Colorful Gála Beach, Greece’s Magical Sea Pool



Gala Beach from above. At times of high water, the ”pool” is flooded, and the water takes on a shimmering, pearly character. Photo by i-efimerida

Gála Beach is a largely unknown beach on Greece’s Ano Koufonissi island in the Aegean Sea.

Many people know the three islands known as Koufonissia (Ano Koufonissi, Kato Koufonissi and Keros) for their spectacular beaches and their untouched natural character, as they are for the most part off the radar screen for mass tourism.

Even fewer are those who have ever heard of Gála Beach, a true miracle of nature, which offers a rare spectacle due to its unique geomorphology.

Gála Beach is comprised of a massive white-washed rock which the waters of the Aegean have sculpted into intriguing shapes throughout the centuries.

This natural rocky sculpture has created a tiny beach inside the very rock, creating a natural ”swimming pool” of sorts, which takes on some of the most spectacular colors, depending on the weather and the sunlight.

The waves which crash onto the outer side of the cliff manage somehow to come under it as well, and they flow through it to the other side, forming a pool full of sea water enclosed by the rocky ”walls” of the island’s terrain.

Due to the white sand of the area and the color of the rock, the water that comes into this natural pool sometimes takes on a shimmering, pearly tone which is also similar to the color of milk.

This is why the beach is called Gála, since ”gála” (γάλα) in Greek means ”milk.”

One can find Gala Beach by foot, near the beach of Pori, and if he or she is lucky enough to find it without other visitors, then the experience is guaranteed to be unique, and completely unforgettable!