Swimming in Lasithi (Crete)

There are so many lovely beaches around Lassithi's three coastlines. The most popular of these are in and around the town of Aghios Nikolaos, which is itself situated on the bay of Mirabello. Elounda, and Pachaia Amos.

  

On the east coast, Vai is very popular, but whilst undoubtably positioned in a beautiful setting, it can get rather crowded in the height of summer, and one has to pay to position oneself on its golden sands.

Itanos (also known as Erimoupolis), slightly further north than Vai, has two beaches either side of hill, on which sits a Venetian castle. Zakros is a wonderful place to be, for numerous reasons, including its famous "gorge of the deads" (sic), its archaeological site, and its beaches.

 

Further south is the still unspoilt village of Xerokampos, On the south coast, Makriyialos is a splendid place to spend some time, and it ideal for those wishing to take a family holiday. It's satellite villages of Analipsi and Koutsouras have practically blended in, to create a rather large tourist resort.


Several beaches can be found here and hereabouts, including the following (press Read More):
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Vai
There's no doubt that this a lovely spot. During the 1970s a British advert featured Vai as the place where one could experience "the taste of paradise", if one were to bite into a coconut sweet, covered in chocolate.
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One can find a nice, sandy beach with facilities such as sunbeds here.
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About an hour's boat trip from Ierapetra, there are a number of beaches here for those with a sense of adventure. There are only two boats per day so be prepared to be out in the open for a minimum of six hours. The water here is exceptionally clear.
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A number of beaches can be found in and around Elounda, including nudist ones. albeit in an unofficial capacity.
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Ierapetra has a sandy town beach, and the coast stretching east is suitable for swimming.
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Two beaches can be found here, and if you're interested in history, the Dorian town of Itanos and a Venetian/Turkish castle straddles the hill which separates Itanos' two beaches. A lovely spot for a swim.
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There are a couple of beaches here, one of which is sandy, the other pebbles and shingles. The sandy beach is especially popular in the summer, and as its waters are quite shallow, it makes an ideal destination for those with young children.
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There's a nice, sandy beach just west of Milatos itself, which lies some 35 Kms north west of Aghios Nikolaos, close to Sissi.
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Mochlos beach is situated some 50 Kms east of Aghios Nikolaos, or 35 Kms west of Siteia, is a sand and rock beach, ideal for snorkelling. A few amenities can be found here, and 400 metres to the west is another sandy beach, named Limenaria.
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A lovely destination with sand and pebble beach, and close to two archaeological sites. To the west of the village, swimming is also possible, and its rocky nature makes this an ideal place for snorkelling.
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A fishing village boasting its own sandy beach, with that of Boufos close enough to be a viable alternative, and easily reached by foot.
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There's a sandy beach to the east of the town, on the road leading to Vai.
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Kato Zakros is a wonderful place to stay, and is a fine destination for those who like to spend time by the sea. As well as the beaches one can take a walk up the "valley of the dead" (Zakros gorge), to Ano (Upper) Zakros, which also has accommodation.
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