The island of Imeri Gramvousa is located 20km northwest of Kissamos, opposite the imposing Cape of Gramvousa and 2 miles northwest of the famous lagoon of Balos. Gramvousa is famous for its historical Venetian fortress, which still stands at a height of 137m, over the beach. The fort had also been used by pirates. One legend tells that there is a great treasure buried in the island. Also, the old wreck that was abandoned many years ago near the beach, has become an characteristic part of the landscape. On the south side of the island there are two large bays, with the wreck being between them. The west bay (below the castle) hosts hundreds of visitors daily, arriving here with excursion boats. Balos The famous lagoon of Balos is a shallow sandy beach formed between the Cape of Gramvousas the smallest Tigani cape. Balos is certainly the most photographed beach in Crete, a very favorite subject of all tourist guides in Greece. It is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and wonderful exotic landscape.
This is Falasarna beach one of the most famous beaches in Greece, which has been awarded in the past as the best beach in Crete and one of the 10 best beaches in Europe. Falassarna spans a very wide area and consists essentially of five consecutive beaches, with the two most central being the most favorite. The sand is white, giving the water a tropical color. Indeed, if you are lucky and get a day that is not blowing from the west, which is rare in Crete, then you will be enchanted by the sea and the turquoise waters.
The seaside village of Agia Marina is located just 9km west of Chania. It is one of the most popular resorts in Chania, with thousands of hotels and all types of touristic infrastructure. The village is named after the local church of Agia Marina. The Beach Agia Marina is fantastic with lovely sandy beaches. The west side, near the port of Platanias is full with small artificial bays, where you can swim. In the east part the beach, there is stunning sandy beach extending to Stalos. Along the shore, you will find all the services offered in a well organized beach.
(i.e. cross) is a seaside village located 17km northeast of Chania, at the northernmost edge of Cape Akrotiri. One characteristic feature of the area is the very steep camel-shaped mountain rising opposite the harbor of Stavros. The mountain is famous, because there were filmed scenes for the film “Zorba the Greek”, where Anthony Quinn danced the famous Sirtaki Dance in 1964. Then Stavros was a small fishing village. Today the region has become a major tourist resort with many hotels and important tourist infrastructures. The two beaches of the area have contributed to the development of the area.
Elafonisi beach is located 76km west of Chania and 5km south of Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, in the southwesternmost point of Crete. Elafonisi is an oblong, which often "breaks" in two parts by water giving the impression of being a separate island. Elafonisi is a Natura 2000 protected area. The island is full of dunes with sand lilies and jupiners (like-cedars trees). The endangered turtles careta careta and several rare animals nest on the island and it is strictly forbidden to remove any plants, animals and sand from the area.
Kedrodasos is an amazing beach located 76 km southwest of Chania and 1km west of the famous lagoon Elafonissi.
The beach of Krios is located about 10km west of Paleochora and 90km south of Chania, on the east side of Krios Cape. It is a lovely secluded beach with a length of about 1km, which is divided into three consecutive bays with fine pebbles and coarse sand.
The beach of Pacheia Ammos (i.e. Coarse Sand) is located on the west side of Paleochora, 79km south of Chania. Pacheia Ammos has been awarded with a blue flag, which confirms that this is a safe and clean beach.
Gialiskari is located 4km east of Paleochora and 80km South of Chania. The beaches are the westernmost beaches of the coasts of Paleochora, having an overall length of 18km. Gianiskari is actually a cluster of three adjacent peaceful beaches. The two first beaches in the west are shaped on the two sides of a short peninsula. These two beaches look west and east respectively. They have small pebbles and deep cool waters, while umbrellas are provided.
Sougia is a small village located 75km west of Chania, at the exit of the beautiful Gorge of Agia Irini. A favorite destination for hippies in the 70s', today it is a perfect choice for peaceful holidays in a beautiful landscape with all the basic amenities provided.
Agia Roumeli is a small secluded village, located 56km south of Chania, on a wide bay shaped at the exit of the Samaria Gorge. Thousands of visitors, descending the gorge, reach this place every day. Agios Pavlos( Sfakia) Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) is one incredible beach at Opiso Egiali area, 3km east of Agia Roumeli and 6km west of Loutro, in the exit of the wild Eligia Gorge. The beach is totally secluded from civilization, since the only possible to come here is by boat or by long trekking. The closest harbors are Agia Roumeli and Loutro. Walking from Agia Roumeli takes 50'-60', on an easy path that runs beside the sea.
