Karoumes Beach

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Lying at the mouth of the Chochlakies Gorge, Karoumes 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

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.

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  • location Karoumes (Hohlakies Gorge), Sitia, Lasithi
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
  • accommodation No
  • dinning No
  • other facilities

    None

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Sitia - Ziros - Zakros - Paleokastro - Vai, E4.90, E4.91

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.

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