Beaches in the area of Agia Pelagia in Heraklion, Crete.

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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.

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Agios Pavlos Beach in South Crete

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One of the most beautiful landscapes in Crete is Agios Pavlos Beach. The name of the beach is owed to the Agios Pavlos church in the nearby village. Paul the Apostle and his loyal follower Apostle Titus visited Crete between 62 and 63 A.D to set the foundations of christian faith and spread the word of Jesus on the island.

Agios Pavlos is a beautiful destination of Crete located south of Rethymno, engulfed by 30m high sand dunes that end in a secluded beach of thin pebbles and beautiful waters. An ideal beach to spend a summer day!  Before you reach the village turn right. Follow the road until it becomes a dirt track. Park your car because you will only need your feet to take you to Agios Pavlos beach. Avoid wearing flip flops to reach the beach, especially on the days the temperature is high, you won’t stand the heat emerging from the sand dunes unless you have been trained to walk on hot coals!  Also, make sure you have carried your umbrella or be on the beach early to reserve some space under the shady rocks. Food and water provisions are necessary, because this part of the beach is not organized.

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Sougia Beach in South-West Crete

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The small village of Sougia in the south-west of Crete has managed to remain unaffected by the growth of tourism in Crete. It is still a peaceful haven, with a long beach, plenty of good accommodation and excellent places to eat, all at prices below those found in most of the island.

The beach of Sougia is 1,2 km long and is the longest beach in the South-West of Crete. It is also quite wide (up to 70 meters in places). Although it is a pebble beach, these vary a lot in size and there are plenty of places where they are very small, more like coarse sand and it is not at all uncomfortable to lie on them.

The beach has several quite unique features: nudism is tolerated (and practiced but in no way compulsory) in a large part of the beach, there are only a few beach chairs and umbrellas in a limited area, the beach never ever feels crowded because it is so long and wide and the sea in Sougia is one of the cleanest in Greece.

The pebbles are also worth a mention: they come in different colors and shapes with all kinds of markings and many visitors collect the nicer ones to take them back home.

There are no buildings whatsoever on the beach so that you feel really close to nature and the views of the coast are superb and unspoiled.

The beach has little shade apart from some tamarisk trees in the eastern area.

Small children who cannot swim will need to wear safety swimming aids or be supervised because the water drops quite quickly. There are no currents.

http://www.sougia.info/

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Agiofarago beach in Heraklion, Crete

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Agiofarago beach is located about 80km south of Heraklion, at the exit of Agiofarago Gorge. To get there you must either cross the gorge (hiking of about 30-50’) or catch a boat from Matala, Agia Galini, or Kali Limenes. We definitely recommend the first option, as the route within the gorge is breathtaking. In the gorge you will also see some large caves were hermits still live and the chapel of St. Anthony, with a well outside.

The beach at the exit is stunning, with fine pebbles and clear blue waters, which are usually very calm. Nudism is not allowed here, like in all religious places of Crete. The beach is ideal for camping, but you must carry all your stuff in the gorge.

If you have sneakers with you, in the afternoon you can climb the cliffs on the east side and reach the top. The view from there is amazing!

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Kedrodasos Beach in Chania, Crete

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Kedrodasos is an amazing beach, located 76km southwest of Chania and 1km east of the famous Elafonisi beach.

The beach is filled with protected cedar trees and sand dunes and if you ever visit this beach, please take care and respect the cedars.

Kedrodasos is a wonderful choice for camping and a favorite beach for naturists. It is a very nice beach with white sand and some smooth flat rocks around the sandy coast. There are no facilities nearby, so you’d better have with you some water and some food. Since the beach is secluded, you should keep it clean and not littered.

The European path E4 crosses the beach as you can see there are signs all over the place.

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Vai beach in Crete

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Vai, or more specifically the palm forest of Vai, is one of the most popular and one of the most beautiful places in Crete. It draws thousands of visitors each year. They come not only for its wonderful palm tree forest, but also for the large sandy beach.

Vai is located 24 km east of Sitia and about 6 km from Palaikastro. Sitia is about 2 hours’ drive from Heraklion, and Vai is another 30 minutes further. From Sitia, take the road to Moni Toplou (Toplou Monastery) and continue another 8 km past the monastery to the palm forest.

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Koufonisi Island in Crete

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Koufonisi is a small island in the Libyan Sea off the south-eastern coast of Crete, or more exactly, south-east of the Goudouras promontory near Makrigialos. Deserted and in many parts covered by a thick layer of sand it is reminiscent of an African desert. Elsewhere the island is covered by low scrubby vegetation.

Lefki (Koufonisi – as it was called in the ancient times) was an important center for sponge fishing and for the preparation of purple dye from the famous gastropod Murex Trunculus which, according to Aristotle and Pliny the Elder, was gathered at the beginning of autumn or winter and kept alive in basket-work containers until a huge quantity had been collected, as each shell only produced a single drop of dye.