Loutro is a small seaside village situated approximately 71 km south of Chania, at the end of Cape Mouri. It is believed that this was the site of the ancient city of Phoenix and was the ancient port of Anopolis. Later, it became a winter port for Chora Sfakion, due to the fact that the enclosed bay and the small island at its entrance create a natural harbor where ships can be safe even in very bad weather.
Glyka Nera (meaning "sweet water") is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, with deep blue water color and nice pebbles. In 2003, the beach was ranked among the best 20 in Europe by London Times. This is located 43km west of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania. This is called like this because of the fresh water that gushes from the pebbles! Iligas Iligas is an amazing turquoise-water sandy beach, 1km west of Chora Sfakion and 74km south of Chania. Iligas is located at the end of Kavi Gorge, that starts from Anopolis. There are two beaches, separated with a big cavy rock.
Agios Charalambos and Ammoudi
The adjacent coves of Agios Charalambos and Ammoudi are located next to the hotel of Vritomartis exclusively for nudists. They are located 1.5km east of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania, in an area with several adjacent pebbly beaches.
Fragokastelo (ie the castle of the Franks) is one of the most famous beaches of Crete, famous for the local Venetian castle on the beautiful beach and the legendary ghosts of Drosoulites. It is located 13km east of Hora Sfakion, 80km southeast of Chania, in a small valley south of the White Mountains. The main beach of Frangokastelo is truly magnificent, with sand and shallow turquoise waters, ideal for children. It is poorly organized and is quite busy. The only problem you may encounter is the often irritating winds coming from South, transporting the sand with strength. There are many rooms, restaurants, cafes and shops in the area, but the nearest ATM and hospital is located in Sfakia. West of the main beach you will find the long beach Vatalos, which is sandy and has pebbles and rocks in parts, making it ideal for snorkelling. Walking 300m east from the main beach for 10 minutes, you will find the magnificent beach of Orthi Ammos, famous for the large sand dunes.
Orthi Ammos is one spectacular sandy and shallow beach, next to Frangokastelo, located 80km south of Chania, at the edge of a big valley with very warm climate. The area is not overdeveloped, in contrary to the touristic area of Frangokastelo. It is famous for the big sand hills and dunes that have been shaped and the crystal clear waters. The beach is affected by south winds, but not too much. The east part of the beach is usually occupied by nudists. You can access the beach by either walking 10' from Frangokastelo or parking above the sand hills. Note that sand is very hot! The beach is very quiet, in comparison to Frangokastelo that is directly next to it. However, there are a very few accommodation and food amenities, but no sunbeds and water sport services. According to the legend, the sand of Orthi Ammos covered the unburried bodies of the 335 greek heroes that fought against Turks during the Battle of Frangokastello (17 May 1828). The spirits of these heroes are the legendary Drosoulites, the famous "ghosts" of Frangokastelo.
Gavdos is the amazing island where the shipwrecked Odysseus was welcomed the Calypso, the anchorage of travelers and traders from Africa and the pirates, the place of thousands of summer visitors. Episkopi beach Long, sandy beach west of Rethymno, partly organised.
Rethymno beach Organised sandy beach more than 20 km long, stretching from the town of Rethymno in an easterly direction towards the areas of Perivolia, Platanes, Adelianos Kampos, Skaleta. Panormo Beach This coastal village is situated 20 km east of Rethymno. It boasts an organised beach as well as a variety of tavernas, hotels and rooms right by the sea.
Nestling in the surrounding mountains of the bay of Bali you will find the coastal village of the same name 34 km east of Rethymno. Visitors may choose from which of the small inlets to enjoy bathing at organised beaches. The area offers a large number of tavernas, hotels and rooms.
Korakas beach This beach is also situated on the south coast, more precisely south of the village of Rodakino, 42km from Rethymno. The sandy beach of Korakas is organised and the area offers hotels, as well as a large variety of rooms and tavernas.
