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Beaches near Agalianó, in Lassithi region

Here is list of closest beaches to Agalianó

  • 1.8 km
  • Skotini beach
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Deep
  • Blue

Skotini Beach is situated 32 kilometers northwest of Agios Nikolaos, north of Finokalias village. It is found at the exit point of Skotini gorge, one of the most secluded and untamed areas of Crete island. This isolated location houses a University of Crete research station for aerosol studies, established here due to the clean, unpolluted air and lack of human interference.

To get to the beach, one can follow a small canyon from Finokalias village until it meets the sea. A short path leading northwards will take you to the gorge bed. As you walk, you’ll encounter a stunning, undomesticated landscape dotted with bare rocks, sparse vegetation, and a plethora of herbs and spices. The gorge houses 2-3 water wells and numerous caves within its towering walls. According to local folklore, a mysterious woman named Datserolenia once lived in one of these caves, its entrance still guarded by a stone wall. A little further along the path, you’ll stumble upon the secluded Skotini beach.

Alternatively, from Finokalias, you could take the dirt road to St. Andrew’s monastery nestled amidst a pine forest on Cape Drepani. Part of the church is built into the mountain rock, with an inscription indicating it was restored using funds from Spinalonga patients. To get to the beach from the monastery, walk eastwards along the coastline. Eventually, you’ll come across an old fountain that still gushes fresh water.

The beach itself is characterized by pebbles and patches of rocks. The rocky seabed, coupled with frequent waves, makes swimming a challenge and occasionally hazardous. However, on a calm day, you’re likely to enjoy a refreshing, solitary dip in Skotini’s cool waters.

The name “Skotini” translates to “Dark” in Greek, likely a reference to the high and closely spaced walls of the canyon that block out the sun. This, along with the tree canopies overhanging the edges, creates a “dark” environment within the gorge. Another theory suggests the name comes from the numerous caves found within the gorge.

  • 2.0 km
  • Vlyhadia beaches
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Deep
  • Blue

Vlychadia, a quaint seaside settlement, is nestled 31km north of Agios Nikolaos, along the northern coastline of the Mirabello region. A scenic drive from Neapolis, through the villages of Skinias and Agios Georgios, brings you to this tranquil haven. Here, a small fish tavern offers a taste of local cuisine. The area is dotted with secluded bays featuring mainly rocky and pebbly beaches. Vlychadia beach, directly in front of the village, is a rough and rocky terrain, perfect for spearfishing, though swimming can be dangerous during rough seas.

Further west, at the end of the road, lies Avlaki, arguably the most beautiful beach in northern Mirabello. It is nestled at the exit of the Skinias or Mavrogiannis gorge and is known for its white pebbles and crystal clear water. When the sea is calm, a rare occurrence, swimming at Avlaki is an unforgettable experience.

The road ends at Avlaki, but the beaches continue. About 800m west of Avlaki, the pebbly and rocky beaches of Kakia Naspa and Kouroukoulos can be found. These secluded beaches are only accessible on foot, making them a peaceful retreat. Interestingly, a small olive grove has been planted in the area, despite its inaccessibility by car.

Vlychadia and Avlaki, unspoiled and unorganized, are among the few beaches on the north side of Mirabello. While they are a great choice for a swim, they are not the only reason to visit the area. The gorgeous Mirabello region, with its picturesque villages, ancient monasteries and unique natural beauty, is worth exploring alongside a swim in Vlychadia.

Vlychadia itself is a quiet place, with only a few farmhouses. The site was once home to the Venetian Monastery of St. Nicholas, which was destroyed and later rebuilt in the same location. Today, it is celebrated every year on December 6th.

  • 3.8 km
  • Kato Selles beaches
  • Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Blue

Located 30km northwest of Agios Nikolaos on the less-traveled northern shores of the Mirabello area is Agios Antonios at Kato Selles, or Saint Anthony. This secluded area, nestled 3km north of the village Selles, can be reached by taking a mostly passable dirt road heading north from the village. The region is home to a few small beaches and sparsely scattered cottages and farms.

The northern Mirabello is characterized by pebble-strewn beaches tucked amid rugged rocks. Agios Antonios follows this pattern, hosting a collection of small beaches sprinkled with white, round pebbles and stones. These conditions make the beaches perfect for fishing, though not ideal for family swimming due to the frequent large waves crashing onto the northern Cretan shores and the rocky seabed. However, if the weather is calm, Agios Antonios’ beaches offer a tranquil retreat.

400m east of Agios Antonios lies the beach of Patsavra, a secluded pebble beach favored by locals for swimming. To the west, near the village of Kato Selles, you will find the stony beach of Vato Mouri followed by the even rockier beach of Agios Antonios or St Anthony. Tamarisk trees provide shade on the beach, offering a relaxing spot to unwind. Nearby stands the cavernous chapel of Agios Antonios. A small distance further east amongst the rocky shore, you will find a petite beach named Lagadaki with its crystal clear blue water. On calm sea days, which are unfortunately infrequent, Lagadaki is a fantastic spot for swimming and snorkelling.

  • 4.9 km
  • Plaka beach
  • Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue

Plaka, a picturesque village, is situated 16km north of Agios Nikolaos, on the opposite side of the Korfos (or Elounda) lagoon’s entrance, and boasts one of Crete’s most stunning landscapes. The village is renowned for its spectacular views of Kalydon Island, home to the famous Spinalonga fortress, a leper hospital during the early half of the 20th century. Access to the island is primarily via boats from Elounda and Plaka. Plaka’s existence is closely tied to Spinalonga, as it was established to serve the leper colony.

Present-day Plaka is a traditional village with charming old houses and taverns, giving a sense of time standing still for 2-3 centuries. Its idyllic setting made it the perfect filming location for the popular Greek TV series “The Island” (2010). A significant change to the landscape has been the construction of a large luxury hotel on the outskirts of Plaka.

Plaka is also notable for its two beautiful pebble beaches with clear waters. The first beach, named after the nearby Byzantine church and cemetery of Agia Marina, is located in the east of the village, in front of the large hotel. It is a popular fishing ground with a rough seabed in some parts and is organized by the hotel, providing basic services mostly to its residents. The second beach, Plaka beach, lies to the west of the village and has calm waters and an interesting seabed. It is well-organized and close to Plaka’s taverns.

Apart from visiting Spinalonga, it’s worth exploring the surrounding area when in Plaka. This includes the picturesque villages, ancient sites, and extensive olive groves of Ano Mirabello, the mountainous region west of Plaka. Venturing north of the village, you’ll encounter the village of Vrouchas with its old windmills, and further east, the Aforesmenos Cape lighthouse at the northwest tip of the vast Gulf of Mirabello, along with the area’s modern wind farm. Another recommended route is through Mirabello and its scenic villages, leading to either Neapoli or Milatos, where you can find the main road to Heraklion.

  • 5.5 km