Macherida Beach

Macherida Beach is a secret, peaceful spot close to Chania, offering a unique escape. Located (open in google maps) to the east of Chania, it’s within easy reach of both Kalathas Beach and Tersanas. This charming spot stretches 27 meters in length and is about 5 meters wide from the shoreline to the first rocks. Essentially, it provides a snug 135 square meters of sandy beach.


What to expect

If the main sandy area feels a bit crowded, or if you’re just looking for a different vibe, there’s a great alternative. Simply shift your gaze towards the right as you face the sea, heading north. This part, with its rockier terrain, still offers inviting spots for relaxation. Plus, it provides easy access to the clear waters for those eager to take a dip. The blend of sandy shores and rocky edges at Macherida caters to a variety of preferences, from sunbathing to swimming or snorkeling.

Moreover, Macherida Beach embraces a naturist-friendly philosophy, welcoming those who prefer to experience the beach in its most natural state.Alongside its LGBTQ+ friendliness, Macherida Beach stands out as a destination that celebrates diversity and openness.



How to get to Macherida beach

Reaching Macherida Beach from Chania is straightforward, whether by car or by private boat. Here’s how you can navigate your way to this secluded beach:

Clickable Map of Chania to Macherida route


By car

Macherida is on the northwest side of the Akrotiri peninsula. It’s about 14km from the center of Chania, roughly a 30-minute drive. The journey to Macherida Beach is comfortable, thanks to the asphalted roads leading almost all the way. However, after passing Tersanas, be prepared to reduce your speed. The road narrows and twists for the final 5 minutes of the drive.



Upon reaching the end of the road, you’ll find a spot where you can park by the side of the road. From there, a path leads you to the beach. This path, with its rocky terrain, takes about 5 minutes to navigate on foot. It’s a short trek, but the unique beauty of Macherida Beach waiting at the end makes it absolutely worth it.



By boat

The most stress-free way to visit Macherida Beach is by taking a private boat from Chania Old Port. The journey covers 5 nautical miles, translating to a quick 10-minute cruise on a private motorboat from Chania.

Upon arrival, you can anchor close to the shore. This option gives you the opportunity to either swim directly from the boat or make your way to the beach. Additionally, this method of travel provides the unique chance to sightsee. You can also make stops at several other nearby beaches, including Tersanas, Aspres Bay, Pavlaki, and Kalathas.



For those seeking a more hands-on experience, self-driving a small motorboat (no license required) offers an adventurous choice. On the other hand, renting a sailing boat brings an added dimension of relaxation and discovery to your journey, allowing you to immerse yourself in the maritime beauty of the area.




In essence, Macherida Beach masterfully combines the tranquility of a secluded spot with opportunities for exploration and adventure. Whether you’re in the mood to relax on the sand or find a cozy corner among the rocks for a swim, Macherida has something special for every visitor.

For those looking to enhance their experience, Seaze the Day offers private boat tours to Macherida, providing a distinct and memorable way to discover this hidden gem. Contact us to organize a private tour that includes this secluded spot.

You can also check out our other private cruises listed above that visit Macherida, ensuring your journey is as exclusive as it is unforgettable.


Tours that go to Macherida Beach