Three enchanting beaches of Heraklion for the “last” baths – Life

Three enchanting beaches of Heraklion for the “last” baths – Life
Three enchanting beaches of Heraklion for the “last” baths – Life


Here are three beaches of the prefecture of Heraklion, which are definitely worth visiting for a “last” dip, before the end of summer

We may now be passing through the first month of autumn and we are all slowly returning to the rhythms of normality and routine, but in Crete the summer mood remains. The mercury is still high, making a trip to the beach a must. Here are three beaches of the prefecture of Heraklion, which are definitely worth visiting for a “last” dip, before the end of summer.

Aspes beach

Straight out of a fairy tale, the black Aspes beach is located approximately 58 km south of Heraklion, in one of the most isolated and inaccessible areas of the Asterous Mountains. It is located 4 km east of the settlement of Three Churches, which is also the nearest port for launching a boat. Access to the beach is very difficult as you can only come by boat. Due to its isolated location, it is always ready to welcome its “digger” visitors, who tie the boats high on the rocks of the beach and thus create a characteristic “net” of ropes.

Aspes has dark black coarse sand, it is surrounded by high cliffs on which large caves are formed, which have rectangular sides, as if someone has carved them. The colors of the sea have an intense blue-green color, while the beach, year after year, depending on the prevailing weather conditions, changes its appearance and size. When there is little wave the beach almost disappears.

Kaminaki Beach

Kaminaki beach or Aspri Paralia is located 58 km south of the city of Heraklion, at the exit of the Pervolian Gorge on the southeastern fringes of the Asterousia Mountains. The surrounding mountains compose a wild Cretan scenery, with difficult gorges, bare rocks, steep cliffs and beautiful secluded beaches. Access is possible mainly by sea, as the area and the gorge are very difficult and far from any road network. The beach has pebbles and is ideal for seclusion and fishing, while a walk through the gorge with the high waterfalls is a very nice experience.

The beach pebble is not white in color, but the usual light gray. However, the name Aspri Paralia has been given to differentiate it from the nearby black beach at Aspes with its dark pebbles, located 1 km further east. Here you will usually find (if you find) groups of residents of the Three Churches, walking around with their boat. 400m further west in the area of ​​Agios Pneuma there is a second pebble beach, not as beautiful as Kaminaki.

Koudouma beach

Koudouma Monastery is located 74 km south of Heraklion, on the west side of Akrotiri Martelos and south of Mount Kofina (the highest peak of the Asterous Mountains). The whole area is full of caves, in which hermits lived. To get to the monastery you will have to drive a passable dirt road 20 km from the village of Sternes, which takes you down from an altitude of 1000m. at sea level. The view during the descent to the sea and the gorge of Koudoumas is shocking and can even cause vertigo!

In front of the monastery there is a wonderful beach with fine pebbles and crystal clear cool waters. It is ideal for swimming and for very calm moments. Apart from the monastery, there is absolutely no infrastructure within a radius of several kilometers, so make sure you have the essentials with you. Camping on the beach is permitted, provided that your presence is discreet and does not offend the monks. On the eastern side of the beach there are several caves, where you can stay at night and find shade during the day.

With information and photos from cretanbeaches.com


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