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Beaches near Ágios Ioánnis, in Heraklion region

Here is list of closest beaches to Ágios Ioánnis

  • 500 m
  • Kamboula beach
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places, Sand
  • Normal
  • Blue

Listis, situated 69km southeast of Iraklion, is nestled between Kastri, 2km to its west, and Tsoutsouras. The beach stretch west of Listis, up to the Anapodaris river, is known as Kambala. This river is a significant wetland in Crete. Kamboula beach, with its charming pebbles and clear, blue waters, is quite a sight to behold. Though the area is not fully developed, a few accommodations have sprouted up in recent times. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking seclusion or wishing to sunbathe in the nude.

Contrary to the dry and warm surroundings, the Anapodaris river maintains water nearly all year round. Parts of the beach are dotted with tamarisk trees, providing much-needed shade. The beach is easily accessible, with the road connecting Kastri and Tsoutsouras running alongside it.

  • 1.1 km
  • Dermatos beach
  • Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue

Dermatos, situated 64km southeast of Heraklion and 4km to the east of Tsoutsouras, is nestled in a valley on the western banks of Crete’s longest river, the Anapodaris. Evidence of a past Minoan settlement has been discovered in the area.

The beach at Dermatos, with its mix of pebbles and sand, offers an idyllic and tranquil spot for relaxation and solitude. Surrounding the beach are olive groves and tamarisk trees, adding to its remote charm. The shallow sea water, with its enchanting blue hue, enhances the serene atmosphere. To reach this secluded beach, take the paved road from Tsoutsouras heading west to Keratokambos. The road conveniently runs alongside the beach.

  • 1.8 km
  • Listis beach
  • Pebbles, Rocks in places, Sand
  • Normal
  • Blue

Listis, a charming beach tucked away 69km southeast of Iraklion, is nestled between the towns of Kastri, 2km to the west, and Tsoutsouras. The road that connects these two towns skirts the edge of the beach. To reach the beach itself, it’s necessary to navigate a steep slope. Alternatively, you can alight at the neighbouring Kamboula beach and stroll eastwards. Regardless of the route you choose, the destination is undeniably worth it.

Despite its modest size, Listis beach stands out as one of Crete’s most appealing. It’s an unmanaged location that can get crowded during peak season. The beach boasts sandy stretches and shallow, crystal clear waters. Its uniqueness lies in the large rocks scattered in the sea and along the shore. Even though the water is rocky, the sandy seabed is perfect for swimming and frolicking in the water. If you swim east of the beach, beyond the massive Listis rock, you’ll find a quaint sandy beach with a spring in the Xirokambi area.

Listis rock, rising above the beach, is home to several intriguing caves. According to local lore, these caves once sheltered a bandit, hence the name Listis, meaning bandit. The caves are easily accessible from the main road rather than from the beach. On the crest of the hill, remnants of an ancient sanctuary can be found.

  • 2.6 km
  • Krassas beach
  • Sand
  • Normal
  • Blue

The Pourgonero beach, situated in the Krassas region, is a mere 500m eastward from the Tsoutsouras port, extending beyond the eastern boundary of the settlement. It represents the eastern section of Tsoutsouras bay, and lies at the foot of the Sarakinos hill. Legend has it that this location holds the eternal burial place of King Minos, the fabled king of Knossos. The beachfront of Pourgonero comprises two coves with large sand dunes, and the beaches facing these dunes are a mix of rocks and sand. These secluded, peaceful spots are ideal for those seeking solitude.

The Pourgonero region holds significant importance as a nesting ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtles, with the nesting season running from May till fall. A visit to the beach in the late summer offers a view of the stunning white sand lilies, also referred to as the lilies of Knossos in Crete. Accessing the beach is fairly straightforward, given its proximity to Tsoutsouras. One simply needs to take the road towards Dermatos, and the dunes will be visible on the right. There are pedestrian paths leading down to the beach.

The Krassas region has the distinction of being the site of the first Aloe vera plantation in Greece.

  • 2.9 km