Lassithi Beaches

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Beaches in Lassithi, Crete

Lassithi Beach Guide

lassithi map beaches
map of the beaches in Lassithi prefecture

Check the number next to each beach to locate it on the map of Lassithi Prefecture.


1. Sissi beach

limani beach in sissi

Sissi Limani (Harbour) beach



A small sandy beach next to the fishing harbour in the town of Sissi.

Sissi boufos beach

Boufos beach



Boufos beach is a small sandy beach with big waves, a couple of km east of Sissi.


Avlaki beach


Avlaki beach is an unattractive cove with big pebbles, that can be used to access - on foot - the nearby excellent sandy beach of the "Kalimera Kriti" hotel

hotel Kalimera Kriti beach

Hotel "Kalimera Kriti" beach



The beach of the Hotel Kalimera Kriti is an excellent sandy beach, protected from the north winds.

Walk for 5 minutes on the path leading from Avlaki beach to "Kalimera Kriti" beach.


2. Milatos beach

milatos beach

Milatos beach



A small sandy beach within the fishing port of Milatos.

There is another beach with big pebbles east of the fish taverns, which is exposed to North winds.

minos imperial beach

Minos Imperial Hotel beach



The best beach is west of Milatos and it is a sandy beach inside the Minos Imperial Hotel. A dirt track leads from Milatos to the above hotel.


LINK> Information about Milatos


3. Vlichadia beach

Vlichadia beach


A pebbly beach that few people will ever visit. Not that they will miss much if they don't...


4. Plaka beach

plaka beach

North Plaka beach



The northern beach in Plaka is a pebbly beach with tamarisk trees and a great view of Spinalonga island. This is the best beach in Plaka village.


South Plaka beach


The southern beach is another pebbly beach, almost deserted.


5. Driros beach

driros beach between elounda and plaka

Driros beach



Driros is a beach with sand and shingle and lots of tamarisk trees.

Driros beach is one of the best in Elounda bay and it is located between Plaka and Elounda.


6. Elounda beach

elounda beach

North Elounda beach



The beach north of the port of Elounda is a nice sandy beach

elounda beach in the south

South Elounda beach



The beach south of the port of Elounda is a smaller sandy beach.



Read more about Elounda Beaches

7. Elounda Peninsula beach

beach on Elounda peninsula

Elounda Peninsula


If you want to enjoy some nude sunbathing, then follow the dirt track past the windmills on the isthmus that joins Elounda with the peninsula in front of it. It is a ten-minute drive and you will have to park your car at the end of the road and walk on the path descending to the shore.

To your left there is a rocky coast that naturists prefer. No facilities.

To your right there is an excellent small sandy beach with no facilities. I visited this beach in the afternoon and no naturitsts were there at that time. Perhaps the reason for this is the boats that take people to Spinalonga. The boats moor very close to this beach and, when they do, there is no privacy and the peace of this secluded beach is destroyed by loud music. The boats leave at 3 pm. I am not sure when exactly they arrive, but it is probably around noon.

beach on elounda peninsula


8. Agios Nikolaos beach

chavania beach

Chavania beach



Chavania beach is a nice sandy beach a few km north of Agios Nikolaos town.



amoudi beach

Amoudi beach



Amoudi beach is a sandy and crowded beach.

coral hotel beach

Carol Hotel beach


The concrete platform opposite to the Coral Hotel. Not a beach actually but enough people come here for sunbathing.

kitroplateia beach

Kitroplateia beach



Kitroplateia beach is a sandy beach very close to the centre of Agios Nikolaos.

ammos beach

Ammos beach



Ammos beach is also a sandy beach very close to the centre of Agios Nikolaos.

municipal beach

Municipal beach



The Mini Golf is here and there is an admission fee. The beach is pebbly but there is a big area with grass, many trees, sunbeds and umbrellas plus a swimming pool for adults and children.

There is also a bar, in case you need to have a cool drink or a light meal.

almiros beach

Almiros beach



Almiros beach is the best beach in Agios Nikolaos. It is a long sandy beach in a protected bay.

The water is very shallow and it is suitable for children.


