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Myrtos is a quiet seaside community; its beach is extensive, with dark-coloured sands, small pebbles and crystal-clear waters

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.

In Myrtos, you will find a good number of small tavernas and rent-rooms, and other tourist facilities to make your stay comfortable. There are also opportunities for water-sports, as well as a sailing centre and a court for beach volley-ball. 

The west part of the beach is more out of the way: its quietness makes it a particularly good choice for those wishing to relax and unwind. In the same way, the beach of New Myrtos allows peace and quiet: it and its namesake hamlet are to the east of Myrtos proper.

Going on eastwards, the next beaches one comes to on the way to Ierapetra are Ammoudares, Kalamaki and Gra Lygia.

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

    There are umbrellas, sun beds and showers. Also, at the beach opportunities for water sports are offered, including a sailing school and beach volley courts.

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Distance: 50 km from Agios Nikolaos, 13 km from Ierapetra.

By car/motorcycle: To get to Myrtos there are two options. Start from Heraklion and follow the road leading to Ierapetra which passes through the south of the Heraklion prefecture (via Viannos and Myrtos). Alternatively, there is a route that leads to Myrtos from Agios Nikolaos or Sitia via Ierapetra, taking the coastal road west from this last town.
By bus: Services run between Myrtos and Ierapetra.

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