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Beaches near Prína, in Lassithi region

Here is list of closest beaches to Prína

  • 5.6 km
  • Agios Panteleimon beach
  • Sand
  • Shallow
  • Blue

Agios Panteleimon beach, nestled in Istro, a village 12km east of Agios Nikolaos en route to Sitia, owes its name to a petite church located nearby. Featuring both sandy and pebbly stretches, the beach is set against the backdrop of vibrant turquoise waters. As it doesn’t draw the same crowds as the neighboring Voulisma beach, Agios Panteleimon is the perfect spot for those seeking relaxation and serenity.

In the vicinity, you’ll also find Karavostasi beach. This sandy, unspoiled beach is tucked away in the western part of Istro’s largest gulf and provides the perfect setting for peaceful moments. The surrounding area is rich in tamarisk, carob, and olive trees, adding to the beach’s charm. Just east of Karavostasi, there’s a large rock bearing the remnants of the Minoan settlement Priniatikos Pirgos.

  • 6.1 km
  • Voulisma beach
  • White Sand
  • Shallow
  • Turquoise

Voulisma Beach, one of Crete’s most celebrated coastal destinations, is a favoured stop for those journeying to this gorgeous island. Nestled in a shielded cove south of Agios Nikolaos and north of Ierapetra, Voulisma’s accessibility from Heraklion makes it a convenient beach spot.

Distinguished by its clear, shallow turquoise waters, smooth sand intermingled with pebbles, and its well-appointed amenities, Voulisma Beach has been recognized with the prestigious Blue Flag award. Even though the beach may attract crowds during peak times, its exceptional beauty certainly warrants a visit.

Voulisma Beach can be found on Crete’s northeastern coast, near Istro or Istron village. It’s the most notable of several beaches dotted around the trio of bays at Istro, all part of the larger Mirabello Gulf. The larger town of Agios Nikolaos is a 13 km coastal drive north, while Ierapetra lies 22 km south.

In the vicinity of Voulisma Beach, the intriguing archaeological site of Gournia is a standout attraction. Located near Pachia Ammos village and around 10 km east of Voulisma Beach, it is one of the most well-excavated Minoan towns on Crete. Once a bustling ancient settlement, it was ravaged by an earthquake and subsequently abandoned.

Around 11 km southeast of Voulisma Beach, on a steep slope, sits the captivating Panagia Faneromeni Monastery. Worth visiting for its stunning church built into a cave and the awe-inspiring sea views, this monastery is a well-known destination in Crete. Every year on the 15th of August, it becomes a pilgrimage site, drawing visitors from across the island.

  • 6.7 km
  • Vathi beach
  • Fine Pebbles, Sand
  • Normal
  • Blue, Deep blue

Situated just 10km south of Agios Nikolaos before reaching Istron’s beaches, you’ll discover the lesser-known beach of Vathi. This hidden gem wasn’t on the map before 2010, as it’s a man-made creation and is not visible from the main road connecting Agios Nikolaos with Eastern Crete.

Nestled within a well-protected cove, Vathi remains largely unaffected by wind, except for the infrequent easterly gusts. The beach is characterized by its pristine white sand that enhances the mesmerizing hue of the sea. Managed by the nearby luxury resort, Daios Cove, the beach is well-equipped with amenities.

For non-hotel guests, accessing Vathi involves a descent down a concrete pathway and staircase. To find the entrance, take a left just before the hotel gates and follow the road until it leads to a narrow path heading towards the stairs. Vathi is an excellent choice for families thanks to its calm, waveless waters. For those keen on exploring, snorkelling along the rocky edges of the bay offers another dimension of this unique beach.

  • 7.1 km
  • Pilos beach
  • Sand
  • Normal
  • Blue

Just 1km east of Istron village lies a hidden gem nestled in a precipitous bay – Pilos beach. Though widely recognized as Istron Bay, in honour of the eponymous hotel perched on the bay’s rugged slopes, the beach is accessible to all through a pathway originating from the west of the hotel. No beaches in Greece are private. Pilos beach is characterized by its sandy stretch and serene blue waters, and offers facilities like umbrellas and a canteen (managed by the hotel) as well as a petite pier for boats.

To the east of Istron Bay, a tiny cove reveals three secluded beaches, reachable via a short walking path. These are known as the Vryonisi beaches, named after the small islet of Vryonisi (or Prasonisi) that appears just opposite the small bay.

  • 7.7 km