Kolokitha beach is found on the eastern side of the Spinalonga peninsula, very close to the popular area of Elounda, and only 12 km north of Agios Nikolaos. This beautiful beach, whose name translates to “pumpkin”, is relatively small, with white sand, turquoise waters and a few tamarisk trees providing the necessary shade. During the summer, the boats that ply to and fro Spinalonga island make a quick stop here for people to swim. Due to this, the beach can become quite busy. This is why, if you have a car, it is best to time your visit before the first boat arrives early in the morning, or late in the afternoon after the last one departs. This will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the place without fear of disturbance. Most boat trips finish around 4 pm.
You will not find any amenities in Kolokitha Beach, however, Elounda is close by and can accommodate all your needs. In addition to food and water, you might want to bring an umbrella. Keep in mind that there is a 200 m walk from the parking spot where you can leave your car until you reach the beach. That is not a problem if you are taking the ferry. If you are driving, signs will guide you from Elounda, through the old windmills, salt-mines, and over a small stone bridge until the church of Agios Loukas. For those that prefer to walk, the distance from the bus stop in Elounda until the beach is about 2 km in total. The salt mines you will pass by form an important wetland, where many types of birds, including flamingos, can be spotted. If you arrive at the end of the summer, the white sea-lilies fill the air with their sugary scent. South of Kolokitha beach, you will find Vayu, a much quieter spot, that you can reach by walking and is a perfect alternative if you want to avoid the crowds. The peninsula has more swimming options on the northern side, which you can reach by boat or a longer hike. As you drive south, towards Agios Nikolaos and the Bay of Mirabello, you will spot the beaches of Candia, Havania and Ammoudi as well as the sandy coastline of Almyros.