If you don’t want to drive out of Chania city but you do want to swim and sunbathe, Kum Kapi is a good beach to visit. It is not organized, so come prepared: bring beach essentials and a good supply of water. Although the locals don’t trust swimming here, because the water was dirty in the past, the swimming conditions are excellent today due to a cleaning effort by the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority of Chania.
The beach takes its name from the Turkish phrase Kum Kapisi, which means “gate of sand.” You’ll find it in the Bedouins district, under the pedestrian road, along Akti Miaouli. Here you will also find several bars and clubs too if you want to linger past your beach time for a late night out.