The beach of Sougia is 1,2 km long and is the longest beach
in the South-West of Crete. It is also quite wide (up to 70 meters
in places). Although it is a pebble beach, these vary a lot in
size and there are plenty of places where they are very small, more like coarse sand
and it is not at all uncomfortable to lie on them.
The beach has several quite unique features: nudism is tolerated
(and practiced but in no way compulsory) in a large part of the
beach, there are only a few beach chairs and umbrellas in a limited area,
the beach never ever feels crowded because it is so long and
wide and the sea in Sougia is one of the cleanest in Greece (not
only Crete!) according to a water quality survey made in 1999.
The pebbles are also worth a mention: they come in different
colours and shapes with all kinds of markings and many visitors
collect the nicer ones to take them back home.
There are no buildings whatsoever on the beach so that you feel
really close to nature and the views of the coast are superb
The beach has little shade apart from some tamarisk trees in
the eastern area.
Small children who cannot swim will need to wear safety swimming
aids or be supervised because the water drops quite quickly.
There are no currents.
Photos of the beach - Click on the thumbnails