Ammoudara, a beach extending 7km west from River Giofyros, located 1km west of Heraklion’s centre, draws in thousands of tourists annually, predominantly due to its expansive sandy coastline. Now a suburb of Heraklion, the beach is known for its unique brownish sand, with a rocky strip about 50m inland signifying the ancient shoreline.
Whether you prefer bustling environments or more private settings, Ammoudara caters to all. The coastline offers organized beaches equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars, lifeguards, showers, changing rooms, and a plethora of water sports. Known for its year-round strong winds, Ammoudara is a popular spot for windsurfers. For a quieter experience, the beach’s western area, starting from the Pancretan Stadium and extending east towards the Xeropotamos wetland and dunes, is ideal. River Almiros and River Gazanos’ mouth areas, along with the Ellinoperamata industrial area, also offer peaceful beach spots.
The surrounding locale is also remarkable. The Almyros river spring, Crete’s largest water source, forms the area’s most extensive habitat. Nearby lies the Almiros gorge, an easy location for a leisurely walk. Alternatively, you can opt for a hike up the Stroumboulas mountain, Heraklion’s volcanic-like mountain.
The best time to visit Ammoudara beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.
Yes, Ammoudara beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are plenty of facilities and activities for kids.
Yes, there are several water sports available at Ammoudara beach, including windsurfing, jet skiing, and parasailing.
Yes, there is a promenade at Ammoudara beach, which is lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Yes, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas at Ammoudara beach for a fee.
Yes, there is parking available at Ammoudara beach, but it can get crowded during peak season.
Yes, there are several nearby attractions to visit while at Ammoudara beach, including the Palace of Knossos, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the Venetian Walls of Heraklion.
The water colour of the Ammoudara beach is blue.
The Ammoudara beach has sand as its sand type.
The water at the Ammoudara beach is shallow.
The sea surface at the Ammoudara beach is usually wavy.
The Ammoudara beach has normal crowds.
The Ammoudara beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, lifeguard, showers, and a Blue Flag.
The Ammoudara beach can be accessed through bus services, paved road, and is handicap friendly.
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