which is Sfakiano Ammoudi and the next is Agios Charalambos. Before reaching Agios Charalambos, there is a path through the rocks leading after five minutes to cavernous church of Saint Charalambos honored highly by Sfakians. Saint Charalambos was the saint who protected people from the plague, so they used to build chapels dedicated to the Saint at the entrances of villages. But in Sfakia, where the dominant communication with the outside world was based on the sea, they built the temple on the shores.

The coves and the nearby beach of Filaki are mainly occupied by nudists, actually being the only "official" nudism-friendly beaches on Crete (due to the nudists' hotel). The beaches are pebbly and open to (rare) south winds. They are quite isolated and there are no accommodation services, water sports, sunbeds or lifeguard on the beach. There is only one canteen on the beach of Filaki that is accessed by car.

The beaches can be reached by car from Chora Sfakion (or on foot), by driving eastwards and taking the road that you'll meet at the right hand almost 150m after the gas station that you meet after exiting Sfakia, heading to Vritomartis hotel. Just down the hotel, you'll meet a cross road. The road to the east (left) heads to Filaki beach, while the road on the right (west) heads to the coves of Ammoudi and Agios Charalambos.

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Additional Info

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