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Armos beaches

About Armos beaches

The north part of Spinalonga Peninsula called Armos (just opposite the islet Kalydon with the fort of Spinalonga) is a special place with abandoned old farms, mostly unknown due to the fact that there are no roads heading here. Apart from the well-known beach Kolokitha, at the southeast base of the peninsula, there are several unknown beaches in the north part. It is surely worth visiting them by canoe from Plaka.

One of the beaches, Vathi, is located two kilometres northeast of the port of Elounda, on the northwest side of the peninsula. It is a small well-protected cove with calm water, which has a southeast orientation and amazing views of the town and the mountains of Elounda. The beach at Vathi has pebbles and sand, while the water is relatively shallow. Next to the beach, there are remnants of some abandoned farms. Next to the shore, there is a platform for boats, where excursion boats running from Elounda stop. Finally, there are some tamarisk trees and carob trees around, under which you rest yourself.

At the northernmost tip of the Spinalonga peninsula, just opposite the fort of Spinalonga, we find the area called Oxo Harakia or Skourgeto. Oxo Harakia takes its name after the rocks (haraki means rock in the Cretan dialect) that are emerging above sea level at the narrow passage between the islet and the peninsula. Skourgeto is a Cretan word for the sharp rocks eroded by salt and sea, which are impossible to walk on without shoes. There are two lovely small beaches with sand, rocks in places and crystal clear water, ideal for seclusion and snorkelling. The area is full of pottery sherds, proof that the area was inhabited in ancient times.

A little further northeast there is the sandy beach of Pelekiti, at the exit of a narrow ravine. The entire area at north Spinalonga and all places covered with limestone was once used for the extraction of boulders to build fort Spinalonga. The entire area from Pelekita to Skourgeto operated as a limestone query. Thus large stairs and striking shapes in the rocks are met around, while in some places the carvings continue into the sea; the name pelekita means chiselled in Greek.




What are the Armos beaches?

The Armos beaches are a group of beaches located in a specific area or region.

Are the Armos beaches suitable for swimming?

The suitability of the Armos beaches for swimming depends on the water conditions, which can vary from time to time.

What activities can be done at the Armos beaches?

The Armos beaches offer a range of activities, including swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and beach soccer.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near the Armos beaches?

The availability of restaurants and cafes near the Armos beaches may vary depending on the specific location.

Is there any accommodation available near the Armos beaches?

The availability of accommodation near the Armos beaches may vary depending on the specific location.

Are the Armos beaches suitable for families with children?

The suitability of the Armos beaches for families with children depends on the water conditions and the availability of facilities such as lifeguards and playgrounds.

What is the best time to visit the Armos beaches?

The best time to visit the Armos beaches may vary depending on the weather and the season. It is recommended to check the weather forecast before planning a visit.

Are there any restrictions or rules that visitors should follow at the Armos beaches?

Visitors should follow the rules and regulations set by the local authorities, such as not littering and respecting the environment and other visitors.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has a mix of sand and pebbles.

What is the water depth like at the beach?

The water depth at the beach is normal.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the beach?

There are no facilities available at the beach.

What are the modes of access to the beach?

The beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

Is the beach nudism friendly?

Yes, the beach is nudism friendly.

Is the beach ideal for snorkeling or spearfishing?

Yes, the beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

Beach facilities


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Sand
  • Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Boat

Other information

  • Nudism friendly
  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing

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