Kalathas beach, Chania, Chania

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Author: Giannis Foudoulakis
Kalathas Beach in Akrotiri, Chania, Crete, Greece

Kalathas is only 10 km from Chania, which makes it one of the most popular destinations for those who want to pop off from the city center for a quick swim. Here are three relatively small beaches with thin golden sand separated from each other by a few rocks. The one in the middle is the larger and most popular one and it is the only one arranged with umbrellas and sunbeds. The southern beach is more beautiful and less crowded, while the last one is at the exit of a small stream and it is usually empty. The most recognizable feature of Kalathas is a small islet which is only 120 m from the beach and you can easily swim to it.

Kalathas is in the center of a large cove on the west side of Akrotiri peninsula. Unfortunately, due to its location and several times during the summer, the streams turn the crystal clear water into a muddy soup. Don't lose your spirits if you get to Kalathas and this is the case, as you can always enjoy a refreshing drink or some of the delicious local specialties that are offered by the beach. Nearby are also many places that you can explore, such as the beach and little Lake of Macherida, the tower of Mouzouras and the monasteries of Tzagarolon and Gouvernetou.

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