My Summer Vacation: Free Camping Under the Stars of Kedrodasos



Hey guys. It’s been quite a long time since I last sat down and wrote a blogpost and I know it’s mid October, but I felt the urge to share my summer holiday experiences with you. This summer was really special to me as I got to try something completely different to my usual type of vacation. I also experienced it with my most special people and created some unforgettable memories.

For those of you who don’t know, Crete is an island (quite big for an island actually) in Southern Greece. It has some of the most beautiful beaches, especially in the southern side of the island. I am a huge lover of Crete and it is not the first time I visit it, however it’s the first time I visit it in the summertime.

Our trip started in Chania, where we spent our first two days and did all the “must do”, “must see” touristy things. We visited Balos and Elafonisi which are two of the most popular beaches in Crete and a “must” for all first timers. I don’t have much to say about them, except from the fact that they are truly beautiful and capturing. Of course, August is not really the best time to visit them as it is so hot and crowded.

balos chania crete

But the real thing starts now…our third day we began our roadtrip to the southern side of the island (still in Chania) where we visited one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Kedrodasos (Cedar Forrest) is exactly what the name says; a forest full of cedar trees ON THE BEACH. Of course we had to camp there, which was a completely new experience for me. When I was younger I could never try camping, as I was too afraid and disgusted by bugs and dirt. I still am but at least now I was able to put it aside and start experiencing new things.

Kedrodasos is a regular spot for free campers so we had to spend enough time on finding a good spot for our tents. By the time we got there it was almost dark so we couldn’t see much of the place. At last we decided to place them on the east side of the beach, under a few trees that would be our shade during the first morning hours. The next day we woke up and while we were drinking our morning coffee outside of our tents we saw some people walking in front of us and swimming naked. We realised we had camped on the nude free side of the beach, which turned out to be the best thing we could have done. My best friend Maria and I did not hesitate to take our tops off and dive in, while the boys seemed a little more hesitant, at first. That’s also something I had never tried before, even though I always wanted to. The next two days were the most exciting, relaxing and liberating days of my life.


I had never felt that free before. I spent the whole day on the beach, relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, and on top of everything, naked. Ughh, such an unbelievable experience!
The nightime was really amazing as well. Everything was so quiet and peaceful. It was quite windy but the night sky was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen; so many stars, literally taking my breath away.

When we layed down in our tents, I decided to keep the side window open so that I could watch the sky and feel the wind before I go to sleep. I had the most peaceful and relaxing sleep of my life. The wind was rocking our tent, passing through and tickling my ear like it was whispering to me. I finally fell asleep to the sound of the waves.

I can’t describe you the intensity of my feelings during those two days. They literally changed my life. It was like I finally found purpose. I know this may all sound so silly but I am assuring you I am not exaggerating.

Unfortunately we could not stay for more than two days but I am definitely returning back to that place one day.

The rest of our trip was pretty exciting but nothing compare to that. We got to visit Preveli beach in Rethymno, and the rest of our days we stayed in Aghios Nikolaos, which is on the other side of the island.

preveli rethymno crete

The whole trip was very joyful and we spent a lot of time on the road, visiting different areas of the island. However, if you are like me who had never camped in the countryside before, or even if you are a regular free camper and you are planning on visiting Greece someday, please do yourself a favor and go to Kedrodasos. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Oh and don’t forget to take a swim on the east side of the beach. It’s liberating!!!


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