Best Beaches Chania area

Ravdoucha beach – Peninsula Rodopou

Ravdoucha beach - natural swimming pool in Ravdoucha Crete
The sea forms a natural pool
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The village Ravdoucha is situated on a mountain ridge on the west coast of the peninsula Rodopou, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the more western peninsula of Gramvousa (not to be confused with the island Gramvousa, which is right behind it).

From the village there is a ca.1,5 km zig zag road down the mountain slope to Ravdoucha beach, the road eventually forks down at the coast.

Right leads to a couple of taverns and the harbor (and to a small beach right on the harbor), the left it goes to a cove with rock slabs forming partial small pools of water, and close to this starts a long pebble beach. The Ravdoucha beach is surrounded by numerous tamarisk trees. Water shoes would be a good choice here.

A tavern offers good traditional Cretan cuisine, but the beach fills up on weekends with locals, so whoever would like it a little quieter, it is best to visit this beach from Monday to Friday.

  • Just before the Ravdoucha beach is the small cave-chapel Agios Fanourios nestled into the rock wall, here you can also have a look inside.

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