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Beaches close to A. Nikolaos

Check below the beaches you will find in the area.

Opposite the famous island of Spinalonga lies Plaka, a small fishing village which is 16 km from Aghios Nickolaos and 5 km. approx. from Elounda. In front, there is a beach sheltered from the winds, with white pebbles, clear waters and a number of tamarisks for shade – it is ideal for swimming and also fishing. 

  • location Plaka (North of Elounda), Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities Yes - enough
  • free camping No

On the Spinalonga peninsula, and in a sense opposite to Elounda and at a distance of 12 km from Aghios Nickolaos, is the beautiful beach (the Pumpkin): small with white sand and blue-green water, and a few tamarisks for shade.

  • location Elounda, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism No
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping No

Chavania beach is on the road to Elounda, about 2.5 km from Agios Nikolaos. This is a fully organized municipal beach, with dedicated parking, canteen food and a lifeguard.

  • location East Ag. Nikolaos, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities Yes - plenty
  • free camping No

The Almiros Beach is just few minutes from the center of Aghios Nickolaos (2 km. approx.) and 12 km from Elounda. With its backdrop of Mount Thrypti, this sandy beach lies at the mouth of the Almyros river which flows through high reed-beds by a wetland where rare birds live. Because of the river’s presence, the sea waters are very cold in places, but always blue, clear and shallow.

  • location South of Aghios Nikolaos, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities Yes - plenty
  • free camping No

At a distance of 12 km south of Agios Nikolaos is the settlement of Istro. You will discover this community as you pass along the main national road east from Aghios Nikolaos towards Ierapetra or Siteia. Here three beautiful beaches hide in three sheltered bays. 

  • location Istron, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • other facilities Yes - enough
  • free camping No

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