Agia Pelagia is a small coastal town with lovely beaches, suitable for relaxing holidays in the island of Crete. 20 kilometers west of Heraklion, as the national road drifts high above the coastline, you’ll begin to see the first wonderful pictures of Agia Pelagia – the type of pictures that postcards are made of!
Agia Pelagia has just about everything you’ll need on your holiday: super markets, pharmacy, doctor’s office, car and bike rentals, tourism and sightseeing offices, many restaurants and cafeterias, internet cafe and an ATM.
Beaches in Agia Pelagia:
The central beach. It is sandy, with umbrellas and sunbeds, plus water sports and diving centers. The bay deepens relatively fast, but in the middle of the beach there is a long and narrow rocky plate which provides a small area safe for children.
A small beach on the peninsula of the Capsis Beach Resort. It’s a nice tiny beach, with just enough space for about 4 or 5 people. You can get there by swimming or by peddle boat. To find it you must look at the center of the peninsula for an inlet with steep sides and green waters.
The Ligaria beach, east of Agia Pelagia. This one is also sandy, with umbrellas, sunbeds and several tavernas. The bay is smaller, but it is also protected from the north winds. Rent-rooms are also available there.
The beach of Made. You can get here from the Ligaria road, but it is not particularly attractive. It is used mainly by the locals for tying up their fishing boats. A big hotel imposes above the bay.
The Psaromoura beach. Another rather small beach, preferred by locals on weekends. There are umbrellas, but it is not protected from the north winds, and the water can get choppy. To find it, continue on the road west, after the Capsis Beach Resort and follow the signs leading to Psaromoura beach.
Mononaftis beach, west of Agia Pelagia. This is a lovely small cove with umbrellas, sunbeds, restaurants and hotels, but it is not protected from the north winds. The beach is beautiful with sand and pebbles and the waters are nice and cool.