Kedrodasos beach, Kissamos, Chania

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Author: Giannis Foudoulakis
Kedrodasos beach near Elafonisi, Chania, Crete

Crete has many hidden treasures and without a doubt this is one of the most precious. To get here you must drive approximately 2 km east of Elafonisi and follow a dirt track road with many junctions and without signposts. Therefore, before you get into your car, check your map, get your GPS or ask a local how to get to Kedrodasos. You will end up to a busy parking area from where you will descend down a pathway for about 500 metres until you get to the sea. When you arrive you will find a beautiful forest of cedar trees that stretches along the coast. The beach is mostly rocky but there are several spots with sand to spread your towel and get safely in the sea.

Even if you do not swim or dive, there is no doubt that your trip will be worthwhile. The trunks and the branches of the cedar trees dry out in the summer heat, making these ancient plants look as though they are almost dead. Due to the movement of the sand dunes, the deep roots come to the surface, making them look like delicate sculptures which are exposed all along the coast. The landscape is quite mystical and eerie and, combined with the deep blue waters, you will surely be captivated.

The area is popular with campers and if you are not one of them, then you will see many others sitting under the shade of the trees. You will also see many naturists on this beach. If you are one of the lucky who camp here, do not use cedar wood for kindling, as it may seem dry but it is not. You must also remember that the cedars grow exceptionally slow, so, every little piece of wood that is removed will take many decades to regrow. In any case, please, treat this highly sensitive habitat with maximum care.

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