Loutra and Trafoulas

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Loutra

The attractive beach of Loutra is isolated, it has coarse sand and pebbles, ideal for lovers of spearfishing. Though it is not developed, yet you will find some tavernas and rentable rooms nearby

A passable dirt-road reaches this attractive beach from Lenta.

Isolated, it has coarse sand and pebbles, ideal for lovers of spearfishing. Though it is not developed, yet you will find some tavernas and rentable rooms nearby.

When here, it is worth visiting the sacred shrine of the Panagia (the Virgin Mary), built inside a rocky outcrop. Look at the icons depicting her by running water. This imagery, local legend has it, is connected to the church’s construction: Mary caused the water to flow so that the church could be built.

Trafoulas

Trafoulas is an impressive beach with deep grey-green waters, as well as sand, pebbles and tall sheer cliffs, suited to climbing; nudists have a preference for it

This also goes by the names of Trachoulas and Psili Ammos. It is an impressive beach with deep grey-green waters, as well as sand, pebbles and tall sheer cliffs, suited to climbing. In these have formed many caves: the only places where you will find shade, since the beach is not organized in any way. Because of the high rocks that give it a secluded nature, nudists have a preference for it.

It is also a perfect spot for those who indulge in underwater exploration.

To reach it you have a choice of two routes.

The first starts from the village of Krotos: some 300 m after the village, you will come to the entrance to the Trafoulas gorge, which you must take to arrive at the beach. The second way in starts at Lenta, from where you drive down the dirt-path to Loutra and an entrance to the gorge: leaving your vehicle, you continue on foot to the beach – it is a delightful walk and takes about 20 minutes. However, because of the relatively long distances to traverse, the beach is not that suited to camping. Of course, you can alternatively approach by boat from Lenta.

Next comes Trypiti, an isolated beach at the mouth of the gorge of that name.

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Additional Info

  • location East of Lentas, Gortina, Heraklio
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities

    None

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Route at Asterousia

Loutra

Distance: 77 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: From Lenta follow the road that goes east to Loutra.

Trafoulas

Distance: 69 km from Heraklion.

On foot: Access to the beach is through the gorge of Trafoulas. To reach the entrance to the gorge either go to Krotos village and continue on for 500 meters, or go to Lenta and from there follow the dirt road that runs from Loutra to the entrance of the gorge. Here you leave your vehicle and continue on foot for 20 minutes through the gorge.
By sea: By boat from Lenta.

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