Souda Plakia Beach
Souda Plakia Beach Organised, sandy beach west of the village of Plakias. A few tavernas are situated close to the beach, where rooms are also available. Plakias Beach The village of Plakias is situated 40 km south of Rethymno. This resort boasts a superb sandy beach, and the well-organised infrastructure includes hotels, rooms, tavernas and restaurants. The organised beach offers both bathing and various water sports. Damoni Beach Organised sandy beach west of the village of Plakias and south of the town of Rethymno. It offers a few tavernas and rooms are also available.
Ammoudi Beach Small sandy beach near Damnoni not organised and fairly isolated. Preveli Beach 38km south of Rethymno, shortly before you arrive at the historic Monastery of Preveli, a track on the left hand side leads downhill to a parking place. After approximately 15-minutes downhill walk you arrive at the beautiful sandy beach with palm trees, where the River Kourtaliotis empties into the sea.
Triopetra Beach The beach of Triopetra, which was named after the three distinctive rocks in the sea, is situated approximately 50 km south of Rethymno. Follow the road to Aghia Galini and turn left after 40 km in the direction of Akoumia. Continue until you arrive at the huge sandy beach, which is not organised and fairly isolated.
Agia Galini Beach
Agia Galini Beach This resort is situated 58km south of Rethymno. Apart from the plentiful tourist infrastructure the village also boasts beautiful and clean beaches, which are situated in various picturesque inlets in the area. Mononautes From Mononaftis onwards, the landscape is more jagged and the cone-shaped mountains of Kouloukonas rise vertically to penetrate the sea abruptly, leaving precipitous, yet extremely impressive coasts behind them, thus creating an imposing wild landscape. At places, among the intended coasts, several exquisite beaches are formed. Some are unknown, some others unexploited ready to be explored by yachting lovers. However, some are organized with great dwelling and tourist infrastructures , since either tasteful hotel complexes or tourist settlements have been built at their hinterland.
Fodele village is among the most characteristic and most scenic ones. Lygaria Western of the city of Heraklion and at a distance of 20 kilometres lie the scenic beaches of Lygaria. These is renowned for the high quality hotel complexes and the nice fish taverns. Agia Pelagia Western of the city of Heraklion and at a distance of 20 kilometres lie the scenic beaches of Aghia Pelagia. These is renowned for the high quality hotel complexes and the nice fish taverns. Fodele Beach Fodele beach is located 26km northwest of Heraklion and just 3km north of the village Fodele, which is believed to be the birthplace of the painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, mainly known as El Greco. The National Road connecting Heraklion and Chania passes beside the beach. It's a nice sandy beach, exposed to north winds and protected on the east by Cape Stavros and on the west by the hill of Kastellos, on top of which there are ruins of an old fort. The beach of Fodele is formed at the exit of the river Pantomantris or Fodelianos.
Ammoudara Live an unforgettable experience on Crete during your holiday. You simply choose the style you prefer and enjoy shopping. There are many alternatives for all tastes. You will be excited with the wide array of products provided for you.
Amnissos Eastern of Heraklion, eight kilometres away from the centre of the city, lies Amnissos Beach, where there used to be a Minoan mansion. It was there that the famous fresco of the Lilies was found, currently exhibited in the Archaeological Museum. The lengthy beach of the area has significant modern entertainment infrastructures for bathing and other sea pleasures.
Island Dia Opposite the port of Heraklion lies the islet of Dia, where there is a Cretan wildgoat (kri-kri) farming facility. We can reach the island by boat from the port of Heraklion. Usually, there are organized daily trips to the area of Aghios Georgios, where there is a chaper bearing the same name, as well as a tavern serving delicious food. At the southern coast s of the islet, following the researches of the world-wide famous oceanographer Jack Yves Cousteau, important vestiges of shipwrecks dating back to the Minoan period and up to contemporary times have seen the light.
Chersonissos Hersonissos is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Crete, just 28km east of Heraklion. The main growth driver of the area is the beaches and the calm sea, which is rare in the northern coast of Crete. The calmer beaches are shaped in small coves located west of the port. East of the port there are the most popular beaches of the area, about which we will discuss here.
