Glyka Nera Beach is located 77 km south of Chania, four kilometers west of Sfakia. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of southern Crete. It is hidden among the mountains of Sfakia. In 2003 the Times of London enlisted Glyka Nera among the twenty most beautiful beaches in Europe.
Glyka Nera Beach got its name (glyka nera – sweet/potable water) from the water springs emerging in various parts of the coast. The landscape is impressive as the cliffs rise up to 500 meters above the coast.
There are pebbles at Glyka Nera and the water is clear although quite cold due to the springs that flow into the sea. Here you will find umbrellas and sun beds and a canteen on a rock in the sea, where you can buy all the necessary. Glyka Nera is popular with campers while the eastern part of the beach is mainly occupied by nudists.
There is no road to Glyka Nera and the easiest way to get there is by boat from Sfakia and Loutro. Otherwise you can follow the European path E4. The route is long but the scenery will reward you – although it is not recommended for those who suffer from a fear of heights.