There are ruins all over the island, variously datable from the Earely Minoan years right through to the Post-Byzantine era when some caves on the western shore were in use as chapels, with carvings of saints and rough Latin inscriptions of which one includes the date 1638. After the settlement was destroyed (it is not known how) round the 4th century AD, it was never reestablished, and this fact combined with the great extent of the ruins should provide opportunities for study and archaeological research over a long period. Because of its importance in the field of archaeology, and considering its relative proportions, it would not be inappropriate to designate it «a little Dilos».

– From the book “Sitia”, N.Papadakis, Archaeologist,1983

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Today the island is free of disputes and burdened only with natural and historical treasures. Its untouched landscape is a paradise for the few, as unfortunately (or fortunately, when it comes to the preservation of its pristine beauty) there are no ferries that take visitors there and your only chance to go is by renting a private boat -and we warn you, the price is high! If you have your own boat you should be cautious as the island is surrounded by many invisible reefs.
A few things you should know:

If you don’t have your own boat and you want to go to Koufonisi, convince your friends to come with you. The only private boat with a permit to take visitors is in Makrygialos and organizes day trips for €350. The boat has a capacity of 10 persons. (tel. 6976683166).

There aren’t many trees on the island, just some salt cedars. So, do not forget your umbrella, hat and shoes to walk on the hot sand dunes.

– From: cretazine.com

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Chrissi island in Crete

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Chrissi, is located 8 nautical miles south of the most southern town in Europe, Ierapetra.

From the moment a visitor comes to Chrissi, he gets magnetized by the exotic natural landscape dominated by cedar, the golden sand and the light aquamarine water.The Natural images and the rhythms of nature, immediately give the visitor a newfound sense of liberation.

A walk in the woods, swimming in crystal clear water combined with the soft smell of cedar and fresh oxygen, complements the holiday experience of the visitor, offering him a deep relaxation feeling that become unforgettable. This is the reason why chrissi island welcomes more and more visitors from around the world every summer.

The island has a small bar on the north side of the island, a small tavern on the south side, an Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, a lighthouse on the northwest side, and a house on the northeast side. There are three recognized permanent residents on the island until now.

The island has a large number of shells, mainly in the north, which is one of the distinguishing features of the island.

For six months a year – from mid-May until late October there are small boats, departing from the ports of Ierapetra and Makrigialos, to the island on a daily basis. After an hour’s trip around, the vessels approaching the southern side of the island, which is usually calmer. The exit is in the “Vougiou Eye” where there is a small pier, reception, and the tavern.

Chrissi is protected by Natura 2000 Networking Programme, as an “area of intense natural beauty”, and also has been designated as a wildlife refuge. The island hosts the largest naturally formed Lebanon cedar forest in Europe. The majority of trees have an average age of 200 years and average height of up to 7 metres, some of the trees are up to 300 years old and 10 metres tall. The density is approximately 28 trees per hectare. The contact with such a natural and unique environment, creates environmental awareness, but also requires respect for its natural functions.

About 700m east of Chrissi is Mikronisi, a rocky islet which covers 11,7 hectares. The waters around the islands are shallow. Up to 1km to the north and 500m to the south the depth does not exceed 10m, while the 5m depth contour encompasses both the islands.

read more at : http://www.chrissi.gr

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Loutro in Sfakia, Crete

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Loutro is a seaside village situated south of Chania, near Chora Sfakion. It is believed that Loutro was the site of the ancient city of Phoenix and the ancient port of Anopolis. Later, it became a winter port for Chora Sfakion, due to the fact that it’s bay is a natural harbor and ships can be safe there in a very bad weather.

Loutro is a base for visiting some wonderful beaches nearby, either by taxi boat, canoe or on foot. You can visit Timios Stavros, Pervolaki and the amazing beach of Glyka Nera east of the village. If you want to stay at Loutro, the pebbly beach there is a very good choice. It is always calm with deep blue and green color and well organised. You can also visit the beaches of Likos, Finikas and Marmara west of the village.

Loutro is a place for those people who want something different. Small, picturesque and not yet spoilt by mass tourism. No big hotels there and no overcrowded streets, restaurants and beaches… at Loutro there are no cars. The only access is by boat or by foot (1.5 hour hard trekking from Chora Sfakion).

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Triopetra beach in Crete

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The beach of Triopetra (it means “three stones”, after the three rocks ) is a long sandy beach located south of Rethymnon city in Crete. Even though the beach is organized with taverns, rooms, sunbeds and umbrellas, it never seems to be very crowded. Visitors should know that camping is not allowed on the beach, but there is a cave near the three rocks where you can find shade. There is also a small river, with fresh water all year round at the area.

Triopetra is very popular to people who love peace and quiet.

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