Polyrizos (Rodakino) Beach
On the south coast and approximately 46km from Rethymno, just 3km away from the small village of Rodakino, you will find the beautiful beach of Polyrizos. Its clean, shallow waters, along with nice sand and a calm sea make Polyrizos suitable for children of all ages. That said, do not expect to find a level of organization or comfort similar to that offered in most beaches on the north coast.
At Polyrizos, the only things you will find are a few umbrellas and trees for shade. Right above the beach there are some rooms to rent, a few small tavernas, a mini market and dense olive trees. On the west side of the beach, there is a big hill named Kastelos that reaches into the mainland. If you enjoy calmness and isolation, it is well worth paying a visit: each of the beaches of south Crete has their own color and a special wild beauty that won’t be found anywhere else.
Families should know
- The landscape on your way to Rodakino is very nice. The village is situated at the exit of a gorge that comes down from Mount Kryoneritis
- Due to the fact that the wider area has not been developed for tourism, if you decide to visit the beaches near Polyrizos you should be well prepared. It is wise to take a portable beach umbrella with you—and don’t forget your hats!
- The temperature of the sea in the south is usually lower compared to beaches in the north. In the summer, this makes for a wonderfully cool dip, but at other times of year, you may find the sea water a little bit too bracing
- The sea in the south coast of Crete is not as wavy as on the north coast. However, the wind can cause a sand storm . Should this occur while you visit, we recommend retreating to a nearby taverna.
Kids will love
Playing on the sand—especially with the many little pebbles dotted around
Parents will love
The absolute serenity coupled with the wild scenery that dominates the surrounding landscape
Best season to visit