Read more about Agios Nikolaos beaches

9. Amoudara beach

amoudara beach

Amoudara beach



Amoudara is an excellent sandy beach very close to Agios Nikolaos.

Unfortunately the access to it is so easy (it is on the main road from Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra and Sitia), that it may get crowded.

10. Kalo Horio beach

karovastasi beach in kalo horio

Karavostasi beach



Karavostasi beach is a quiet pebbly beach.

At the entrance of Kalo Horio there is a sign pointing to the "Beach".

agios panteleimonas beach in kalo horio

Agios Panteleimonas beach



Agios Panteleimonas beach is another quiet beach with two canteens.

In the middle of Kalo Horio there is an Internet Cafe with a big sign. Opposite to it there is a Super Market and the narrow road that leads to this beach.

11. Istron beach

golden beach

Golden beach



Golden beach is a sandy beach in a bay with turqoise water.

Unfortunately it is narrow and packed with sunbeds and the sea currents tend to carry garbage damped into the Agios Nikolaos bay towards the beach.


istron beach

On the left side of the bay there is a tiny cove and two very small pebbly beaches; not crowded usually.


12. Gournia Camping beach

gournia beach

Gournia camping beach


The beach of Gournia Camping, a small pebbly beach in a protected bay.

13. Pachia Ammos beach.

pachia ammos beach

Pachia Ammos beach



Pachia Ammos is a sandy beach with sunbeds, which is pretected from the winds by the dock of the small fishing port

Pachia Ammos is a long beach with tamarisk trees, pebbles and big waves

14. Kavoussi beach

tholos beach in kavoussi

Kavoussi beach



Enter the village and look for the sign to "Tholos beach". It is a pebbly beach with tamarisk trees and it is exposed to the wind.

The left side of it is sandy and more protected. There are a couple of taverns here but you will have to look in Kavoussi village (3 km) for accommodation.

15. Mochlos beach

mochlos beach

Mochlos beach



Mochlos is a shingle beach west of Mochlos village.

16. Sitia beach

sitia beach

Sitia beach



Sitia beach is a long sandy beach on the road from Sitia to Vai.

17. Erimoupolis beach

erimoupolis - itanos beach

Erimoupolis beach


Erimoupolis or Itanos the small sandy beach of the ancient town of Itanos.

There is another longer sandy beach that you can get to - on foot -, over the low hill to your left.

18. Vai beach

vai beach

Vai beach



Vai beach is an area of exceptional beauty because of the existing Palm-tree forest.

The beach of Vai is an organised sandy beach with watersports available.

It is a crowded but beautiful beach and less exposed to North winds than the Palaikastro beaches.

  • Read more about Vai

19. Palaikastro beach

maridati beach

Maridati beach



Maridati beach is a small bay with a sandy beach, 4km north-east of Palaikastro


Kouremenos beach



Kouremenos beach is a long sandy beach 2km north-east of Palaikastro.

hiona beach

Hiona beach



Hiona beach is an excellent sandy beach with a couple of fish taverns.

The beach is located 2 km east of Palaikastro town.

It is a long beach with the south part of it clothing optional.

20. Kato Zakros

kato zakros beach

Kato Zakros beach



Kato Zakros the pebbly beach of Zakros, where the Minoan Palace of Zakros can be found.

Many good fish taverns here.

21. Xerokambos

xerokambos beach

Xerokambos beach



Xerokambos various sandy coves and turqoise water.

Xerokambos is a magnificent place when there is no wind. It is a sleepy resort far away from everything.

22. Koufonissi beach

koufonissi beach

Koufonissi beach


Koufonissi island is a small uninhabited island opposite to Goudouras.

The excavations revealed a city of the roman period, a theater with seats for 1000 persons, an aqueduct and a port. Boats leave for Koufonissi from Makrigialos every morning.

The beaches on Koufonissi are excellent with golden sand and turqoise water. No facilities and no shade on the island.

23. Goudouras beach

Goudouras beach

Goudouras is the last village on the southern coast of Lassithi district. Few tourists will ever reach Goudouras and its beach. Check a photo of Goudouras beach.


