After numerous autumn holidays in the Canary Islands we decided on a complete change for 2015 and booked a two-week break at Vritomartis, our first visit to the beautiful island of Crete.
After a scenic trip over the cloud shrouded mountains from Chania we glimpsed our destination far below – Vritomartis, an oasis in the beige barren landscape. The friendly welcome and thirst quenching orange juice gave us an early taster of the kindness of the Sfakian people that we would experience over the next two weeks.
Our bungalow was beautifully located with stunning views from the balcony of the sparkling Libyan Sea and the island of Gavdos is the distance.
A trip along the wild west coast of Sfakia which is only accessible by boat or hiking through the E4 path. After we leave Chora Sfakion you can enjoy our boat trip in the nude! Our first skinny dipping stop is Kalogeros (Monk) beach where we are all alone. Beautiful rock formations make snorkeling a must, so make sure to bring your masks and tubes! On our way to our next stop we approach the coast and you can have a view of the famous Samaria gorge. Next stop is St Paul beach with its 10th century Byzantine church and the beautiful pine forest. A tavern there can offer you some shade and a nice cold drink. After the second skinny dipping dive in the fresh water of St Paul we continue to the picturesque village of Loutro where we can enjoy our lunch. Last stop of our naturist boat trip is Sweet Water beach where we enjoy our last skinny dip! Make sure to shower with the cold clean water coming straight from the White Mountains. Keep in mind that the beaches we reach are wild and have no quay, so it is essential that you can swim a short distance to the shore. We will bring your camera, towels and whatever else needed in a waterproof bag. All you have to worry about is enjoying the sunshine and the sea bottom views!
We start on Thursdays at 8.00 from the hotel and our first stop is Loutro where we have some time for a drink. Afterwards we take the path and after 1 hour walk, enjoying the endless blue sea and sky, we arrive at Sweet Water beach. Sweet Water beach has springs of fresh ice-cold water coming straight from the White Mountains. The eastern part of the beach is naturist and there are Tamarix trees offering shade as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent. The tavern offers a variety of drinks as well as delicious food! We return with a private boat and we are back at the hotel around 12.45.