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Prefecture: Chania
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Koutalas beach or Koutalis is located in Kokkino Chorio of the municipality of Apokoronas, about 29 km east of the city of Chania and 11 km away from Vamos.

Koutalas beach is a relatively quiet and rocky beach usually visited by families from the nearby villages and few well-informed vacationers. Because of the particular area, in which are some magnificent caves like the Cave of the Elephants or the Petsis Cave, many lovers of exploration are visiting the beach.
The beach is narrow and the waters enclosed by the rocky region result in a small fjord. It is generally secluded beach with few visitors, has calm blue-green waters that create dreamy scenery especially when the sea is calm!
On the beach you will often come across with a group of divers exploring the underwater world or having their first diving lessons! There is also a shelter that offers the only shade on the beach to protect you from the sun and some rocky points offered for sunbathing, fishing and many dives!
To get here you have to take direction north to Kokkino Chorio and proceed to the lighthouse at the tip of the cape. Nowadays there are signs that will lead you to the beach.
A swim in the beautiful waters of Koutalas worth combined with a walk to the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula, which was built in 1864.
At Kokkino chorio you can also find traditional taverns with delicious snacks in order to satisfy your appetite after a long swimming and a cafe for breakfast or afternoon coffee!
A traditional glass factory with handmade artwork also located in the village worth a visit to admire and buy beautiful creations.
Nearby there are many other beautiful and most organized beaches such Kalives, Almyrida and Georgioupolis and traditional villages for exploring and wandering at the local rhythms!


Places near Koutalas

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Drapano Cape 2891 hits
Above Kokkino Horio in Apokoronas Region is the strangely shaped hill Drapanokefala or Calapodha (so named during the Venetian occupation) and the Drapano Cape.

The coast line around Kokkino Horio village is also a great place to visit. There are caves (such as the cave of Petsi or Karavotopo. Another cave called Katalimata, located at the centre of the village) in a number of places and what I believe is officially known as ‘Koutalas cove’ is a great place to visit. Go down the hill northeast from the village and head towards the sea and Drapano cape.

After a kilometre or so you will see the road to the tiny headland where there is some sort of radio antenna used by the Greek Navy. Before you reach the antenna, take the left turn down to the coast. You will find yourself looking down to a tiny bay with a small beach.

Koutalas cove is usually empty during the week and it’s a great place to swim and snorkel.  You can drive down the windy road to the beach. If you’re very brave you can climb around the rocks and jump the 15 or so metres in to the sea. Failing that, just swim. It’s a beautiful place.
At cape Drapano, approximately 10 metres under water, is the impressive Elephant Cave, an area 60mx60m full of stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours.
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The lighthouse is located in cape Drapano near Kokkino Horio village in Apokoronas Region, Chania Prefecture. This lighthouse was manufactured in 1864 from the French company of lighthouses. 

The altitude of octagonical stone tower is 7 metres and the height of focal plane is 60 metres.

Near to the lighthouse exists the little stone house of light-keeper. Located Easternly in the northern side of Crete, at the orifice of Soudas bight in the cape Drepano 50 metres above the surface of sea. It was included in the Greek lighthouses network afterwards the Balkan Wars 1912-13. Destroyed from the Germans in the 2nd W.W. and rebuild in 1948. The band is rocky, innaccessible and the most near village, that is named Kokkino Horio, abstains roughly two-three hours by foot. The coast is very dangerous for each boat that will approach.
At cape Drapano approximately 10 metres under water, is the impressive Elephant Cave, an area 60mx60m full of stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours. 

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Plaka 2741 hits

Plaka is a lovely village in Apokoronas region, built on the slope of a hill overlooking Souda Bay. It has all the amenities you need, including excellent tavernas, bars, a grocery store and a kafeneon, all of which remain open throughout the year.

Plaka is only a few minutes drive from the sandy beach at Almerida, and five minutes further along the coast is Kalives, where day-to-day shopping, general amenities and more sandy beaches are available. The historic City of Chania is forty-five minutes drive, as is the airport.

Plaka was once a sleepy village with only approx. 250 inhabitants – it has grown over the last few years as people have discovered its charms and moved into the area. There are many marked walks and pathways in the area, with local transport and taxis available in Almerida.
The village retains its traditional identity, which must be protected through checks on new buildings in order to prevent the alteration of the traditional architectural style. Every summer Cretan music festivals take place in Plaka, the "Plakiana", in honour of Michael Papadakis, from Plaka, a fine lyra player of recent years.

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Kambia 2727 hits

Kambia, on the Apokoronou Peninsula, is a small traditional Vilage near the village of Plaka. As you leave Plaka and follow signs for Kokkino Chorio, you will start to climb up a hill. After about a kilometre, on the bend, turn right in to the tiny hamlet of Kambia. Kambia has about 50 permanent residents.

As always, there is a nice church in the middle of the old houses that form the original village. The older generation of villagers live here along with a few foreign neighbours in adjacent renovated houses.

It is within easy driving distance (4 km) of the coastal resort of Almerida, with its lovely sandy beach, and the busy town of Kalives, which offers shopping and amenities for day-to-day living.

The quaint hamlet of Kambia has magnificent uninterrupted views of Souda Bay, olive and pine covered hills and valleys, and the White Mountains which are snow capped for 6 months of the year. With peaceful fields and olive groves, Kambia - Apokoronas area comprises some of the most attractive villages on Crete such as Kokkino Chorio, Plaka, Drapanos, Xirosterni, Gavalohori, Vamos and Kefalas, all of which are old traditional villages with stone houses and beautifully blended new developments.

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Kokkino Chorio 2710 hits

Kokkino Chorio is a small, traditional Greek village on the coast of the Apokoronou Peninsula. From here the views across Souda Bay to the Akrotiri Peninsula are magnificent, and to the south the White Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop, making the village a highly desirable location both for permanent residence and for holidays.

It is only a few minutes drive from Plaka with its tavernas and bars, and the lovely sandy beach at Almerida. A few minutes further brings you to Kalives where there are more sandy beaches, good shopping for day-to-day needs and a variety of other amenities.

The village is famous for taking part in the filming of Zorba the Greek – Antony Quinn is still talked about in the local kafenions!

Above Kokino Horio is the strangely shaped hill Drapanokefala or Calapodha (so named during the Venetian occupation). The coastline northwest of the village is an extremely interesting place for a walk due to the ground formation and the caves, such as the cave of Petsi (or Karavotopos). Another cave called Katalimata, located at the centre of the village, is also an interesting site.
At cape Drapano, approximately 10 metres under water, is the impressive Elephant Cave, an area 60mx60m full of stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours.