Keramiani Gialia

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Keramiani Gialia is a small, with sand and pebbles, surrounded by massive rocks

Those on the road as it leaves Kerame are the ones in question. Small, with sand and pebbles, surrounded by massive rocks.

Here, near the modern settlement of Kerame, stood the ancient city of Kiona (Column) or Vionos, which flourished from the Minoan to Hellenistic times.

Going from east to west along the beaches of Keramiani Gialia, the first one meets is that of Gialopotamos (or Gialopotama).

Gialopotamos

Isolated with sands and deep clear waters, it has rocks on all sides making it ideal for underwater exploration. It lies just to the west of the small harbour of Aghia Fotini. It is not organized. To its east are lofty and massive cliffs, in whose hollowed shelters the nudists like to congregate.

Moving on to the east, on a dirt-road, we come to Pyrgos beach.

Pyrgos

This is composed of two small and deserted beaches that lie between Gialopotamos and the small harbour of Aghia Fotini: they have pebbles, sand and clear water. These too are hemmed in by bulky tall cliffs, in which have formed caves. It is perfect for spearfishing and snorkeling.

It can be reached from Gialopotamos by foot (about 10 minutes walk) by following a rough dirt-path.

Podare

This is the first to be encountered southeast of the small harbour of Aghia Fotini. It has coarse sand, small pebbles and some rocks; it is not isolated. You will find rent-rooms and tavernas nearby.

Beside it is Glima beach.

Glima 

A small and isolated beach to the east of the small harbour of Aghia Fotini: sandy and with very clear water. Not organized, it is thus suited to calm and relaxation. 100 m along to the east is Pacheia Ammos, where lofty sand-dunes have formed.

Between the small harbour of Aghia Fotini and the beach of Ligkres is the spectacular one of Katsouni or Agalianos.

Katsouni

An undeveloped and isolated beach with sand and clear water. It is set about with massive rocks, making it perfect for nudists, and those desirous of solitude.

East of the Keramiana Gialia beaches, on the way out of Akoumia village are the beaches of Akoumiani Giali.

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Additional Info

  • location Keramiana Gialia, Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno
  • free camping Yes
  • nudism Yes
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities

    None

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

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Gyalopotamos

Distance: 45 km from Rethymnon, 4 km from the village of Kerame.

By car/motorcycle - from Rethymnon: Follow the main road leading from Rethymnon to Agia Galini, passing through the village of Spili. After Spili, take the route towards the main road of the island and turn right, following the road leading to the village of Kerame. After 4 km you reach the beach of Gyalopotamos.
By car/motorcycle - from Heraklion: Follow the main road south from Heraklion, leading to Tympaki, and passing through Moires. After Tymbaki, continue on the main road and turn left onto that leading to the village Kerame. Thence after 4 km more you reach the beach of Gyalopotamos.

Pyrgos

On foot: From the beach of Gyalopotamos, continue east to the beach of Pyrgos (duration 5-10 minutes).

Podare & Glima

Distance: 50 km from Rethymnon, 2 km from the village of Kerame.

By car/motorcycle - from Rethymnon: Take the main road leading from Rethymnon to Agia Galini, passing through the village Spili. After Spili continue on the same main road, heading southeast. After 4 km approx., up on the high plateau of Kissos, turn right on the road that leads to the village of Kerame and after 2 km more to the small port of Agia Fotini. From there continue on foot along the dirt road leading to Podare beach.
By car/motorcycle - from Heraklion: Take the main road south from Heraklion to Tymbaki, passing through Moires. After Tymbaki, continue on on the main road, heading north and turn left on the road leading to the village of Kerame and after 2 km more to the small port of Agia Fotini. From there continue on foot along the dirt road leading to Podare beach.

Katsouni

Distance: 37 km from Rethymnon.

By car/motorcycle - from Rethymnon: Take the main road leading from Rethymnon to Agia Galini, passing through the village Spili. After Spili continue on the same main road, heading southeast. After 4 km approx., up on the high plateau of Kissos, turn right on the road that leads to the village of Kerame and after 2 km more to the small port of Agia Fotini. From there continue on foot along the dirt road to the beach of Katsouni, passing through the beaches of Podare and Glima.
By car/motorcycle - from Heraklion: Take the main road south from Heraklion to Tymbaki, passing through Moires. After Tymbaki, continue on on the main road, heading north and turn left on the road leading to the village of Kerame and after 2 km more to the small port of Agia Fotini. From there continue on foot along the dirt road leading to Katsouni beach, passing through the beaches of Podare and Glima.
On foot: Alternatively leave the main street by one of the two cobbled paths, pass through two small woods and on to the beaches.

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