Kalypso beach is located on south of Rethymno between Plakias village and Preveli beach. Kalypso is very impressive to say the least as it is surrounded by high rocks. The small port was used as shelter by pirates about 300 years ago.
Kalypso Cretan Village is a hotel complex by the beach that has organised the area with umbrellas and sunbeds that are also open to non-residents. Κalypso Dive Center and School also operates at the beach if you wish to discover the deep blue waters of the Lybian sea!
The Pirates’ Fjord is located 33km south of Rethymnon, in a tiny cove south of Mouri or Karavos Cape, near Plakias. It is a very narrow cove, formed between enormous vertical cliffs. The tiny beach shaped here has sand at its starting point and doesn’t exceed 2m in width. It deepens abruptly and changes to a deep rocky harbor. The fjord is named after the pirates who took refuge inside this sheltered bay during the Byzantine era.
Today you will not find any pirates, but a modern hotel, within the limits of which the “beach” is formed. The hotel has put beds and umbrellas on the smooth rocks surrounding the fjord. In the fjord you can take some scuba diving lessons by the club based at the hotel. Moreover, the hotel provides water pedallons. The beach can be accessed only by crossing the hotel (accessed via Damnoni) or by boat from Plakias.
- Location: Rethymnon Prefecture, West Crete, South Crete, Agios Vasilios area (Plakias)
- Sea water color: Deep blue
- Sand type: Rocks in places
- Depth: Deep
- Sea surface: Usually calm
- Crowds: Normal
- Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Lifeguard, Showers
- Other Information: Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing is forbidden
- Accessibility: Paved road