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. The beach is just right for camping, relaxing on and – in its east part – for nudists.
Some rooms for rent at a small taverna exist.
Its name, according to local tradition, is a corruption of the Greek ‘Dioscuroi’: the inhabitants here were once mostly sailors, who raised a temple to their patron gods, namely the Dioscuroi, (Castor and Pollux) sons of Zeus.
When here, a Minoan villa from the times of the second palaces in Bronze Age will repay a visit: excavated at Vigla (a little north of the village) in the 1970s: well-appointed like most, it was destroyed by fire around 1450 BC. Also take a walk to Karavospilio, the cave, which is on the beach.
Lagkada beach, at Makrigialos and next to Diaskari, is quiet and sheltered, with sand, small pebbles and blue crystal waters – most suitable for those wishing to relax and seeking isolation.
The beach is exposed to the local winds that blow strongly, and further there are many smooth rocks on the sea-bed that become slippery: take care when swimming. The beach is a favourite for those into unsupervised camping, thanks to the tamarisks and the shade they cast; and by the nudists for its remoteness.
The two beaches to the east, just before Moni Kapsi, are Ammoudi (or the Dragon’s Cave) and Kalo Nero.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location East of Makrigialos, Ierapetra, Lasithi
- free camping Yes
- nudism Yes - in some areas
- beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
- accommodation Yes - limited choices
- dinning Yes - limited choices
- other facilities
No, there are only a few umbrellas in the western part of the beach.
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 62 km from Agios Nikolaos 27 km from Ierapetra.
By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After Makrigialos, turn right on the road that leads to the Kapsa Monastery and continue until you reach the beach. Likewise, you can start from Sitia and follow the main road leading to Ierapetra. Before Makrigialos, turn left on the road leading to the Kapsa Monastery and continue until you reach the beach of Diaskari.
By bus: Services run to Diaskari from Ierapetra.
Distance: 62 km from Agios Nikolaos, 27 km from Ierapetra.
By car/motorcycle: From Ierapetra follow the road to the east. After Makrigialos turn right on the road that leads to the Kapsa Monastery and continue until you reach the beach. Likewise, you can start from Sitia and follow the main road leading to Ierapetra. Before Makrigialos, turn left on the road leading to the Kapsa monastery and l continue until you reach the beach at Lagada.
By bus: Services run to Lagkada from Ierapetra.