Malia is the most touristic resort of Crete, located 35km east of Heraklion. It is famous for its wild nightlife and the third largest Minoan palace in Crete. Malia could not get developed without its beaches. The beach of Malia is the eastern part of the vast beach (6km length) starting from Stalis (or Stalida). It is a wide beach with fine sand and shallow waters. The main beach of Malia is located in front of the town and is flooded by thousands of people. Thus, those who cannot stand the crowds and congestion prefer to go to the sandy beach located east of the port of Malia, very close to the site of the palace of Malia. The beach is known as Potamos (i.e. River), because a small stream flows in its east part, next to the wetland of Malia.
At the seaside settlement of Sisi and in a small natural harbour there is a small sandy beach near many hotel units. Milatos Η Milatos is a small village 16km east of Hersonisos, The Beach of Milatos is also the touristic area of the homonymous village. The small harbour is situated on the western side of this area, while on the eastern side there is a pebbled beach.
Mesara end Matala beaech
Right after Matala, we enter the zone of the lengthy coasts and beaches of Mesara. The erosional activity of Geropotamos for millions of years now has contibuted to the smoothing of the ground, a fact that also determines the geomorphology of the beaches here. A series of successive beaches with thin pebble, crystal-clear waters, scarce, tourist facilities, yet enough to serve the visitor without overwhelming the landscape. Those are the common features of a series of beaches, which are only different in name in most cases: Kommos, Kalamaki, Kokkinos Pyrgos.
Kommos (or Komos)
Kommos (or Komos) is located 66km southwest of Heraklion, just 2km north of Matala and close the seaside settlement of Kalamaki. It is actually the southernmost and the most isolated part of the huge beachfront of Mesara Bay. Kommos was once the port of Phaestus, so you can still see the ruins of the town, near the beach. You can access Kommos by driving in the road heading to Matala, till you see a sign to Kommos. Matala To the north of Vathy, we come across the world-wide famous beach of Matala. It is an arm of land made of porous stone, weathered by the fury of the waves, winds and saltiness. As a result, tenths of caves, caverns and hollows have been formed. The bay was chosen by the Minoans to become the harbour of Festos after the destruction of Kommos and the port of Gortys, during Roman times, when Gortys was chosen to be the capital of Crete by the Romans. During the 60's and 70's, Matala constituted the point of gathering for restless youth and rebels from all over the world, as was the movement of the Hippies during those times. Vestiges of those times are still to be found here, through the youth festivals that take place annually, gathering hundreds of young people from Crete and abroad.
The Red Beach
The Red Beach is located at location Moudia, 68km southwest of Heraklion and just 800m south of Matala famous resort. To get here you have to walk a trail that begins north of the settlement of Matala and crosses the hill north of Matala. There used to be some signs showing the way. In the beginning of the route you have to climb some rocks and in the final meters you have to descend a steep cliff, but it’s not particularly difficult. After walking 15-25 minutes from Matala and after passing a shepherd’s door (close it back, in order goats not to escape!) you will see the magnificent Red Beach from above. The view from the hill is great and is an ideal place for watching the sunset. Alternatively, if you do not want to hike, you can catch a boat from the Matala harbor. Martsalo The bay of Martsalo is also accessible on foot from the mountain, through the gorge or through the sea by yachting boat, ideal for the restless visitor. The clusters of palm trees that are arranged along the ravine-which is the natural gateway to the beach from the mountain- are an impressive feature of the area.
The well-hidden beach of Agiofarago lies at the mouth of the gorge that bears the same name. Moreover, it has been a place where heremites used to live, due to the numerous caves and caverns, used as sanctuaries or hermitages at times (hence: Aghiofarago= the Gorge of the Saints).
