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.
Limestone outcrops shut in the beach on two sides: at the north are a few tall tamarisks, whilst in the rocks behind some caves have formed.
The beach is not organized and you will find no infrastructure: when you visit, take care to have food and drink with you.
Its solitude ensures it is a haven for unsupervised camping and nudism.
To get there from Siteia, follow the Siteia-Zakros road, passing through Palaikastro. After that, at the village of Karoumes, leave your vehicle and continue on foot for about a kilometer, which will take you into the gorge and so on down to the beach.
The trip will take about an hour on foot, but it is easy with a passable path.
The next beach to the north is Skinias.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Karoumes (Hohlakies Gorge), Sitia, Lasithi
- free camping Yes
- nudism Yes
- beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
- accommodation No
- dinning No
- other facilities
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 110 km from Agios Nikolaos, 30 km about Sitia.
By car/motorcycle & on foot: To go from Sitia to Karoumes, first get on the Sitia-Palaikastro-Zakros road. After Palaikastro, but before Zakros, leave your vehicle in the village of Chochlakies. Take the foot-path that passes through the gorge of Chochlakies and leads to the beach of Karoumes.
By sea: By boat. The nearest harbour is at Kato Zakros, to the south.