The beaches west of Xerokampos

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Limani (port) Ammatou Beach

Limani (port) Ammatou is a small natural harbour (for the small boats of the locals), this is a quiet secluded beach with pebbles, sand and very clear water

With its small natural harbour (for the small boats of the locals), this is a quiet secluded beach with pebbles, sand and very clear water. A few tamarisks offer some shade to the visitors.

A passable dirt-road leads here; and the harbour is connected to Aghia Irini by another path.

Tis Lygias o Lakos

Just a few metres off from Limani Ammatou is a small sheltered beach with the name of Lygias Lakos

Just a few metres off from Limani Ammatou is a small sheltered beach with this peculiar name.

It has small pebbles, crystalline blue waters and all around towering cliffs – creating a wild but also beautiful landscape. Off shore by a few hundred metres are a cluster of islets, collectively known as Kavali. Basically they are three steep rocky outcrops that provide shelter for predatory birds – namely the migratory varvakia hawk (mavroperites, or Eleanor’s falcon).

Ammatou Beach

Ammatou beach, just before Xerokampos, is a long beach, the largest in the region. It has pale-coloured sands and clear turquoise and shallow waters

A little before Xerokampos is a long beach, the largest in the region. It has pale-coloured sands and clear turquoise and shallow waters. Quiet, it lacks any organization, though you can find some tavernas and rentable rooms close-by.

The view over the Libyan sea is enchanting; from the beach you can partake of a most spectacular sunset over the three Kavila islets and Koufonisi to the southwest.

Right next door, on the other side of Cape Trachilos, are some small coves with their beaches – very close to Xerokampos. The first is called Gerontolakos.

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Additional Info

  • location West of Xerokampos, Sitia, Lasithi
  • free camping Yes - in some areas
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities

    None

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Sitia - Ziros - Zakros - Paleokastro - Vai

Limani Ammatou

Distance: 103 km from Agios Nikolaos, 69 km about Ierapetra, 47 km about Sitia.

By car/motorcycle: Starting from Sitia (for both Limani Ammatou and the other beaches of Xerokambos), follow the road to Palaikastro. From there, continue on towards Epano Zakros. Outside the village, at the intersection you come to, turn right onto the road that leads to Xerokambos (if you turn left, the road will lead you to Kato Zakros). Palaikastro is 28 km from Xerokambos and the beaches. Alternatively, there is the road that connects Sitia with Ierapetra. On this road make for Ziros, and after Ziros for Xerokampos. If you choose the second route, the road passes through abandoned villages and near the gorge of Lamnoniou.
On foot: For hikers there is a path from Agia Irini leading to Xerokampos (2 hours walk)..

Lygias Lakkos

Distance: 103 km from Agios Nikolaos, 69 km from Ierapetra, 47 km from Sitia.

By car/motorcycle: Starting from Sitia (for both Lygias Lakkos and the other beaches of Xerokambos), follow the road to Palaikastro. From there, continue on towards Epano Zakros. Outside the village, at the intersection you come to, turn right onto the road that leads to Xerokambos (if you turn left, the road will lead you to Kato Zakros). Palaikastro is 28 km from Xerokambos and the beaches. Alternatively, there is the road that connects Sitia with Ierapetra. On this road make for Ziros, and after Ziros for Xerokampos. If you choose the second route, the road passes through abandoned villages and near the gorge of Lamnoniou.
On foot: For hikers there is a path from Agia Irini leading to Xerokampos (2 hours walk).

Ammatou beach

Distance: 103 km from Agios Nikolaos, 69 km from Ierapetra, 47 km from Sitia.

By car/motorcycle: Starting from Sitia (for both Ammatou and the other beaches of Xerokambos), follow the road to Palaikastro. From there, continue on towards Epano Zakros. Outside the village, at the intersection you come to, turn right onto the road that leads to Xerokambos (if you turn left, the road will lead you to Kato Zakros). Palaikastro is 28 km from Xerokambos and the beaches. Alternatively, there is the road that connects Sitia with Ierapetra. On this road make for Ziros, and after Ziros for Xerokampos. If you choose the second route, the road passes through abandoned villages and near the gorge of Lamnoniou.
On foot: For hikers there is a path from Agia Irini leading to Xerokampos (2 hours walk).

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