Aghios Antonios (Saint Antony) chapel, which lies some tenths of metres before the mouth of a stream that flows into the sea with its well permanently full of water where visitors quench their thirst, Igoumenospilio and Vourvoulitis, a doline with water that is connected with the open sea through underground passageways make up the features of this place, accessible only on foot from the mountain, or through the gorge, or even through the sea by yachting boat. Kali Limenes Several kilometres before the southwestern tip of the prefecture, Cape Lithino, the diverse geomorphology of the landscape shapes a series of beaches, among which Kali Limenes is the most famous one. Those beaches are so scenic, that the installation of a boat refueling station on an islet opposite Kali Limenes many years ago did not diminish their beauty, or the great number of visitors. Due to its location, Kali Limenes is rarely windswept, thus confirming the fact that place-names are given to places according to their natural features (hence: Kali Limenes = Good Harbours, havens). Lentas The complex of beaches we come across to the west are those of Lentas, which lies at the site of ancient Levina with its renowned sanctuary (hierateion) and the Temple of Asclepius, visible to visitors that approach the bay by car from a northern direction. The beach has offers sufficient restaurant and accommodation infrastructures and it is a summer resort, mainly for the locals. On the left and on the right of Lentas bay, there are numerous scenic coves, bays and pristine beaches with thin pebbles or smoothened coggles, which lend greyish-green hues to the deep waters of the seas. The most famous ones are Loutras, where an anchorage has been recently constructed for private tourist vessels. Besides, there is the beach of Trafoulas, the mouth of a small but marvellous gorge one needs to cross to reach this magnificent beach with the impressive vertical slopes, where tenths of climber groups practice all year round. Koudoumas Here, the edge of the mountain rises abruptly, while its erosion by the winter seas is obvious due to the numerous rocks that are scattered along the coastline, shaping a landscape of incontestable natural beauty. Virtually following the coastline at this point, the visitor has the chance to enjoy one of the most pristine areas of the prefecture of Heraklion. A barren, untouched landscape of red-coloured rocks, sometimes immerging into the deep blue of the sea, sometimes fusing into the vast blue of the sky, sometimes suddenly interrupted by green streaks of wild vegetation along the streams, which are engraved the barren mountain, startling us at some points with their palm-tree oases! This unique itinerary ends up in the cove of Cape Martelos, whose beauty certainly played a role in the selection of the area by the monks, in order to erect the beautiful Koudoumas monastery. The beach boasts its crystal-clear waters that become green as the disappear under the numerous marine coasts overwhelming the coast. Tsoutsouras If we take a western course, we enter the complex of bays that lie at the foot of Kofinas mountain. Tsoutsouros is the most famous of those beaches, popular with the locals from all over the prefecture, and very reknown for its delicious fish served at its taverns. Next to it lies Maridaki, a scenic settlement that is well hidden in the ravines of the mountain, which enjoys a serene, pristine beach. A little more western, after a 15-minutes walk, when we go past the colourful monastery of Aghios Nikitas, due to its numerous flowers, we arrive at one of the most beautiful beaches of the prefecture, Aghios Nikitas beach.
Dermatos is located 64km southeast of Heraklion and 4km east of Tsoutsouras. It is formed in a small valley on the western banks of the river Anapodaris. Traces of a Minoan settlement have been found in the area.
Keratokambos is a small seaside resort situated 72km southeast of Heraklion, a few miles east of Tsoutsouras and Viannos. Keratokambos, with the nearby village of Kastri, have become a new tourist destination during the last years, because more and more visitors come to the area and enjoy the beautiful shores. Indeed, in front of the village of Keratokambos a vast beach, several kilometers long, stretches to both directions.
Arvi is a large seaside village located 79km southeast of Heraklion and 35km west of Ierapetra, in a large valley formed in front of the imposing Gorge of Arvi. It is built on the location of the homonym ancient Arvi. Sidonia Sidonia (or Syndonia or Kato Psari) is located 89km southeast of Heraklion, inside a large valley, 9km east of Viannos and 1km south of the village Psari Forada (or Mesa Psari). This is also called Psari Forada, after the nearby village. It is believed to be situated on the site of the ancient town of Sidonia. It was originally the seaside village of fishermen and farmers coming from the village Kalami, situated 9km northern. Psari Forada and Sidonia are hidden in the hug of a deep valley that runs with a small stream.
Plaka is located 16km north of Agios Nikolaos, opposite the entrance of the lagoon of Korfos (or lagoon of Elounda), in one of the most beautiful places of Crete. A feature of Plaka is the wonderful views of the island Kalydon, on where the famous fortress of Spinalonga stands. Spinalonga operated as a leper hospital during the first half of the 20th century. The island can be reached primarily by boat from Elounda and Plaka. Indeed, Plaka existence is highly linked to Spinalonga, as the settlement was built for serving the leper colony.
