Almyrida beach is located 38 km east of Rethymno on the northern coast of Crete island. It is not visible from the Rethymno – Heraklion stretch of the national highway. You must make a detour from the point where you see the sign; that is after the village of Sisses when you are driving from Heraklion or before Sisses if you are travelling from the opposite direction. It is a quiet and sandy beach with clear waters. At its west end, there are some ruins of an old customs post, associated with the carob trade.
The beach is relatively well-organized, and visitors will be able to rent sun loungers and umbrellas from a couple of nearby coffee bars. Keep in mind that the beach is exposed to the north winds. The charming fishing village of Almyrida from where the beach takes its name enchants visitors with its laid back and relaxing vibe. The two taverns found here are known for their excellent fresh fish and friendly service. Not far from the coast, the tiny chapel of Saint Nicholas stands amongst the majestic landscape.
Visitors looking for a quiet and laid back spot on the main road between Rethymno and Heraklion will love the peaceful nature of Almyrida. Carrying on the east coast, we find the small bay of Galini, before arriving at Fodele beach, one of the most popular choices in the area. From here, don’t miss a visit to the village of Fodele, where you can visit a traditional pottery workshop that has been operating for 20 years and showcases Cretan arts and traditions. The village is the homeland of Dominikos Theotokopoulos, also known as “El Greco”. There is a small museum dedicated to the painter’s life, where you can get a better idea of his influences during his youth. This is a great area for families with children to base themselves in and explore the surrounding region. The west side of Heraklion, has more excellent options for swimming and food, like Agia Pelagia, Ligaria and Ammoudi.
**This Almyrida Beach is not to be confused with Almyrida beach in Chania close to the village of Kalyves.