Seitan Limania (Stefanou) beach – emerald waters on cape Akrotiri
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Since several years, a bay appeared in all social media and in the press, whose possible use for bathing fun was until then completely unknown. Situated only 24 km away from Chania in the northeast area of the Akrotiri Peninsula, the bay is quite hidden between high cliffs and offers fine sandy beach mixed with pebbles.
The name Seitan Limania …
…originally refers to 3 adjacent bays, but only the most northerly is accessible and suitable for swimming,. The interesting name of these bays by the way means “ports of the devil” and is a combination of “Seitan” of Turkish for devil and “Limania” from the Greek for ports.
How to get there
Driving from Chania towards the airport, one has to follow the signs to Hordakia, and eventually look out for signs about Seitan Limania.
Once you arrive at the church of Agios Spiridon, the adventurous descent towards the Bay begins. The approximately 1 km long street with extreme hairpins is asphalted, but … those who suffer from vertigo should not undertake this journey. The return trip is possible only in the first or at maximum in the second gear!!
From the parking lot you will further need 15 minutes in the blazing sun to walk down a footpath (stone, earth, gravel, at least sports shoes are recommendable here ). The path starts behind the small iconostasis.
You should carry at least 1L of drinking water in a cool bag per person, possibly also snacks. There are neither umbrellas nor beach chairs, and of course no canteen.
The small bay is very crowded in summer and on the weekends and it is very popular, especially among young people.