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Although it's up for debate, many consider Seitan Limania one of the most spectacular beaches on the entire island of Crete. Set in a canyon leading out to the ocean, this small beach is simply stunning.
The water here is calm and relatively shallow, making it ideal for those who are not strong swimmers. Perhaps the only downside of Seitan Limania is that the water can be relatively cold for swimming. Locals say this is because the towering canyon walls prevent the sun from warming it up. Cold or not, you'll probably find yourself in the water, as the canyon floor is protected from the wind and it can get hot.
Activities at the beach include lazing on the sand (of course!), and cliff jumping. All along the sides of the canyon are perches that are ideal for hurtling yourself off into the crystal-clear water below. You may also find that you are entertained – or annoyed, depending on your point of view – by the local goats that have been known to make an appearance on the beach.
Be prepared for a 15-minute walk down a relatively steep, and at times, narrow walkway to the beach. This isn't a place that you'll want to haul all kinds of beach gear; it's best to pack light with the thought in mind that what you take down, you need to take back up.
Seitan Limania is about 35 minutes from Chania by car.
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