Crete offers some fantastic beaches – we all know that! But what are the hidden spots, the special ones? Today’s site is made for you if you’re up for an adventure off the beaten path and thrive in unique places. Let me introduce you to Seitan Limania beach.
This beach, also known as Stefanou beach, is a special place and a little adventurous to explore. Located around 22km from Chania, Seitan Limania attracts more and more visitors due to its beauty. The beach itself is found in a small bay, only accessible through a path down the hills. Even though this spot is insanely beautiful, many people skip it because it’s no lie that a visit does come with a risk. But more on that later.
quick beach legend
How to get to Seitan Limania
Getting there will require you to drive to a designated parking lot and hike down a path to the beach itself. As with many spots in Crete, you need a rental car for this specific adventure.
You could get a taxi from Chania and the surroundings, but the price will probably be higher than renting one for the day. However, if you’re not as good of a driver and feel safer in the passenger seat, a taxi might be the better option here.
Part 1: The drive
Depending on the start of your journey, most parts of the drive will be straightforward and safe. However, it’s the last bit many people are insecure about. As soon as you reach the chapel, there will be a slope-like road down to the parking lot. In June 2022, the streets were mostly well paved and wide enough to fit passing cars. HOWEVER – This last bit is indeed a little scary. Since we were reading horrific stories before our visit, we were pleasantly surprised to find paved roads and didn’t find it too unsafe to drive. The scariest part, in my opinion, is the missing barriers along the side and the vast amount of gravel and fallen stones on the streets.
The pictures obviously don’t reveal how it feels to drive down there, but it might help you get a better image.
Part 2: The Hike
As soon as you reach the parking lot, you can also see the path down the beach. The standard option would be to take the “marked” route on the left side, which is totally fine if you bring proper shoes. We’ve seen many people randomly climbing down from the parking lot, which seems the quickest way. However, since you’re constantly searching for a spot to step on next, I think it won’t make much of a difference in time.
Depending on your fitness, it takes around 10-20 minutes to get down there.
Things to know before you go
Things to bring for your stay
When is the best time to visit Seitan Limania?
Since this spot is gaining more and more attention but not growing in size, I’d definitely recommend coming early and off-season. The area is barely found empty, and I imagine high seasons challenging, especially when driving down the windy road and then finding an empty parking spot. On weekends, many locals visit the beach as well. Hence, a Sunday afternoon in August probably isn’t the best option to pick. Since there is no lighting around the area, I wouldn’t recommend going in the dark.
So… is it really worth it?
In my opinion: yes. The beach is really unique and more than beautiful. The deep blue ocean is already spectacular from the parking lot. After climbing down, the tiny beach and its crystal clear water are truly rewarding. The goats make it even more spectacular. I’d definitely come back next time, yet I have to say I wouldn’t do it during high season. Personally, I’d be too stressed by the traffic on those windy roads, and with crowds of people trying to make their way down, it won’t be a pleasant experience, I guess.
Photo Spot Tip
Once you’re at the parking lot, walk along the hill on the right side. Here, you can already get a glimpse of the beach and the path down and take some great pictures. Highly recommend! Be careful, though; there are many hidden rocks. Make sure they’re not loose before you step on them.
Have you already been to Seitan Limania, or is it the first time hearing? I hope this post gave you a little insight into what to expect and inspired you for your trip. Crete is a magnific island, and hidden spots like this one make every journey a little more adventurous, right?! If you’ve got anything to add or a personal experience to share, feel free to leave it in the comments!
As always, stay happy and healthy!
See you soon,