Beaches in the area West of Ierapetra

The landscape in this region west of Ierapetra, to the south of the Lasithi massif, is rugged and barren, wooded – and welcoming!

The southern shore hosts wonderful beaches – again some are popular and busy, but others are unknown in their small coves, ideal for getting away from it all and relaxing.

In your travels west of Ierapetra, you will chance upon many striking mountain vistas, as well as seaside communities.

At the start of the beaches west of Ierapetra is that of Vatos.

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Vatos
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The beach (the Bramble) and its associated village lie on the borders of the two prefectures of Heraklion and Lasithi. It is a large deserted stretch with small pebbles and blue waters. 

  • location Vatos (Mirtos), Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Myrtos
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A quiet seaside community, built at the mouth of the Kryos River (the Cold River) and the Gorge of Sarakina, its beach is extensive, with dark-coloured sands, small pebbles and crystal-clear waters. It is not affected by the meltemi and the strong winds that blow in this area.

  • location Mirtos, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • other facilities Yes - enough
  • free camping No
Ammoudares and Kalamaki
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A large, but not developed strand with coarse sand and small pebbles. With no infrastructure at all, its tranquility makes it a good choice for those wanting to relax and take it easy.

  • location West of Ierapetra, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Gra Lygia
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This seaside resort has a beautiful beach, just right for relaxing on. As with much of the land around Ierapetra, the locals are much involved with greenhouse cultivation and tourism.

  • location Gra Lygia, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • other facilities Yes - enough
  • free camping Yes - in some areas
The beaches of Ierapetra
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The town of Ierapetra, with its Venetian fortress – the Kale, is known for its cultivation of greenhouse crops, as is the whole region. The southernmost town on the island, it also enjoys a warm climate that prolongs the bathing season. Four beaches are associated: West Beach, Kato/Lower Beach, that of Aghios Antonios and finally Peristeras.

  • location Ierapetra, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities Yes - plenty
  • free camping Yes - in some areas
Chrysi (Gaidouronisi)
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This (Golden or the Isle of Donkeys) is some 5 km long by 1 wide: its highest point (Kefala) is but 31 m above sea-level. 

  • location Chrysi (Gaidouronisi), Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities Yes - limited
  • free camping No

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