Agios Pavlos sand dunes

Agios Pavlos sand dunes beach in south Rethymno, Crete
Agios Pavlos sand dunes beach in south Rethymno, Crete

Located at the southern tip of Melissa Cape, near the village of Agios Pavlos, lies the Agios Pavlos Sand Dunes beach, also known as Alatsogremnos (salt cliffs) by locals. This impressive beach boasts a long stretch of soft sand (almost 1 km) backed by towering sand dunes, reaching heights of 25-30 meters.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Facilities are limited.
  • The climb back up the dunes after a swim can be tiring, especially in the hot sun.
  • The beach can be exposed to strong westerly winds which are common.

Getting There:

There are two main access points to the beach:

  • From the village of Agios Pavlos, a 10-minute walk leads to the western side of the beach.
  • Alternatively, a road starting near the village ends at a plateau above the beach. From there, a steep and fun descent down the dunes leads to the beach (beware of hot sand though).


  • Long, sandy beach with calm waters, perfect for swimming and relaxing.
  • Dramatic sand dunes offering a unique landscape and climbing challenge.
  • Crystal-clear waters with rich marine life, ideal for snorkeling.
  • Peaceful atmosphere attracting yoga and Tai Chi enthusiasts.
  • Stunning sunsets, best viewed from Thronos peak (300m) or the beach itself.
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