Armenopetra Beach

Armenopetra Beach

This is a relatively unknown beach on the southern coast of Crete in between the villages of Keratokampos and Arvi. The name of the beach is a combination of the Greek words for sail + rock (armeno and petra) because of a rock in the beach that resembles a ship with its sail raised.

Armenopetra Beach

It is not organized so visitors should aim to bring everything they need with them. The water is shallow and clear and there is sand and small pebbles. Because of the isolated location, it is most popular with freedom campers and naturists so if you are after a quiet spot to enjoy the day, this is a great option. There are a few trees offering shade but it is best to bring an umbrella if you are planning on staying the whole day and want to avoid the hot sun. To get to Armenopetra from Keratokampos, you drive east on the road which links Keratokampos with the village of Kapsali. Alternatively, you can walk from the sign at the end of the coastal road that goes through Keratokampos. The drive down is best suited to 4×4 vehicles so keep that in mind if you are getting there on a rental car. To the west, we find Monompouka Beach, a very narrow and quiet beach that is, however, closer to shops and other amenities. Here you will also find showers and changing cabins. Another popular beach in the area is the Beach of Listis; it is a natural bay with huge rocks that create a magnificent setting.

This region of Crete is great for nature lovers and offers peace and relaxation away from the crowds. About 8 km to the east, the gorge of Arvi is one of the most spectacular gorges of Crete and ends up at the southern coast close to the beach of the same name. The outlet of the gorge is next to the Monastery of Agios Antonios, a little to the north of the current coastal settlement of Arvi. The gorge can be visited all year round, except in the wintertime, due to rainfall.