The beaches of Treis Ekklesies

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Pacheia Ammos

This (Deep Sands, aka Ornios) is a beautiful beach some 300 m long, with sand (as its name suggests) and very clear waters

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.

Like many others around here, the beach is visited by the loggerhead turtles (Karetta karetta) when they ready to lay their eggs.

To get there, follow the dirt road from Treis Ekklesies.

Very near to Pacheia Ammos is the seaside village of Treis Ekklesies, with its wonderful beach.

Treis Ekklesies

The sheltered beach of Treis Ekklesies is surrounded by steep and even sheer cliffs, lying as it does at the mouth of a gorge. It has sand and very clear, translucent waters – ideal for underwater exploration

The beach lies at the centre of the shore-line of the village, which is called after the three churches in it: the Transfiguration, Aghios Antonios and the Annunciation.

The sheltered beach is surrounded by steep and even sheer cliffs, lying as it does at the mouth of the Aghia Paraskevi Gorge. It has sand and very clear, translucent waters – ideal for underwater exploration. Though it is not developed, close by you can find some rent-rooms and a taverna or two.

If in the area, it is worth a trip to the nearby village of Paranymfi, some 800 m above sea level: as well as an old Byzantine church (Aghios Pavlos again) with wall-paintings, there is an impressive waterfall within the nearby Ambas gorge – all 145 m of it!

Voidomatis

Voidomatis at Asterousia is a lovely quiet beach at the mouth of a gorge, it possesses sand and deep translucent waters

A lovely quiet beach at the mouth of a gorge (Mesosfini), it possesses sand and deep translucent waters. It owes its name to a large cave at the east end of the beach: the Eye of the Ox.

To get there, you must first get from Pyrgos to Treis Ekklesies, passing through Charaka and Paranymfi. Once at Treis Ekklesies, follow the dirt-road, which after 5 km gets you to the beach. Having parked your car, you descend a short way down some rocks to arrive on the beach.

Continuing east in the East Asteroussia, the next beach to the east is Aspri Paralia.

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Additional Info

  • location Treis Ekkesies, Archanes, Heraklio
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities

    None

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relevant routes & paths:

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Pachia Ammos

Distance: 64 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: You need to get first to Pyrgos, taking the road to the east from Agioi Deka. From Pyrgos, follow the surfaced road to Charaka and then on to the village of Pranumfoi. From there after 8-10 km more you will arrive at the seaside resort of Treis Ekklesies and then finally along a rough dirt road the beach of Pachia ammos. The route is quite difficult, but really worth the effort.

Treis Ekklesies

Distance: 64 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: You need to get first to Pyrgos, taking the road to the east from Agioi Deka. From Pyrgos, follow the surfaced road to Charaka and then on to the village of Pranumfoi. From there after 8-10 km more you will arrive at the seaside resort of Treis Ekklesies.

Boidomatis

Distance: 62 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: You need to get first to Pyrgos, taking the road to the east from Agioi Deka. From Pyrgos, follow the surfaced road to Charaka and then on to the village of Pranumfoi. From there after 8-10 km more you will turn up at the seaside resort of Treis Ekklesies and then finally along a dirt road, you will arrive after 5km above the beach Voidomatis. Here you leave your vehicle and after a short descent down the cliffs get to the beach.

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