Skaleta and Sfakaki
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1. Skaleta and Sfakaki December 19, 2010 19:36

Skaleta beachfront starts 11km east of Rethymno and stretches 3km to the east. It is the last part of the vast beach of the Gulf of Rethymno.

The first beach after Pighianos Kampos is Sfakaki, a very well organised resort. Following, after 1km you'll meet Stavromenos, named after the homonym settlement of the region. After another 1km, you’ll meet the last part of the vast beachfront of East Rethymnon, Skaleta. The beaches are generally sandy and very well organized, with some parts that have pebbles and small rocks. As you head east, towards Scaletta, the sand strip gets narrower and fading out, till it disappears in the end of the Rethymno Gulf.

Like all north-coast beaches, Skaleta beachfront is open to the winds, and is usually wavy. The surrounding area has developed in the recent years, being now full with large hotels and touristic amenities. There are frequent bus services from Rethymno to Sfakaki, Stavromenos and Skaleta.

During summer nights, from May to September, Caretta caretta sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand of the Gulf. So, it is usual to see small parts of beach being blocked and not accessible by visitors.