Ombros Gialos

Ombros Gialos

Ombros Gialos is a small cove, not quite a beach, with exquisite turquoise waters and a fascinating seabed, that is popular with divers. There is no sand, but large rocks that dip into the water but most people chose to jump straight in. It is located close to the villages of Kephala and Drapanos, east of Chania. The distance is about 40 km and will take visitors through the villages of Almyrida and Plaka as well. This is not an organized beach but there is a taverna nearby serving fresh fish.

Ombros Gialos

Almyrida is a charming coastal settlement nearby, with two small sandy beaches separated by a small peninsula. The water is clean, calm and shallow, making it perfect for families with children. In general, the area is ideal for relaxing holidays with fewer options for nightlife and partying. While in the area, it is worth visiting the nearby village of Plaka with its traditional architecture and picturesque streets. Visitors can also set out to explore nearby villages, like Vamos, the historical town of Apokoronas and one of the most important agrotourism centres of Crete. Traditional architecture prevails here and the tavernas are excellent. About 4 km from the beach, we find the Historical and Folklore Museum of Gavalochori that highlights the local architecture and Cretan traditions. There are seven main exhibit rooms in the museum. Each one is focused in a different area of life, starting with the Arched House, Silk, Pottery, Lace-making, Masonry, Stone Carving and finishing with Church and Woodcarving. Another popular attraction in the area is the charming Lake of Kournas, home to a large number of birds and animals and with countless spots to sit and relax or enjoy a meal.

Georgioupoli is probably the closest popular town and there are plenty of more swimming options around the area. The coast around Georgioupoli is a well known scuba diving spot. Right outside the village of Vryses, we find the Kanakis Olive Oil factory, where visitors can stop to taste and purchase local products, honey, herbs, raki (a strong alcoholic beverage) and of course extra virgin olive oil.