West Crete beaches



Koutalis beach
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The beach Koutalis or Koutalas is located 25km east of Chania city, very close to the Cape Drepano and 1km north of Kokkino Chorio. The area is famous for the numerous fantastic caves, e.g. the Elephants' CavePetsis Cave, etc. Kokkino Chorio is located near the Koutalis and is famous for the Second World War cavernous shelters built by the Germans in Drapanokefala hill to protect the bay of Souda, the picturesque traditional houses and a cluster of wells used to collect water. Moreover, here was filmed a part of the film "Zorba the Greek". 

The beach Koutalis is quite isolated and is well known to most scuba divers of the area, as they usually start exploring the sea caves from here. The beach is formed at the exit of a rocky gorge and in the hug of a narrow bay. It has large round pebbles and stones. It is ideal for fishing and staying quite remote. Of course, make sure that you have all the necessities, such as umbrellas, food and water. To get here you should follow the road leading north from the village Kokkino Chorio to the Drepano Cape and then follow the road to Faros (Lighthouse). About 700m further north, you will see the sign to Koutalas. From there a passable dirt track leads directly on the beach. Perhaps, you’ll be totally alone. Next to the beach, there is a large cave.

Vraskos beach

Between Koutalis and Almirida, there is another secret beach, called Vraskos. Like Koutalis, Vraskos beach is formed at the exit of a short narrow gorge, but there is no road leading to the beach. The sea bottom is quite rocky and has sand in places. 

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture, West Crete, North Crete, Apokoronas area
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Other Information: Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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