With its lightning shape and its name that evokes the Devil and Satan, one would almost be afraid to go there… However, Seitan Limania is probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth! A beach discovered by the general public not so long ago that has since become a must-see in Crete, Greece and even on Instagram. Like the Bay of Shipwrecks on the Greek island of Zakynthos.
- But where is this otherworldly cove?
- How to get there?
Follow the guide through the winding paths of Seitan Limania…
Seitan Limania, the most beautiful creek in the world?
The perfect cove for your Instagram feed
If you are looking for the most Instagrammable beach in Greece, Seitan Limania is the place for you. This cove is extraordinary and unique, and really worth a visit. Located on the eastern coast of the Akrotiri peninsula, just outside Chania, Crete, Seitan Limania is one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever visit.
The striking beauty of Seitan Limania will make you wonder why the site was given such an unfortunate name. Translated into English, Seitan Limania means the “Port of Satan”.
“Seitan”, Turkish for “devil”, is still in use since the Ottoman occupation of Crete. According to the story, the name probably refers to the bare rocks surrounding the bay.
Recognized since 2015
Until 2015, Seitan Limania was one of the “secret beaches” of Crete. A Facebook influencer took a photo, put it on his wall and the image went viral. Local agencies have taken advantage of the trend and have started to promote excursions here.
But despite its name, Seitan Limania Beach is a breathtaking natural wonder. The crystal clear waters and towering rock formations make this place a paradise for lovers of breathtaking scenery.
Where is Seitan Limania in Crete?
Seitan Limania – also called the “Paralia of Stefanou” – is located just outside Chania, on the eastern coast of the Akrotiri peninsula. As you can see on the map above, the cove is located in the north of Crete
A little more than 20km separate Chania from Seitan Limania.
How to get to Seitan Limania?
1. On an excursion
For example, you can go there as part of an organized and pre-booked excursion as below:
3. By car or by transport
It is possible to reach Seitan Limania beach by car, public transport or boat. The best option is to rent a car at Chania airport for a 15 minute drive.
The path leading to this secret beach, also known as Stefanou beach, is a real natural jewel. Along this paved road, lined with rock formations, drivers will have to show skill and courage to reach their destination. If you have any doubts about your driving skills, it is best to take a boat. Although the road is winding and sometimes steep, experienced mountain road drivers should not encounter any difficulties. Moreover, the road has been recently tarred to guarantee a better driving comfort. The paved road descends sharply to a parking lot that serves the beach. The view of the sparkling sea and the imposing cliffs is simply breathtaking. Adventurers in search of wild landscapes and deserted beaches will be conquered by the beauty of this place.
If you don’t have a car, you can take the KTEL to the village of Chordaki, then follow the signs to the beach. If you are on a cruise, you can also take a boat to Seitan Limania beach.
Where to stay near Seitan Limania?
To be able to visit Seitan Limania without driving too much, it is better to stay in the city of Chania.
Find your hotel
You can for example find and book a hotel on the Booking map below:
Sleep at Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa!
Or why not take a room in one of the most beautiful hotels of Chania (Chania in French) the Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa and its decoration inherited from the Venetian period of the city:
Sleep at Poco Loco Bed & Breakfast!
Or in this very charming bed & breakfast 400m from the beach of Chania, the Poco Loco Bed & Breakfast!
When to go there?
The best time to visit Seitan Limania is between May and September, when the temperatures are milder and the sea is calm.
If you want to avoid the crowds, it is recommended to visit the beach outside the high tourist season, in May or September. If you decide to visit in the summer, it is advisable to leave early in the morning to avoid the intense heat of the afternoon and the crowds.
Tips: meet at Seitan Limania early in the morning. First of all because it’s beautiful, but also because around 11 am, many tourists start to arrive. This is the price of fame!
The most beautiful photos of the creek
The beach of Seitan Limania is certainly one of the most photogenic in Greece. The turquoise bay surrounded by steep cliffs offers a striking contrast and provides an ideal setting for taking pictures. Travelers can capture incredible images of the crystal clear waters and white sand beach, as well as the spectacular rock formations that frame the cove.
Visitors can also take pictures of the panoramic view from the heights of the beach, which offers a breathtaking view of the bay and the Aegean Sea. For those looking to capture truly breathtaking images, it is recommended to visit the beach at sunrise or sunset, when the light is softer and the colors are more vivid.