Elounda The visitor can enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the beaches of Elounta, nine of which are awarded a Blue Flag each year by the European Union. Karavostasi A fully organized municipal beach for refreshing swimming and fun on the sand. It is shortly before the entrance of Kalo Horio andit is surrounded by salt cedars, carob trees and olive trees. Agios Panteleimonas In the cente of Kalo Horio is located the beautiful beach of Agios Panteleimon.
Voulisma beach The largest municipal beach of Kalo Horio. It is a large clean sandy beach for those who like resting and having fun on the sand. It gathers thousands of guests each year. It is an ideal beach for water sports.
Pacheia Ammos With direction towards the southernmost city of Greece, Ierapetra, we encounter the village Pachia Ammos, on a natural bay. It is a traffic junction between Siteia and Ierapetra and has a sandy beach which is protected from the winds by the dock of the small fishing harbour.
Kavousi beach Enter the village and look for the arrow that indicates the beach Tholos. It is a beautiful beach. Its left side is more sandy and protected. Mochlos On the beach of the beautiful fishing village Mochlos and in the small but beautiful bays on its eastern and western side, you can enjoy the clear sea. Beach of Siteia The large organized sandy beach is located next to the city and offers the safety and convenience the guest expects. Here the sea is ideal for any kind of water games. Jet ski, Surfing, water ski, water bicycle, are available to everyone interested. It is a noisy and crowded beach that was awarded 2 blue flags. It is never empty, whether it's summer or winter. From the harbour you can enjoy an afternoon trip with a wonderful fishing boat. Itanos This is the sandy beach of the ancient city“Itanos” or “Ermoupoli”.There is another, longer beach, which you can visit on foot if you arrive here, as you are walking over the hill on the left from the point where the road stops. In reality there are three beaches here: One of them is at the end of the road, the other is 5 minutes' walk from the northern one and the third one is also approachable from the south, behind the small fortress. In the third one you have the opportunity to enjoy the shade of the palm trees. However the best choice for swimming is the northern beach, which has very beautiful sand. The sea bottom is very rich. There is a whole ancient city down there, which is the home of a large variety of fish. It is a paradise for those who love diving. It is 7 km from Palaikastro and 25 km from Siteia.
A visit to Vai is a must if you visit Crete. The combination of a majestic beach and a rare palm forest creates an exotic flair . According to a legend, Arab pirates who arrived on the beach threw the cores of the dates they were eating and 5000 palm trees grew from them. Camping is not allowed in the night in the forest, which covers an area of 60 hectars and is protected by the Forest Authority. The beach is organized and has been awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union. It is a tropical beach with fine sand and pebbles, as well as crystal clear waters. It is located at a distance of 6 km from Palaikastro and 24 km from Siteia.
Psili Ammos. An excellent beach with fine, golden sand and azure waters. The hills form a natural partition for more isolation and quietness. The name indicates the quality of the sand, which stretches up over the hill. To reach someone in this secluded beach, must walk 10 minutes at a distinct path, starting from Vai beach with palm. Maridati It is the less well-known beach in the area of Palaikastro, from which it is only 4.5 km away. The beach is between two big rocks and it is not very large (about 200m). In the 3rd kilometer from Palaikastro to Vai on the right you will see a sign, that will lead you after a relatively difficult earth road and 1600 m, to the beach, the largest part of which consists of pebbles. Even in the heart of the summer visitors are few. There are also salt cedars in case you wish shade. Moreover, some hundreds meters before the beach there is a tavern which offers the relevant comforts.
