Glyka Nera Crete: The name Glyka Nera means Sweet Waters. The beach is called like this because when someone digs a hole in the sand, sweet water appears from the ground. The beach is very beautiful and the water is pristine.
Nudism and camping are allowed.This secluded beach is located close to Sfakia, on the southern side of the island. It is reached through a track road, on foot or by boat.
Glyka Nera (meaning “sweet water”) is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, with deep blue water color and nice pebbles. In 2003, the beach was ranked among the best 20 in Europe by London Times. This is located 43km west of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania. This is called like this because of the fresh water that gushes from the pebbles!
Generally, the only way to access Glyka Nera is by boat. However, for extremer and adventurous people, there is a path leading here from Chora Sfakion (takes 30′) and another tougher path from Loutro (takes 60′ and hiking near the edge is quite stressful). Despite stressful views, the path is safe as it is frequently conserved by the local authorities, as it a part of the European E4 footpath.
There is a small rough tavern on the beach that sells food, cold beverages and beds. You don’t need to have water with you, since the water from spring is potable. Sea water is generally cold because of the springs, even in midsummer. There are several tamarisk trees on the beach, offering their valuable shade. If you have the opportunity, you should visit Glyka Nera.