Kokkina Gremna beach, Kissamos, Chania

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Author: Giannis Foudoulakis
Kokkina Gkremna Beach in Kissamos, Chania, Crete

If August at the crowded beaches of Chania makes you feel agoraphobic, then at Kokkina Gremna there is a great chance to have the whole beach for yourselves at all times of the year. In order to get here, you need to drive from the small town of Kissamos towards the village Sfinari. After approximately 15 km and right before you reach Sfinari, you will see the beach in the distance on your right. Shortly after, you will meet the narrow dirt road that leads to it. The road is not in such a bad condition, but is sharply downhill, so if you don't have a four-wheel drive vehicle, it may be a real hustle to get back to the top. Therefore, we recommend you to park your car somewhere near the asphalt road and carry enough drinking water with you for the way back. After 1300 m, this road stops at the beautiful chapel of Zoodochos Pigi that overlooks the beach. From there starts a hiking path that crosses a beautiful grove of carob trees and after about 200 m ends to the coast.

The beach is located at the exit of a steep gorge and is named after the red cliffs that surround it. There is absolutely nothing here, so make sure to bring with you all necessary water, food and equipment. The southern part of the beach is covered with rocks, but if you walk a little further north you will find several places with sand or pebbles. The water is deep and waves are rather often, especially when the winds are blowing from the west. If you stay here until late in the afternoon, you will be rewarded with a beautiful sunset. The nearby village of Sfinari has a couple of traditional taverns and cafés by the sea.

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