Kouremenos beach The largest beach of the area of Palaikastro (1,5 km length) is only 2 km away from Palaikastro and 20 km from Siteia. It has sand and its bottom is ideal for divers divers. Very near the beach you can find two taverns that offer fresh fish any time. This beach is a challenge for those who love windsurfing and it is popular all over Europe. There is also a windsurfing school there. Chiona The Beach is only 2km away from Palaikastro and 20 from Siteia. It lengst is about 300m and you can rest under the salt cedars. The sandy bed of the beach has a mild inclination which makes swimming safe even for the younger tourists. In the southeastern part of the beach there are many, untouched bays with virgin beaches, ideal for more isolation. The three traditional fish taverns, that exist on the beach, are well known all over Crete. People come from every part of the island to taste the famous traditional fish soups. Skinias The beach of Skinias is actually an entire area, 4km southeast of Palaikastro and between the beaches Chiona and Karoumon. The shortest way to reach Skinias is to take the earth road from the settlement Angathia, 1km east of Palaikastro towards the area Platyvola and the little church of Agios Spiridon. From Angathias the distance to the small church is about 2-3 kilometers. From the small church of Agios Spiridon you will have to walk the next 1,5 km. You have to leave the car there because the route is fenced by the shepherds of the area. But there are some doors that can help you reach your destination. The road from that point is not accessible to simple cars anyway. The area is beautiful and you will particularly enjoy the landscape shortly before approaching the beaches, where you have a wide view to the east. The characteristic feature of the area is the η absolute peace and quiet and you can enjoy a wonderful swim in the crystal clear waters of eastern crete. The coasts around are rocky and wild so the two beaches have a particularly impressive beauty. The beaches are relativelt small, but one of them (thenorthern one) is sandy and it is the most appropriate for you to enjoy your swim and the second (south) with large pebbles. The distance between the two beaches is about 200m and there are wonderful rock formations scattered. The area is ideal for fishing with fish gun and for collecting sea salt in the first summer months. Very often the local people fish there, because the sea is rich in fish. During swimming you will enjoy the combination of the wonderful blue of the sea with the dark and light colours of the wild cretan mountains that surround your vision. The only disadvantages of the place is the lack of shade which is necessary in the afternoon hours and the uphill return road that will test your endurance. From the pebbly beach of Skinias, a relatively easy and marked path will lead you after 45-60 minutes to the equally wonderful beach of Karoumes and to the area of the homonymous gorge. Karoumes From the settlement Chochlakies, which is located 8km south of Palaikastro and 26 km from Siteia, begins a fantastic accessible gorge, which, after about 1,5 hour's walk ends at the clean and picturesque Karoumon bay. You can reach the most remote beach of eastern Crete only through the gorge!
The settlement of Kato Zakros, which is only 8 km away from Pano Zakros and 25km from Palaikastro, is the most impressive fishing village, hidden in the southeastern corner of Crete, behind the beautiful beach with the salt cedars. Kserokambos Kserokampos is a virgin area, 48km from Siteia, 28km from Palaikastro and 10km from Zakros. The wonderful scenery consists of mountains, gorges, olive groves and fantastic empty beaches. Myrtos West of Ierapetra at a distance of 6km, near the village Nea Anatoli, is situated this quiet sandy beach. Gaidouronisi or Chrysi 8 miles south of Ierapetra. One of the best beaches in Greece, with beautiful golden sand, full of small sea shells and beautiful blue-green waters. Wester Coast of Ierapetra A beautiful beach in the centre of the city with deep blue waters that attracts a lot of people every summer. (Water sports are available).
Megali Paralia ( Large Beach) An idyllic large beach of 7km with fine sand, near the village Koutsounari 5 km east of Ierapetra. (Opportunity of water sports) Ferma A small bay with crystal-clear waters next ot the village Fermes 8km east of Ierapetra.
Beach of Agia Fotia
Beach of Agia Fotia Another beautiful bat, with fine sand and crystal-clear waters 10km east of Ierapetra. The tiny sandy bay of Agia Fotia is located in front of one of the most beautiful seaside settlements on the coasts of the Lybian Sea.
Its sand is really wonderful. Koutsounari is near it, a resort with developed tourism infrastructures. Picturesque little harbours, plane tree and canes, compose its landscape. The touristic settlement Galini is also near. Ahlia A touristic area at the Lybian Sea. The area between Makri Gialos and Agia Fotia is rocky and there are few sandy beaches. Most of them are with pebbles and they are surrounded by high rocks.
Koutsouras beach. On the southern road axis, a few kilometres before Makri Gialos and about 41km from Siteia is Koutsouras, the newest village in the municipality of Makri Gialos. MakriGialos A touristic resort at the Lybian Sea with a long beach (1,5 km) suitable for children and pleasant to adults, as you can find any form of entertainment and convenience. Goudouras A seaside village with a view to the Lybian Sea. It is a fishing village which is famous for its abundant production of seafood and fish.