West Crete beaches

Glika Nera


Glyka Nera Beach
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Glyka Nera (meaning "sweet water") is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, with deep blue water color and nice pebbles. In 2003, the beach was ranked among the best 20 in Europe by London Times. This is located 4km west of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania. This is called like this because of the fresh water that gushes from the pebbles!

Generally, the only way to access Glyka Nera is by boat. However, for extremer and adventurous people, there is a path leading here from Chora Sfakion (takes 30' from the nearest parking spot above Iligas beach) and another path from Loutro (takes 60' and hiking near the edge is quite stressful). Despite stressful views, the path is safe as it is frequently conserved by the local authorities, as it a part of the European E4 footpath.

There is a small tavern on a rock that sells food, cold beverages and beds. You don't need to have water with you, since the water from spring is potable. Sea water is generally cold because of the springs, even in midsummer. There are several tamarisk trees on the beach, offering their valuable shade. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely visit Glyka Nera.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture, West Crete, South Crete, Sfakia area
  • Sea water color: Deep blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles
  • Depth: Deep
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing, Tree Shade
  • Accessibility: Boat, Walking
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