Beaches at Aghios Ioannis

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Koutsounari Beach

Here is a large beautiful strand, with small pebbles and blue waters, with tamarisks aplenty. Behind it is the village with the same name: both south of the picturesque village of Aghios Ioannis. Also known correctly as the Long Beach, it runs for 5 km. Exposed as it is to the local strong winds, it is yet calm and ideal for anyone fleeing the urban fuss and bother. In several spots, especially close to the larger hotels, it is well organized: umbrellas, sunbeds, many options for water-sports. Rentable rooms, tavernas and other shops exist, as does an organized camping ground.

At the east end of Koutsounari have formed two beaches: Psaropoula in its own cove and the Villa Despoti.

Psaropoula Beach

The cove and the beach of Psaropoula are to the east end of Koutsounari. Well organized with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, it offers opportunities for water-sports. It has sand, some rocks and blue calm waters. On the beach front some hotels ply their trade.

Villa Despoti

East again from Psaropoula is this one: its name is taken from the property here, said to belong to a member of the clergy (despoti means a grade of priest in Greek, as well as a tyrant!). Situated as it is in front of a large hotel, it is developed: umbrellas, sunbeds, and facilities for water-sports. It has the typical coarse sand, cliffs and rocks at the edges and blue waters.

A bit to the east is Kakia Skala.

Kakia Skala Beach

At the mouth of the Mylonas gorge is a beach (Bad Stairs, or simply Kakkos from a hotel there): large, it has small pebbles, very clear crystalline waters, and a goodly number of tamarisks all around it. It is not organized, but only a short walk away from hotels and tavernas.

If you visit, take a walk up the Mylonas Gorge, wonderfully green with its pines, plane trees and waterfalls (the biggest has a drop of 40 m). In the pools that form at their bases, you can enjoy a refreshingly cool dip!

The beach Ferma is next along, to the east as ever.

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Additional Info

  • location Κουτσουνάρι, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • free camping No
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble, Rocky
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities

    There are umbrellas, sun beds, and many options for water-sports at Koutsounari, Psaropoula and Villa Despoti. There is a lifeguard at Psaropoula beach.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

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Koutsounari

Distance: 42 km from Agios Nikolaos, 7 km from Ierapetra.

By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After about 7 km you arrive at the beach. Likewise, you can start from Sitia and follow the main road leading to Ierapetra, passing through Makrigialos and Koutsounari.
By bus: Services run to Koutsounari from Ierapetra and Sitia

Psaropoula

Distance: 44 km from Aghios Nikolaos, 9 km from Ierapetra.

By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After about 9 km you will arrive at the beach. Likewise, you can start from Sitia and follow the main road leading to Ierapetra, passing through Makrigialos and Psaropoula.
By bus: Services run to Koutsounári and Psaropoula from Ierapetra and Sitia.

Villa Despoti

Distance: 44 km from Aghios Nikolaos, 9 km from Ierapetra.

By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After about 9 km you are at the beach. Likewise, you can start from Sitia and follow the main road leading to Ierapetra, passing through Makrigialos and Villa Despot.
By bus: Services run to Koutsounári and Villa Despot from Ierapetra and Sitia.

Kakia Skala

Distance: 44 km from the town of Aghios Nikolaos, 9 km from Ierapetra.

By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After about 9 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 Kakia Skala.
By bus: Services run to Kakia Skala from Ierapetra and Sitia.

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