AGIA ROUMELI, CRETE
Agia Roumeli, Crete, is a remote gem of a village with an excellent beach that awaits you right at the end of Samaria Gorge.
Agia Roumeli, Crete, is a tiny remote village that has no paved roads leading to it. You can get to Agia Roumeli by boat from other picturesque villages of South Crete like Sougia, Paleochora and Chora Sfakion.
Agia Roumeli, Crete, lies in an enviable location, at the southern end of Samaria Gorge. Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe and one of the biggest travel attractions of Chania prefecture and Crete.
Agia Roumeli used to be a small isolated village with fishing being the main occupation of the locals. However, Samaria Gorge and tourism has changed all that.
Today, although Agia Roumeli is one of the few villages of Chania prefecture and South Crete that don’t have a paved road leading to them, it is also renowned all over Europe and the world due to the Samaria Gorge and the hundreds of thousands of visitors that arrive in the village through the gorge every year. As a result, today you can find a good range of amenities for travellers like cafes and taverns by the beach and a mini market. You can also find some rooms for rent and sun beds and parasols in Agia Roumeli beach.
Agia Roumeli, Crete, and your creative isolation
Agia Roumeli is a magnet to visitors from every corner of the world who enjoy calm holidays and isolation and want to come closer to nature. Many of the visitors in the area stay in Sougia, Crete, and visit Agia Roumeli by boat in order to practice active isolation.
The best time of the day to visit the village and the beach is in the morning or in the evening. At those times you can truly experience the real heart and soul of Agia Roumeli.
During noon, however, due to Agia Roumeli’s special location at the end of Samaria Gorge, the crowds of the visitors to the gorge arrive in the village. And Agia Roumeli for some hours is transformed to a small coastal resort in South Crete, until the hundreds of the gorge visitors leave in the evening, most of them for Chania city.
The beach of Agia Roumeli, Crete, is a beach to remember
Agia Roumeli with its remoteness makes for a fine day at the beach. The beach itself is one of the best in Southwest Crete, with its crystal clear water and its small pebbles. Agia Marina beach is a quiet beach in Chania prefecture that rewards every visitor.
As is the case with every beach in South Crete, if you want (even) more calm and quiet, all you have to do is move towards the end of the village - especially the west end. The beach in front of Agia Marina village is ideal if you want to have a couple of amenities near you, like cafes, taverns, sun beds and parasols.
When in Agia Marina, the beach in front of the village is not your only choice for swimming: To the east of the village, there is the known beach of Agios Pavlos, where you can easily get by boat.
Agia Roumeli and the long history of the name of the village
Once upon a time, near the today’s village of Agia Roumeli, Crete, used to be the ancient city of Tara. Tara, a city that was originally founded by ancient Greeks, was a known religious center during the Roman period, due to its temple of the Roman goddess Roumilia. Centuries later, when Christianity came to Crete, a church was built at the place where the temple of Roumilia used to be. The church was dedicated to St. Roumilia, or Agia Roumilia in Greek. Through the centuries, the name of the church finally became Agia Roumeli, which also became the name of the village of Agia Roumeli, Crete.