Top 5 natural beaches south of Rethymnon, and the best time to go there
Preveli is a world-class destination, well known for the palm grove in the mouth of the steep sea-ending gorge, and the historic Monastery on the hill above the beach. There is a river making a small, oblong, lake just before the beach, where you can swim too. The place is resembling a really tropical terrain.
2. Skinaria (Schinaria) beach
One of the most beautiful beaches in Crete according to locals, famous also for crystal clear water. The road heading to the beach is narrow and steep, so drive carefully there.
3. Ammoudi beach
4. Damnoni beach
Adjacent to Ammoudi, Ammoudaki, and Kleisidi, this beach is larger in a small cove that was also the port of the area in the past. This beach is sandy too with facilities and nearby hotels.
5. Souda beach (of Plakias)
East of Plakias and the new port there is a sandy beach at the end of a small gorge, with tamarisks, palms and two streams. There are also facilities, two taverns, with sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach after 1990s became very popular.
Best time to visit:
These beaches have regylarly visitors from May to October, and especially in the weekends in summer time some of them like Souda easily become overcrowded.
Given that south Crete, and Plakias area in particular, are windy places, find out when the best conditions occur for each beach in order to be visited, depending if the beaches are sheltered against prevailing winds.
We checked these 5 (actually 8 beaches) and so we recommend the following:
As sheltered from SW-W winds, Souda (especially the western part of the beach, down the cliff), and Preveli (the tiny lake at the mouth of the homonymous gorge stream).
As sheltered from N winds, Skinaria, and Ammoudi, Kleisidi, as they are small and sheltered from motherly gust by the adjacent hill.
Keep in mind in every case that you must be careful, and don't try risky things.
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