Unknown Beaches of Crete: Ravdoucha



    A natural pool formed by the sea, Ravdoucha.

    The Cretan village of Ravdoucha is, according to many, one of the most traditional places in the solitary Rodopos Peninsula. Located on the western part of the island, 21 km from the city of Chania.

    Ravdoucha is a small, beautiful village, counting a little more than 130 inhabitants, it is located on a rather elevated position, on top of a hill from where it is possible to admire a fantastic view of the Gulf of Kissamos, while there is a wonderful beach nearby.

    Its name comes from the Greek term ravdi, closely related to the word ravdizei which describes the winds affecting the area, normally ideal to practice snorkeling.

    Jumping into the Cretan sea, Ravdoucha (Photo credits Ravdoucha Beach Studios).

    The village is still not famous for mass tourism, which confers the area a touch of peace and tranquility. Still, many Cretans adore visiting Ravdoucha and especially the unique shore. Here, high cliffs and rocks make it a perfect place for fishing.

    In the area, it is possible to find a few authentic Cretan tavernas hidden among the olive groves that populate the place. Even when there are no shops in Ravdoucha, the traditional kafenio is the perfect place to sit for a coffee or a shot of raki; the local spirit, and experience the quiet pace of life on the villages of the island.

    Ravdoucha beach and its rock formations (Photo Credits, Elizabeth Estate Agent)

    The seafront of Ravdoucha is magnificent. It’s made of steep mountains and unique rock formations. Along the beach, it is also possible to visit the picturesque church of Saint Onoufrios, built into a rock next to the sea.

    In the northmost part of the area, it is possible to find a quiet sandy beach known as Neratzia, it has a tiny pier and one small taverna.

    Ravdoucha beach and its rock formations (Photo Credits, Elizabeth Estate Agent).