Twenty kilometres from Chania is a small, earthly paradise of a beach. If you crave adventure in a landscape of rugged, unassuming beauty, then it's perfect. The creek which meanders down through a wild and rocky landscape and empties into the crystalline blue waters of this miniature fjord was, up until a few years ago, an exclusive haunt for locals and spearfishers. Today, things have changed. There's a road leading to a parking lot above the beach, but from there the journey must be made on foot down a goat path that hugs the cliffs, and which is difficult at certain points. However, don't let this deter you, because a day spent amidst the primal beauty here will be rewarding enough. It's advised to arrive early in the morning to avoid the later crowds. The seabed descends sharply and the higher the sun, the more transparent the water becomes. Wear sneakers and pack plenty of water, fruit and snacks. Locals warn of the many wild goats roaming the area (expert thieves), so pay attention to your belongings! Mid-fall, when it's peaceful and quiet, is the optimal time to visit Seitan Ports.
Tip: On your way back, make a pit stop at Tzagarolon Monastery, one of the most important monuments in Crete. You’ll discover an array of amazing organic products including olive oil, olive soap, wine, vinegar, raki and honey, all produced by the resident monks.