Glyka or Glika Nera beach (Sweet Water) is one of the loveliest beaches in Crete, with no umbrellas or other facilities but with clear blue-green waters in which to cool off after the hot sun.
The sea here is quite cold, due to the icy mountain water that rises in the sea and the sand.
The beach is located between Loutro village and Chora Sfakion.
This water is clean and perfectly drinkable. On the beach you’ll find a small canteen serving refreshments and fast food. Unfortunately there is no shade anywhere on the beach, but you can rent an umbrella from the canteen.
Avoid sitting too close to the cliff because of the risk of rockfalls. Finally, be aware that the beach is popular with nudists, so if you object to the practice you had better avoid the spot.
Access from Chania is possible by public bus and rented or private car and motorbike till Chora SfakionAccess from Loutro, on foot (50 minutes), or by private boat.
Μέρη κοντινά με Γλυκά Νερά
The beach is not very organized, but in recent years you can find some amenities, like sun beds and parasols, and also a small tavern by the beach that also serves cold water, refreshments and coffee.
One of the great advantages of Ilingas beach is that it’s not affected by the seasonal winds of Crete and the Aegean Sea, the well known “meltemia”, as they are called in Greek. That means you can swim in Ilingas beach even when the winds are high!
Ilingas beach is easily accessible from Hora Sfakion. The beach is located about 2 kilometres west of the village. If you have a car or motorbike, you can take the road to the beach – the trip is very short, lasting only about 5 minutes – and then walk the last 200 – 300 metres to the beach. If you don’t have a vehicle, you can get to the beach from Hora Sfakion on foot after about 30-40 minutes.
It is located at the exit of the Iligas or Ilingas gorge, at a wild natural scenery. Just after Ilingas beach is the start of the E4 path leading to Glyka Nera beach and on to Loutro. Glyka Nera is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete.
Keep in mind that Ilingas is one of the beaches in Crete that is also popular with naturists. Generally, most of the best secluded beaches in Crete have a smaller or bigger corner reserved for naturists!
Παίρνοντας το δρόµο προς τηνΑνώπολη, πριν από τη στροφή στο φαράγγι του Ίλλιγκα,παίρνουµε το δρόµο στα δεξιά µας που ανεβαίνει προς το βουνό. Ανεβαίνοντας συνα ντούµε ό,τι έχει µείνει από το παλιό καλντερίµι που πήγαινε στηνΑνώπολη, προτού ανοιχτεί ο δρόµος πριν από πενήντα χρόνια περίπου. Σε απόσταση περίπου δυο χιλιοµέτρων από το χωριό, σε υψόµετρο περίπου 180 µέτρων, βρίσκουµε το ναό της Αγίας Τριάδος. Μπροστά στο ναό είναι πολλά µελίσσια και η θέα προς τη Χώρα Σφακίων είναι µαγική. Πιθανώς να είναι κτίσµα του 17ου αιώνα.∆ύο από τις χαλκογραφίες που έχουµε από τον17ο αιώνα δείχνουν ένα ναό ψηλά στο βουνό, πιθανώς σε αυτή την τοποθεσία. Επίσης στη βενετική απογραφή του1637 ο παπα-Γιωργίλας Σκορδίλης δήλωσε ένα ναό της Αγίας Τριάδος ως δική του ιδιοκτησία αλλά χωρίς λεπτοµέρειες της τοποθεσίας του ναού.
Στον εσωτερικό βόρειο τοίχο του ναού υπάρχει µια τρύπα µέσα στο βράχο που σχετίζε-ται µε µια άλλη τοπική παράδοση. Αυτή λέγεται η τρύπα του∆ασκαλογιάννη και η πα-ράδοση λέει ότι συγκοινωνούσε µε τη σπηλιά του ∆ασκαλογιάννη, κάτω στη θάλασσα,όπου λειτουργούσε το νοµισµατοκοπείο της επανάστασης του 1770.
Με πληροφορίες από το βιβλίο "Αναζητώντας τις εκατό εκκλησιές της Χώρας Σφακίων", Γιώργος Κ.∆αλιδάκης
From the plateau of Anopolis one has an exceptional view of the south side of the Lefka Ori. Climbs of the highest peaks of the Lefka Ori, at 2,500 metres, start from here. The view of the mountains is particularly impressive in the spring when they are covered in snow. The area is protected from the north winds and it has very mild weather all winter. This area of the Lefka Ori is also famous for its rare wild flowers that can be seen in the spring.
The only road leading to Anopolis is the 12 km serpentines road from Hora Sfakion. The road was recently reconstracted. You can visit anopoli with a bus as well. The bus departs around 4.00pm from Hora Sfakion and returns from Anopolis at around 6.30am. You can also get a taxi from Hora Sfakion which will take you to Anopolis in 10 minutes.
About 2 km west of Anopolis, the abandoned village of Aradena offers beautiful examples of ancient Cretan architecture. The impressive gorge of Aradena is some 19 km west of Chora Sfakion on the road to Anopolis and Agios Ioannis. It starts from the southern slopes of the White Mountains, north of the abandoned village of Aradena and ends at the Libyan Sea near the beautiful beach of Marmara, a little west of Loutro.
Archaeological site of Anopolis: The archaeological site covers a large area and is surrounded by fortified walls. It includes the foundations of several houses, a large basin and probably the foundations of a big temple. Many walls of 1-3 m of height are preserved. Most of them are built with unprocessed rocks, while others are made with shaped stones. The visible ruins reach to the south until the chapel of Aghia Aikaterini, were one can see a part of the Ottoman fortress.The houses found in the area were either built in clusters forming neighbourhoods, or were isolated farm houses. Also, coffer-like graves from the roman period, have been discovered in the area, while the cemetery of the ancient town is located between the Limnia and Pavliana settlements.From 1987 to 1988, Greek and Canadian archaeologists carried a land surface research, discovering several protominoan locations in the Anopolis area, in altitudes between 600 and 800 m. About 2 km west of Anopolis, the abandoned village of Aradena offers beautiful examples of ancient Cretan architecture.
The only road leading to Anopolis is the 12 km serpentines road from Hora Sfakion. The road was recently reconstracted. You can visit Anopoli with a bus as well.