Anhydroi & Gialiskari Beach

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Following the road east out of Palaiochora towards the Gulf of Selino, you will pass Camping Palaiochora. After 4 km two nice and secluded beaches appear: the westernmost portion of a broad seaside frontage that extends for 17 km.


The beach of Anidri at the east of Paleochora. A secluded,  sandy beach where nudism is permitted in some areas

This, the first, is situated at the mouth of the gorge of the same name, which begins 3 or so km inland at the village of Anhydroi (The Waterless Place). It is quite a large beach with thick sands and gorgeous turquoise waters. The scenery, especially to the east end, is particularly characterized by large rocks that stick up from the shore. Not a trace of infrastructure is to be seen, but at least the vegetation offers some shade. Be prepared!


The charming and idyllic beach of Gianiskari or Gialiskari in Paleochora area.

Beside and adjoining the beach of Anhydros is this one (aka Gyaniskari or Dyaliskari): actually two, one each side of a small spit of land projecting into the sea, but both equally

Charming and idyllic. The west side is made of small pebbles, the east has a deep and pale sand. The water is clear and deep.

The area is but slightly developed: a café-canteen and a few umbrellas and sun-beds. To the east grow plentiful tamarisks which shed a natural shadow and give relief from the hot suns of South Crete.

Here nudism is tolerated, especially on the eastern side.

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Additional Info

  • location Paleochora, Kantanos-Selino, Chania
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
  • accommodation No
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities

    A few umbrellas and sunbeds in Gialiskari beach

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Kolimpari - Kantanos - Paleochora, Ε4.07

By car/motorcycle: 3 and 4 km respectively east of Paleochora (83 and 84 km south of Chania).

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