Enjoy the silence at Triopetra Beach
South Rethymno District
Triopetra - 3 Rocks
Triopetra, a long, wide spread beach located in the south of Rethymno district. Triopetra literally translates into English as Three Rocks. The beaches are divided into two parts: small Triopetra and main Triopetra beach. Right in between you will find the astonishing presentation of three rocks that protrude from the ocean. Not only the diverse earthy colors but also their layered formation of tectonic plates leave an imposing impression. To get to Triopetra, follow the main road from Rethymno city leading to the south area of the district. You want to look out for a village called “Akoumia”. This is where you will turn to the right directing to “Rodakinokampos”, the last village before arriving at main Triopetra beach. At Triopetra you will find two tavernas also offering sunbeds and umbrellas. Nonetheless, main Triopetra beach is huge, compared to the numerous Greek bays, which is why you will never feel cramped. Free camping is not allowed at Triopetra beach. However it is tolerated to stay overnight with a sleeping bag only. Check out the caves close to the Three Rocks for shadowy spots, enjoy impressive sunsets and an endless view across the Libyan sea!
SIDE INFO: LOCAL FOOD DELIGHT
“Taverna Pirgos”, a Greek traditional restaurant located in between the villages “Pale” and “Armeni”, round about 15 km south of Rethymno city, is a great opportunity to taste some real local flavors. Check out on your way back to Rethymno city! Cretan recommendation: try some local goat or sheep dishes since farming practices are based on free animal husbandry on the mountains!
Be active and climb along the “Three Rocks”. When you reach a point on the rocks looking in the direction of the beach next to Triopetra (the other beach’s name is “Small Triopetr”) you will find crystalized salt in gaps. While sea water crashes on the rocks along the cliff, small amounts remain in rock wholes. Due to the heat the water evaporates. Therefore sea salt is left behind in shape of large flakes. In Greek this phenomenon is called alykes.