Located just a thousand meters from world famous Elafonissi, Kedrodasos Beach is one of Crete’s most amazing natural beaches. Lined with little juniper trees and by sand dunes, this mostly undiscovered beach is nothing short of amazing.
Covered with what has been mistaken as a cedar forest, ergo the name Kedrodasos (or cedar forest) the lonely beach is a favorite of naturists. The forest covers about 110 acres, and the dunes are protected from the winds that haunt Elafonissi and other western Crete beaches. The European Path E4 crosses the seaside wonder, but there are no facilities for beachgoers who want umbrella drinks and taverna service.
This is Crete at its best, unspoiled and unlittered, one of the last true European paradises waiting for swimmers, sunbathers, kitesurfers, and hikers. Be advised though, the small trees on the beach belong to the species of “Juniperus oxycedrus” and “Juniperus phoenicea” – which are very delicate. Please treat them with respect and care.
To get to Kedrodasos Beach look for a small road to the left about 500 meters before you reach Elafonisi. The tiny road is paved part of the way, but the last stretch is dirt. Make the first turn left when you see some greenhouses on your right, then make the next left. After a short distance you’ll see a stone wall: Continue straight and take the next right, followed by a left to the car park area. From the main road, the beach is about 2.5 kilometers. The map above should offer some help.
While there are no tavernas or other facilities right on the beach, you will find plenty of eating spots at nearby Elafonissi. As for accommodations, we recommend local villas via Airbnb, or the hotels of Kissamos, Platanias, and Chania to the north. A little farmhouse we found only a few minutes away is inexpensive and a perfect location for exploring the far west of the island. You can also look on TripAdvisor to find wonderful accommodations nearby. Be advised though, in peak season these places go fast and for top prices.