10 Things to Do in Sfakia That You Shouldn't Miss

November 10, 2017 Madelene Haan

Sfakiá (Greek: Σφακιά) is a mountainous area in the southwestern part of the island of Crete, in the Chania regional unit. It is considered to be one of the few places in Greece that have never been fully occupied by foreign powers. With a 2011 census population of 1,889 inhabitants living on a land area of 467.589 km (180.537 sq mi), Sfakia is one of the largest and least densely populated municipalities on the island of Crete. The etymology of its name is disputed. According to the prevailing theory, it relates to its rugged terrain, deriving from the ancient Greek word σφαξ, meaning land chasm or gorge.
Restaurants in Sfakia

1. Samaria Gorge National Park

Old National Road Chanion-Kissamou | Lefka Ori, Sfakia, Crete 730 05, Greece +30 2821 045570
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Samaria Gorge National Park

Believed to be one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge stretches more than 10 miles to the south coastal region and offers many hiking trails.

Reviewed By Bill M - Burnley, United Kingdom

One of the hundreds of gorges on Crete which run down to the Libyan Sea; the most popular, falling 4500 feet over some 12 miles on good paths without hazard. Wear proper hiking shoes and sensible clothing: don't end up sunburnt and hobbling in Roumeli as so many do. Appreciate the Mountains, don't litter, take your time. It's better going up- you've more time to think and savour the isolation.

2. Frangokastello Beach

Frangokastello, Sfakia, Crete, Greece
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4 based on 490 reviews

Frangokastello Beach

Reviewed By Sevasti - Chania Town, Greece

Beautiful clear blue waters and a nice sandy beach. The castle in the background, which is so well preserved, is a must for Crete visitors.

3. Glika Nera Bay

Loutro, Crete, Greece
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5 based on 106 reviews

Glika Nera Bay

Reviewed By JFLR187198 - Nantes, France

This beach is mainly accessible on foot as it is part of the main trail across SOuthern creek. One part is nudist, the other is not, but there is enough space for everybody. Useful taverna at one end of it. Great for beach-lovers.

4. Glika Nera Beach

Chora Sfakia, Sfakia, Crete 730 11, Greece +30 697 326 7310
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Glika Nera Beach

Reviewed By Despina-Kleanthi - Athens, Greece

This is the best sea I've ever been. Cold, clear blue water, full of fish and wonderful beach!!!! Nudists and tents at the one side, umbrella sets at the other. There is a taverna in the sea for coffee/snack/meal. There are boat tours from Chora Sfakion to Glyka Nera (4 hours) and Loutro (2 hours) not very costly.

5. The Gorge of Aradena

Aradena, Crete, Greece
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5 based on 147 reviews

The Gorge of Aradena

Reviewed By Sarah B - Guildford, United Kingdom

We set out after breakfast towards Livaniana for wonderful fresh orange juice at the blissful little taverna overlooking the area, fantastic views, we then ventured up to the church and over the ridge to make our way into the beautiful Aradena Gorge, not for the faint hearted but, you are rewarded with the tranquil taverna at the end of the gorge at Marmaras bay
Fantastic

6. Votana Sfakion

Anopoli, Sfakia, Crete 73011, Greece +30 697 780 7805
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Votana Sfakion

If Gods have to choose the place for the garden of Edem, perhaps they would did it on Crete.. And if nature must plant wrists, perhaps she would did it with herbs.. On a small graphical, traditional village of Sfakia,we create our own paradise and we invite you for a guide in the world of herbs..

Reviewed By evanjelie - Thessaloniki, Greece

An amazing herbal garden up on a village of anopolis!
Very professional and friendly owner explain us everything about gardening and herbs!
The place looks like heaven on earth!
Even the view of white Mountains is beautiful!
Very peaceful calm and relaxing place..
Worth it a lot!
Recommended for sure!

7. Koutelos Beach

Eparchiaki Odos Choras Sfakion - Rodakinou, Vouvas, Sfakia, Crete 730 11, Greece
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Koutelos Beach

Reviewed By Bernd F - Waldsolms, Germany

Dieser Strand ist ein kleiner Strand aus Kies, Steinen und Sand. Das Ambiente sehr nett. Man kann mit dem Auto bis direkt an den Strand fahren. Es sind mehrere Parkplätze direkt am Strand verfügbar. Es gibt 1 Taverne am Strand, keine Umkleiden und keine Toiletten.

8. The Castle of Frangokastello

Frangokastello, Sfakia, Crete 73011, Greece
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The Castle of Frangokastello

Reviewed By Rotgif - Cape Town

Sadly this monument to military history of Crete has been allowed to deteriorate. The exterior walls are still in good shape but the interior appears to be overgrown with weeds and generally unkempt. This is indeed unfortunate because it is a magnificent structure. The drive to get to the castle is a beautiful one, winding through tiny villages and orchards. There is a lovely beach at Fragokastello as well. Just opposite the castle is a stone restaurant were refreshments and toilet facilities are available.

9. Marmara Beach

Loutro, Crete 73011, Greece
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Marmara Beach

Reviewed By caroline3262 - Manchester

A beautiful location in the middle of nowhere. Serving fantastic food with wonderful staff overseen by Edmond. A varied menu sfakia pie, eggs, toast and bacon, fruit and yoghurt and honey if you wish, toasted sandwiches, pork souvlaki, meat ball (delicious), goat in the oven, burreki, dakos, salad, pork chop, omlettes, calamari, a good range of wines and beers. Ice cream.There's three lovely rooms here if you want to stay. Lovely and quiet if you stay here before the boats arrive. There's a small kiosk on the beach serving coffee, soft drinks beer ect. There are sunbeds and umbrellas to hire.

10. Notos Mare Marine Adventures

Sfakion Harbor, Sfakia, Crete 730 11, Greece
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Notos Mare Marine Adventures

Looking for a diving adventure? Or would you prefer a cruise to an exotic destination just to chill out on? Maybe you want to be more adventurous and rent a boat to discover the southernmost part of Europe on your own? Why not catch your own fish for dinner, while enjoying the wild beauty of the island? After all these excursions on the water, just sit back and enjoy the sunset over the Mountains from our diving center located in the port of Sfakia. We have a full service cafe at the diving center, offering a great range of coffees and cold beverages. If the amazing surroundings made you lose track of time and miss the ferry, we are here to give you a lift to wherever you would like to go: from the nearby Loutro beach to the wild island of Gavdos, our taxi boat services are available 24/7. Whatever your interests are, Notos Mare has so much to offer that no minute of your holiday time will be wasted and all that in one of the nicest and not overly developed surroundings in the world!

Reviewed By lifeconnoisseurs - Geneva, Switzerland

We rented an 80horses boat from Notos Mare for a one-day trip along the coast. The service was excellent from the first to the last moment: Sofia did a great job checking us in and out as well as explaining the route, her English is...MoreThankyou very much for your kind words! We´re very happy you enjoyed your time on the south coast using one of our boats! Hope to see you again sometime soon for another marine experience!

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