Beaches near Chamaítoulo, in Lassithi region

Here is list of closest beaches to Chamaítoulo

  • 3.9 km
  • Agia Irini beach
  • Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Blue, Deep blue

The quaint and secluded village of Agia Irini is nestled 98km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 11km south of Ziros village. Accessible through dirt tracks originating from either Kalo Horio or Hametoulo, the village is the gateway to the rugged Agia Irini gorge, which leads to a hidden cove across from the tiny islet of Hamili.

The beach boasts pebble shores and pristine blue waters, making it one of Crete’s most remote beaches. Its location away from bustling city centres, shrouded by towering cliffs and jagged rocks, makes it a serene escape. To reach this beach, one can either navigate the formidable gorge, drive along the dirt track from the village or sail by boat from Goudouras or Xerokambos. The beach is lined with tamarisk trees, offering a perfect spot for solitude. A trail also extends from Agia Irini Gorge to Xerokambos harbour.

The Agia Irini gorge consists of two parallel canyons that converge near the sea, where the dirt road to the beach lies. The canyons, with their rocky terrain, steep inclines and towering walls, offer a wild and untamed landscape. The westernmost canyon, in particular, can be quite daunting and risky for inexperienced hikers. A hike through the gorge, starting at an altitude of 500m near the Hametoulo settlement and descending to sea level, can take between 2-3 hours and can be quite strenuous on the knees.

  • 3.9 km
  • Amatos beach
  • Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue

The first beach you encounter when heading west in Xerokambos is Amatos harbour. It’s a naturally encompassed harbour featuring tranquil water. The beach, although remote, is pebbly and offers an ideal environment for spearfishing. Few tamarisk trees dot the landscape and there’s a ramp to facilitate boat launching. An accessible dirt road connects the harbour to the Xerokambos settlement, from which the path to Agia Irini beach starts.

Heading from the harbour to the Xerokambos settlement, after about 100 metres, you stumble upon a hidden bay. It’s filled with fine grey pebbles and has a smaller cove nearby. This area, known as Ligias Lakkos, can be reached via a stone path that winds through the towering cliffs that surround it. The landscape is breathtaking; rugged mountains tower behind you, a peaceful harbour is on your right, and the Kavalli islands are to your left.

  • 4.0 km
  • Mazida Ammos beach
  • Sand
  • Shallow
  • Blue

A 500-meter journey west from the Xerokambos settlement will lead you to the area’s initial hotels and the expansive beach of Mazida Ammos, the longest in Xerokambos. This stunning beach boasts white sands and crystal-clear shallow turquoise waters. To the east, it’s well shielded by Cape Trachilos, at whose tip you’ll find a sea cave named Fokiospilio. Across from Mazida Ammos, you’ll spot the minor islets known as Kavali.

  • 4.6 km
  • Tihida beach
  • Pebbles
  • Deep
  • Blue

If you journey eastward from Vlyhada beach at Livari near Goudouras for about an hour, you’ll eventually stumble upon the two abandoned beaches of Tihida. The surrounding region is riddled with caves and features wall-like rock formations, hence the name Tihida (Greek for ‘wall’). These formations provide much-needed shade during the hot summer months. Further east of the smaller beach, you’ll encounter the expansive Tihida beach, which sits at the mouth of the Tihida Gorge and is somewhat challenging to access. Proceeding further eastward, you’ll discover the majestic, elongated Karavopetra rock emerging from the sea.

  • 4.9 km
  • Xerokambos beach