Mavros Kolymbos Beach

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The village beach (Black Swimming) is a quiet one, with small grayish pebbles, a rocky seabed with blue, clear and deep waters. It is not developed, but has enough tamarisks around it to give shade to bathers, as well as several tavernas with fresh fish and rooms to rent.

If here, be sure to visit the Kokkines Petaloudes Gorge (that of the Red Butterflies), also called Oreino: this links the inland village of Oreino with the south coast. It is one of the loveliest in Crete, with lush vegetation and the magnificent butterflies, which are about most in the Spring.

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  • location Mavros Kolymbos, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism No
  • beach type Thin Pebble
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities


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Access Info

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Distance: 51 km from Agios Nikolaos, 16 km from Ierapetra.

By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After 16 km you will be at the beach. Likewise, you can start from Sitia and follow the main road leading to Ierapetra, passing through Makrigialos and Mavros Kolymbos.
By bus: Services run from Mavros Kolymbos to Ierapetra and Sitia.

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