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Agios Nikitas beach

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Situated 65km south of Heraklion on the eastern flank of the barren Asterousia Mountains is Agios Nikitas. The most common means of reaching this location is by navigating a rugged dirt road beginning from the village of Ahendrias, leading to the Monastery of St. Nikitas, 15km away. The captivating journey takes you past precipitous cliffs and jagged rocks, characteristic of the Asterousia landscape.

Overlooking the South Cretan Sea from a hill, the Agios Nikitas monastery was initially a retreat for monks from the Koudoumas monastery. The monastery’s church, dedicated to St. Nikitas, was constructed in a cave around 1640. Inside, you’ll find ancient frescoes and a smoke-stained roof, allegedly blackened during pirate attacks. A small indentation within the church produces water used as holy water. Despite the area’s dry climate, mango and avocado trees flourish in the monastery’s gardens.

A brief trail from the monastery leads to Agios Nikitas beach, accessible via 230 steps. This secluded pebble beach features crystal clear waters with a deep green hue, offering no typical tourist amenities. Nudism is considered disrespectful near monasteries, so it is not recommended here.

To the east of the main beach is a twin beach, Kalogerou Arolithos, primarily accessible by boat or swimming. A large smooth, steep rock separates the beaches, believed to bear the footprints of Saint Nikitas’ horse, according to legend.

Further east, a small cottage houses a secluded pebble beach, accessible via a small stairway originating from the cottage. Named Hiromili, this beach is typically empty.

Walking westward from the main beach, one would soon encounter the cape Gerani, home to a solitary palm tree overlooking the expansive Libyan Sea.

A brief 300m journey westward from St. Nikitas leads to the picturesque white-washed chapel of St. Anthony and a small carob wood. Adjacent to the chapel is a stream flanked by Theophrastus palm trees, constituting the third largest colony of the Cretan date palm in Crete, known as the small palm grove of Saint Anthony. Several small isolated coves in the area, known as Kalami, are ideal for swimming and fishing. The nearest place for water and food supplies, aside from the monastery, is the village of Maridaki, 2km to the east.

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What is the location of Agios Nikitas beach?

Agios Nikitas beach is located on the west coast of the Greek island of Lefkada, near the village of Agios Nikitas.

Is Agios Nikitas beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Agios Nikitas beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are plenty of facilities nearby.

Are there any water sports available at Agios Nikitas beach?

Yes, visitors can enjoy a variety of water sports at Agios Nikitas beach, including kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing.

Is there a hiking trail near Agios Nikitas beach?

Yes, there is a hiking trail that leads from Agios Nikitas beach to the nearby Milos beach, which offers stunning views of the coastline.

What is the best time to visit Agios Nikitas beach?

The best time to visit Agios Nikitas beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Is there a parking area near Agios Nikitas beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Agios Nikitas beach, but it can get crowded during peak season, so it’s best to arrive early.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Agios Nikitas beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Agios Nikitas beach, offering a variety of local and international cuisine.

What is the water colour of the Agios Nikitas beach?

The water colour of the Agios Nikitas beach is deep blue.

What type of sand is found on the Agios Nikitas beach?

The Agios Nikitas beach has fine pebbles.

What is the water depth of the Agios Nikitas beach?

The water depth of the Agios Nikitas beach is normal.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Agios Nikitas beach?

The surface of the sea at the Agios Nikitas beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Agios Nikitas beach?

The Agios Nikitas beach crowds are quiet.

What facilities are available at the Agios Nikitas beach?

There are no facilities available at the Agios Nikitas beach.

What is the access to the Agios Nikitas beach?

The Agios Nikitas beach can be accessed through a dirt track or by walking.

What other information is available about the Agios Nikitas beach?

The Agios Nikitas beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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