The settlement of Istron is located at a distance of 12 km south of Agios Nikolaos. You will discover this community as you pass along the main national road east from Agios Nikolaos towards Ierapetra or Sitia. Here three beautiful beaches hide in three sheltered bays, unknown to most visitors.
The first is to the northwest side of the village is Karovostasi. It is the quietest and most secluded, with sand and pebbles and very clear crystalline waters. Reasonably organized, with umbrellas and sunbeds it also offers some tamarisks and their natural shade that is much needed during the hot summer days. Next to Karavostasi, we find the second beach, that of Agios Panteleimonas. It is named after a small white church located here. Just like the first beach, this is a sandy and equally well-organized area, with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, and some opportunities for water-sports. It is a very popular spot for families with children as the waters are calm and sheltered from the wind.
On the other side of the bay, we find the third beach called Voulisma. It is a wide sandy beach, with fine white sand and shallow, blue waters. It is organized, with umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, water-sports and a lifeguard station. This is also a good option for young children as the water deepens very slowly. You will find a canteen offering food and beverages at the end of the beach. The east end of the bay is an extension of Voulisma Beach but is also called Istro Municipal Beach. It is equally well organized.
On the other side of this bay, after passing the small bay of Chartalami Kolymbou, we reach Istron Bay. It has taken its name from a large hotel resort in the area. Access to the beach is possible through a path west of the hotel (before you get to it from Agios Nikolaos). It is sandy, and reasonably well organized with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers. It too has a lifeguard for the safety of you and yours when swimming. Going on to the east, the next beach is Paralia Vryonisiou. The coastal road that travels east continues until the settlement of Pacheia Ammos.