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Marmara beach

Location

Marmara (i.e. Marbles) is a small secluded beach located 85 kilometers south of Chania town and 5km west of Loutro.
This beach with crystal clear, azzure waters is formed at the exit of the stunning Aradaina gorge.
It is one of Crete’s most beautiful beaches.

Characteristics

Access By: Boat/Foot Beach Type: Pebbles
Depth: Deep Temperature: Cool
Organised: Little Crowded: Normal/busy*

Facilities

Umbrellas and sunbeds, one tavern, 3 rooms with no electricity but still a perfect accommodation option for holidaymakers looking for peace and quiet.
*Although remote, Marmara is a popular beach, so it could be crowded in July and August.

Notes

There are a few magical sea caves you can swim to.
The seabed is rocky and excellent for snorkeling.
The beach is open to  the southern winds.

How to reach Marmara

As there are no roads leading to Marmara beach, access from Chania is possible by private cars and motorbikes or public bus till Chora Sfakion.
From Chora Sfakion you can take a boat to Marmara beach.
Altenatively you can reach Marmara on foot by walking the E4 path.
The hike takes about 4 hours.
During the summer months, you can also reach Marmara beach from Loutro by boat which departs at 11.00 and returns at 17.00.
The ticket costs about 5€ and the ride takes about 20min.
Alternatively, you can reach it in about 1.5 hours by hiking from Loutro.
Please note that if you suffer from fear of heights and vertigo, you should avoid the E4 path.
For experienced hikers another way to access Marmara beach is by crossing the Aradaina gorge which takes about 4 hours.

Photos by: Katerina and Krat

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