Kouremenos Beach

Kouremenos Beach

Kouremenos beach is a quiet spot, located in the village of the same name on the northeastern coast of Crete island. It attracts a laid back crowd and offers a sandy coast and crystal clear waters to swim in. There are plenty of tamarisk trees that offer natural shade, and it stretches for more than 1.5 km, guaranteeing you will find a spot even during peak season. In some parts, it is organized with a few umbrellas and sunbeds. By the beach, you will find tavernas with freshly caught fish, and also accommodation options for your stay. If you love unsupervised camping, the south part is ideal to pitch your tent. The beach is open to the northerly winds that blow steadily all summer long, which has made it a Mecca for water sport enthusiasts and windsurfers from all around the world. In 2009, the European Windsurfing Games were held here, and there is also a windsurfing school. Furthermore, because of the rich sea-floor, Kouremenos is most fitting for diving.

To reach the area from Sitia, you will drive east, through the settlements of Agia Fotia and Palaiokastro before heading towards the coast. Just like the village of Chiona, to the south, it is an alternative holiday destination, far removed from the crowds of other popular resorts. In addition to swimming, the area offers a variety of cultural attractions and various hiking trails that visitors can look forward to. Don’t miss a visit to the archaeological site of Roussolakkos, an important Minoan city, that has yielded impressive finds, most notably intact bones from gravesites. Another place, well worth visiting in the area, is Moni Toplou. The 15th-century monastery has a small museum and a winery, where visitors can taste the local varieties. Of course, you cannot miss a visit to Vai, the famous palm forest beach, with an endless stretch of fine sand, once popular with hippies and nudists. Driving north towards Vai, we meet the beaches of Maridati, Kedromouri and Psili Ammos. The latter is a nudist-friendly area and a much more tranquil option. It is also possible to walk along the coastal path from Maridati towards Psili Ammos.