Skinias is the name not only of the beach, but of a larger region, 4 kms south-east of Palekastro, between the beaches of Hiona and Karoumes.
The quickest way to reach Skinias is along a dirt road starting from the settlement Agathias, 1 km eastern from Palekastro to the Plativola area and the little temple of Agios Spyridon.
The distance from Agathias to the church is about 2-3 kms. You can drive there, but the area is paled with barbwires by the herdsmen. There are some gates made by barbwires, where you are allowed to enter and reach your destination.
From the church of Agios Spyridon you will have to walk the
next 1.5 kms.
The area is very beautiful and you will enjoy the
landscape especially before you reach the beaches, where the view is unlimited to the east.
The feature of the area is the perfect peace and seclusion
and you will surely enjoy your swimming in the clear blue waters of eastern Crete.
The seashore around the area is wild and rocky, so the two beaches impress the human sight with their beauty.
The beaches are only two and small, but the one (northern) is sandy and the most suitable for swimming. The second one (southern) has pebbles. The distance between these two beaches is almost 200 m
There are among them amazing shapes of rocks and the area is known to those who love scuba diving and also for salt collection at the early summer months.
The sea there is full of fish and the natives are used to fish there.
Your sight will combine the deep blue of the sea with the dark colours of the cretan mountains and your body will enjoy the swimming.
The only disadvantage is the lack of shadow, which is necessary
at noon time, as the uphill way of return will try your physical condition.
From the pebbled beach of Skinias, there is a signed path, relatively easy, which will lead you to the terrific beach of Karoumes and the area of the homonymous gorge, after 45-60 minutes of walking.
More information and photos from the above excursion, you can meet here