Skiadaki is a tiny and spectacular beach situated at the end of the unspoiled gorge of Kakoperatos. This beach is located 66 kilometers south of Heraklion and 10 kilometers south of Achendrias village, on the eastern side of the Asterousia Mountains. It is one of the most isolated beaches of Crete and is comprised of beautiful pebbles, surrounded by towering cliffs.
The primary way of accessing this wonderful beach is by boat, but if you choose to explore on foot, then you can reach the beach by trekking around an hour west of Agios Nikitas monastery and crossing two small gorges at Petrigiari area. The area is also suitable for fishing. Furthermore, if you have the opportunity to come by boat, you should take a walk in the gorge and appreciate the picturesque landscape, right up till the dead end with falls that become dry in summer.
The name Skiadaki translates to small shade, as the dark bottom of the gorge is shaded by the tall cliffs, meaning that you don’t need an umbrella when visiting this beach. You will find shade all day long.