On the southern coast of Crete, west of Chora Sfakion, we come across two beautiful, and relatively unknown beaches that are frequented by those that prefer swimming in the nude!
Vritomartis was the ancient Minoan goddess of hunting and mountains and was worshipped in this region. The beaches around this area are secluded, with pebbles and stones and relatively exposed to the south winds. Crystal clear and refreshing waters welcome you as you take in the view of the Libyan Sea. This is also where we find the Vritomartis Cretan Naturist Resort, that is ideal for seasoned and first-time naturists wanting to experience total freedom. It is a very popular resort with close proximity to various nudist-friendly beaches including Filaki beach, which is part of the resort.
Filaki beach, near Vritomartis resort, is a well-known naturist swimming spot. If you are more inclined to keep your clothes on, that is okay too but only in certain areas. The beach is maintained by Vritomartis Cretan Naturist Resort and is an incredibly lively spot, with a beach bar, offering snacks and drinks and access to toilets and changing facilities.
The closest tourist attraction is Chora Sfakion that can also serve as a starting point for the exploration of the whole area of Sfakia, nearby beaches and hiking trails. Chora Sfakion is also linked, by boat, to the picturesque harbours of Loutro, Agia Roumeli and Paleochora as well as the island of Gavdos. About 10 km to the east, we find Anopolis, one of the autonomous ancient towns of Crete that even had its currency.
Anopoli is also the birthplace of Ioannis Daskalogiannis, who instigated the Revolution of 1770. A bust depicting the Cretan hero can be seen at the village square. A stop to enjoy Sfakian pies as well as the lovely view from the hill of Agia Ekaterini, where parts of the Cyclopean walls of the ancient town survive today, is highly recommended. The view stretches down to the bay of Loutro, which was the port of ancient Anopoli.
Near Filaki beach, we also find Agios Charalambos beach and Ammoudi. This is a great part of Crete to explore if you enjoy off the grid, remote locations and to feel close to nature.