Triopetra is located about 52km south of Rethymno and 13km southeast of the village Akoumia, at the foot of the mountain Siderotas and next to dense green olive groves. It can be accessed by car, through the paved roads that start from Akoumia or Sachtouria. It is the central part of the vast beachfront, called Akoumiani Gialia, i..e Akoumian Beach. This is named like this because the wider area of Triopetra was once the winter “refuges” of Akoumia village residents, who had built small cottages to spend the night near their lands. Today, the lucky Akoumians have repaired the cottages near the stunning beach.
Triopetra consists mainly of two beaches, which are separated by a small peninsula. At the edge of the peninsula, in the sea, three majestic rocks rise. Triopetra is named after these rocks, since it means “Three Rocks”.
The first beach, known as Small Triopetra (or Koumado), is located in a closed sandy and rocky bay, south of the three rocks. In its southern edges Akoumianos River empties, which separates it from the magical beach of St. Paul Sandhills. On the beach there are a few rooms and taverns, and umbrellas are offered. Here is the small harbor of the area, in the southeast part of the beach, called Stomio. 1km northeast of this beach, you can visit the amazing chapel of Prophet Elias, on a high hill, overlooking Triopetra area.