Seitan Limania (“Ports of Satan”) is a remote sandy beach nestled in a canyon leading out to the sea, located on the northeast side of the Akrotiri peninsula, on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It’s one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.
The road to this well-hidden beach, also known as Stefanou Beach, is paved and surrounded by rock formations. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. If in doubt, take a boat. The curvy road is a bit steep, but if you have driven mountain roads before you should be fine. Starting from Akropoli, the winding road is 2.7 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 198 meters. The average gradient is 7.33%.
Placed between rocky cliffs, the road to this beach has many hair-raising hairpin bends. Surrounded by rock formations, the beach is crowded in during peak season. There is a snack bar along the road before you drop down to Seitan Limania. It can deliver to the beach.
The road was recently paved. During the drive to this hidden jewel of wild beauty, you will have the privilege of admiring the grandeur of Crete's nature. The asphalt road descends abruptly, ending at a parking area that serves the beach. Make sure to put the handbreak on when you park the car on the parking. You can also put some stones in front of the tires just in case.
Pic: Hao Li