The name (Holy Fire) comes from the church of Aghia Foteini next to the beach. An illustration of Francesco Basilicata (1618) is titled Spiaggia di Santa Lucia (the same, in Italian) and you can indeed make out this very same beach.
It is quiet and sheltered, with high cliffs, small pebbles and sand, as well as crystal-clear waters that drop away suddenly. Around it are many tall pines, tamarisks and olive trees.
The beach is reasonably well organized: apart from the sunbeds, umbrellas and showers, you will come across some tavernas and rent-rooms to make your stay comfortable – and a beach bar. On the beach are volley-ball courts: every July since 2000 a tournament is arranged. The bottom of the sea-bed is perfect for underwater exploration.
If when here you walk along to the east end, you will come across a spring of fresh water by a rock on the beach.
If you are on the lookout for a little peace and quiet, the well-named small bay of Galini (Serenity) is the very next one you meet, a mere stroll away from Aghia Fotia.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Agia Fotia, Ierapetra, Lasithi
- free camping Yes
- nudism No
- beach type Thin Pebble
- accommodation Yes - some choices
- dinning Yes - enough choices
- other facilities
There are umbrellas, sun beds and showers. There is also a tennis beach volley.
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 48 km from the town of Agios Nikolaos, 13 km from Ierapetra.
By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After 13 kilometers you are at the beach. Likewise, you can start from Sitia and follow the main road leading to Ierapetra, passing through Makrigialos and Agia Fotia.
By bus: Services run to Agia Fotia from Ierapetra and Sitia.