The area of Arvi, which includes the gorge and the valley with the banana plantations, lies to the southeast corner of the Heraklion Prefecture.
As with much of the Asteroussia coast the beaches south and east of Arvi are numerous and physically beautiful: some are well-visited and busy, others quiet and lonely.
Starting out on the tour of these beaches, from west to east, the first encountered is Meakis.
Meakis beach, close to Arvi, is beautiful and quiet, with sand, a few pebbles and blue waters. It is not developed, and no umbrellas or other amenities are to be found. Rent-rooms exist at Arvi, and a taverna at the nearby village of Trochaloi.
About a kilometer to the east of Meakis is Arvi itself, which has a small port and a lovely beach. During the Roman period, this became a major port in the Mediterranean; Today the region is well-known for growing fragrant bananas, helped by the warm climate.
The area embraced by this name includes the modern settlement, about a kilometer back from the beach and some 40 m higher .. Mesa/Middle Psari to the locals, and the sea-side hamlet of Sidonia, at the site of the old city of that name, or Kato/Lower Psari.
This is an attractive and long beach, situated in the area called Chlia. Unknown to most, the beach has coarse sand and clear deep waters.