Beaches in the area of Makrigialos

These regions in the very southeast part of Crete (and the Lasithi Prefecture) are blessed with a large number of wonderful bays and beaches.

Beginning to the west of Makrigialos, the first beach one happens on is Koutsouras.

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Koutsouras Beach
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The village of Koutsouras is very close to the seaside settlement of Makrigialos. West of the village is a most attractive strand: with dark-coloured pebbles and blue crystal-clear waters, and a number of tamarisk trees

  • location Koutsouras, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • other facilities No
  • free camping No
The beaches of Makrigialos
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This is on the west side of the Makrigialos area. Its odd name comes from a migratory bird, known as the Stilt (kalamokanas in Greek): black and white plumage, a thin curved black beak and long long pink legs (the avocet is a member of this family). On their migration, they call in at the mouth of a stream in this area.

  • location Makrigialos, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities Yes - enough
  • free camping No
Beaches at Lagkada
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It is a particularly beautiful beach and quiet, lacking organization – large with very crystal-clear waters, and plentiful tamarisks growing about the place: its sand is white and there are quite a few flat expanses on the sea-bed, which need care as they can be very slippery.

  • location East of Makrigialos, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Ammoudi Beach
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A beautiful beach, with sand and shallow crystalline water, which washes around the towering smooth and white cliffs

  • location East of Makrigialos, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Kalo Nero Beach
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Here is the village (Good Water – from some springs here) and the beach of the same name. In essence, it is one of three conjoined strands – Koustounari, Staousa and Anaskelou. A lovely, secluded beach with crystal-clear waters. There is no infrastructure. Despite this (or because of it …) it is worth a visit – beauty, peace and relaxation: an attractive cocktail!

  • location East of Makrigialos, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Beach at Kapsa Monastery
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The quiet beach in front of the monastery has pebbles and blue waters, and plenty of tamarisks. There is no organization here nor anywhere nearby. But is, thus, a perfect place for peace and quiet.

  • location Kapsa Monastery, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism No
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Beaches at Goudouras
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A quiet, secluded beach (the Reed) with pebbles and clear waters, it is surrounded by high cliffs. On the beach is a huge cave, most needful to the visitor, as there are no trees to lend one their shade.

  • location Goudouras, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • other facilities Yes - basic
  • free camping Yes - in some areas
The Island of Koufonisi
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The beaches (all 36 of them!) are, however, quite wonderful – the blue-green crystal-clear water, the white rocks and cliffs and sand-dunes, and fine white beach-sand .. all lend it a ‘tropical’ feel.

  • location Koufonisi, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping No

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