Heraklion South Coast Beaches

Where are some of the best Heraklion South Coast beaches?

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Agiofarango

Agiofarango (the gorge of the saints) is located at the exit of the homonymous beautiful gorge, southeast of the village of Kali Limenes, at a distance of more than 80 km southeast of Heraklion. A pebbly beach, well protected from the winds, it is not organized at all; only calmness, a scenic environment and a crystal clear sea. The beach allows nudism. The nearest available accommodations and food can be found in the inland villages.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike; only up to the village of Kali Limenes. From there you can either catch an excursion boat or walk through the small but fascinating Agiofarango Gorge.

Agios Nikitas

Agios Nikitas is some 85 km south of Heraklion and some 20 km southeast of Tsoutsouros. Aghios Nikitas is a pebbly beach affected by the winds and offers a still unknown palm tree forest. Not organized at all, it does not offer any accommodation or food and drink facilities; ideal for fans of isolation and pure natural environment.
Facilities: none
Accessible: fron Heraklion by car or motorbike through a dirt road from Tsoutsouros. Driving from Maridaki, the beach is right after the Monastery of Agios Nikitas.

Arvi

Arvi is some 86 km southeast of Heraklion, in front of the homonymous small village. Protected from the winds, it’s a pebbly beach with shallow waters; the sea deepens at the eastern part. Not very organized, the beach does not offer sun beds or umbrellas; however, the sea is crystal clear and the beach quiet enough without big crowds of visitors. East of the beach it is the exit of the Arvi gorge, as well as the homonymous Monastery.
Facilities: rooms, fish tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only, via the village of Viannos.

Dermatos

Dermatos is some 90 km south of Heraklion and some 4 km southeast of Tsoutsouros. Located at the mouth of the torrent Anapodiaris, it is affected by the winds. Not organized at all, it does not offer any accommodation or food facilities; however, the sea is crystal clear, and a number of tamarisk trees offer their shade on the beautiful beach. Ideal for those who want to avoid crowds and prefer a more natural environment.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only.

Diskos

Diskos or Ditiko is some 75 km southwest of Heraklion and 30 km south of Moires and west of the nearby beach of Lentas; Diskos is a beautiful, quiet enough beach, affected by the winds and ideal for camping underneath the enormous lion-shaped rock that dominates Lentas. It’s not very organized and allows nudism at its eastern part.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only.

Kalamaki

Kalamaki is some 67 km southeast of Heraklion, 9 km south of Tymbaki and 12 km west of Moires. This sandy beach is in front of the small settlement of Kalamaki, within the Messara bay and affected by strong winds. The beach is well organized. The rocky seabed requires some caution due to slippery rocks at the shallows.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only.

Kali Limenes

Kali Limenes is some 80 km south of Heraklion and 25 km southwest of Moires. This pebbly beach in front of the village of Kali Limenes is situated within an amazing natural environment and is very well protected from the winds; in fact it is the only alternative for swimming in the area on windy days. It is said to be the beach where St. Paul stopped on his way to Rome. Not very organized, the beach does not offer any accommodation, sun beds or umbrellas; nearest accommodations can be found in Moires. However, the sea is marvelous, people are few, the one or two small tavernas have good fresh fish and you will meet only the locals who love this beach because it is quiet and far from mass tourism. Due to the high temperature, swimming is possible throughout the year.
Facilities: tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only.

Keratokambos

Keratokambos is some 71 km southeast of Heraklion. A long, mainly pebbly beach, with some sandy areas, it is affected by the winds. Not very organized, the beach does not have sun beds or umbrellas; however, the sea is crystal clear and the beach quiet and free of crowds. At the eastern end of the beach and separated by a series of dunes, is a small almost totally isolated beach. The seabed is rocky which makes it ideal for snorkeling.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only, via the road to Viannos some 5 km prior to the village.

Kokkini Ammos

Kokkini Ammos (red sand) is a beach south of Matala, within an area of unique beauty in the Messara bay, at some 69 km from Heraklion and 14 km southwest of Moires. The beach is affected by the strong winds. Close to Matala, the beach is fairly well organized and allows nudism.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas (at a short distance), sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Heraklion by frequent, public buses to Matala. From Matala its only a short walk. Alternatively you can take an excursion boat.

