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Spilies Beach Crete – One Of The Most Beautiful Beaches On The Crete North Coast

Spilies is one of those perfect Greece beaches that you could come back to again and again. It’s mostly made up of small pebbles, and is well organised, with plenty of umbrellas and sunbeds available.

You wouldn’t know Spilies Crete was there unless someone tipped you off about it. It’s less than a mile (0.8 km) from another spectacular hidden Crete beach, Geropotamos, on the Heraklion to Rethymno and Chania highway.

Spilies or “Tou Maliou to Riaki” (i.e. Maliou stream) is located 15km east of Rethymnon city, in a quiet area, just a few kilometers east of Skaleta and west of Geropotamos. It is quite unknown to most visitors, though it is very close to the highway that connects Heraklion and Rethymno. It is formed in a small rocky bay with a pebbly beach and crystal clear deep waters, protected by vertical cliffs. Characteristic of the cove are the beautiful cavernous rocks that protect the small beach on the west. Beyond the west and the east end of the beach, there are several sea caves and rocks with amazing formations. A part of the east caves collapsed in winter 2011-12. These caves are very important for species such as the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. A great idea is to explore the rocky shores east of the beach and walk to the amazing natural rocky arch of Geropotamos.

One of the most beautiful small Crete beaches, and also one of the best Rethymno beaches.

It’s a pebble beach, less than 100 metres wide, with magnificent low cliffs each side.


One of the best beaches in Crete.

There are a couple of delightful coast walks from the beach. The first is a two-minute stroll up the hill from the path next to the toilets in the car park. You get a great view of the beach as you pass above the taverna, but continue towards the cliff edge for the full effect.

If you want to stay out of the sun, there’s plenty of shade in the natural cave on the left (west) side of the beach.


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