Beaches in the area of Eastern Asterousia

To the southeast of the imposing Asteroussia Mountain range are many highly attractive beaches: some of them popular and busy, others deserted and perfect for rest and relaxation.

Starting the tour of these beaches, moving from west to east, the first you reach is that of Pacheia Ammos.

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The beaches of Treis Ekklesies
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This (Deep Sands, aka Ornios) is a beautiful beach some 300 m long, with sand (as its name suggests) and very clear waters, which deepen suddenly. It is set in the shade of tall cliffs, both steep and massy; and exposed to the strong local winds.

  • location Treis Ekkesies, Archanes, Heraklio
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Beaches at Mavri and Aspri Paralia
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Secluded, it cannot be reached in a vehicle, only in a privately hired boat from a nearby harbour. It has pebbles, light in colour, and crystal-clear deep water. Due to its isolation, it is preferred by nudists. 

  • location East of Treis Ekkesies, Archanes, Heraklio
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Beaches at Skiadaki and Aghios Nikitas
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Located at the mouth of a gorge, it is overshadowed by the tall, sheer cliffs, whose shade is appreciated by the daytime visitor. Its other name of Petrigyari is also derived from the same impressive cliffs. Isolated, it is small with pebbles and deep, very blue waters.

  • location West of Tsoutsouras, Archanes, Heraklio
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Maridaki
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This enchanting of small beach, secluded by being set at the mouth of a gorge, is surrounded by tall and sheer cliffs in which caves have formed. The village of Aghios Panteleimonas lies behind the beach. 

  • location Maridaki, Archanes, Heraklio
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes

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