Beaches in the area of East Coast

This eastern section takes in a series of headlands and small coves, gorges descending to the sea, the Moni Toplou area .. and some wonderful beaches, such as that of Vai, with its famous palm-groves.

Starting the tour at the beaches of the east coastline, going south to north, you come first to that of Kato Zakros.

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A small seaside settlement with a wonderful and peaceful pebble beach, and blue crystalline waters with a fascinating sea-bed, just right for exploration. 

  • location Kato Zakros, Sitia, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • other facilities Yes - limited
  • free camping Yes

Lying at the mouth of the Chochlakies Gorge, this is a lovely, calm beach with sand, small gravelly stones and clear and crystalline waters which deepen suddenly – suitable therefore for swimming and underwater exploration

  • location Karoumes (Hohlakies Gorge), Sitia, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes

In essence this is two isolated beaches, with crystal-clear waters, surrounded by cliffs. The southern is pebbly, whilst the northern has sand

  • location SE of Palekastro, Sitia, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes

All around the area are olive groves. The beach (Snow) itself is quiet enough – large, very beautiful and quite without organization: sandy and with shallow blue crystal waters, and some tamarisks for shade.

  • location Palekastro, Sitia, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes

This is very close to the beach at Vai with its renown palm-forest. A small, delightful beach with sand and crystal-clear waters, it is deserted and secluded, which recommends it to those wanting to escape from the crowds, and to the nudists

  • location Vai, Sitia, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities Yes - enough
  • free camping Yes - in some areas

By the ancient town of Itanos stretch three exquisite beaches, in an area excellent for relaxation and diving alike. 

  • location Itanos, Sitia, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes - in some areas

This beach lies on Cape Sidero, the northeasternmost promontory of Crete, a wild and rough place: it sits in a small cove around which rear tall and steep massy cliffs, in which caves have formed. 

  • location Cape Sidero, Sitia, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes

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