In the south of Crete, the idyllic sandy beach of Triopetra is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. Here you can find solitude, peace and relaxation even in the height of summer.
The two beaches of Triopetra on the south coast of Crete are among the 10 most beautiful beaches of Crete. Hardly built on and often quite lonely even in the high season, Triopetra is the perfect destination for a relaxed swimming holiday in Crete.
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PICTURES: Triopetra beach on Crete
Photo gallery: Triopetra beach in Crete
Triopetra beach is divided in its middle by a peninsula with three rocks, which gave the beach its name, as "Triopetra" means "three rocks". There is also an impressive cave on the peninsula (if anyone is looking for natural shade).
The two sections of beach are connected by a footpath. If you want to get from one section to the other by car, you have to drive a good 2 kilometres around the outside. At the edge of the sandy beach, taverns and guesthouses offer board and lodging, and in the high season, bathing holidaymakers can rent sunshades and sunbeds directly on site.
Lonely idyll on the beach of Triopetra
Although Triopetra beach is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Crete, the coast at the foot of Mount Siderotas is never overcrowded, even in high season. Even in July and August, bathing holidaymakers will find enough space for themselves here.
In the evening, nothing spoils the romantic mood that arises at the sight of the fantastic sunset. Weekends are busier, because that's when the locals also use the beach for a day at the seaside.
Even more loneliness at "little Triopetra beach
The southern beach (also called "little Triopetra beach") is even less frequented than the northern one. Perhaps because there is less sand and more gravel here. Accordingly, the infrastructure is less well developed and there are only two tavernas. However, you will hardly find a quieter and more idyllic place to spend the night on Crete than Triopetra beach.
Tip: About 1km northeast of the "little Triopetra beach" you can visit the chapel of Prophet Elias on a hill - with a dreamlike view of the beach.
Arrival to Triopetra Beach
Arental car or motorbike is the best way to visit Triopetra beach. Between Spili and Agia Galini, in the village of Akoumia, there is a turnoff to Triopetra, which is signposted. The road is winding and narrow, but asphalted and leads through the wonderful landscape of southern Crete. After a good 13 kilometres, you arrive at the beach.
Camping is not allowed on the beach of Triopetra, but there are always some wild campers on the coast.