Katarti and Salamia

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A very small and secluded beach, with pebbles and deep very clear water – ideal for underwater exploration, it is located at the exit of a small gorge. As such it is cut off and accessible most readily from the sea.

If you have no boat, the only way to get there is along some difficult tracks. From Trypiti beach, there is a difficult path some 2.5 km long; another path leads here from Salamia to the east. 

Due to this difficulty of approach and the problems of lugging equipment across rough terrain for some distance, the beach is not suited to camping. Its seclusion makes Kartati (the Mast) a good destination for nudists.


This, in its namesake bay, lies at the mouth of another small canyon. It has pebbles and crystal-clear waters – perfect for enthusiasts of underwater exploration.

Located in an inaccessible spot that only boats can readily reach, it is thus not really suited to camping. Difficult paths connect it to Kartati to the west and Aghios Iannis to the east. Its name is derived from an Italian word with reference to salt, which the locals collect hereabouts.

The next beach east is at Aghios Iannis, in front of that village: it lies to the southeast of the village of Kapetaniana and the most secluded beach of Eligya.

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Additional Info

  • location East of Tripiti, Gortina, Heraklio
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes
  • beach type Thin Pebble, Pebble
  • accommodation No
  • dinning No
  • other facilities


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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Route at Asterousia


Distance: 73 km from Heraklion.

On foot: From Lenta on the coastal road that passes across Cape Trafoulas (6 km). Alternatively, from the village of Vasiliki, across the Asterousia Mountains and down the gorge of Trypiti (9 km). In both cases, you arrive at Trypiti on a dirt road. From then after a difficult hike (2.5 km), you will reach the beach of Katarti.
By sea: By boat or private boat from Lenta.


Distance: 74 km from Heraklion.

On foot: From Agios Ioannis along a difficult path.
By sea: By boat or private boat from Lenta.

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