45 km away from Platanias, where the lush green valley meets the sea, you will find a tranquil fisherman village of Sfinari. The beach of Sfinari is quite scenic, with clear turquoise waters surrounded by tamarisk trees and dramatic mountains.
Sfinari bay offers both pebbled and sandy beach spots and on a nice windless day is just perfect for snorkelling and exploring the underwater world. This area is remote and, since it is located right between the popular Falassarna and Elafonissi beaches, most travellers happen to skip it. With that in mind, Sfinari is just perfect for those who prefer the quiet and the feel of wild Cretan beauty.
In case you are short on vacation days and have just enough time to visit the must-see’s of the region, Sfinari makes for a perfect late lunch/dinner spot after visiting Falassarna or Elafonissi. The few fish & seafood tavernas line the beach and offer the ultimate authentic Cretan gastronomic experience. Our tip: always ask for the catch of the day or, even better, try their fresh fish soup. It takes a while to be prepared but it is definitely worth the wait!
In the area, you will find a few accommodation options, as well as a free camping site. Staying in Sfinari for a few days makes a perfect getaway for those who are eager to escape crowds and noise, to unwind and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the rural Cretan world.
To get to Sfinari, you can either rent a car or take the bus that goes a few times/day from both Chania central bus station and Kissamos town station.