The beaches of Keratokampos

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Next door to Listis is the beach and village of Kastri.

Kastri

Kastri beach at Keratokampos is to the west of the village: it has sand, pebbles and very clear, shallow waters

This is right next door to the organized seaside settlement of Keratokampos. Here is a small harbour with boats and the local fishing-smacks. If you have a boat, inflatable or other sort, you can drop in here to enjoy the beautiful coastline of the Viannos region.

Kastri beach is to the west of the village, between the harbour and the beach of Skouros: it has sand, pebbles and very clear, shallow waters. It is not organized, but close by in the village you will find rent-rooms and a slew of fish-restaurants – you can take your ease here, enjoying the sea and the fine food!

West of Kastri is Skouros, yet another wonderful beach: bigger, it has sand, pebbles and clear water. A rock, called Skouros (Dark), to the west gives the beach its name. 

As with Kastri, so at Skouros: enough tamarisks to rest in their shade, but also to set up your tent, if unsupervised camping is your pleasure.

Keratokampos is next door to Kastri; they are basically one settlement now.

Keratokampos

The beach of keratokampos is really very large, several kilometers long

This seaside community has undergone some modest tourist-ification in recent years.

Many stories are told to account for its name, one states that it comes from the cultivation of the carob, which is certainly widespread in the region. Another claims that it is taken from a large rock to the north of the village, shaped like a horn (keratos). And yet others observe that in the self-same spot stood the old city of Keraia, whence they claim comes the present word.

That beach before the settlement (and just east of Kastri’s harbour) is really very large, several kilometers long: with pebbles, sand and shallow clear waters and a rocky bottom.

This particular stretch is organized: umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and opportunities for water-sports. In the village are rent-rooms, tavernas and all the necessary amenities.

Keratokampos can serve as a starting point for excursions to the surrounding area; beautiful beaches are within walking distance.

Here too is a remarkable cave – Nychteridospelio (the original Bat Cave?): this has formed at the base of a cliff, at the southeast part of Mount Keras, behind the village. And it does have a lot of bats! The view from the entrance is magnificent. But access to its interior is quite dangerous: you need someone with you who knows the layout well. You will also need some basic caving equipment: like a helmet with a light, and experience.Nearby to Keratokampos, at Richtra, is a modest waterfall of some 10 m drop.

Armenopetra

Beautiful beach of Armenopetra has no organization, just sand, small pebbles and very clear and shallow waters

The name of the breach is from a rock in the sea, which resembles a ship with its sail raised (armeno – under sail + petra – rock).

It has no organization, just sand, small pebbles and very clear and shallow waters.

. Because of its isolation, it attracts the usual suspects – those in search of peace and calm, the unsupervised camping fraternity and the nudists.

To get to Armenopetra from Keratokampos, you drive east on the road which links Keratokampos with the village of Kapsali. From Kapsali is a drivable road to the beach, lying to the south of the village. Alternatively, walk to the waterside from the sign at the end of the coastal road that goes through Keratokampos.

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Additional Info

  • location Keratokampos, Viannos, Heraklio
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble, Pebble
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities

    Yes (at Keratokambos), there are umbrellas, showers and watersports.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

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Kastri

Distance: 72 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: From Heraklion take the road for Arkalohori; thence make for Tsoutsouros, following the signs you meet. Be aware that the road after Arkalohori plenty of bends. From Tsoutsouras head east to Keratakambos. Alternatively, you can go to Keratokambos by following the signs to Viannos, after Arkalohori. Around 5 km before Ano Viannos, turn on the road leading south to Keratokambos. Right next door, at the west, of Keratokambos lies Kastri beach.

Keratokambos

Distance: 72 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: As for Kastri..

Armenopetra

Distance: 72 km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle: From Tsoutsouros head east to Keratokambos and continue for 5 km more until you get to Kapsali. From there starts a road to the beach of Armenopetra. Alternatively, you can go to Keratokambos by following the signs to Viannos, after Arkalohori. Around 5 km before Ano Viannos, turn on the road leading south to Keratokambos. From Keratokambos continue on for 5 km, until you get to Kapsali, where starts the road that will take you to the beach of Armenopetra.

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