Damnoni Beach Crete
Discover gorgeous Damnoni beach, an idyllic beach on the South Crete coast between the more famous Preveli and Plakias beaches.
Damnoni Beach is one of the best beaches in south Crete, tucked away a short drive from popular Plakias village. Surrounded by spectacular mountains, it’s the most visitor-friendly of a series of wonderful beaches just to the north of the sublime Palm Beach at Preveli.
Our Damnoni beach guide gives you the low-down on what you’ll find there, including restaurants, cafes and boat trips along the coast, and some of the other great Crete beaches close by.
Damnoni Beach – What You Need to Know
Damnoni Beach is a superb 300-metre-long beach close to the southern Crete beach village of Plakias
It is the busiest and most ‘organised’ of a series of beaches along a short stretch of coast which ends at the spectacular Preveli beach and its famous palm forest
It’s known as Paralia Damnoni in Greek
You can get to Damnoni by boat from either Plakias or Preveli – in summer, several boats pass in each direction each day
It has several tavernas and cafes just back from the beach, and a hot dog and gyros van a little further along
You can also hire sun beds and beach umbrellas from the tavernas
Watersports equipment can also be hired from the west end of the beach
Where Is Damnoni Beach?
Damnoni beach is on the south Crete coast, in Rethymno province. It’s around 3 miles (5 km) from the beach village of Plakias, and 2 km from the village of Lefkogia.
Damnoni is also 35 km (23 miles) south of the regional capital Rethymno.
Getting to Damnoni Beach
Damnoni Beach can easily be reached by car. If you’re approaching from Rethymno, it is the first left turn after the Aegean petrol station on the road into Plakias.
The Rethymno Plakias bus passes this turn-off, but only stop in Lefkogia (1.5 km before) or at the terminus in Plakias. Not exactly ideal.
Boat trips run several times daily from Plakias en route to Preveli Palm Beach, and cost 8 euros return – a lot for the short distance, perhaps.
Other Rethymno Beaches Near Damnoni Beach
The area around Damnoni and Plakias has some of the best beaches in Crete.
Three of them are within walking distance. The Ammoudi beaches are a few hundred metres around the corner of the bay from Damnoni, with fine sand and beautiful clear water ideal for snorkelling. These can be reached by road from Lefkogia and Damnoni, as can Skinaria beach. This is a magnificent location, one of the best Rethymno beaches, with fine sand and pebbles and gorgeous tempting turquoise water, with outstanding views of the surrounding rugged mountains.
Kalypso Beach, another beach we have featured, is also within walking distance of Damnoni beach. It’s barely a kilometre away – follow the dirt around to the west, and this eventually fizzles out into a path. this takes you around the corner to a bird’s eye view over the Kalypso beach, which is also known as the Pirate’s Fjord.
Don’t head to Kalypso expecting sand – it’s a narrow rocky inlet with incredibly clear water, some of the best for snorkelling we’ve seen anywhere in the world.
Check out more of our Crete articles by following the links below:
Pink Beaches In Crete – discover the magical pink sand beaches of Crete
Falassarna Beach – a little unheralded, but one of the best beaches in Greece and the whole Mediterranean
Balos Beach Crete – perhaps the most famous Crete beach of all, a gorgeous beach with a lagoon on one side and the turquoise Mediterranean on the other
Elafonissi Beach – the magnificent remote series of pink beaches in the south-west corner of Crete