Seitan Limania Beach (Stefanou Beach)
Nestled between jagged white cliffs and seas with strong currents is Seitan Limania Beach. The name is derived from the Turkish for “Satan’s harbor” due to the trechearous conditions encountered by early mariners here. Three stunning coves are located here in parallel to one another, all offering some degree of protection from the sometimes strong waves.
Seitan Limania is 22 kilometers northeast of Chania and two kilometers east of Chordaki Village, and it is both unique and beautiful with its deep blue waters and beach of sand and finely ground pebbles. It is sheltered from winds and bad weather by the white marble cliffs, and it is one of Greece’s most iconic beaches.
Seitan Limania beach has become very popular over the years because a paved road now provides easier access, but there are no sun beds or umbrellas to rent, and all the amenities are back near the car park. You will need to bring your own drinks and snacks, as there are none for sale down on the beach. The road offers some of the most incredible views of the landscape of Crete.
If you want to visit one of the most stunning beaches in Crete, you should bring sturdy shoes to hike down to the beach. The drive there is up and then down a mountain, with steep sides and no guardrails - so not for the faint-hearted, but it is definitely worth the effort.
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