A further 10 minute drive will bring you to this wonderful sweep of golden sand.
At first glance you see a concrete car park and often there are camper vans
parked along the edge.
However, by walking a little way down the beach you soon find yourself wandering
along an empty and beautiful beach backed by natural scrub and trees.
Hrisi Ammos (Golden Sands)
This is a wonderful sandy
beach backed by small sand dunes and scrubby bushes. The sand shelves very
gently into the sheltered water, an ideal beach for young children.
This long sweep of sandy beach faces south and nestles in the arms of the
of the Mani and Messinian County. It is about a 15 minute drive and is
favourite beach. The area we go to even has a small river flowing out into
and in the early summer evenings we have heard nightingales singing in the
the river bank. It is an amazingly beautiful and peaceful location, backed
farmland. There is an area of Eucalyptus trees for shade if the sun is too
hot, but the
gentle breeze usually keeps the temperature on this beach comfortable. At
one end there
is a beach bar which is open in high summer.
When we first visited the area
in February 2004, we found the beaches amazing- great sweeps
of sand with stunning views and not a soul on them. When we returned in
July/August, we expected the beaches to be just as beautiful but full of people.
We were astonished to find them just as empty as they had been in February!
Without a doubt, the quality and variety of nearby beaches is probably the
most compelling reason to visit the area, though there are many others.
Below is a sample of just a few of the very many nearby beaches all within
starting with the nearest.
There are two beaches in our
local village of Kalamaki. One,Kalamaki Beach, is very small and the other
is a marvellous sandy beach backed by low cliffs and with a lovely view
across to the Mani on the far side of the bay. The beach is 5 minutes drive
and 25 minutes walk.
This beach is famous for
being the most beautiful beach in Greece! it is an amazing horseshoe
shaped beach with a lagoon behind it, making one of the most unusual and
dramatic settings for a beach you are ever likely to see. There are two
ways of approaching the beach. You can park in a small car park right at
the end of the road that backs Hrisi Ammos beach. You can walk up to
Paleokastro from here and from the old castle you will get the best view
of Voidokilia beach. Alternatively you can walk an easy path alongside
the lagoon, pausing to watch the wildlife as you go. This walk takes you
about half an hour and brings you to some large sand dunes at the back
of the beach.
Chrani (Hranoi) Beach
A ten minute drive will bring
you to the long sandy beach at nearby Chrani. This
beach has several bars and cafes and you can rent sun loungers and sun
umbrellas if you wish. It tends to have a few more people on it than most of the other local
other approach takes a little finding driving down the narrow country
lanes to the Northern end of the beach, but there you will find a large
car park and you can walk straight onto the beach.
Because of its reputation, this beach can get quite busy in high season,
but is still quiet outside of August and the end of July.
These are just a handful of
the beaches in the area, there are many more, and the link given
to you for the panoramic views shows many others also within
easy reach. But to really see the beaches you need to be here!
A half an hour easy and
very pretty drive will take you to the west coast and its beaches,
there we have several marvellous beaches.