This area of Keratokambos includes the coastal village that has undergone the most prominent development in the area of tourism in recent years. Located on the southern coast of the Heraklion prefecture, this is an area most suitable for nature lovers, away from urban centres, crowded beaches or cosmopolitan beach bars and parties. The open, vast waters of the Libyan Sea, welcome visitors that wish to unwind and relax. There are various stories about how the area got its name. One of them relates to the cultivation of carob, which is certainly widespread in the region. Another claims that it is taken from a large rock at the north of the village, shaped like a horn (keratos). And yet others have claimed that it is due to the location of the old city of “Keraia“, that once stood here.
That beach before the settlement of Keratokambos, just east of Kastri harbour is quite long, stretching for several kilometers and has pebbles, sand, shallow clear waters and a rocky bottom. The part that is closest to the village is organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and also some water sport activities. In the village you will find rent-rooms, tavernas and all the necessary amenities. Keratokampos can serve as a starting point for excursions to the surrounding area; more beautiful beaches are within walking distance. Here too is a remarkable cave – Nychteridospelio (meaning Bat Cave); it is found at the base of a cliff, at the southeast part of Mount Keras, behind the village and it does have a lot of bats! The view from the entrance is magnificent but access to its interior is quite dangerous. If you choose to visit, keep in mind that you need someone with you who knows the layout well. You will also need some basic caving equipment like a helmet with a light, and the necessary tools. Near Keratokampos, at Richtra, is a modest waterfall that reaches a height of about 10 m. Travelling east we come across the beaches of Monompouka and Armenopetra. Keep in mind that most of the beaches in the area are nudist-friendly.