The beautiful beach has smooth pebbles and crystal clear cool water, because of the stream of water that runs through the village and onto the beach. It’s surrounded by high cliffs and rocks, so there are always places with shade to hang out on a hot day, or to have a little nap in between swimming.
There are several ways to get there. There is a road leading to Maridaki, but it is a very long and rugged dirt road that begins 15km north of Maridaki, before the village Ahedrias. The road passes among the towering cliffs and wild rocks of Asterousia Mountains. Much easier is to drive to Tsoutsouros and from there walk to Maridaki on a beautiful path passing through a fantastic landscape with wild carob trees, caves, dry grassland and beautiful views of the sea. Halfway lies the mysterious cave Drakospilia (Dragon’s Cave). It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to walk.
Maridaki is only 5 minutes by boat from Tsoutsouros, so if you are lucky enough to know someone with a boat, who is already there, and can come and get you, it’s a fantastic and fast way to get there. ( I am that lucky) It’s also possible to get a local from Tsoutsouros to bring you there, for a (small) fee of course; just ask around a bit.
Maridaki is mostly visited by the locals and so it is never crowded. The little village has three tavernas, two next to the beach and one at the back of the village below 200 year old plane trees, just beyond the little church of Saint Panteleimo, with really good food.
Maridaki and the road there (by car ánd by boat) are much recommended!
Driving to Tsoutsouros takes about an hour (or a little more) from Myrtos. The road is beautiful, especially the last part that goes up and down steeply, and gives amazing views inland and towards the sea.