Beginning the exploration, and moving from west to east along the local beaches (many of which are inaccessible by road), you first encounter Marmara.
At the mouth of the imposing Aradaina Gorge is the small and secluded beach: its name (Marble) comes from the appearance of the rocks that surround it and which take the form of layers of white marble.
No roads reach it: access is either by foot (the E4 Walking Trail passes by) or by boat from Loutro. To walk here from Loutro requires an hour and a quarter, and from the beach and village of Lykos an hour. Many who pass through have walked down the Aradaina Gorge.
The beach is composed of small pebbles and has turquoise, crystal-clear water. It is but little developed: only a few umbrellas and sun-beds; a small taverna exists nearby.
Continuing east on the E4 Trail towards Loutro, you will arrive at the beach of Lykos, by the village of the same name.
The beach of Lykos (the Wolf) is inaccessible by road: secluded, it is rocky and most suitable for snorkeling. You can reach it on the E4 Walking Trail, from Marmara to the west and from Loutro to the east. Nearby are rent rooms and small tavernas.
Again to the east is another beach, Phoenix: in the old days it served as a port, and was an important centre for the production of purple dyes made from sea shells.
The beach, named after palm trees, is set between two covelets: secluded and with pebbles, it can only be readily reached (as many hereabouts) by sea or on foot (the E4 Walking Trail is nearby). The dirt-road from Livaniana is not recommended.
It is excellent for snorkeling and fishing. Many rent rooms and restaurants are available.
Still going east, we reach the village of Loutro.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location West of Loutro, Sfakia, Chania
- free camping Yes - in some areas
- nudism No
- beach type Thin Pebble, Pebble
- accommodation Yes - limited choices
- dinning Yes - limited choices
- other facilities
A few umbrellas and sun beds at Phoenix and Likos
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 85 km south of Chania, 5 km west of the village Loutro.
By sea: In the summer months there is a boat from Loutro to Marmara beach.
On foot: Through the gorge of Aradena, starting from the village, set on the rim of the gorge (3-4 hours). Following the coastal path from the village of Loutro (duration about 75 minutes): en route you will pass the beaches of Lykos and Phoinikas.
Lykos & Phoinikas
Distance: 83 km south of Chania, 1 and 2 km respectively from Loutro.
By sea: By private or rental boat from Loutro or Chora Sfakion. Otherwise, you can go first to Loutro by boat from Chora Sfakion, Paleochora, Agia Roumeli and Sougia and then walk to Phoinikas beach along the European E4 Hiking Trail.
By Road: By motorcycle or 4x4 car, as the road is very difficult from Livaniana.
On foot: Following the coastal path European E4 Hiking Trail from Loutro (distance 1-2 km); or from the mouth of the Aradena Gorge (Dialiskari) - 1 km approx.