Seitan Limania Beach in Crete, Greece
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This magical beach is worth the hike. Seitan Limania beach, Crete
Crete is the largest and most populous of all the Greek islands, and the farthest from the mainland (in fact, it's just about halfway to Turkey). This big little island is small enough to drive across in a few hours but full of wonders from mountain ranges to gorges to beautiful beaches. Take this jewel box of turquoise water near the port city of Chania for example. ’Set on the easternmost of three peninsulas that stick out like horns from the northwestern shoreline of Crete, Seitan Limania is one of the most photographed beaches on the island.
Seitan Limania is ’beautiful to behold from a distance but driving up close via the narrow switchback roads takes some nerve. And once you get to the parking lot, the rocky hike down is for only the most surefooted of beachgoers. On your way down, you'll likely meet some of the goats that populate the area. ’The narrow cove is flanked by steep rock walls that zig one way, then zag the other. When you reach the beach, you'll find yourself on one of the most unique spots on any coast – and a selfie here at Seitan Limania is hard to beat for bragging rights.