Akoumiani Gyalia is located around 55km south of Rethymno and is a vast beachfront starting next to the small resort of St. Paul and extending for many kilometers to the northwest, up to Keramiani Gyalia. It's name means Akoumian Beach, taken after the village Akoumia (11km northeastern).
At the southest part of this vast beachfront, at the west side of the peninsula Melissa and south of Triopetra beach you will find one of the most amazing beaches of crete, called St. Paul Sandhills. The beach is formed between the edge of Melissa Cape and the Akoumianos River, southeast of Stomio area.
Akoumiani Gyalia, perhaps the most beautiful beach of Rethymnon, is a fantastic bay in a wild and majestic scenic landscape with huge sand hills. There are few umbrellas (that’s all!), but you can find shade in the rocky caves shaped in the middle of the beach. Moreover, given its large size, Akoumiani Gyalia never seems busy and you can easily be nude. The beach has rich seabed and is ideal for snorkeling. Additionally, the water temperature never falls below 15 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for swimming throughout the year. The sunset of the area is stunning and the peaceful atmosphere has attracted a very good club of yoga and Tai Chi, with two of the best trainers in the world.