24. Kapsa Monastery beach


Kapsa Monastery beach


There are several pebbly coves along the road from Makrigialos to Kapsa Monastery and Goudouras.

Feel free to explore and discover your own beach.

dragon's cave beach

Dragon's Cave beach


The beach past the "Dragon's Cave" Taverna is a beautiful cove with a sandy beach.

25. Diaskari beach & Langada beach

diaskari beach

Diaskari beach & Langada beach


Diaskari beach and Langada beach, two secluded beaches past Makrigialos. There is a sign to Diaskari beach.

In order to locate the dirt track to Langada beach you will have to drive for a couple of km past Diaskari and look for the "Taverna Eftyhia".

The tavern is closed, so don't count on it for lunch. Past the taverna there is a greenhouse and right after that, you will see the dirt track leading to the beach.

You will probably be alone there, so naturism is possible.

26. Makrigialos

makrigialos beach

Makrigialos main beach



Makrigialos beach is the main sandy beach in the town of Makrigialos.

The shallow water makes it suitable for children.

makrigialos beach

Minoan Villa beach



The beach opposite to the archaeological site "Minoan Villa" is an uncrowded beach with shingle and pebbles

27. Koutsouras beach

koutsouras beach

Koutsouras beach



Koutsouras is a pebbly beach, not especially attractive.

28. Mavros Kolimbos beach

mavros kolimpos beach

Mavros Kolimbos beach



Mavros Kolimpos beach is a shingle and pebbles beach, where you will be almost alone.

There is no sign with the name of the beach, only a generic "beach" sign.

29. Achlia beach

achlia beach

Achlia beach



Achlia beach is an uncrowded sandy beach with tamarisk trees.

30. Agia Fotia

agia fotia beach

Agia Fotia beach



Agia Fotia is a lovely sandy beach in a picturesque valley

31. Ferma beach

ferma beach

Ferma beach



Ferma is a small sandy beach inside the beautiful bay of Ferma town.

You may access the beach through Taverna Elena, close to the exit of the town.

32. Kakkos Bay beach

kakkos beach

Kakkos Bay beach



The beach past Kakkos Bay Hotel is a sandy beach with tamarisk trees.

33. Koutsounari beach

koutsounari beach

Koutsounari Long beach



The long sandy beach in Koutsounari starts from the Koutsounari Camping and stretches for several km towards the east.

The beach is very wide and there are parts of it with no facilities.

34. Secluded beach

Secluded beach near Ierapetra


5-6 km east of Ierapetra town; look out for a NISSAN sign on the right side of the road.

Enter the short dirt track there and walk down to the magnificent secluded beach.

You will probably be alone there and the beach is clothing optional occasionally. No facilities available.

35. Chrissi or Gaidouronissi beach

seashells on chrissi beachChrissi or Hrissi or Gaidouronissi Island lies 15km south of Ierapetra. In the middle of the Libyan sea. The island's nature is pure and mysterious. Its secret allurements are revealed to anyone who searches for them.

Bays, secret or not, pure beaches, crystal-blue water, rare cedar forests, fragile ecosystems, species of plants and animals have existed undisturbed on Chrissi island for hundreds of thousand of years.

Ruins of buildings from the pre-historical and historical time demonstrate the length of human presence on Chrissi.

There are daily boat excursions to Chrissi and its sandy white beaches. Boats departure from Ierapetra at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. They return at 17:00 and 18:00. The duration of the voyage is one hour.




map of chrissi island

36. Ierapetra beach

beach in the centre of  ierapetra town

Ierapetra beach



The sandy beach in the centre of Ierapetra town.

ierapetra beach

East Ierapetra beach



The beach starting from the east end of Ierapetra and extending eastwards for several km. There are no sunbeds at its eastern end.

ierapetra beach


37. Myrtos beach

myrtos beach

Myrtos main beach



The beach of Myrtos is a beach with sand and pebbles.

myrtos beach

Beach west of Myrtos


West of Myrtos there is a long, narrow beach with pebbles and, occasionally, rocks and boulders.

The seabed is rocky. No facilities here. Naturism is possible but a road runs parallel to the beach

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