Agia Fotini Beach

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A Quiet Paradise in Crete

Agia Fotini - south Crete

Agia Fotini Αγία Φωτεινή is located in the south of Crete, 52 km almost due south from Rethymnon town.

Explore around the region of Rethymnon or just swim and relax at the beach.

This taverna and rooms is located on a pristine natural beach.

Do you want to be..?

  • Miles from anywhere...
  • Gazing over the blue waters of the Mediterranean...
  • Sitting at a seaside taverna eating delicious Greek food...
  • Relaxed with no interruptions ...

On this undeveloped spot in the south of Crete you will find a local taverna, run by Stavros & Vicky Perakis with their children Vangeli and Evgenia.

A secluded beach in south Crete - about 50 km south of Rethymnon town

This is a traditional seaside taverna with modern touches of comfort, a simple taverna a stone's throw from the water.

Try the spinach pies, triangles of pastry filled with fresh spinach, horta, dill and fennel, or the fish which is whatever is caught fresh on the day.

Many of the foods from the healthy Cretan diet are available here. Such as fresh local produce, home grown vegetables and herbs, fresh seafood.

Try the Agia Fotia salad, it is a local favourite, or grilled fresh fish like silver bream or red snapper.  The grilled prawns are really good. Don't forget the selection of Cretan bottled wines.

Fresh catch of the day at the family run tavernaAgia Fotia Taverna - fresh catch of the day

Come here and just stop the world. Doze. Snooze. Float in the sea. Read a few pages of your book then let it fall lazily into your lap and gaze at the day...listening to the summer sounds.

If you really must move from this spot - other beaches nearby are Triopetra, Ligres, and the stunning tropical paradise of Preveli Beach.

If you really must go touring, the villages of Kerames, Drimiskos, and Agalianos are nearby, and the villages of Plakias, Agia Galini, Spili and the beautiful Amari valley, which are all nice to explore.

The historic site of Arkadi Monastery is within a comfortable driving distance.

The beauty is that you can return to this quiet beach and relax the evening away whilst watching the sun set into the sea.

Fresh fish caught today, served tonight at the taverna by the seaFresh fish caught today, served tonight at the taverna by the sea near Agia Fotini Beach

Getting to Agia Fotini...

Spili Village - on the way to this beach (image by Tango)Spili Village is on the way to Agia Fotini

From the town of Rethymnon by car, this is a journey of about 50 km, taking you from the north coast of Crete to the south coast, looking over the Libyan Sea. Leave at least 2 hours for this journey.

From Rethymnon take Kountouriotou Road and turn at the Municipal Gardens south for 'Agia Galini and Plakias'. Then follow markers to Spili, going under the national road, continuing south.

Drive to Spili, this is a good drive of about 28 km. Don't miss the opportunity to stop as it is a very beautiful village (pictured above). Refresh and get more petrol if you need it. Take the signs to Mourne and do not follow signs to Agia Galini. Then follow signs to Kerames.

Keep following the sign posts to the taverna, going through Drimiskos to Kerames. Here you will find a couple of local kafenions, the traditional place for locals to have a coffee, and a small shop for simple needs. Turn right after the sign 'Kerames' and head down the hill towards the sea, this is a tarmac road which forks near the beach, turn left at the fork.

Agia Fotia Taverna...

Freshest produce at the taverna in south Crete

Agia Fotini cold Raki by the bayCold raki by the bay - life is good

Accommodation Nearby

The small complex of Kionia Apartments are a short walk from the beach, on the hillside overlooking Agia Fotini Beach. These are good self-catering studios and apartments. In this peaceful and remote location the only sound will be the waves on the beach. Uninterrupted sea views from your lovely big terrace. Fresh air and lots of beaches to explore on the south of Crete.

Kionia Apartments, on Agia Fotini Beach in CreteEnjoy the sunsets and the peace and quiet here by the beach

Getting to Crete

Flights from far away to Crete...

Flights from Athens to Chania CHQ

Flights from Athens to Heraklion HER

Ferries from Athens Pireaus port to Chania port

Ferries from Athens Pireaus port to Heraklion port

Local buses in Crete

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