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Between the seaside resorts of Kato Gouves and Analipsi, in a a distance of 19 km from Heraklion, the Aposleme river flows sown to a most attractive beach, It is some 750 m in length, with sand and shallow waters. But lightly organized, it has a few sunbeds, umbrellas, but also some tamarisks to provide shade to the visitor.

Near the river’s mouth, there has formed an important wetland, which provides shelter for a good number of migratory birds – and other animals.

Tavernas, restaurants, cafeterias, bars and other shops are all to be found in the neighbouring settlements of Kato Gouves and Analipsi. Also, should you choose to stay here, there are many choices of hotels, rent-rooms and apartments in both the villages.

To get to the beach, you must take the old National road east out of Heraklion, to Malia and Aghios Nikolaos, until you arrive at the settlement of Kato Gouves. Then, follow the main road of the village until you reach the beach and turn right. Continue along the coastal road to its end and turn right on the road that you meet. To reach the beach you have to go to the back side of the hotel, situated between the road and the beach. The streets around the hotel leads to the beach Aposelemi.

Alternatively, you can go on further along the old national road to Analipsi, then take the road that goes to its beach. Once there turn left (back towards the west and Heraklion) and keep on to the end of that section. When you can get no further, the beach you desire will be pretty much beside you on the right.

Again proceeding ever eastwards, we come to Chersonisos, a very popular area for tourism in Crete: it has a number of beaches. The Limanakia Chersonisou are small, lovely coves, where the crowds of visitors enjoy the summer swimming!

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Additional Info

  • location Kato Gouves, Hersonissos, Heraklio
  • free camping No
  • nudism No
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities

    There are only a few sunbeds and umbrellas.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Gouves - Kasteli - Episkopi - Knossos

Distances: 19 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle:
Through the village of Kato Gouves: To visit the beach, you follow the old National Road of Heraklion - Ag. Nikolaos until you reach the seaside resort of Kato Gouves. Turn north off this down a side-street, and proceed north until you reach the beach; turn right at that point along it. Continue along the coast road to its east end and turn right (inland) on the road that you meet there. Go around the back of the hotel complex situated between the road and the beach. Roads on the far side of the hotel lead to the beach.
Through the village of Analypsi: To visit the beach, you follow the old National Road of Heraklion - Ag. Nikolaos until you reach the seaside village of Analypsi and follow the side-street to the north that leads to the beach. Once there, turn left along the waterfront until the end of the road. The beach is right beside this point.

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