Beaches near Koutsounári, in Lassithi region

Here is list of closest beaches to Koutsounári

  • 1.0 km
  • Koutsounari beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Pebbles, Sand
  • Normal
  • Blue

Koutsounari, a quaint seaside hamlet, lies 6km east of Ierapetra and 43km southeast of Agios Nikolaos. It nestles near the scenic village of Agios Ioannis, set against the backdrop of the Thripti Range. The village is perched on a verdant hill, surrounded by olive groves and pine trees, just a kilometer north of the South Cretan Sea coastline.

A kilometer to the south of Koutsounari is the expansive Long Beach of Agios Ioannis, stretching 5km, one of the longest in Crete. This broad, serene beach features the distinctive coarse grey sand typical of southern Crete. In many spots, tamarisk trees punctuate the landscape, and their length makes the beach appear deserted. The beach is somewhat organized in certain areas (near hotels) and is dotted with hotels, restaurants, mini markets, and a camping site.

If you venture eastward along the beach, you’ll encounter fewer swimmers. On the eastern end of Long Beach, a bay known as Psaropoula (named after an old local tavern) is shaped. Psaropoula features soft sand and tranquil waters, situated in front of a hotel, it is well-equipped with umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, and water sports. The sea here is typically calm, and the rocky seabed makes it a suitable spot for snorkelling.

Beyond Psaropoula lies another small cove boasting a well-appointed beach with umbrellas, showers, and water sports. This beach, located in front of the Kakkos Bay hotel, is called Villa Despot, translating to “Priest’s Villa” in Greek, named after a priest-owned building nestled between the two beaches. The beach is flanked by large rocks that provide a perfect spot for diving into the sea.

Visiting Long Beach in autumn offers a sight of the rare white sand lilies, signaling the summer’s end. These lilies are protected, so visitors are encouraged to appreciate their beauty from a distance without touching or picking them.

  • 1.3 km
  • Kakia Skala beach
  • Fine Pebbles
  • Normal
  • Blue

Situated 46km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 9km east of Ierapetra, lies the charming beach of Kakia Skala. The beach, moderately developed, is conveniently positioned alongside the main road that links Ierapetra with Makrigialos. It is uniquely set at the terminus of the majestic Agios Ioannis Gorge, which is home to Milonas waterfalls. The beach is adorned with fine pebbles and provides a serene environment with its crystal clear, calm waters. There’s no need for umbrellas, as ample shade can be found under the tamarisk trees.

The locals often refer to this area as Kakkos, named after the nearby Kakkos Bay hotel, which is a mere 200m westward.

  • 2.7 km
  • Ferma beaches
  • Fine Pebbles, Sand
  • Deep
  • Blue

Ferma, a small coastal town, is situated 10km to the east of Ierapetra and 45km to the southeast of Agios Nikolaos, lying 4km south of the village, Agios Ioannis. The area is green and verdant, with dense pine forests, a stark contrast to the arid landscape of Eastern Crete. A string of tiny bays stretches along the coast, the largest being Livadi, also known as Ferma beach or Xerokamara. This beach, flanked by hotels, boasts fine pebbles, clear deep waters, and is bordered by lush vegetation and towering smooth rocks and steep cliffs.

Access to the unorganized beach is through two stairways starting from the nearby hotels. The beach features several springs and a small clump of Cretan Date Palm in its center. Following Livadi is Pigadi beach, named after a structure resembling a well. It, along with an adjacent small bay, can be reached via a stairway from the main road. The last beach in the area, Giorgakis, is similarly accessed via a steep path with iron stairs.

Ferma is known for its tranquil ambiance, making it an ideal spot for families to bask in the sun and enjoy the sea, with basic amenities within a short walk. If you’re visiting Ferma, ensure to explore the lush nature around. Check out the village of Agios Ioannis, stroll through its narrow lanes and churches, and visit the springs of Psychro and the Agios Ioannis waterfalls in the Milonas gorge.

  • 2.8 km
  • Katharades beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Rocks in places
  • Normal
  • Blue

Just past the Peristeras suburb of Ierapetra begins the Katharades area, a chain of small beaches leading up to the popular coastline of the Koutsounari village. Known for its strong winds, it’s considered one of Crete’s windiest locations. The bays of this area are somewhat hidden, despite their proximity to the main road, leading to few visitors to the sequential bays. The area also goes by the name Paplinou, due to the nearby ancient Panagia Paplinou monastery.

The stunning landscape is shaped by numerous rock shelters and unique rock formations, a product of erosion on the conglomerate soil over time. There’s been a slight increase in development in recent years, mainly due to the construction of large hotels near the coast. Consequently, the main road between Ierapetra and Makrygialos boasts a few restaurants, mini markets, and accommodations.

The beach features coarse grey sand, and its seabed has large, smooth rocks interspersed with sandy areas. The surrounding area is dotted with tamarisk trees offering shade, and umbrellas are also available. The beach is well maintained by the nearby hotels and features a beach volleyball court, sunbeds, showers, and water sports facilities.

  • 3.6 km