Kokkinos Pirgos

Kokkinos Pyrgos is a long, sandy beach near the homonymous small port, some 68 km southwest of Heraklion and 2 km west of Tymbaki. The beach is open to the South and affected by strong winds. Not very organized, the beach is popular with the locals. Most people frequent its western end which is near the port, whereas the eastern part is less frequented and usually quiet.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas (at a short distance), sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only.

Kommos

Kommos is some 66 km southwest of Heraklion, 11 km southwest of Moires and 3 km from the inland village of Pitsidia. A sandy beach is a continuation of the archaeological site of Kommos to its south (to the site is not allowed to the public); the beach is very affected by the strong winds; however, the rocks at the end of the beach stop the winds and the sea there is somewhat calmer. Close to the inland towns, it is rather organized.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, tavernas, sun beds, umbrellas, camping
Accessible: from Heraklionby car or motorbike via the road from Moires to Matala. Take a right turn after 2 km from Pitsida and continue 1,5 km on the dirt road.

Lentas

Lentasis front of the homonymous village, some 75 km southwest of Heraklion and 30 km south of Moires. A beautiful beach, popular with the locals and well protected from the winds.
Facilities:
rooms, tavernas, sun beds, umbrellas
Accessible:
from Heraklion by car or motorbike only.

Loutra

Loutrais some 3 km east of Lentas, and some 78 km south of Heraklion. A beautiful pebbly beach affected by the winds and not very organized. The rocky seabed makes it ideal for snorkeling. The eastern part of the beach allows nudism.
Facilities:
rooms, tavernas
Accessible:
from Heraklion or Moires by car or motorbike only, via a 3 km easy enough dirt road after Lentas.

Maridaki

Maridakiis some 85 km south of Heraklion and 3 km southeast Tsoutsouras. A pebbly, not very organized beach, affected by the winds and quite popular with the locals.
Facilities: tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion or Moires by car or motorbike only, via a quite adventurous 15 km dirt road after the village of Achentrias.

Matala

Matala is situated within an area of unique natural beauty. A good number of ancient shipwrecks, mainly of the Roman period have been detected in the seabed of the area. However the most famous feature of the area are the numerous small caves dug in the rock by the winds and waves, suitable to dwell people, which used to house the hippies during the 1960s'. The revolted youngsters from all over the world came here to live a natural life within the caves. Today the place is considered an archaeological site, the caves have been fenced and access and staying there overnight is not allowed. The beach is protected enough from the strong winds; however, when the west or south winds decide to blow, huge waves break on the coast creating a breathtaking spectacle. The beach gets very crowded during peak season and there is a lot of partying going on.
Facilities: hotels, rooms, studios, tavernas, cafes, beach bars, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports
Accessible: from Heraklion by public buses.

Ostria

Ostria is 1 km east of Lentas and some 75 km south of Heraklion. A beautiful, pebbly beach affected by the winds with some tamarisks offering their shade. Not very organized, the beach does not offer any accommodation; nearest accommodations are available in Lentas.
Facilities: tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion or Moires by car or motorbike only.

Psari Forada

Psari Forada or Sidonia is some 88 km southeast of Heraklion. A sandy beach with thick dark sand and several tamarisks offering their shade, it is not affected by the winds. A rather remote and not very organized beach with a crystal clear sea and a quiet atmosphere free of crowds.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only, via the village of Viannos or Myrtos; the latter being a 7 km dirt road.

Tertsa

Tertsa is some 86 km southeast of Heraklion in front of the homonymous small settlement. A remote, pebbly beach affected by the winds. Not organized, it does not offer any facilities; just a crystal clear sea, isolation and bright sun.
Facilities: few rooms and only 1 taverna in the settlement
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike only, via the village of Viannos and Sidonia or Myrtos on a 4 km dirt road.

Trachoulas

Trachoulas or Psili Ammos is east of Lentas, at some 80 km south of Heraklion. As its greek name suggests (psili ammos means fine sand), it’s a sandy beach, remote enough, shadowed by Mt. Asterousia. The beach is open to the South and thus affected by the winds. There are no facilities at all; just the crystal clear sea, the bright sun and possibly a few people enjoying the calmness and the natural environment. Suitable for nudism.
Facilities: none
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike and from Lentas on foot or by boat.

Tsoutsouras

Tsoutsouros is some 85 km southeast from Heraklion and 12 km south of the village of Kato Kasteliana. A sandy, not very organized beach affected by the winds and popular with the locals, it can get crowded on the weekends.
Facilities: rooms, tavernas
Accessible: from Heraklion by car or motorbike.

 

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