Going from west to east, the first beach we meet is Pefkias (aka Aghia Anna)
This is on the small side: quiet with deep, clear water, as well as rocks and stones. It is favoured by the locals and those keen on fishing. Access is only possible from Plakias.
The beach is to be found within Souda Bay, at the mouth of a small green valley where runs the tiny Finikas river all year round.
It is sizeable enough, with thick sand and crystal-clear water. Clusters of Theophrastus palms surround it: the same species also seen in the area around Preveli .. and in the east at Vai, more famously. Organized, it has umbrellas and showers, with small tavernas and rent-rooms at its edges; water sports are feasible too.
Following the road to the east, you will find Foteinari beach.
Two beaches go by this name: Large and Little (aka Foteinaraki). Both have rocks, pebbles and cliffs, and an interesting seabed; both are isolated, not at all organized, though close by rooms and tavernas exist.
East of Foteinari, some 2 km off, are the beaches of Skinos, the central one at Plakias and Paligremnos.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Souda (Plakias), Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno
- free camping Yes - in some areas
- nudism Yes - in some areas
- beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
- accommodation Yes - some choices
- dinning Yes - enough choices
- other facilities
Well organized beach at Souda
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 43 km from Rethymnon.
On foot: Follow the road that connects Souda with Rodakino. Then follow the short downhill path which is however rather stony. This route is quite difficult even for a 4x4 vehicle.
By sea: By private yacht or boat.
Distance: 41 km from Rethymnon, 3 km west of Plakias.
By car/motorcycle: From Plakias follow the surfaced road to the west and after about 3 km you will find the beach of Souda.
Distance: 37 km from Rethymnon.
By car/motorcycle: From Plakias follow the surfaced road to the west.
On foot: Turn off the main road onto one of the two cobbled paths that go through a couple of small woods and lead to the beaches.